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Social Impact: what’s all the fuss about?


Since I joined MAZE, I have learned quite a bit on the meaning of impact. The most important thing is that impact, whether social or environmental, is the greatest social economic opportunity of our time. Once you get it, you cannot forget it. Here’s how I see it: What is social impact? Social impact is […]

Ina, EcoWave power, Tim, Vytal, Dora, imagiLabs, Fede, sepiia, participants of the second cohort of Maze X, the impact startup accelerator.

Four growing impact businesses that were accelerated by Maze X Startup Accelerator


Last year, EU-Startups posted an article with 4 recommendations to help you get into Maze X. In 2020, it shared four success stories of four Maze X alumni, why they were chosen and how the programme helped them boost their impact. We are resharing it here too. Vytal, a smart reusable packaging-as-a-service for takeaway Convenient […]

Knok healthcare closes a €1.7m investment to accelerate the democratisation of access to health, through video consultations

🌱Knok healthcare closes a €1.7m investment to accelerate the democratisation of access to health, through video consultations


We are proud to lead this round for the Porto-based startup that improves access to essential healthcare services, along with Fundo de Inovação Social.

Payments for Ecosystem Services explained: financing the planet’s regeneration


More than half of the world’s total GDP is dependent on Nature [1]. There is an intrinsic and commonly recognizable value to the natural world, that is reflected, economically, in the concept of ecosystem services. So, how do these services work?

Four ideas to embed impact within an organisation

Four ideas to embed impact within an organisation


‘The next decade will be defined by companies that have a social and environmental purpose’, said a partner of Index Ventures, one of the largest venture capital funds in Europe. The CEO of Y Combinator, one of the leading accelerators in the world which has invested in companies such as Airbnb, Dropbox, Reddit, among many others, also […]

ouse party and good times. Picture by Eric Nopanen

10 ways to keep your online community engaged (or to throw a great house party)


There’s nothing like a good house party, right? You’re not alone. I feel you.
Well, let me tell you there are at least 10 ways a good online community is somewhat like a good house party. For clarity, and as program manager, I will use the example of Maze X, an impact startup accelerator based in Lisbon, Portugal, to explain how we have succeeded in getting the party started and going. I hope these action-oriented tips help you to create great community engagement — or throw an amazing house party after the pandemic.


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