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Inclusion Ecosystem

In nature, the most resilient ecosystems are the ones that are most diverse. Our society is just another ecosystem. Impact Hub’s overall mission is to solve challenges in our society through entrepreneurial action. Our work on the Inclusion Ecosystem takes our mission one step further: to ensure that these entrepreneurial and innovative solutions have a positive impact for all. This means that entrepreneurial communities, companies, governments, and NGOs should represent and reflect all of society, not just a select few.

In our Inclusion Ecosystem, we run programmes, organise events, and bring parties together to make a positive impact on immigration, (refugee) integration, discrimination, LGBTQ+ rights, gender equality, disability, or poverty, for example. See what’s on below and become part of the ecosystem!

Projects

Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards 2022/2023

30 June 2022
Since 2006, Cartier, in partnership with INSEAD Business School, has been aiming to drive change by empowering women impact entrepreneurs. The mission of the Cartier Women’s Initiative is to shine a light on these women and provide them with the necessary financial, social and human capital support to grow their business and build their leadership…

WeRIn

Together with WeRin – the Women Entrepreneurs in Regional Inclusive Ecosystems project – we aim to make entrepreneurship education and support programmes more inclusive for women. 

LIAISE

LIAISE, Linking Incubation Actors for Inclusive and Social Entrepreneurship, aims to provoke a paradigm shift in the European incubation ecosystem towards a more inclusive and impact driven approach to innovative entrepreneurship.

Boost je Buurt 2022

Feb - June 2022
Are you an Amsterdam-based impact entrepreneur working on solutions for social challenges in the neighbourhood? Or do you have a plan to do so? Then join the Boost je Buurt challenge! The entrepreneurs with the most potential will win an entrepreneurial programme worth €2.500 and a chance to win an additional development budget of €2.500,…

Innov’Keneya Health Innovation

JAN 2021 - APRIL 2022
Are you developing a health innovation and would you like to explore new growth opportunities and partnerships? In the Innov’Keneya programme, Roche and Impact Hub are building a healthcare innovation ecosystem to tackle the most pressing challenges surrounding the cancer patient journey in Ivory Coast. As part of this programme, we are looking to find…

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.

Boost je Buurt 2021

Feb - June 2021
Vote for your favourite Amsterdam-based impact entrepreneur! In Boost je Buurt, 28 impact entrepreneurs have joined the challenge to win an incubator programme by Impact Hub Amsterdam and a development budget of € 2,500, € 5,000, or € 7,500! The prizes will be awarded during the final on 17 June. Which impactmaker gets your vote?

Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Frontier Challenge

Mar 2021 - Q1 2022
We’re scouting for the Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Frontier Challenge for the third year running! The global program aims to support entrepreneurial startup and scaleup-stage businesses run by BIPOC entrepreneurs who are developing solutions that promote inclusive and positive change in fashion.   

Business Model Challenge | Inclusion

MAR - JUNE 2021
The themed edition of this spring’s Business Model Challenge (BMC) is for entrepreneurs who are making a positive impact on social themes like immigration, (refugee) integration, discrimination, LGBTQ+ rights, gender equality, disability, or poverty. Boost your business model in our BMC incubator and join the ranks of 350+ alumni!

Erasmus+ MIG.EN.CUBE

Support programmes for migrant entrepreneurs in Europe are many but fragmented, and incubation professionals often lack the tools and training to effectively respond to the migrant entrepreneurs’ specific needs. In the Erasmus+ MIG.EN.CUBE project, Impact Hub Amsterdam works together with incubators and universities from the Netherlands, France, and Italy to train incubation professionals.

Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards

2020
An international entrepreneurship program that drives change by empowering female impact entrepreneurs. Founded in 2006 by Cartier, the program is open to women-run and women-owned businesses from any country and sector that aim to have a strong and sustainable social and/or environmental impact.

De Uitdaging

2016
DE UITDAGING (The Challenge) is organized by Impact Hub Amsterdam and the City of Amsterdam. It’s an intensive 3-month program in which you strengthen your business model, develop your entrepreneurial skills and learn how to collaborate efficiently with the Municipality of Amsterdam (in Dutch).

Amsterdam City Fellowship

2018
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.

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

An app that offers a listening ear, an electric modular boat, crochet clubs and a neighbourhood lab. These are only 4 of the 30 participants of Boost je Buurt 2022 (Dutch for Boost Your Neighbourhood), an initiative of Amsterdam Impact, the City of Amsterdam’s impact entrepreneurship programme.
14 April

In three months, these startups will finetune their business plan, strengthen their entrepreneurial skills, and expand their impact business network. Meet the new batch startups that joined our themed edition of Business Model Challenge (BMC) focusing on inclusion!
10 March

Soup that combats food waste and elderly loneliness, a gallery for artists with a psychological vulnerability, and serving boards made from the reclaimed wood of locally felled trees. These are just three of the 27 participants of Boost je Buurt (Dutch for Boost Your Neighbourhood), an initiative of Amsterdam Impact, the City of Amsterdam’s impact entrepreneurship programme.
1 December

For the fourth edition of our SDG Meetup series, organised with C-Change and SDG House, we explored gender equality, which aims to empower all women and girls around the world.
18 October

In this special SDG Meetup, we explored inclusion from the same plural perspective, through the lenses of SDG 5: Gender Equality, SDG 10: Reduce Inequality and SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. Keep reading to find out how Klabu, WelcomeApp and Meer Vrouwen in de Politiek (Dutch for ‘More Women in Politics’) contribute to achieving one or more of these SDGs.

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