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?    


Participants have been selected!

For the Impact the Food Chain Accelerator, we have selected 10 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!


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  • 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


  • 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


  • 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, Innovation Sourcing Specialist.    


Program manager: Manon Klein
Program support: Rutger de Rijk


Drees Peter van den Bosch

Drees Peter founded Willem & Drees 10 years ago, a cooperative of organic farmers and consumers who weekly deliver fresh, local, organic seasonal products to thousands of customers in the Netherlands on the basis of a membership model. Before that, he worked for 10 years at Unilever in Marketing & Sales. He studied Operations Research in Wageningen.

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.

Leontine Gast

According to Leontine, business and brands are the best agents to create positive change.
Her specialties: Leadership in positioning & sustainable strategies, purpose, innovation, shared value creation, meaningful marketing, consumer behavior, responsible retail, natural food & product industry, FMCG, circular economy, inspirational speaking “Don’t blow it!! Good planets are hard to find”, is her motto!

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.

Marielle van Gorp

With more than 16 years experience at, Marielle is a global leader with experience in scaling fast growing organisations, developing successful strategic partnerships and leading and developing high-performing cross-functional and cross-regional teams. Marielle has a passion for travel, technology and mentoring social startups focussed on sustainability. She advises start ups and scale ups on Growth, Scalability, Sales, Supply, People development, Innovation, New Business development, Go-to-market strategy and Operations under the name ’The Startup Buddy’.

Niels Groenewoud

Niels, Senior Consultant at Category & Trade Company, is highly experienced in category management and product development. Niels has over 20 years of experience in food in various commercial roles at C1000, Stegeman and Bakker Bart. Niels has a first nature to zoom out for the bigger picture. He combines strategy, bold ideas and solution-based thinking with being human-centered, decisive and pragmatic.

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.


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 >>