The Dutch food chain is in need of change. Though the agro-food sector is one of the largest economic sectors in the Netherlands, it is facing considerable challenges. It is responsible for a large share of national CO2 emissions, and the landscape is suffering from a loss of biodiversity. In addition, the Netherlands is the second largest exporter of agro-food products worldwide. This means the choices we make can have widespread global consequences. What if we use this position to make real impact across the food chain and accelerate the transition to a more sustainable food system?    


APPLY BY 17 JAN 2020

For the Impact the Food Chain Accelerator, we will select 10-12 innovative startups and SMEs (MKB'ers) who aim to make the food chain more sustainable. Over the course of 13 training days, you will get your enterprise ready for investment, growth and impact!

Not quite investment-ready? Check out our other programs on the Accelerator page!


Work with your business and team to strengthen your revenue model, growth strategy and impact. All under guidance from experts, mentors, financiers and strategic partners. You will get:
  • 13 days of training and strategy sessions at Impact Hub Amsterdam
  • One-on-one mentor guidance by an experienced entrepreneur
  • Individual legal advice by De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek
  • A peer-to-peer approach: All participants in the program will bring their network and relevant experiences to the table, and will learn from each other and each other’s feedback during the program
  • Access to a diverse network of impact investors, for example through the Demo Day, various networking events and excursions
  • Impact Hub membership, with workplaces, discounts and access to an international network of impactmakers
End results:
  • Your enterprise is ready for investment, growth and impact
  • Insight into the development phase, next steps, financing requirements, and a validated and investment ready business plan
  • New and strengthened partnerships in your production chain (such as suppliers or launching customers)
  • Strengthened presentation and pitch skills
  • Insight into your role in the food transition and making and measuring your impact
  • Strong presentation for strategic partners and potential financiers


You have the ambition - through your business - to contribute to the transition to a sustainable food system, and work on one of the following key focus areas:
  • You are working on shorter and fairer chains
  • You are promoting regenerative agriculture
  • You are working on the circular economy, thus contributing to factors like reduced food waste
  • You are working on a lower climate impact, for example through plant-based protein
Businesses can focus on making small steps in the transition (facilitating less negative consequences on a short-term basis) or large steps (long-term impact by developing alternative products or revenue models).  
Selection criteria:
  • You have an impact-driven business with a proven revenue model and scalable product or service
  • Or, for longer existing businesses (SME/MKB), your aim is to become more sustainable with your product or service
  • A minimum of a founders team with two people
  • You and your team have already generated a turnover
  • You are looking for external partners and/or financing
  • You will work on your growth strategy and are open to feedback
  • You bring a partner form the food chain with you, where possible
  • You are available for all training days, events, and mentor/coach sessions
  • Good command of English, as the program will be partially in English
Curious to know who took part in the 2019 edition? Read about them here!


Program price: €1.695 Timeline
  • Application deadline: 17 Jan 2020
  • Candidate interviews: 28 Jan, 19:00 - 21:00
  • Kick-off: 2 March
  • Training days (four modules): 13-15 March (offsite), 2-3 April, 23-24 April, 28-29 May
  • 1-on-1 Business coaching 7 or 8 April
  • Work-on-your-Business-Days: 17 April & 11 May
  • Demo Day: 19 June




Contact Romee Erens, Program Scout at Impact Hub Amsterdam.    


Program manager: Manon Klein
Program support: Rutger de Rijk


Enver Loke

Enver is the co-founder and director of sustainable chocolate factory Chocolatemakers in Amsterdam. He is highly experienced in product development and project management, particularly in fields such as sustainable global supply chains and sustainable tourism. Enver holds a degree in Tropical Agriculture from Wageningen University.

Joop Janssen

Joop is a partner at law firm Stibbe and a commercial legal advisor with decades of experience. He combines dedication with in-depth knowledge and a practical approach to raise challenging questions at the right time. Joop is an expert in areas such as deal-making and negotiations, risk analysis and risk prevention, and corporate structuring.

Liesbeth Gouwens

Liesbeth, CEO at BitesWeLove, is an experienced finance and strategy advisor and board member of various corporates and startups. She began working on the transition to a sustainable food sector in 2013 when she joined the supervisory board of Willem&Drees.

Marieke Kamphuis

Marieke is co-founder of Studio Pim Dekkers. Prior to this role, she was the commercial director of OnePlanetCrowd, the first Dutch crowdfunding platform for social enterprises. She has broad  expertise in finance and has held several commercial banking operations Rabobank. Marieke studied International Business at Maastricht University.

Michel Martens

With more than 25 years of international experience in sales and marketing in food companies such as CSM Bakery Solutions, Campfrio Food Group, Royal Smilde, and FrieslandCampina, Michel supports sustainable and impact entrepreneurs in this sector. He is actively involved in companies like Greyston Bakery, and De Koekfabriek. Michel’s expertise in strategy, new business development, sales efficiency and go-to-market helps startups get ready for successful market launches.

Olivier Prakken

In 2010, Olivier launched, the first online supermarket in the Netherlands. As an entrepreneur, he has been involved in innovative companies in the sustainable food and maritime sectors. Olivier previously worked in commercial roles at Proctor & Gamble, and studied Economics at the University of Groningen. His strengths are developing a clear vision and strategy, and building a team capable of executing the strategy.

Stijn Quast

Stijn is the Finance & Operations Director of Impact Hub Amsterdam. He helps to build and grow businesses with an impact-driven mission. Stijn has supported several fast-growing scaleups in varying industries to reach significant growth and a positive bottom line. His expertise is in building a company’s proper foundation so that the company can successfully execute its business growth strategy, and make a positive impact.

Thom Sijs

Thom Sijs is a straightforward businessman with an extensive track record in developing and implementing business plans, as well as in the integration of companies and processes, including change management. Over the years, Thom worked in all levels of the manufacturing industry, particularly in the fields of food and engineering. In addition to turnarounds, he has developed new products and brought them to market in Europe and Asia.

Alexandra Tobi

Alexandra has a background in strategy, investments and business building. She has worked for more than six years in the Middle East and Africa before continuing in Europe for the past three years. Alexandra has experience in Telecom, Private Equity, Digital, E-commerce, Healthcare and Art. She can support startups with developing business models, turning concepts into plans, the equity investment process, asking critical questions, providing new perspectives, and coming up with practical, creative solutions. She speaks English, Dutch, French and Spanish.


De Nieuwe Boerenfamilie | Stichting DOEN | Food Hub | Commonland | Transitiecoalitie Voedsel | De Brauw Blackstone WestbroekMinistry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality  

This program is part of our Food Ecosystem and connected to De Nieuwe Boerenfamilie

The Netherlands is the second largest exporter of agro-food products worldwide. What if we used this position to make real impact across the food chain and accelerate the transition to a more sustainable food system? Through our ecosystem approach, we bring together and strengthen relationships between entrepreneurs, investors, government, corporates and other organisations. Together we create innovation and resources for positive change in the food sector. Read more about our Food Ecosystem here >>