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!

Go from idea to startup

Business Model Challenge | Food Edition

Apply by 11 September

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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Go from idea to startup

Business Model Challenge | General

Apply by 11 September

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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Grow your business

Investment Ready Program

Apply by 23 September

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 EUR 10 million.

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

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Chivas Venture Year 6

Apply by 31 October

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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Running programs

Grow your business

Impact the food chain accelerator

April 2019 to October 2019

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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Past programs

Go from idea to startup

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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Grow your business

Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge

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

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

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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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.