Welcome to the "AIR: Accelerating Investment Readiness" Competition and Blended Learning (#AirMOOC & "offline trainings" in smaller groups). AIR is brought to you by the EU Interreg project Finance4SocialChange. We aim at joining impact investing and social entrepreneurship for more positive social change. Imagine acquiring useful impact skills and excelling as one of the best social ventures in our international pitch competition! Join the #AirCompetition & #AirMOOC now.



I. 10,000 EUR in prize money for each of the 4 winners of the competition (min. amount -- pending due to corona crisis)

II. Face-to-face support for 30 selected applicants

III. Invitation to investor pitching sessions

IV. Coaching on investment readiness


I. Your organization (for-profit or non-profit) must be at least one year old

II. Your organization must be from or operate in the Danube Region

III. Your organization must have a clear, positive and measurable social or ecological impact


+++ NEW deadline due to COVID-19 situation +++

You can now submit your application until 30th JUNE, 2020!

#AirMOOC: Joining impact investing and social entrepreneurship


The #AirMOOC (and "offline trainings" in smaller groups for selected organizations):

I. Is free of cost & accessible to all

II. Delivers high-quality content on impact investing and social entrepreneurship

III. Links impact investors, social enterprises and policy makers

IV. Prepares you and your organization to succeed in the competition


#AirMOOC will go live on 25th May, 2020!

Questions? Check our FAQs.

+++ NEW: Our Full Course Syllabus in now available! +++

#AirMOOC Curriculum

  Introduction to the Course
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  Module 1: Measuring & Managing Social Impact
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  Module 2: Impact Focused Strategy
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  Module 3: Social Finance & Impact Investing
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  Module 4: Business Planning, Management & Governance
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  Module 5: Growth, Transfer & Scaling
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  Module 6: Communicating Impact Effectively
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  Course Outro
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Experts from all over Europe have collaborated to produce the #AirMOOC. Check out our teaser!

And here comes the real stuff. The #AirMOOC Intro illustrates what is awaiting you. This video spotlights impact investing thought leader Jed Emerson and systems changer Alyssa Jade McDonald-Bärtl, who tell you why joining impact investing and social entrepreneurship matters. So, don't hesitate and join #AirMOOC and #AirCompetition!

Upcoming videos will feature: Aimée van der Wolde & Sarah Linder (SEIF), Antonella Broglia (TEDx), Birgit Heilig (SEND e.V.), Johanna Specker (Ministry of Economy Baden-Württemberg), Victor Thien (Afringa), Philipp Zajac (Rehago), Monika Wicki (Blue Assist), Philipp Cottier (ResponsAbility), Sébastien Martin (Impact Collective), Dave Tjiok (Chillchoc), Pauline Machtolf (Enactus), Young-jin Choi (PHINEO), Gianluca Gaggiotti (EVPA), Belinda Bell (Cambridge University Social Ventures), Lena Gansterer (Impact Hub Vienna), Renata Brkic (Feelsgood Capital), Ivana Stancic (Smart Kolektiv), Irene Basile (OECD), Orsolya Szalay (Erste Bank). And many more! All videos will also be available on our Finance4SocialChange Youtube Channel.

We also have a great line-up of speakers for our #AirMOOC Webinar Series!

#AirMOOC Webinar Series


Meet our entire team.

AIR Leads

Dr. Gorgi Krlev

[#AirMOOC lead. Creator of Impact & Strategy.]

Gorgi is an experienced educator and researcher with a passion for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Finance for Social Impact. He works at the Centre for Social Investment (CSI) of the University of Heidelberg and holds a PhD from Oxford University (Kellogg College).

Find Gorgi on Twitter and Linkedin.

Dr. Adrian Fuchs

[#AirCompetition lead. Creator of Finance & Governance.]

Adrian is motivated by the goal to professionalize the impact driven sector. He works for the Financing Agency for Social Entrepreneurship (FASE) based in Germany and holds a doctorate from the University of Hamburg.

Find Adrian on Linkedin.

Alexander Kesselring

[Creator of Scaling & Communication.]

Alex' professional passion is to work closely with social entrepreneurs supporting them to take the next step in replicating their solution in other regions or countries. He works as a project developer and manager at Ashoka (CEE) that initiates systems change and supports 3800 social entrepreneurs worldwide in scaling their impact.


Find Alex on Linkedin.

The Partners

"AIR" is brought to you by "Finance4SocialChange". A consortium of organizations from across Europe are collaborating towards joining impact investing and social entrepreneurship. Check out our project website here.

Project Partners

Finance4SocialChange is co-financed by the INTERREG DANUBE Programme, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance II (IPA II) and European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI).