Impact Challenge 2023

Program Date

11 September - 13 October 2023

Application Deadline


Who can apply

Early stage startups and entrepreneurs in Sustainable Finance and Real Estate who want to accomplish a challenge with impact




The Impact Challenge is a business plan competition for young startups who want to actively shape the future of finance and real estate. In cooperation with the Impact Festival and our partner companies, we invite founders and entrepreneurs with innovative business models and ideas to join the challenge.

In two challenges on sustainable finance and sustainable real estate, up to 10 startup teams have 4 weeks to work out their idea and will be coached by our experts and partners during this time. The Kick-off will also take place onsite at the Impact Festival. On Demo Day, the participants will be judged by a mixed jury of industry experts and the winning teams of each challenge will be awarded.

Program Partners


Who can apply?

We are looking for impact-driven early stage startups and entrepreneurs that are developing innovative business models in the field of sustainabile finance and real estate.

The Challenges


Sustainable Finance

Develop sustainable and responsible financial solutions to address climate change and social impact. 

Sustainability has been rapidly evolving in the banking sector, and financial institutions have begun to actively identify and manage the associated business risks and opportunities. This is why we are looking for innovative ideas for our sustainable finance challenge.  

Focus topics:
  • ESG Data Analytics
  • Sustainable Loans and Banking
  • Decarbonisation and Compansation
  • Social Banking and Microfinance

Sustainable Real Estate

Develop sustainable and responsible solutions for real estate to address ESG compliant building operations. 

The construction industry is an important driver of sustainable transformation. This is why this challenge aims to find solutions for minimizing environmental impacts and efficient resource utilization.

Focus topics:
  • Circular Economy
  • Decarbonization
  • Affordable Housing
  • Waste Management
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Environmentally Friendly Materials
  • ESG Management

Program Overview



getting ready

On site
11-14 September

  • Two days Kick-off at TQ
  • Intro & deep dive into challenges
  • Meet partners and mentors
  • Visit the Impact Festival on 13 & 14 September


concept sprints

18 September - 6 October

  • Two workshops (Businessplan & Prototyping)
  • Regular check-In-Calls
  • Meet-ups with coaches
  • Pitch preparation

Demo Day

final pitches

On site
13 October

  • Final pitch in front of the jury
  • Selection of the best teams for each challenge
  • Networking event

TechQuartier at Impact Festival 2021

In 2021, TechQuartier presented a variety of inspiring activities and initiatives at Impact Festival. Under the festival's motto "Together for a Sustainable Future", we continued our commitment to positive change and innovative solutions. Through various panels and discussions, our team helped to promote dialogue and knowledge sharing on sustainability topics. In addition, TechQuartier provided a platform for startups and companies to showcase their innovative products and services and demonstrate their commitment to social and environmental change. 

The Impact Festival

With the Impact Festival, neosfer is building a community-based platform for sustainable technologies and innovations. The focus is to connect innovators such as green startups with companies that want and need to become more sustainable, as well as venture capitalists who accelerate change through their investments.