The Google.org Impact Challenge Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) is an open call for applications to provide €2m in funding to support initiatives that put digital inclusion at the heart of economic recovery. We want to empower nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations and academic institutions with charitable initiatives that use technology and innovation to help individuals and communities gain new skills for the future. Let’s build a digital economy for everyone.
Meet the organizations
We are delighted to announce the selected projects from the Google.org Impact Challenge Central and Eastern Europe. Each of these organizations receives funding between €50,000 and €250,000 and support from Google.
Listen Up Foundation
Uniting and empowering the diverse Deaf community.
Connecting disadvantaged students to educational and career opportunities through a global network of Bulgarians living abroad.
Green Energy Cooperative
Encouraging local citizens, especially women, to actively participate in renewable energy projects.
Providing support for startup founders in regional areas in Czechia to get their companies up and running.
Startup Wise Guys Foundation
Helping CEE get back on its feet with digital opportunities for startups.
Maker’s Red Box
Bringing digital learning methodologies to disadvantaged children.
Riga Tech Girls
Promoting digital skills among female artists, healthcare professionals and teachers.
Association Lithuanian Gay League
Combating homophobia and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Fundacja Studio M6
Helping underprivileged groups access employment and financial assistance.
Accelerating digital transformation in regions with limited access to education and economic opportunities.
Touch & Speech
Improving the quality of life of visually impaired people.
Providing a support platform for teachers.
UP FTS Turistica
Digitising tourism in rural communities to create new income opportunities.
About the challenge
At Google, we believe that innovation and inclusion go hand-in-hand. Digital is key to the economic recovery across Central and Eastern Europe and it needs to involve and benefit everyone.
To help ensure an inclusive digital future, we’re calling on organizations across 11 countries to develop innovative and inclusive solutions that will support individuals and communities in need through economic recovery.
The participating countries are: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia. The boldest and brightest ideas will be selected by a regional panel of experts and will be provided a total of €2 million in funding and support from Google.
Meet the partner
INCO Group believes that building an inclusive and sustainable economy is imperative given the growing inequalities and ecological dangers that much of the world is facing.
We seek to create new economic opportunities - jobs of the future - through our incubation of promising ideas and investments in emerging entrepreneurs that are creating solutions for social and environmental challenges.
We provide opportunities for underserved individuals to access the jobs of the future through a portfolio of training programs in our INCO Academy. Our programs aim to create economic opportunities for all and focus on digital transitions, entrepreneurship, and the green economy.
Google’s commitment to economic recovery and reducing inequality
At Google, we want to help ensure that the opportunities created by technology are available to everyone. Digitization has proven to play a key role in enabling social and economic activity. More than ever there is a need to focus on inclusive solutions and digital upskilling. Since 2015, we've helped millions of people find a job, grow their career or business. Now, we are here to help accelerate economic recovery through our technology, tools and training so that local businesses, communities and people can grow stronger, faster and become more resilient.
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Meet the experts
Hrvoje Josip Balen
Co-founder and President of the Managing Board at Algebra University
Head of Google.org
EMEA & APAC
Co-founder & CEO,
Zwolnieni z Teorii Foundation
Single Step Foundation,
Digital Champion of Slovenia
& Co-head of AI Lab at
Jozef Stefan Institute
Chairman and Founder
Google for Startups
Cybersecurity and Digital Policy Expert, Adviser to the President of Latvia for Information and Digital Policy
Founder of Social Impact Alliance for Central & Eastern Europe
INTEGRO Association, Bulgaria
Board member of
Former European Commissioner for Youth and Education, High Commissioner for the Economic Development of Northwest Hungary
Member of the European Parliament
Vice-chair of the Culture and Education Committee
Partner for governmental affairs in CZNIC and former Chairman of Czech Telecommunication Office
Prime Minister’s High Representative for Government Technology, Poland
President at the Digital National Alliance, Bulgaria
Former Prime Minister
Executive director of the
National Coalition of