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!

Programs

BUSINESS MODEL CHALLENGE | PACKAGING & FOOD EDITION

9 Mar-11 Jun 2020
The agro-food sector in the Netherlands is responsible for a large share of national CO2 emissions; air, water, and soil pollution; and biodiversity loss. For this 3-month incubator program, we will select 10-12 entrepreneurs who are taking the first steps in developing a product or service that aims to make food or its packaging more sustainable. Meet the startups.

SOFT LANDING PROGRAM

Apply by 8 May
Running a sustainable food company in the Netherlands that is ready to make an impact in new markets? Join our soft landing business trip to Berlin in June! There, you will meet all the relevant local actors from the 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. Together we offer a curated program of visits, meetings, and workshops.

DOEN Voedselversneller (Dutch)

April - June 2020
The DOEN Voedselversneller brings together two of our focus areas: sustainable food and social inclusion. This program was initiated by DOEN foundation and developed by Impact Hub Amsterdam, to strengthen 10 food startups from the DOEN foundation network.

IMPACT THE FOOD CHAIN ACCELERATOR

Mar-Jun 2020
Do you have an innovative startup or SME (MKB) that’s working on making the food chain more sustainable? Join our food chain accelerator to strengthen your revenue model, growth strategy and impact. All under the guidance from experts, mentors, financiers and strategic partners, over the course of 13 training days. Meet the startups

Featured Events


11 June
BMC | Packaging & Food Pitch Final
MEET THE NEXT GENERATION OF IMPACT ENTREPRENEURS | Get inspired by early-stage impact entrepreneurs during the Pitch Event of our Business Model Challenge. These ambitious entrepreneurs will share their business cases with an audience of Impact Hub members, experts and potential partners. More info & tickets >>

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15 October
Fail Forward #6 | Food Edition
We believe that failure and experimentation are essential to developing innovative businesses that make real impact. For the Food Edition of our Fail Forward event series, we are inviting impact entrepreneurs focusing on food to share what they’ve learned from what went wrong. Listen to inspirational stories, get encouraged and leave with hope on the horizon 😉

Stories

TOP 15 COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO DELIVER

You don't have to leave your home to access the fantastic offerings of our members and alumni. We composed a list of entrepreneurs who will deliver at your door during corona times. Read more >>

REPORT | PIONEERS OF THE SHORT FOOD CHAIN

In the "Koplopers van de Korte Keten" (Pioneers of the Short Food Chain) report, five leading-edge Dutch pioneers of the short food supply chain discuss their drive and mission. The founders of De Melkbrouwerij, Herenboeren, Boerschappen, Vokomokum & Atlantis Handelshuis are using innovative, short-chain business models to build a fundamentally different system. Read more >

MEET THE STARTUPS | IMPACT THE FOOD CHAIN ACCELERATOR

The Impact the Food Chain Accelerator is a 5-month program for impact entrepreneurs who work on the transition to a more a sustainable food system. We selected 10 startups that focus on shorter and fairer value chains or sustainable (alternative) food products. At the end of the program, the entrepreneurs will have developed validated business plans to take their startups to the next level. Read more >>

THROWBACK THURSDAY | THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM

An Impact Hub member's view on the Biggest Little Farm screening & panel with Wij.land, MOMA and Klooker of 16 June 2019: How a new food system incorporates local value chains and regenerative agriculture. By Impact Hub Member Olívia d’Orsi Junqueira and Reena Tops of Growth Creatives. Read more >>

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Impact Hub Amsterdam's Food Ecosystem

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 and nitrogen 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 here have global consequences. What if we used this position to make real impact across the food chain and accelerate the transition to a more sustainable food system?

In our Food Ecosystem, we bring together and strengthen relationships between entrepreneurs, investors, government, and other organisations. Together, we create the resources necessary to spur innovation and co-creation for positive change in the food sector. Find our Ecosystem partners below.