What we do

We Use the Tools of Business to Drive Social Change

We are a non-profit organization based in Germany, Kenya and Ethiopia that started out in 2020. Traditionally, donations are used to start an aid project; when the money is spent, the project ends and a new project starts with new money, often in the same place.

We at Impacc invest your donations in socially and ecologically sustainable local businesses that generate returns, not only for themselves but for their entire community. We start the engine of development – and make sure it keeps running.

Our Story

An Aid Organisation That's a Start-Up Engine

Impacc was founded by Till Wahnbaeck, former CEO of Welthungerhilfe, and Jochen Moninger, director of innovation, who drew from their experience in social investments for job creation in underserved markets. They envisioned an NGO that would blend business principles with a strong commitment to social change.

At Impacc, we believe in a better world for all, and our non-profit business model is dedicated to making this vision a reality. Join us in our mission for a more equitable and prosperous global community.


Our Methodology

Cycle of Growth

How we do it

Rethinking Development Aid

Enabling African founders to create jobs in underprivileged markets.

  • Due diligence to select outstanding (female) founders.
  • Focus on innovative and working business models that have potential to grow.

De-risking capitalization for social start-ups in Africa.

  • Scale local, sustainable business ideas proven to have a positive impact.
  • Grow them through patient capital.
  • Outstanding venture building to groom them for success

Promoting self-perpetuating growth of jobs, wealth & stability.

  • We buy minority stakes and get a seat on the board and help to generate further investments.
  • Exit, ideally with a profit, and reinvest in new rounds of startups (we don’t profit ourselves).


Why we do it

We Go Where Others Don't

There’s a gap that hinders development in the poorest regions: On the one hand, there are aid projects (that end when the money is spent). On the other hand, there are investors (who don’t invest when the risk is too high and the returns too low). Many great entrepreneurs fall between the gap when they become too big (or too business-like) for aid, but aren’t yet profitable enough for commercial investment. That’s where we come in – with patient capital and capacity building so that stellar founders can create jobs that help people out of poverty. 

News & Blog

Our Updates

SMS Service Kicks Out Middlemen
Our Impact Measurement Is Taking Shape
New Impacc Ventures in Tanzania