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Stay up to date with our latest news and follow the stories that shape our industry! We’ll be sharing inspiring success stories and keep you in the loop with our newest challenges and freshest partnerships! Hear what the Impact Hub Amsterdam team has to say about the changes happening in our world, as well as special guest writers and experts from our community.

1 September

Beter, Minder Of Geen: 3 Alternatieven Voor Plastic Verpakkingen

Op 3 juli 2021 is in de EU een verbod op plastic wegwerpartikelen van kracht gegaan. Daaronder vallen meeneembakjes, rietjes en bekers, maar ook productverpakkingen. Hoe ga je als bedrijf met zo’n verandering om? Er zijn oplossingen! Op 26 augustus organiseerden we een event bij CIRCL in Amsterdam als inspiratie om te laten zien wat er al kan. Gemist? Hieronder vind je de recap, met 3 innovatieve oplossingen voor minder, beter en geen plastic.
1 September

Meet The Startups | Food Pioneers Program 2021

In 6-moths, these startups will take their business to the next level through training and guidance by Food Hub, Impact Hub Amsterdam, and Flevo Campus professionals. Meet the new batch of startups joining this edition of the Village Food Pioneers program!
18 August

Impact Nation Matches

We are halfway through Impact Nation 2021! After defining their respective sustainability challenges, we matched Kapimex, AmperaPark, and ABN AMRO to up to 3 innovative companies ready to solve these challenges. On 23 June, all three challenge owners selected their best match! In the coming 100 days, they will work together to build a Minimum Lovable Product. We will provide them with support and facilitate regular check-ins, so the three teams will be ready to present the outcome of their collaboration(s) to an audience of various stakeholders on Demo Day.
22 July

Impact Report 2019-2020

We are proud to share the highlights from our community and offerings over the last 2 years. We also mention the initiatives dear to our Hub hearts that we delivered in response to the fallouts of Covid-19. In this report, you can read about how we live our purpose and values as an impact business, as well as the impact we have made with our community through our thematic ecosystems to entrepreneur change in food, circularity, fashion, and inclusion.
14 April

Meet the startups | BMC Inclusion edition

In three months, these startups will finetune their business plan, strengthen their entrepreneurial skills, and expand their impact business network. Meet the new batch startups that joined our themed edition of Business Model Challenge (BMC) focusing on inclusion!
14 April

Meet the startups | Business Model Challenge #20

In three months, these startups will finetune their business plan, strengthen their entrepreneurial skills, and expand their impact business network. Meet the new batch startups that joined our twentieth Business Model Challenge (BMC)!
13 April

Bouwen aan een Circulaire Modeketen

We interviewden drie belangrijke spelers binnen de textielsector die hebben bijgedragen aan een circulaire modeketen en bespraken wat er nodig is om het circulaire ecosysteem van de provincie Noord-Holland te versterken.
18 March

Meet the Circular Entrepreneurs | Investment Ready Program 2021

The Investment Ready Program, whose main partner is ING Netherlands Foundation, is our five-month accelerator for circular impact entrepreneurs with scalable solutions to global problems. We guide a cohort of selected participants through a systematic review of their business strategy, model, and team before they craft a validated growth and investment plan. We do this to help them attract the right investor and secure funding that matches their growth ambitions. This year, the Investment Ready Program went international!
10 March

Meet the entrepreneurs in the Boost je Buurt challenge

Soup that combats food waste and elderly loneliness, a gallery for artists with a psychological vulnerability, and serving boards made from the reclaimed wood of locally felled trees. These are just three of the 27 participants of Boost je Buurt (Dutch for Boost Your Neighbourhood), an initiative of Amsterdam Impact, the City of Amsterdam’s impact entrepreneurship programme.
5 March

4 Lessen uit het RE:SILIENCE-programma

Om impact entrepreneurs te helpen om hun veerkracht te versterken hebben Impact Hub Amsterdam, Goldschmeding Foundation en Amsterdam Impact het RE:SILIENCE-programma ontwikkeld en eind 2020 aangeboden aan ruim 20 circulaire ondernemers. Het programma bestond uit een combinatie van peer-to-peer intervisiesessies, masterclasses over businessmodellen, sales, growth hacking, finance en team, en individuele mentorgesprekken. We verzamelden de vier belangrijkste lessen rondom veerkracht die naar voren kwamen uit het programma.
17 February

COVID-19 as a Tipping Point | Where are they now?

Last summer, we published our research into how COVID-19 affected impact entrepreneurs in the food sector. Up next, the follow-up! How are they now and what happened in the meantime?
11 January

Impact Hub Amsterdam activates next level impact

As Impact Hub Amsterdam turns 12, we’ve decided to make some changes to unleash its higher potential. Our vision, when we started in 2008, was ambitious: a radically better world. In 2020 we take a stand for a fully green and inclusive economy, and draw from our long-standing work with innovators to collectively pioneer change in the mainstream: Impact Hub Amsterdam’s new level of ambition is born.
18 December

Meet the Food Startups | Impact the Food Chain Accelerator 2020

The Impact the Food Chain Accelerator, part of our Food Ecosystem, is a 5-month program growth programme for impact entrepreneurs who work on the transition to a more sustainable food system. For the 2020 edition, we selected 10 startups that focus on shorter and fairer value chains or sustainable (alternative) food products.
16 December

Relegating plastics in sportswear

Iron Roots© was founded in 2017, by Ashkan, Stefan & Erik, three friends that were fed up with the fact that more than 90% of all sportswear was made from plastics. When they didn't find a good alternative, they decided to take matters in our own hands.
14 December

Building the new plastics economy together

In 2015, the City of Amsterdam and Impact Hub Amsterdam started a relationship to share ideas, networks, actions and reflections to make the city’s growing social entrepreneurship ecosystem more explicit and better equipped. We are pleased to share what our partnership has accomplished and what we have learned.
8 December

Closing the Loop creëert waarde uit afval

Joost de Kluijver is al een lange tijd werkzaam in de mobiele telefonie sector. De telefoon is een icoon geworden van technologische vooruitgang, stelt hij. Met zijn bedrijf Closing the Loop voorkomt Joost dat telefoons na een aantal jaar trouwe dienst op de vuilnisbelt terechtkomen.
1 December

SDG Meetup | Gender Equality

For the fourth edition of our SDG Meetup series, organised with C-Change and SDG House, we explored gender equality, which aims to empower all women and girls around the world.
30 November

Meet the Circular Entrepreneurs | Investment Ready Program 2020

The Investment Ready Program, whose main partner is ING Netherlands Foundation, is our five-month accelerator for circular impact entrepreneurs with scalable solutions to global problems. We guide a cohort of selected participants through a systematic review of their business strategy, model, and team before they craft a validated growth and investment plan. We do this to help them attract the right investor and secure funding that matches their growth ambitions. Read on to meet the IRP alumni of 2020!
25 November

Secrets of a successful business model

As we get closer to the lucky 13th edition of our Business Model Challenge (BMC) accelerator, which already helped 270 startups develop a better business model, here’s what you can learn from the top 3 finalists of the previous BMC edition.
18 November

Building a city ecosystem for impact

In 2015, the City of Amsterdam and Impact Hub Amsterdam started a relationship to share ideas, networks, actions and reflections to make the city’s growing social entrepreneurship ecosystem more explicit and better equipped. As we reflect on three years of collaboration, we are pleased to share what our partnership has accomplished and what we have learned.
8 November

The legal challenges of circular economy

You can’t deny it: the circular economy is booming. De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is our partner and gives Impact Hub members and program participants legal advice in setting up or running an impact business.
30 October

Report | COVID-19 as a Tipping Point

We investigated how impact entrepreneurs in the food sector and their stakeholders were affected by the COVID-19 crisis and identified interventions that can accelerate the transition to a sustainable food system.
25 October

Sustainable Travels

The Young Impactmakers community hosted a Sustainable Travels event and invited impact-driven enterprises to pitch their ideas on environmentally and socially responsible ways of travelling.
22 October

Meet the Food Scale-ups | Soft-landing Program 2020

Impact Hub Amsterdam, Amsterdam Impact (the City of Amsterdam’s impact entrepreneurship programme) and ABN AMRO organised a 5-day digital soft-landing visit to Berlin for 6 sustainable food companies looking to expand into the German market.
18 October

SDG meetup | Inclusion

In this special SDG Meetup, we explored inclusion from the same plural perspective, through the lenses of SDG 5: Gender Equality, SDG 10: Reduce Inequality and SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. Keep reading to find out how Klabu, WelcomeApp and Meer Vrouwen in de Politiek (Dutch for ‘More Women in Politics’) contribute to achieving one or more of these SDGs.
8 September

Meet the Food Startups | Impact the Food Chain Accelerator 2019

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Impact the Food Chain Accelerator, part of our Food Ecosystem, is a 5-month program for impact entrepreneurs who work on the transition to a more sustainable food system. For the 2019 edition, we selected 12 startups that focus on shorter and fairer value chains, circularity against food waste, or sustainable (alternative) products.
27 May

Creating an Ecology of Social Innovation

Originally founded as ‘The Hub’ in 2005 in a 4th floor reclaimed space in London's Islington, Impact Hub has grown bottom up into a global ecology of social innovation communities across 50 countries. Read about its early years!
24 May

Collaborative Spaces: In Process and Practice

The inspiration to write this article is based on a series of experiences spanning the co-building of our Impact Hub in Amsterdam, working with TILT to host a collaborative space design process with Impact Hub Siracusa, witnessing the evolution of Elos Institute’s work with the Oasis Game in (re-)building neighbourhoods, and a community conversation in (previously existing) Impact Hub Seattle exploring “How can we together create a collaborative, inspired, and connected place that will powerfully support and accelerate our entrepreneurial work, our collective impact and our mutual success?” These events - coupled with my work in community-building in diverse settings and cultures - have led me to see collaborative space-making as a living process and practice much needed in our places.
14 April

Purpose as a collective practice | Building purpose-driven organisations through engaging the power of the collective

Business plays a significant role in driving societal evolution. It provides livelihood support for billions, fuels progress, and offers a way to freedom and independence. Social enterprises attempt to put purpose at the core of business endeavors for a better result on people, planet, and profit. However, no business is safe from risk. Today, many businesses are bumping up against hardship as they continue to be informed by outdated economic paradigms and run with strained management practices even as they face increased competition. When the inevitable challenges surface for social enterprises, do they honor their purpose or default to economic imperatives?
28 June

Collaboration: The Courage to Step into a Meaningful Mess

We have all experienced the messiness of collaboration: the divergent perspectives that we wonder how to marry, the many coloured post-its that litter the walls having grown out of their intended organised-by-cluster layering, the agreed action steps that lost original inspiration as soon as the group re-encountered the everyday life of email and phone calls. What makes collaboration worth it?
26 May

Citizen Entrepreneurship: Creating Space for a more Collaborative Economy

Social entrepreneurs and governments speak different languages. However, understanding each other is essential to achieve quality of life through the businesses we start, grow and scale.
26 April

Societal Renewal | Learning about the dance between policy, politics and practice

On November 2014 at Impact Hub Amsterdam, 30 civil servants, politicians and social entrepreneurs were brought together for a two-part innovation lab - named the Societal Renewal Lab - where a dedicated group with diverse perspectives was invited to take a deeper dive into understanding the system constraints that get in the way of collaboration around shared goals for a healthier society. We focused on the question: How can we create an enabling environment for social enterprising?