Start, grow, scale and make an impact 

Impact Hub Amsterdam offers a unique acceleration trajectory, designed to help impact entrepreneurs at the most crucial stages of their development to start, grow and scale their business and make a positive impact in The Netherlands and beyond.

In addition to in-house programs such as the Business Model Challenge and the Investment Ready Program, we collaborate with corporate, governmental and other organisations to co-design customized accelerators across multiple sectors and impact areas.

Programs OPEN for applications!

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March 2018 – June 2018

Application deadline: 10 March 2018

Do you have a brilliant business idea for a better world? Join our Business Model Challenge to turn your idea into a scalable business model!

Together with experts from organisations such as Accenture, we will teach you the growth techniques used by the nearly 300 startups we incubated to date.

Ready for takeoff? Apply and build your business in 3 months!

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Amsterdam Inclusion Challenge

Apply by 15 Mar 2018

Are you a bridge builder between Amsterdam’s different cultures? Does your entrepreneurial initiative focus on the urban inclusion of minorities and newcomers? Want to get a €30K grant to prototype it in Amsterdam?

As part of the EU Social Challenges innovation platform, we have joined forces with our partners at SDG House to take on the 2018 Amsterdam Social Inclusion Challenge.

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Investment Ready Program

Apply by 4 Dec 2018

12 January 2019 – 25 May 2019

During this 5-month accelerator sponsored by ING we’ll help you review your business model, strategy and team and craft a funding plan to grow your sustainable business.

At the program’s concluding Demo Day, you’ll pitch your plan to our network of impact investors for a chance to join the ranks of alumni who have raised more than 8,5 million euro.

Looking for the right investor? Learn to think like one!

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Plastic Free Ocean accelerator

5 Feb – 5 Oct 2018

With plastic waste getting into the ocean at a rate of 1 dump truck per minute and a bleak prediction of more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050, the time to act is now.

WWF and Impact Hub Amsterdam are joining forces to accelerate 10 startups that develop innovative solutions to reduce plastic pollution and plastic leakage into the ocean.

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Investment Ready Program

Demo Day: 25 May 2018
From a fashion library to furniture made of fished plastic and water heated by servers, say hello to the new generation of sustainable entrepreneurs.

During this fifth edition, 11 participants examine their own companies through the lens of a potential investor. Then, they get to pitch their funding proposals to our network of purpose-driven investors and funds at our Demo Day.

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Past client programs

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Amsterdam City Fellowship

With this accelerator we help facilitate collaboration between impact entrepreneurs and the City of Amsterdam. The aim of this close cooperation is to co-create and implement innovative solutions to health-related urban challenges.

In this 8-month program, which ran until December 2017, impact entrepreneurs develop their innovative products / services and receive expert guidance and mentoring from the municipality and Impact Hub’s extensive networks.

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New Material Award Challenge

In this incubator co-created with the DOEN Foundation, we helped 12 designers nominated for the prestigious New Material Award with developing business plans for their innovative products.

And to ensure they can get their designs out there, we boosted their knowledge of strategy, finance, legal, production, branding, and impact measurement.

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Organic Food Against Climate Change

Multinational food company Wessanen wants to contribute to a green future by changing the way we produce our food and by encouraging consumers to make more sustainable choices.

This is why, in addition to offering a 97% vegetarian range, Wessanen decided to collaborate with Impact Hub and open up its network and expertise to entrepreneurs that address key challenges of the global food system.

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Scale internationally


Booking Booster

As the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, wanted to give its customers the best experience in every destination they travel to.

The company partnered with our Impact Hub network to co-create an intensive three-week accelerator that aims to turn tourism into a force for good by improving the sustainability of destinations through cultural heritage, environment and inclusive business.

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Building a European Network of Incubators for Social Innovation (BENISI)

We worked together with a cluster of Impact Hubs to build a European network of incubators capable of identifying impactful social innovations – new entrepreneurial solutions to Europe’s most pressing social and environmental needs – and of helping them to scale successfully across the continent.