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Impact Hub Circular Ecosystem

Only 9 percent of the global economy is currently circular, while adopting circular principles now could bring Europe net benefits of EUR 1,8 trillion and carbon emission reductions of 450 million tonnes by 2030. That is why Impact Hub Amsterdam hosts events, builds communities, and runs acceleration programmes around circularity.

Through our Investment Ready Program, for example, more than EUR 15 million has already been invested in circular startups. To further accelerate the transition from a linear to a circular economy, we work together with partners such as ING Foundation, Province of Noord-Holland, and CIRCL.

In our Circular Ecosystem, we bring together and strengthen relationships between impact entrepreneurs, investors, consumers, corporates, government, and other organisations. Together, we spur innovation and co-create a circular economy. Also working on the transition towards a circular economy? Join our Ecosystem!

Projects

IKEA Marine Materials Innovation Program 2022

18 MAY
Are you revolutionising products by using marine materials? For IKEA of Sweden, we are scouting pioneers for the Marine Materials Innovation Program. Apply by 18 May and get a chance to work with IKEA on your sustainable marine material product or solution!

Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Frontier Challenge 2022/2023

Mar 2022 - Q1 2023
We’re scouting for the Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Frontier Challenge for the fourth year running! The global program aims to support entrepreneurial start-up and scale-up businesses who are developing solutions that promote inclusive and positive change in fashion.

React!

MAR - MAY 2022
React! is calling on all Youth Workers to spread knowledge on circular economy, social entrepreneurship and personal development. Sign up for the program and join the movement towards a sustainable economy!

IKEA Packaging Innovation Program

SEP - DEC 2021
Are you revolutionising packaging? For IKEA of Sweden, we are scouting pioneers for the Packaging Innovation Program. Apply and get a chance to work with IKEA on your sustainable packaging product or solution!

Business Model Challenge | Circular Edition

SEP - DEC 2021
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You have the green dreams – we hand you the business tools. Join the ranks of 350+ alumni and apply for our Business Model Challenge incubator! In three months, you will finetune your business plan, strengthen your entrepreneurial skills, and expand your impact business network in a blended, on & offline programme.

Circulair Ondernemen in Noord-Holland

JAN 2021 - FEB 2022
Provincie Noord-Holland en Impact Hub Amsterdam werken samen om het circulaire ecosysteem in de provincie te versterken. Gedurende 2021 faciliteren we iedere maand expertsessies, netwerkevenementen of masterclasses om aan de slag te gaan met circulariteit.

CIRCO Hub Noord-Holland

VARIOUS DATES
Vanaf 21 juli 2021 is Impact Hub Amsterdam officieel ook de CIRCO Hub Noord-Holland. CIRCO versnelt de ontwikkeling naar een circulaire economie, met design als motor. Door middel van CIRCO Tracks stellen we jou als MKB in de gelegenheid om binnen jouw bedrijf aan de slag te gaan met een circulair product of dienst en…

WDCD No Waste Challenge

Apr 2021 - Jan 2022
What Design Can Do (WDCD) launched the No Waste Challenge, in partnership with IKEA Foundation. Designers and creatives from around the world are invited to submit their innovative solutions to reduce waste and rethink the current production and consumption cycle. Winners receive a prize fund and a 6-month accelerator programme co-created with Impact Hub Amsterdam!

Investment Ready Program

OCT 2020 - MAR 2021
During this 5-month accelerator (now in its 7th year!) powered by the ING Nederland Foundation, we’ll help you review your business model, strategy, team as well as craft a funding plan to grow your sustainable business. At the programme’s concluding Demo Day, you’ll pitch your plan to our network of impact investors!

Events

Join us at any of the following events and meet an inspiring network of people who are passionate about working together to build a new economy
7 July
15:30 TO 17:00

Money Talks 7 July

Tackle all things impact finance from subsidies to investment. Whether you are an employee, consultant or founder, these sessions will provide you with a clear overview and understanding of all that is out there relating to finance for business with a focus on impact.
29 September
14:00 TO 17:00

Impact Masterclass 29 September

Learn from a diverse group of academics and professionals who are mavericks in their field. They bring their real world insights and expertise into the room providing access to the most up to date impact strategies and systemic change. Established founders and innovative business owners of top agencies, companies and startups will guide you.
27 October
15:30 TO 17:00

Money Talks 27 October

Tackle all things impact finance from subsidies to investment. Whether you are an employee, consultant or founder, these sessions will provide you with a clear overview and understanding of all that is out there relating to finance for business with a focus on impact.
17 November
13:00 TO 17:00

Impact Masterclass 17 November

Learn from a diverse group of academics and professionals who are mavericks in their field. They bring their real world insights and expertise into the room providing access to the most up to date impact strategies and systemic change. Established founders and innovative business owners of top agencies, companies and startups will guide you.

Stories

16 February

Today we are seeing a growing number of designers embrace the shift towards a circular economy. For many this starts with reimagining products and services in a way that eliminates waste and supports a more regenerative relationship with nature. But as some of us come to find out, having a good idea and translating it into real and lasting impact are two very different things. What could creatives do to help turn their circular design into a thriving enterprise?
14 February

Een geurkaarsenproducent die graag wilde starten met duurzaam ondernemen en een circulaire schillenboer die sinaasappels van de prullenbak redt: een perfecte match. Zonder Impact Nation van ABN AMRO – de partij die bedrijven helpt in 100 dagen te verduurzamen – hadden ze elkaar niet gevonden. “Sinaasappelaroma ruikt gewoon heel lekker. En nu was daar ineens een bedrijf dat er specifiek naar zocht.”
13 April

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

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!
5 March

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.

Partners