Our acceleration programs

Start, grow and scale your business - and impact

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

In addition to our 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 customised accelerators across multiple sectors and impact areas.

Not sure where your business (idea) fits in? Book a free consultation below.

Programs OPEN for applications!

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FABB

THE SUSTAINABLE FASHION ACCELERATOR

Apply by 26 June

Are you a front-runner for a sustainable fashion sector? Join our Fashion Accelerator for Better Business (FABB), and move your startup forward!

FABB offers you expert guidance, one-on-one coaching, and peer-to-peer learning in a small group of like-minded entrepreneurs. In three months, you will work on your needs in various areas of your business.

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Programs currently RUNNING

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Bright Minds for Covid-19

June – July

Join the new impact program by Young Impactmakers designed specifically to help impactful corona initiatives forward together with a group of other young talents. You will be matched with a participating corona initiative of your choice to work on during the program, taking your experiences and learning goals into consideration. You will receive free online training, coaching, and hands-on working experience.

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Impact the food chain accelerator

March – June 2020

Do you have an innovative startup or SME (MKB) that’s working on making the food chain more sustainable?

Join our food chain accelerator to strengthen your revenue model, growth strategy and impact. All under the guidance from experts, mentors, financiers and strategic partners, over the course of 13 training days.

Click here to visit the page in Dutch.

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Soft Landing Program

June – October

Running a sustainable food company in the Netherlands that is ready to make an impact in new markets? Join our soft landing business trip to Berlin in June! There, you will meet all the relevant local actors from the food and impact sector, including food industry players, regulation experts, and impact investors. The program is an initiative of Impact Hub Amsterdam and Amsterdam Impact. Together we offer a curated program of visits, meetings, and workshops.

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Impact Nation

January – August 2020

If you’re running an innovative scaleup and would like to work in close collaboration with an experienced company to implement your innovation at scale, learn from and work with larger organisations, and benefit from one-on-one coaching on your impact measurement, business model and value proposition, get in touch!

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Past programs

Go from idea to startup

Business Model Challenge | General

March – June 2020

Do you have an innovative 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? Build your business in 3 months!

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Business Model Challenge | Packaging & Food

March – June 2020

Do you want to solve the plastic problem through business? In this edition of the Business Model Challenge (BMC), you will be able to turn your innovative idea into a successful impact startup in just three months!

You’ll work together with experts, mentors and an inspiring group of entrepreneurs working towards fighting plastic pollution.

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TSH Changemakers Challenge 2020

Apply by 17 April

The Student Hotel’s Changemakers Challenge is a competition in which students work on a real business case of a (social) enterprise that solves a societal problem. Together with a TSH Coach and the case owner, a team of students works on an innovative solution. The team that does best wins the title of TSH Changemaker 2020 and an international learning trip!

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Fix Your Food Hackathon

January – February 2020

A third of all food is wasted, eating animals impacts the climate, food is flown all over the world and we wrap it in plastic that ends up in the oceans. Time for change! Do you have a business idea to Fix Your Food? Turn it into a concrete business plan with an interdisciplinary team at the Fix Your Food Hackathon on 25 & 26 Jan. The winning team gets to take part in our next Business Model Challenge incubator!

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Business Model Challenge | Food Edition 2019

Do you want to make our food chains more sustainable through business? In this edition of the Business Model Challenge (BMC), you will be able to turn your innovative idea into a successful impact startup in just three months!

You’ll work together with experts, mentors and an inspiring group of entrepreneurs working toward a sustainable food system.

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Business Model Challenge | Plastics Edition 2019

Do you want to tackle the plastic issue with business? During the plastics edition of our Business Model Challenge (BMC), you will be able to turn your innovative idea into a successful impact startup in just three months!

You’ll work together with experts, mentors and an inspiring group of entrepreneurs working towards fighting plastic pollution.

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Business Model Challenge | General 2014-2019

Do you have an innovative 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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Dopper Changemaker Challenge

If you are a student based in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, the UK or Nepal, you can apply for the Dopper Changemaker Challenge for a chance to win a €5,000 research grant, promo support and valuable contacts. Sign up as a student, graduate as a changemaker!

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Big Ideas Competition

Do you have an idea for a technology that improves medical diagnosis, a solution for improving the lives of the elderly, or another innovation that solves a health or insurance-related challenge?

RGAX wants provides a platform to innovators with solutions to challenges that affect the life and health insurance or retirement markets (e.g. in related to healthcare, quality of life and ageing) – in any stage of development. Apply for a chance to win a cash price of €10.000 and business advice!

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De Uitdaging

Wil je jouw sociale firma naar het volgende niveau brengen? Minder afhankelijk van subsidies worden? Wil jij met je onderneming een sociale firma worden? En juist meer richten op ondernemerschap?

De Uitdaging, georganiseerd door Impact Hub Amsterdam en gemeente Amsterdam, is een intensief programma van 3 maanden waarin je je bedrijfsmodel versterkt, je ondernemerschap skills ontwikkelt en leert hoe je op efficiënte wijze kan samenwerken met de Gemeente Amsterdam.

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Plastic-Free Ocean accelerator

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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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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Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge 2020

Apply by 1 April

Are you an innovative entrepreneur that fights climate change? Do you have a sustainable business plan that reduces greenhouse gas emissions? Your plan may be worth €500,000!

For the 2019 edition of the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge – one of the world’s largest sustainable entrepreneurship competitions – the Dutch Postcode Lottery asked us to support them in a global search for brilliant green business plans.

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Investment Ready Program

October 2019 – February 2020

During this 5-month accelerator sponsored by the ING Nederland Foundation, 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 10 million euro.

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

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Chivas Venture 2019

Each year, the Chivas Venture competition rewards innovative startups that use business to tackle the world’s biggest social and environmental issues with a share of $1 million in no-strings-attached funding and expert coaching. This year, Chivas have asked Impact Hub to help them find the best innovations from around the world.

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Investment Ready Program 2013-2019

During this 5-month accelerator sponsored by the ING Nederland Foundation, 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 10 million euro.

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

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Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge 2019

Are you an innovative entrepreneur that fights climate change? Do you have a sustainable business plan that reduces greenhouse gas emissions? Your plan may be worth €500,000!

For the 2019 edition of the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge – one of the world’s largest sustainable entrepreneurship competitions – the Dutch Postcode Lottery asked us to support them in a global search for brilliant green business plans.

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Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Frontier Challenge 2019

This global program aims to support entrepreneurial start-up and scale-up-stage businesses in developing solutions that promote inclusive and positive change in fashion.

TOMMY HILFIGER asked Impact Hub Amsterdam to support them in a search for the best entrepreneurs worldwide.

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TOMMY HILFIGER Social Innovation Challenge

This global initiative aims to support entrepreneurial start-up and scale-up stage businesses that are developing solutions with a positive social impact on the fashion value chain.

TOMMY HILFIGER asked Impact Hub Amsterdam to support them in a search for the best entrepreneurs worldwide.

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Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2018

Are you an innovative entrepreneur that fights climate change? Do you have a sustainable business plan that reduces greenhouse gas emissions? Your plan may be worth €500,000!

For the 2018 edition of their Green Challenge – one of the world’s largest sustainable entrepreneurship competitions – the Postcode Lottery asked us to support them in a global search for brilliant green business plans.

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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, Booking.com 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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BENISI

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.