On Thursday April 7, this 3-months cohort phase of the Eight Billion Lives Fellowship by Impact Hub and Munich Re reached its summit in the final jury panel. After a long an exciting day the four winning teams were awarded. They are now Impact Hub Fellows and will get full support and mentoring from both the Impact Hub Munich and Munich Re to scale their impact and eventually make a difference.

We are thrilled to announce the four new Fellows:




Mark, Developer & Partnerships Officer; Pascal, Developer; Lucy, Operations and Financial Officer

Useley is an online platform designed for people to share electronic/household products, specializing on cameras. They stand for less stuff, but more experience. The application strives to establish a culture of sharing, providing the users with an infrastructure for hand-over – in the form of electronic lockers. The concept and technology promotes a sharing economy mindset. A reduction of resource consumption and less electronic waste is an important step towards a sustainable future.
Useley started with a founding team of three. Currently they are in the process of company foundation and grew by six additional interns. Through operations, they have deeply touched 80 lives so far. Their cameras have been part of weddings, adventure travels and many other life changing events.


Querfeld (former Ugly Fruits)

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Stefan Kukla, Project Management (Munich); Amelie Mertin, Organization & Network (Munich); Frederic Goldkorn, Organization & Logistics (Berlin); Isabelle Bleeser, Organization (Berlin); Gregor Keller, IT (Berlin); Manuel Puchta, Webdesign (Hamburg); Giacomo Blume, Design & Communication (Berlin); Daniel Plath, Design & Communication (Berlin); Moritz Glück, Design & Communication (Berlin).


Millions of tons of vegetables produced by farmers are either not collected from the field or simply thrown away. They are too ugly to be sold, or not well-shaped for transport. Querfeld seeks to ensure that the producers receive a relevant additional income, strengthen local value chains, and promote regional seasonal food production. Initially starting out as awareness campaigns the project then grew to cooperate with food retailers. They are enlarged their network into working with smaller shops, catering centers and educational institutions. Moreover, they expanded their product line with so called “Hässliche Süpplein” (ugly soups). The team of Querfeld is working partly from Berlin and partly form Munich. Throughout the journey they received an additional team member and are now 4 members working fulltime in the company.


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Karim, Business Manager; Yvonne, Operations Manager; Nikhil, Product Conceptualization; Matthew, Software Developer and Data Analytics, Birgit: Research & Development, Jannai: System Design & Product Development

The WHO states that Air pollution is the world’s largest single environmental health risk. Hawa Dawa wants to tackle this problem by introducing a portable device that measures the level of exposure to air pollution. The device performs multiple functions, including information storage, data processing and data crowdsourcing to an interactive map. The long-term ambition of Hawa Dawa is to create a community of health- and environmentally aware individuals. The Hawa Dawa Team is international and headquartered in Munich. During the Cohort Phase they went to Kairo, Egypt to perform field research and market testing.


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Tara McCartney, Evelyn Mansutti & Julia Hollaender

The team has developed a female empowerment approach for developing countries. They train the women in health and nutrition, sustainable gardening, literacy and sales. The topic of malnutrition is core to the team and Haryana, India, is their starting point. The intention of the project is to free women the burden of malnutrition (focusing on key causes, such as illiteracy and unemployment, restricted diet, lack of health facilities, sanitation issues, and low status of women). Throughout the cohort phase the team grew by two members and found an academic partner. Moreover, they have found several interesting plots of land in Haryana and will take a decision soon, after having seen them in reality. This land will be the basis of their ‘model farms’ where they will train women and produce crops.


Read the whole story about the Eight Billion Lives Fellowship here!




On the Eight Billion Lives Fellowship: In 2025, around eight billion people will live on our planet. Together with Munich Re, Impact Hub Munich are looking for the best ideas to shape a sustainable planet in the face of an ever rising world population. The Fellowship “Eight Billion Lives” offers aspiring social entrepreneurs support to launch and accelerate their ventures. “Eight Billion Lives” aims to enable social entrepreneurs in one of the following two fields: 1) Urbanisation and 2) Food Production and Consumption.

Full information can be found here.