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The social impact startup socialbnb is developing an online platform that connects travelers with social and environmental projects or social businesses around the world. We offer their unused spaces as overnight accommodations to travelers who want to travel in a more sustainable and authentic way. By staying overnight on site, the projects receive a sustainable source of income apart from donations and can thus finance their valuable work. This supports projects in the field of environment and animal welfare, as well as education, equality or health. Meanwhile, travelers have the opportunity to have an authentic and local travel experience, to immerse themselves in local life and to learn more about the respective project. In this way, we create a new form of sustainable tourism that benefits everyone. Founded by Nils Lohmann and Alexander Haufschild, socialbnb is based in Cologne, Germany.
Figures, Data, Facts
- Start of project phase 2018 – start as a project of the association Enactus at the University of Cologne.
- Founding team: Nils Lohmann, Alexander Haufschild
- Location Cologne
- Team size: 10
- 180 projects in 45 countries
- 800 test customers in beta phase since 2018
In Cambodia we met the tuk-tuk driver Seng Chanty. Seng wanted to build a school in his village to provide free English lessons for children. However, his social project lacked the necessary donations. Together we developed the idea of renting out the empty rooms of his house to travelers and letting them participate in the daily life of the village. Within three months, so many travelers visited Seng that he was able to build the school and hire an English teacher from the income. The idea of using the enormous power of tourism to fund sustainable projects stuck with us. Alongside our studies, we continued to pursue the idea over the years in a growing team. After overwhelming feedback from various projects and travelers, Alex & Nils from the team decided to found socialbnb as an independent social business in 2020.
Around the world, social and ecological projects are underfunded. Local projects in particular are highly dependent on donations, which often fail to materialize due to a lack of attention. As a result, they are unable to implement their valuable work. However, some projects have premises that we make bookable as sustainable accommodation for travelers. We advise the projects on how to get started in sustainable tourism and create additional attention through our platform.
Mission & Vision
Our mission is to sustainably fund social and environmental projects worldwide while creating authentic experiences for travelers.
We believe in sustainable tourism that benefits everyone. We are convinced that travel is an ideal way to break down prejudices and promote global exchange. We want to organize travel in such a way that the income from tourism benefits local people.
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