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?    



For the Impact the Food Chain Accelerator, we have selected 12 innovative startups and SMEs (MKB'ers) who aim to make the food chain more sustainable. Over the course of 13 training days, they will get their enterprise ready for investment, growth and impact! Not quite investment-ready? Apply instead for our Business Moel Challenge (BMC) | Food Edition!




Program team: Evan van der Holst, Manon Klein, Jasper Mutsaerts.


Drees Peter van Den Bosch

Drees Peter is the co-founder of Willem&Drees, a subscription-based service with €7 million turnover. Each week the cooperative, which is owned by organic farmers and citizens, delivers fresh, seasonal, local and organic food to thousands of people in the Netherlands. Prior to co-founding this successful business, Drees Peter worked for 10 years in Unilever's Marketing & Sales team. He holds a cum laude degree from Wageningen University.

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.

Freke van Nimwegen

Freke is the co-founder of Instock and manager of its three restaurants. She began her career in the CSR department of Ahold, where she started developing the Instock concept 5 years ago. Freke was honoured by Forbes in 2016 as one of the 30 Under 30 European entrepreneurs and by Trouw as a member of the Sustainable Young Top 100 Dutch entrepreneurs. She studied International Business - with a focus on CSR - in Groningen, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

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 SijsThom 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 the platform De Nieuwe Boerenfamilie (‘New Farmers Family’)
We can’t change the food system on our own. Collaboration across the entire food chain is paramount. De Nieuwe Boerenfamilie ('The New Farmers Family') platform brings together a multidisciplinary group that is necessary for making the food chain more sustainable: from farmers in agriculture, livestock and fishing, to suppliers and the processing and food industry. But also consumers, financial bodies, knowledge institutions and the government. The platform is a collaboration by LTO Noord, Vandejong Creative Agency, 5voor1, Impact Hub Amsterdam and Agrio.