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Sustainable Food Ecosystem

The agro-food sector is one of the largest economic sectors in the Netherlands. In addition, the Netherlands is the second largest exporter of agro-food products worldwide. This means the choices we make here have global consequences. What if we used this position to make a real impact across the food chain and accelerate the transition to a more sustainable food system?

With a series of events, a community, publications and accelerator programs, we bring together entrepreneurs, investors, consumers, government, corporates, and other organisations to accelerate positive change in the food sector. Interested? Join our Food Ecosystem!

Projects

Food Pioneers Program Autumn 2022

20 September
The Village is the brand new working community for national and international food entrepreneurs, start-ups, students and other food professionals on the Floriade site in Almere. With a focus on stimulating entrepreneurship, it is the perfect place for young and aspiring entrepreneurs in Almere, the Netherlands and Europe. They will get the opportunity to start…

Food Chain Accelerator 2022

15 September
Running a startup or scale-up that is working on a more sustainable food system? Apply for our Food Chain Accelerator! In 13 days of training and strategy sessions at Impact Hub, you will work on your strategy, marketing, organisation and investment needs in order to grow your company and impact. Scroll down for more info…

Food Pioneers Program Spring ‘ 22

MAR - SEP 2022
The Village Food Pioneers Program offers fifteen free workplaces for impactful food entrepreneurs starting March 2022. With the guidance of coaches and experts, you will develop both your professional self and your company and become part of a close-knit, international community, welcoming people with all kinds of backgrounds and promoting diverse perspectives. Take your company…

Food Pioneers Program 2021

AUG 2021 - MAR 2022
Food-Pionner-Program
The Village Food Pioneers Program offers fifteen free workplaces for impactful food entrepreneurs starting September 2021. With the guidance of coaches and experts, you will develop both your professional self and your company and become part of a close-knit, international community. Take your company to the next level!

Food Chain Accelerator 2021

OCT 2021 - MAR 2022
A successful accelerator designed for innovative startups or SMEs (MKB) working on a more sustainable food chain. Our Food Chain Accelerator helps food startups strengthen their revenue models, growth strategies, and impact over the course of 13 training days, with guidance from experts, mentors, financiers, and strategic partners!

Inclusief Eten

MAY - JULY 2021
De-blauwe-tomaat
As part of the Sustainable Food Ecosystem, Impact Hub The Netherlands is launching the 2-month Inclusief Eten programme in collaboration with Stichting Albron. In Inclusief Eten, we match young people in search for purposeful jobs to initiatives that promote social inclusion by means of growing, cooking, saving or sharing food. This programme is in Dutch.

Business Model Challenge | Food & Packaging

2020
In this edition of the Business Model Challenge (BMC), we helped entrepreneurs turn their innovative ideas into a successful impact startup in just three months! We collaborated with experts, mentors and an inspiring group of entrepreneurs working to make food and its packaging more sustainable.

Impact the Food Chain Accelerator 2019

2019 & 2020
A successful accelerator designed for innovative startups or SMEs (MKB) working on making the food chain more sustainable. Our Food Chain Accelerator helped startups strengthen their revenue models, growth strategies, and impact over the course of 13 training days, with guidance from experts, mentors, financiers, and strategic partners!

Soft Landing Program | Food

2020
During our softlanding trip to Berlin, we helped entrepreneurs break into a new market. We introduced entrepreneurs to all the relevant local actors from the local 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. 

Fix Your Food Hackathon

2020
A third of all food is wasted and eating meat negatively impacts the climate. Meanwhile, food is flown all over the world and we wrap it in plastic that ends up in the oceans. Time for change! Participants turned their business ideas into a concrete business plan with an interdisciplinary team.

Organic Food Against Climate Change

2017
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.  The organisation opened up its network and expertise to entrepreneurs that address key challenges of the global food system.

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
27 October
15:30 TO 17:00

Money Talks

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.

Stories

3 May

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

The Impact the Food Chain Accelerator, part of our Food Ecosystem, is 5-month growth programme for impact entrepreneurs who work on the transition towards a more sustainable food system. For the 2021 edition, we have selected 7 startups that focus on sustainable proteins, short and/or fair supply chains, biodiversity, food waste, or access to healthy & sustainable food.
17 February

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?
18 December

30 October

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.

Publications

Het nieuwe plan A.

This report is about the future of proteins. To keep feeding our ever-growing population, we need to find good alternatives to animal protein. Thankfully, innovations in this area are cropping up thick and fast. The trends we see there are many. Download our report.

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COVID-19 as a Tipping Point (2020)

Climate change. Loss of biodiversity. Famine and obesity. A national nitrogen crisis. Our current ways of food production and consumption are not sustainable. This report investigates two timely questions: how has Covid-19 impacted sustainable food entrepreneurs? And how should Impact Hb Amsterdam proceed to leverage its Food Ecosystem to accelerate the transition to a sustainable food system?

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The Dutch Sustainable Food Ecosystem (2020)

We proudly present our map of the Sustainable Food Ecosystem in the Netherlands. With the people and organisations of our sustainable food ecosystem, we’ve created 4 publications, 12 events, and 7 growth programmes, and accelerated 51 food startups since 2019!

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Off the Beaten Track (2020)

Throughout the food chain – from soil to mouth – people and organisations are working on ways to make the food system healthier and more sustainable. They try to produce with less and less impact on the environment and climate, generating less waste and with more attention to animal welfare. Impact enterprises place this kind of issues at the center of their business operations.

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Pioneers of the Short Food Chain (2019)

In this report, five cutting-edge pioneers of the short food supply chain discuss their drive and their mission. The founders of De Melkbrouwerij, Herenboeren, Boerschappen, Vokomokum & Atlantis Handelshuis use innovative, short-chain business models to build a fundamentally different system.

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