BUSINESS MODEL CHALLENGE 

Do you have a business idea that will make a great impact on the world?

During the Business Model Challenge we will boost your business idea into a workable business model, so you can really start kicking it off! A program for social entrepreneurs.
Participant stories
Sivan Breemhaar_Afriek | Impact Hub Amsterdam

Sivan Breemhaar

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Michel Visser | Konnektid | Impact Hub Amsterdam

Michel Visser

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Increase your impact with a better business model!

We believe that a solid business model is fundamental to achieving great impact. A strong foundation enables your business to create sustainable impact and to grow in the future.

The Business Model Challenge is a three month program which will stimulate you to create a viable business model. The program is designed to empower entrepreneurs by providing expert knowledge and stimulating peer to peer learning. You offer us dedication. We offer you group training days and masterclasses, individual mentoring, and office space for one day a week during the entire duration of the program in return.

So… Do you have that groundbreaking impactful idea and do you need that extra bit of expertise in translating it into a real business? Is your current business model outdated? Or do you simply want to challenge your existing business model?

Become part of the next BMC Cohort and join the Impact Hub Network!

What do you get out of it?

The next editions of the Business Model Challenge will start in October. Both the light and the intensive edition have a maximum capacity of 12 participants.

We will give you the tools to…
  • get in the right mindset to lift your product or service to a higher level
  • find out what differentiates your product or service from others
  • acquire the necessary knowledge about your target audience
  • get lots of feedback on your product or service so you can improve it
  • learn how to tell your story convincingly through a strong presentation
  • apply techniques to grow a business, which have been used by successful social startups and companies
At the end of BMC…
  • you will have thoroughly tested your product or service
  • you will know how to put your product in the market (the right product market fit)
  • you will have a functional and appropriate business model

You will also benefit from:
  • a peer to peer methodology, receive feedback and support from your fellow entrepreneurs
  • an experienced entrepreneur as mentor
  • support from accounting firm RS Finance to set up or grow your business
  • a workplace at Impact Hub Amsterdam for 1 day a week
  • access to the Impact Hub members network and its activities
  • a 40% discount on space bookings
  • 1-day Final: the opportunity to pitch your idea at the Stakeholders Forum event
 

Book your intake

  • Which societal issue do you want to solve with your impact venture? Social, Environmental, Economic?
  • Let us know before hand which pressing entrepreneurial challenges you would like to tackle. It helps us to deliver you customized value in the first intake assssement.
  • In which phase is your enterprise? Idea, first concept, concept, startup, running business?
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.



Application deadline



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Partners

"Impact Hub Amsterdam is the leading global network designed for creative collaborative action to realise enterprising ideas for a better world. By offering social innovators an d entrepreneurs access to a unique ecosystem of inspiration, people, programmes and resources they realise enterprising ideas for sustainable impact. The overall Business Model Challenge program is facilitated by trainers at Impact Hub Amsterdam."




"Stewardship means building a better company for future generations, acting with an owner mentality, developing our people and helping improve communities and the global environment."

Program fee

€ 799,- ex BTW per person (+1 business partner half price)



Course Dates

Training days
Wednesday 1 February [9:00 – 17:00]
Wednesday 1 March [9:00 – 17:00]
Wednesday 15 March [9:00 – 17:00]

Masterclasses
Startup Tour: 27 January [14:30 – 18:00]
Marketing & Branding: 2 February [15:00 – 18:00]
WordPress: 2 March [15:00 – 18:00]
Pitch & Pizza: 29 March [18:00 – 21:00]
Finance: 6 April [15:00 – 18:00]
Stakeholder Forum: 13 April [16:00 – 19:00]

Programme facilitators

Ron van den Akker

Ron van den Akker

Ron has set up a fast growing, global, online community for and by young entrepreneurs, which has given him the chance to meet and work with thousands of young entrepreneurs from across the globe. After a few years of learning about business, strategy, markets, financial models, etc. at McKinsey & Company, he loves nothing more than to use his skills to support starting entrepreneurs in achieving their goals. He spends his spare time working on his latest social enterprise: CollAction.

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Linda Stolp | Impact Hub Amsterdam | TEDxAmsterdam | Business Model Challenge

Linda Stolp

Linda is the coördinator of the Business Model Challenge. Linda has a lot of experience with bringing concepts and ideas into reality. In her experience as coordinator of the business model challenge and her work for TEDx she has seen a lot of ideas fail or succeed. Linda loves asking critical questions and with her fearlessness she hopes to inspire the applicants to challenge them to get the best out of themselves.

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Jasper Mutsaerts

Jasper Mutsaerts – Facilitator BMC intensive

Jasper Mutsaerts learned talking and walking in Igogwe, Tanzania and from then on his restless legs have dragged him through all corners of the globe, living for longer periods in The Hague, Salamanca, Amsterdam, Buenos Aires, Delhi and London. Jasper loves connecting people. After doing projects for McKinsey, Foundation Run for Human Rights Watch, the Dutch National Think Tank and THNK, he caught the start-up fever. He has set-up Kula society, Bohemian Birds and Start Your Business on a Boat and loves to give workshops.

Location

Impact Hub Amsterdam
Haarlemmerweg 10c
1014 BE Amsterdam
The Netherlands
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Testimonials

Social startup Coleoptera - Aagje Hoekstra - Impact Hub Amsterdam

Coleoptera

‘‘I would advise the Business Model Challenge to others because it really helped me to focus on the things that are important for my enterprise, and let fo the things which weren’t.” – Aagje Hoekstra, Coleoptera, Public Winner 2014 BMC #6’’

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Afriek, Impact Hub Amsterdam, Benisi, Social Enterprise, MVO, ondernemen, startup, Business Model Challenge

Afriek

“It is amazing to see during the Business Model Challenge how willing people were to help us realize our dream. Also outside the formal programme, we received so much – whether by giving branding or legal advice or offering other resources. In that sense, Afriek is a bigger dream than just ours.”

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Idea: A website that bundles the information about plant-based eating and showcases plant-based restaurants and events.

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Stephane | Buurtpartners

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Jurg | Buurtpartners

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Hotske | Growndowntown

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Wybe | StarterKids

Idea: Maker kits for kids. Self-build kits with which kids (of age group 6-12) can make tools and machines that actually work…

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Zhi | Access To Health

Idea: An online, comprehensive healthcare information platform for expats and immigrants, designed to improve their capabilit…

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Stacy | Fer-TEA-lizer

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Svetlana | Drift Cosmetics

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Jose | PIA Bioplastics

Idea: Bio-based PET plastic pellets produced of raw material (potatoes). Impact: (i) We hope to change consume…

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Yoni | Wintervacht

Idea: Elegant winter coats made from recycled traditional Dutch blankets. Impact: All our products will be mad…

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Annick | Sustainable Talent

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Diederick | getchefs.nl

Idea: An online platform that enables chefs to offer surplus dishes from their restaurants. Impact: Reduce foo…

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Philip | Growndowntown

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Marleen | Jonggeleerd

Idea: A program in which enthusiastic, lonely elderly people read with children who have a language development delay. …

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Anil | Gobiomiles

Idea: A digital platform (GBM Engine) that calculates the CO2 footprint and environmental pollution per flight and enables th…

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Lyndsey | Reflow

Idea: Converting plastic waste into recycled 3D print filament; the input material for 3D printers. Impact: Fo…

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Zsolt | Melohello

Idea: A marketplace aimed towards offering a platform to democratise temporary, and seasonal employment. Impac…

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Reinier | Presence4Life

Idea: An advanced course that teaches you how to attain a state of inner peace on a permanent basis. Impact: I…

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Bruce | getchefs.nl

Idea: An online platform that enables chefs to offer surplus dishes from their restaurants. Impact: Reduce foo…

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Somaye | Media Web Shop

Idea: A website for presenting and selling contents such as articles, reports, interviews, pictures, audio reports and multim…

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Idea: A website for presenting and selling contents such as articles, reports, interviews, pictures, audio reports and multim…

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