Impact State of Mind - 2022


Impact State of Mind is NYC's grassroots UNGA side event about Climate Action and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals!(SDGs)

About this event

Impact State of Mind is a 3-day UNGA side event at the intersection of Climate Action and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Climate Change is the greatest challenge of our generation, but it's not the only one! We are organizing this event because we believe we have a responsibility to help advance efforts to combat climate while also taking into account the many other urgent issues that demand our attention now!

From decarbonizing cities to social justice, impact investing to health and cannabis, climate education to global governance - we need to get real about what it takes to improve people and planet simultaneously.

Impact State of Mind brings together local and global innovators to explore various intersections through co-creation, fire-side chats, panels, and networking. Our partners bring together a mix of sessions that leverage their deep and authentic experiences, while engaging audiences to magnify impact.

Each day of the event has it's own theme, and have their own free tickets/registration:

  • Wednesday, September 21st: "Building An African Innovation Ecosystem in NY," half-day event focusing on connecting NY and Africa's innovation communities to advance the SDGs (visit this page to get your ticket here.
  • Thursday, September 22nd: "Impact State of Mind - Climate Action x SDGs" A full-day of local and global content on taking action on climate and advancing the SDGs (get your ticket on this page)
  • Friday, September 23rd: "Culinary Action! On the Road" A food innovation round table and pitch competition in partnership with the Basque Culinary Center. Fill out this form to register.

Impact State of Mind is a free event for you! Whether you're an entrepreneur, investor, nonprofit, social innovator, corporate, advocate, student, in town for the UNGA, or just curious and open to helping solve the greatest challenges of our generation.

The innovation community in New York suffered during the COVID19 pandemic, and we see the need to bring people into the same room to exchange, learn, and build new partnerships that advance bold visions for the future that improve lives and protect the environment.

We invite you to be a part of this journey because we believe in the importance of bringing together both the relentless communities of grass-root innovators transforming the city and the global rainmakers who stream into New York every year, creating opportunities and synergies that don’t happen within the closed walls of the UN.

Food and Beverage:

Non-alcoholic beverages provided, food and alcohol for sale.


Wednesday, September 21st (3pm - 9pm):

Building An African Innovation Ecosystem in New York Visit this page to register 3:00pm - Doors open, registration, free head shots 4:45pm - Focus on Women Entrepreneurs - with Anie Akpe, Founder of African Women in Tech (AWIT), and Mary Olushoga, Founder of AWP Network 5:30pm - Food and networking 6:00pm - Welcome 6:10pm - Keynote, Advancing NYC - Africa Business Opportunities for Impact with Fredrick Kofi Ameyaw, Head of Information and Public Affairs at the Permanent Mission of Ghana to the United Nations 6:25pm - Fireside with Kojo (Terry) Oppong, Creator Manager at LinkedIn 6:35pm - The Future of Health Innovation in Africa - with Emily Sheldon, CEO & Co-founder of African Health Innovation Centre, and Sampson Kofi Adotey, Bertha Scholar of Inclusive Innovation at University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business 7:00pm - Collaboration and the Future of Remote Work in Africa - with the Baobab Consulting team: Liz Grossman Kitoyi - Co-Founder, Tony Muchai, Branding and Growth Initiatives Manager, Lara Abiona, Strategic Advisor, and Andrea Edman, Knowledge Management Coordinator 7:30pm - 9:00pm - Networking, Drinks, and Music Thursday, September 22nd (9am - 9pm): Impact State of Mind: Climate Action x SDGs *Get a ticket on this eventbrite page to register

9:00am: Doors Open 9:30am: Impact for Breakfast: featuring Phyllis Costanza President and Co-Founder of OutcomesX 10:30am: What's My Carbon Footprint- with Michelle Li, Founder of Clever Carbon, Founder of Women & Climate NYC 10:45: Carbon Footprint Literacy and the Future of Consumer Brands - with Michelle Li, Founder of Clever Carbon & Founder of Women & Climate NYC, and Emily Ewell - CEO of Pantys 11:15am: How to best approach carbon measurement & decarbonization strategies for organizations -with Neil Yeoh, Founder & CEO, OnePointFive 12:00pm: Hemp and Cannabis, the Plant-based SDG Solution - with Michael Zaytsev, Academic Director of Cannabis Degree Programs at LIM College, and David Abecassis, Managing Director, Green Growers Technology Alliance 12:45pm: Fireside Chat about Sustainable Fashion with Andrea Reyes - NYC Fair Trade Coalition and Maddie Gubernick, Co-founder of The Butterfly Club 1:30pm: Transforming Global Governance to stay within Planetary Boundaries - Maja Groff, Principal Legal Officer, Hague Conference on Private International Law 2:15pm: How Climate Education can be a Game Changer for a Net Zero World - with Dr. Shariha Khalid, Co-Founder, Impact Hub Kuala Lumpur, Dr. Judy Kuriansky, Professor of Psychology and Education, Columbia University Teachers College, Robert Forenza, Astronaut and Founder, Huggaplanets 3:45pm: Climate Action & Latin America: Collaborating with Brazil's Innovation Ecosystem - with Estela Damato, Strategic Partnerships at Impact Hub Sao Paulo, Denis Jacob, Managing Director at PwC, and Daniel Hale, Global Lead of the Climate Lab at The Purpose 4:30pm: Shifting to Sustainable and Resilient Cities - Isabelle Swiderski, Founder and Creative Director of Seven25, Amer Jandali, CEO & Founder of Future Meets Present 5:15pm: Innovating to Decarbonize New York's Buildings - with Taylor Rowe, Director of Customer and Capital Partnerships at The Clean Fight, Michael Izzo, VP of Carbon Strategy at Hines, and Will Sibia, Founder of Urbs l Urban Systems 6:00pm: Sourcing Global Innovations to Tackle Climate Change in New York - with Josephine Erni, Innovation Lead at SwissNex, Simone Tarantino Program Partner at Mind the Bridge and Investments and Startup Advisor at the Italian Trade Agency 6:45pm: Keynote Roundtable; Socio-Economic Justice x Climate Change in NYC - with Lloyd Cambridge, Founder and CEO of Progress Playbook, Mohammed Faisel, Co-founder of Impact Hub New York Metropolitan Area and CEO and Founder of 7:15pm: Networking, Drinks, and Music 9:00pm: Doors Close

Friday, September 23rd (9:30am - 1:30pm) Culinary Action - On the Road!

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Impact Hub New York Metropolitan Area is partnering with the Basque Culinary Center's Culinary Action and Impact Hub Madrid on the 2nd edition of “Culinary Action! On the Road,” an international entrepreneurship program for foodtech startups!

During Impact State of Mind there will be a food innovation round table and pitch competition; winning startups will be awarded a one-month residency at the “LABe-Digital Gastronomy Lab” startup incubator in Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain - an open innovation living lab run by the Basque Culinary Center. Join us to cheer them on and network in the culinary innovation world.

9:30am - Welcome by Basque Culinary Center and Impact Hub New York Metropolitan Area

9:50am - Round table "Food Tech and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in the US" with Ander Lopez - Entrepreneurship Manager at Basque Culinary Center; Hugo Uys - Advisor to Impact Hub New York Metropolitan Area; Alessandro Biggi - Founder at Avocaderia; Eneko Axpe - R&D at Impossible Foods & NASA; Juan Carlos Arboleya - Professor at Basque Culinary Center

10:20am - Pitch time! Henry Obispo - Founder and CEO of ReBorn Farms; Manny Tamargo - Co-Founder of Edge Foods, Adé Carrena - Company Owner of iLéWA Foods, Jonas Günther, Co-Founder of We Are The New Farmers.

11:10am - Inspirational session with Ghetto Gastro

11:30am - Winner Announcement

11:40am - Cocktails and light food, and networking

Impact State of Mind will be launched in collaboration with 45+ organizations including: Market Place of the Future, Adidas, Be Social Change, LMHQ, The David Prize, Greeningful Life, Center for Social Innovation, Impact for Breakfast, Women in Climate NYC, Clever Carbon, OnePointFive, Oceanic Global, Impact Hub Accra, OutcomesX, Permanent Mission of Ghana to the UN, Impact Hub Kuala Lumpur, Impact Hub Sao Paulo, NYC Fair Trade Coaltion, Seven25, Forward Ever Sustainable Business Alliance, Basque Culinary Center, The Money Hub NYC, Impact Mentors, LIM College, Impact Hub Houston, The Purpose, StartOut, MUN Impact, Clean Fight, Hines, The Center for SubUrban Climate Action, Progress Playbook, SwissNex, ChangeX, Italian Trade Agency, The Butterfly Club, Global Startup Ecosystem, URBS, Baobab Consulting, African Women in Technology, AWP Network, Global Challenges Foundation, Item13, Africa Future Summit, The African Health Innovation Centre,, and more!


Impact Hub New York Metropolitan Area


New York, NY

Date & Time

Sept. 21, 2022, 3 p.m. - Sept. 23, 2022, 1:30 p.m.



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