Impact Hub Waikato is a part of one of the world’s largest networks focused on building entrepreneurial communities for impact at scale. In more than 101 locations over the world, we are home to the innovators, the dreamers and the entrepreneurs who are creating tangible solutions to the world’s most pressing issues.



At Impact Hub Waikato, we believe that the world’s greatest challenges will never be solved by one person or organization alone. We need to work together. That’s why we set out to create a thriving innovation ecosystem where people collaborate across organizations, cultures and generations to solve the grand challenges of our time #SDG.


Impact Hub Waikato is New Zealand’s first Impact Hub! In 2017 the team of Co-Founders began working behind the scenes to turn Impact Hub Waikato from a dream into a reality. We became a member of the Impact Hub Association in April 2019.

Impact Hub is a globally connected network of change makers, currently operating in 5 continents, with more than 100 Impact Hubs having more than 16,000 global members. As a part of a global network of entrepreneurial communities for impact, we will be home to the innovators, the visionaries and the entrepreneurs who are creating tangible solutions to the pressing issues of the Waikato.

Part business incubator and part innovation lab, we offer our local members unique opportunities to collaborate, seek resources, and gain inspiration.


We believe a better world is created through the combined accomplishments of compassionate, creative, and committed individuals focused on a common purpose.

From Amsterdam to Johannesburg, Singapore to San Francisco, Impact Hub has evolved into a rapidly expanding, diverse global network of over 16.000+ members in 100+ locations. Each community is a wealth of innovative programs, events, and cutting-edge content. Step into any one of our Impact Hubs worldwide and immerse yourself in the local experience of a global movement.


We are a team of thinkers & doers, movers & shakers, storytellers & bridge builders – but above all, we are social enterprise enthusiasts who create a home for innovative ideas that create positive social change.

Paul Kerssens

Impact Support & Innovation Lead

Nanise Ginnen

Co-Founder & Director, South Waikato Development Lead

Emma Sinclair

Director of Community

Tony O’Brien

Corporate Engagement Lead

Ella Stuart

Programme Manager & Community Coach

Ben Ansel

Community & Operations Manager

Esther Wangu Gathambo

Community & Events Manager

Chantelle Cobby

Social Media Marketing Coordinator

Julia Imo

Community Coordinator, South Waikato

Impact Hub Waikato

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