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INSEAD Hans H. Wahl
Impact Entrepreneurship

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Developing leaders who can make a meaningful difference in a sustainable way

Impact entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship are part of a fast-growing movement that integrates business and impact to find sustainable solutions to societal challenges such as climate change and rising inequality. Proponents of this approach develop and deploy innovative solutions to improve their communities, nature and the world in which we live.

The INSEAD Hans H. Wahl Impact Entrepreneurship Programme creates an opportunity to focus on the business skills and frameworks that enable entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs to build support among stakeholders and attract the investors needed to scale and maximise impact. Case studies, many developed by INSEAD faculty, provide a platform to analyse the uniquely complex issues and challenges faced by impact business leaders.

How you benefit

  • Deepen your understanding of how to make an impact. Understand impact and examine the role impact venture leaders seek in business and society and the challenges they face
  • Build your knowledge. Develop your leadership and management skills for growing a social enterprise or impact venture with a view to making a meaningful difference in a sustainable way
  • Strengthen your toolkit. Apply business tools to empower communities and leverage markets to achieve impact
  • Enjoy peer learning. Learn from seasoned impact entrepreneurs, investors, business leaders and policy-makers who accelerate change
  • Become part of a global network. Join a dynamic global network of leaders pioneering social innovation, impact and best practices


Participant Profile

This programme is open to participants who are selected and sponsored by one of the partners associated with the programme (see below).

Participants are entrepreneurs and executives from companies or organisations involved in furthering the common good.

They typically hold a leadership role (CEO, founder, or senior management) for social entrepreneurial or impact business activities, generally operating for at least three years.



This programme qualifies for the INSEAD Certificate in Global Management.

Programme Partners


The Cartier Women’s Initiative is an annual international entrepreneurship program that aims to drive change by empowering women impact entrepreneurs. Founded by Cartier in 2006, the program is open to women-run and women-owned businesses from any country and sector that aim to have a strong and sustainable social and/or environmental impact.

The Social Innovation Tournament recognises and supports the best European social entrepreneurs. It promotes innovative ideas and rewards initiatives that contribute to creating social, ethical and/or environmental impact. Typically, it covers projects in the areas of education, healthcare, the environment, circular economy, inclusion, job creation, ageing and many more.

YLA is a partnership effort of Cartier and its global entrepreneur community, RED CLUB x Cartier to recognize, support and scale timely and socially impactful businesses. Initiated in 2022, the Young Leader Award has been developed as an annual international entrepreneur’s prize, open to emerging social entrepreneurs, aged from 20 to 40 years old, running impact driven businesses or non-for-profit organizations, as founder or owner and in which they are holding an executive.

As a team of business and executive leadership coaches/mentors, we aim to inspire and empower executive leaders to become a force for good for themselves, their businesses, society, and our planet. As a B-Corp-certified organisation, we are part of a global movement to change our economic system and build an inclusive, equitable, and regenerative economy. Many of us are INSEAD Alumni, and we are committed to helping executive leaders increase their leadership competencies to successfully navigate the challenges of today's world and prepare for whatever the future brings.

Launched in 2018, the Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Frontier Challenge is an annual programme to discover and accelerate the work of the world’s most innovative and impactful fashion start-ups. Through mentoring and financial support, the THFFC aims to help the best ideas break through.Now in its fourth year, the challenge supports Tommy Hilfiger’s commitments towards inclusion, diversity, and acknowledging the gap in equity and equal opportunities.

Innovate 4 Nature's (I4N) mission is to scale 100+ certified Nature-based Solutions (NbS) by 2030. To this end, I4N has created a unique marketplace bringing together start-ups, companies and investors together to demonstrate the business case for biodiversity and scale NbS. I4N’s services range from scouting and screening to matching NbS with investors and working together with partners to accelerate them. By providing NbS with access to a broad network of investors and experts, as well as assistance in the form of coachings and technical know-how, I4N ensures the quality of these solutions.

In memory of Hans H. Wahl (1950-2022)


Hans H. Wahl was Director of the INSEAD Social Impact Initiative during 2007-2020. His remarkable 35-year plus career saw Hans work across education, management, and economic and political development. He founded several organisations and wrote about, and worked on, issues of civil society development, human rights, and capacity building in over 50 countries worldwide.

At INSEAD, Hans played an instrumental role in leading the Social Impact Initiative and the Social Entrepreneurship Programme. He later joined the Hoffmann Institute where he brought his passion and experience to deliver on INSEAD’s mission to bring together people, cultures and ideas to develop responsible leaders who transform business and society.

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