Impact Dialog with practitioners, academics and policy makers

Borderstep Impact Dialog: Impact Business Models – Measure What Matters

Joint STARbowl event of ESCP and Borderstep Institute

  • November 13, 2023 | 6 - 9 pm
  • Forum, ESCP Business School Berlin, Heubnerweg 8-10, 14059 Berlin

With increasing sustainability awareness among consumers and industry and tightening regulation of corporate sustainability reporting and management, the question of how to assess and consider the environmental and social impacts of business activities is increasingly becoming a competitive factor.

Consideration of sustainability performance and impact is thus not only a must for established companies, but must also be taken into account as early as the product and business model development stage for start-ups and young companies.

At the STARbowl event „Impact Business Models: Measure What Matters!“, jointly organized by ESCP Business School Berlin and Borderstep Institute for Innovation and Sustainability, we shed light on how impact assessment and management can be successfully integrated into the business model development of start-ups with practitioners, academics and policy makers.


17.00 | Registration

18.00 | Welcome

Words from the ESCP Berlin Dean, Prof. Frank Jacob

18:15 | Opening statements

Professor Florian Lüdeke-Freund from ESCP Business School on Sustainable Business Models.

Florian Lüdeke-Freund

Professor Klaus Fichter, Director of Borderstep Institute on Best Practices in Impact Management.

Klaus Fichter

And Lucas Gerrits from the startup ZukunftMoor will provide inspiration for the subsequent Fishbowl-Discussion and the Moving Impact Forum.

© Robert Lehmann,

18.40 | Fishbowl-Discussion

With all participants. Moderation: Klaus Fichter & Florian Lüdeke-Freund

19.15 Moving Impact Forum: Find out more and ask questions to our experts

  • ESCP STAR: At this table, you have a chance to learn more about ESCP’s newest impact initiative, the center’s upcoming events, programs, and activities, and enter into an exchange on topics around research transfer, new educational formats, and community building for practitioners and professionals in the sustainability and impact arena.
    Facilitator: Anastasia Shevchenko, ESCP STAR
  • ESCP Blue Factory incubator: Come to our table to meet Blue Factory members and learn about programs and activities supporting entrepreneurs from all over Europe. We will be happy to discuss with you how Blue Factory can impact the development of your business.
  • Impact Community: We will introduce the “Community for Impact Management and Measurement” (CIMM) and its mission to enhance impact competency through networking, research, knowledge transfer, and practical experimentation. We invite everyone to actively participate in building the CIMM Community, as your input and engagement are crucial to achieving our vision of advancing impact management and measurement in Germany.
    Facilitator: Dr. Thomas Neumann, Borderstep Institute
  • Rethinking the Sustainable Business Canvas: At this table, we will discuss and evaluate the Sustainable Business Model Canvas and ask how it can be further developed and improved to serve as a collaborative tool for impact business model design.
    Facilitator: Alexandra Widrat, Borderstep Institute
  • Estimating the CO2 reduction potential of Startups: We will gain insight into the GHG & Impact Estimator, a tool designed to estimate the CO2 reduction potential of startups. Using a specific assessment case, we discuss the challenges in the context of Climate Impact Assessment.
    Facilitator: Tim Grothey, Borderstep Institute
  • ZukunftMoor: Impact of wet peatlands: We are a startup specializing in agriculture on wet peatlands. Through the cultivation of each hectare, we annually mitigate 40 tons of CO2. Join us in discussing how we manage our impact.
    Facilitator: Lucas Gerrits, Start-up ZukunftMoor
  • Making climate protection investable for startups: Borderstep, together with ImpactNexus and SDG Investments, is developing highly automated tools for assessing the climate protection and sustainability potential of start-ups. How can you go beyond reporting? How can you create a positive impact?
    Facilitator: Dr. Constanze Trautwein, ImpactNexus (Borderstep Research Fellow)

19.45 | Closing statements

20.00 | Get together and networking

More Information

• Participation is free of charge.

• The event will be held in English.

Borderstep Impact Dialog

The dialog format aims to transfer Borderstep research into policy and practice. Borderstep discusses the data and findings from studies and projects with cooperation partners and implementation actors in a compact format of one to three hours. How do research results become social impact? What political decision-making processes are needed to achieve this? How can innovations and the promoters who drive them be supported?