Our B2B-Platform opens up new sources of finance

By Till Wahnbaeck
June 30, 2022

As previously reported, Impacc won the Boston Consulting Group Digital Ventures (BCG DV) Social Venture Programme – the offer to work with a world-class team to develop a digital product to fuel our fundraising. This turned into some of the most intense and exciting months of my professional life.

The original idea was to make giving fun and “sexy” for private donors – a kind of virtual casino where Euros are redeemed for “Impacc chips” and bet on ventures that then grow in value. After a few weeks of analysis, BCG DV’s answer was: “Nice idea – but keep dreaming” (ok well, they put it much more diplomatically): the donation market is too competitive, the barriers to entry for new players are too high, the incentive to participate is too low.

But – and this was the first big insight of the joint project: there is a donation market that is twice as big and much less competitive than the private donation market: corporate donations. The 9 billion euros each year are often used locally and rather unstrategically: a donation to the local fire brigade or animal shelter, and at the end of the year a short report at the Christmas party.

Our new idea: Can we create value for donating companies if we help them to use it to pay towards their own business strategy? This has turned into our concept of a tailor-made offer: we find those of our ventures that fit strategically with the giving companies (because they are in the same industry, like Villeroy&Boch in Europe and Washking with its organic toilets for slums in Ghana, or because they pay into similar goals like companies that want to offset CO2 and our stoves in Ethiopia that save 1-2 tonnes of CO2 per stove per year); donation money flows in one direction – what is achieved with it flows in the other: Stories, pictures, hard impact numbers. And there is an exchange between entrepreneurs in the South and employees in the North – just as Villeroy&Boch are already exchanging ideas with Washking about smart toilet design. And the whole thing is not an isolated island on the internet, but integrated into the company’s communication channels, so that it is easy to keep up to date.


Our platform solution

The result: more employee loyalty, ideally more attractiveness as an employer, a stronger contribution to the sustainability goals of the participating company. In short: no more begging for donations, but a give and take at eye level. I find it particularly nice that we are also closing a gap in development policy: with corporate donations, we are giving start-ups in Africa access to a source of financing that has been closed to them until now.

About Till Wahnbaeck

Till Wahnbaeck
Ex-CEO of Welthungerhilfe and private sector General Manager, champion of innovation. Till ran both for profit companies and a global NGO and has always strived to bridge the gap between the social and the private sector. As global CEO of Welthungerhilfe (a German food- and nutrition-security NGO with 2,500 staff in 40 countries and a budget of 250mio$), he championed innovation and impact. Previously, as Marketing, Sales and Innovation Director for consumer goods company, Procter & Gamble, he built innovation methods and processes to rejuvenate P&G’s global salon portfolio.

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