The BEST Hackathon for curious minds everywhere


Turn your ideas into practical action!

Calling all non-profit organizations, associations and new initiatives led by third country nationals and/or working in the framework of integration and boosting social entrepreneurship skills among new members of our societies.

Embrace your curiosity. Bring your innovative thinking. Turn your ideas into practical action.

But… what is a hackathon?

The word hackathon comes from the word hack and the word marathon. In this instance, hack means a creative solution to a problem and marathon means a intensive concentrated period spent working to solve the problem.

… and it’s definitely so much more than a competition ;)

Bringing practical and creative innovation to your communities – that’s what the Hackathon is all about. We know you have great ideas!


...And what is its purpose?

To explore the sustainability and further dissemination of Project BEST through building sustainable business models that could be scaled, replicated and disseminated across similar projects that support integration of migrants into the labour market. This innovative event aims to empower organizations, refugees and other migrants to become active agents of change in their local communities by creating sustainable social business models for their activities.

Through this interactive, highly participatory, engaging event based on a set of knowledge inputs and mentoring, you will become those who will be able to influence the change of your reality, and have the opportunity to ensure the right and sustainable support in the future!


Who is this event for?

Different support organizations that are focused on solving problems of integration of refugees and other migrants into the labour market, BEST Project partners, individuals and teams that finished the BEST Course in Social Entrepreneurship. Teams can be made up of people within your organization, your organization and some external expert/partner, or an individual looking to join a group.


The programme

You will be choosing betweens two offered challenges you want to solve, and then spend the weekend creating a solution for them. You can opt either for:

  • Developing a social business model that provides entrepreneurial and mentoring support for migrant entrepreneurs to be
  • Developing a social business model to provide the support support needed for migrant entrepreneurs in the phase of Growth and Scale

During the weekend, your teams will be helped with short training inputs from Impact Hub Zagreb, and coaching for each team from an experienced mentor.








FRIDAY, 14 MAY:       17-18: setting the scene - introduction

from     18 onwards: start of work in teams

SATURDAY, 15 MAY: 10-11: mentoring time

                                    11-12: training inputs from Impact Hub Zagreb

                                    * work in teams *

                                    17-18: mentoring time

SUNDAY, 16 MAY:     10-11: training inputs from Impact Hub Zagreb

                                    11-12: mentoring time (if needed)

                                    * work in teams*

                                    15-16: pitching

                                    16:15: announcement, final prize and goodbyes



We’re assembling an outstanding group of mentors from Croatia, with formidable expertise in building a business or business models. Their hackathon know-how will strengthen each team’s experience and achievements by providing support and coaching during the event.


Final prize:

An impressive group composed by three judges will be selecting the winning teams. Our jury will represent a diverse mix of knowledge and experience. The final prize will be announced during the first day of the hackathon. A hint? Something that will boost your knowledge and creativity to the fullest!


Event Format:

The hackathon will be held in an online format using Zoom platform and other online learning tools. The whole event will be in English language.



Submit you application at this link by Monday, 10th May Wednesday, 12th May: Hurry up, the places are limited!

NB: one application = one team. Choose one team member who will represent you and fill in the form for the team!


Questions? Contact us!


Who are we?

Project BEST is a project of 7 partners from Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Italy that have the common motivation to improve the effective integration of migrants into the labour market by providing the needed skills to become an entrepreneur.

Croatian partners, Centre for Peace Studies and Impact Hub Zagreb, are hosting this astonishing online event with participants from all over the world!


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