Impact Hub Amsterdam, Goldschmeding Foundation, and Amsterdam Impact have developed the RE:SILIENCE program to support and equip impact-driven companies with the tools to emerge from the Covid-19 crisis stronger than before. In the first months of the crisis, many companies were forced to quickly adjust, and while impact-driven companies have already been developing innovative and resilient business models, they are not immune to disruptive economic developments. This program supports impact entrepreneurs as they review, reflect, and reevaluate their strategy, allowing their short-term steps to stretch into resilient long-term plans.
Find out below which 12 impact entrepreneurs are taking part in this program!
Paper on the Rocks uses kind-to-resources, tree-free paper made from construction and agricultural waste to make notebooks of the highest quality, designed for smooth writing, doodling, and drawing. They are ideal for writers, creatives, professionals, and anyone that wants to change the world by the stroke of a pen.
Roetz-bikes recycles frames from used bikes, so each bike is a one-of-a-kind with unique details. Roetz believes in second chances and strives for a circular and inclusive society. Where others see scrap, Roetz sees raw material. In the Roetz Fair Factory, workers who struggle to enter the labor market make beautiful bicycles by hand and with pride. They are trained to become experienced bicycle mechanics with an understanding of the business, and leave with positive prospects for future employment.
Sustainer Homes believes in innovative materials, design, and construction techniques to realise your own design in a more sustainable, beautiful, and simple way. Traditional building leaves a lot to be desired, generating vast amounts of waste and CO2 emissions. A leader in sustainable and circular construction, Sustainer Homes prioritises attention to detail, smart systems, and custom design.
De Groene Afslag is a social and circular location for eating, drinking, working, meeting, learning, and celebrating. What started as a temporary pop-up, De Groene Afslag was asked to become the beating heart of a new eco-district, and continues unabated despite the pandemic.
Studio Jux offers an alternative to fast fashion with their favourite guilt-free goods, available online and in-store. Next to their own collection (made in their own factories, women empowerment projects, and social enterprises based in Kathmandu, Nepal), you’ll find a wide assortment of well-designed products that are made sustainably and ethically. This means they can ensure safe and healthy working conditions for their employees, maximise their social impact, and minimise environmental impact at the same time.
De Ceuvel is an award-winning planned workplace for creative and social enterprises on a former shipyard off the river IJ in Amsterdam North. A ‘city playground’ for innovation, experimentation, and creativity, De Ceuvel aims to make sustainability tangible, accessible and fun. They enjoy sharing knowledge and hope that it will grow, spread, and multiply. The former industrial plot is home to a thriving community of entrepreneurs and artists, where all involved have lent a hand to build Amsterdam’s first circular office park. The plot hosts sustainable soil-cleaning technologies, creative workspaces, a cultural venue, a sustainable cafe, spaces to rent, and a floating bed & breakfast.
Innofest offers impact startups the opportunity to test their prototype at 11 festivals to give a kick start to their success. While the summer of festivals was cancelled this year due to the pandemic, Innofest are working hard to give entrepreneurs the opportunity to test their product or service and thus improve it further. In this way, they remain hopeful to help startups on their way to a successful market launch, even in these challenging times.
Goodhout produces boards using the husks from the billions of coconuts harvested annually from coconut farms, which would normally go to waste. The coconut husks become the bio-based composite for Goodhout’s Coconut Husk Board, which is 100% natural, made without any toxic or chemical additives such as formaldehyde, which are common in comparable wood-based panels and composites. This solution is the result of over fifteen years of material science and wood engineering innovation.
Plastic Whale is a social enterprise with a mission – they want to achieve plastic-free waters globally. They do this by showing others that economic value can be created from plastic waste, involving as many people and businesses as possible within three pillars: Collect, Create, and Educate.
BYBORRE is a movement that believes in a radical approach to textiles. Thinking about the future of people and the planet, BYBORRE ignores the traditional, the wasteful, and the inflexible. Instead the studio questions everything, from the manufacturing chain to the creative process. It works like open-source thinking, and gives brands, businesses and respected institutions a chance to create bespoke textiles in a stream-lined, waste-conscious manner. Using collaboration, research, and technology available on it’s platform, BYBORRE prioritises the goal to spread positive impact and improve creative processes.
Fiction Factory is an interior design construction studio based in Amsterdam that makes anything you can imagine: exhibitions, shop interiors, offices, and restaurants, but also complicated one-off productions and stands. They bring purposeful design to life using sustainable techniques throughout the process of planning, sourcing materials, and constructing.
De Verspillingsfabriek repurposes food that would have gone to waste according to a circular business model. Using ‘ugly’ food that is too misshapen or bruised to sell, they make soups, stews and sauces as well as turn residual flows into animal feed and use it for bio-fermentation. In doing that, De Verspillingsfabriek offers a cost-effective solution for the agrifood sector to become more circular and less wasteful.