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Business Model Challenge | Plastics edition

Do you want to tackle the plastic problem with business? During the plastics edition of our Business Model Challenge (BMC), you’ll work with experts and mentors to turn your innovative idea into a successful impact startup in just three months! For a taste of the BMC | Plastics Edition, check out this video!

During the BMC you will

  • Bring your venture to the next level with business growth techniques used by the 300+ startups we supported
  • Benefit from 3 training days, 3 masterclasses, 3 community days, 1 personal mentor and 1 pitch battle
  • Work with experts from Accenture and Impact Hub to grow your business
  • Develop a solid financial plan and financial business case
  • Exchange peer-to-peer support with your fellow entrepreneurs
  • Discover what sets your products or services apart from the competition
  • Test your products and get lots of constructive feedback to help improve them
  • Better understand your target audience and customers
  • Learn how tell your story and position your brand
  • Become a master of the art of pitching successfully to potential partners and clients

The BMC includes an Impact Hub connect membership, which gets you

  • Inspiring connections among Impact Hub Amsterdam’s vibrant community of 700 impact-driven professionals
  • Access to Impact Hub’s global network of 15,000 changemakers based at 100+ locations across the world
  • The chance to attend one or more of 250 inspiring impact-driven events
  • A Friday afternoon workplace at Impact Hub Amsterdam’s beautiful new space at KIT near Oosterpak
  • A discount to upgrade to a casual or regular membership
  • A 20 per cent discount on room bookings at Impact Hub Amsterdam

What are we looking for?

We’re looking for ideas that:

  • Provide alternatives to single-use plastics, changing the system
  • Redesign use of plastic in products
  • Redesign use of plastics in packaging & logistics
  • Reuse (collect, sort and process) by upcycling waste plastics

So do you have an idea that contributes to one of these goals? Apply now to join an inspiring group of entrepreneurs, all working to solve the plastics problem.


D3Aak wants to tackle the plastic problem with a sustainable, environmentally friendly and innovative product. D3Aak develops and sells 3D-printed and 100% recyclable open boats that are produced from recycled & recyclable plastic. The D3Aak is custom-made and electrically propelled for an optimal sustainable sailing experience.

FanSea creates sea-own alternatives to plastic disposables for the hospitality branche, made of a bioplastic out of the algae of seaweed, beginning with a FanSea Straw. It’s innovation lies in a new resource for plastic: seaweed. Seaweed cultivation doesn’t harm the environment, and doesn’t need fertilisers or land. When the product decomposes, it gives nature back what it has given us: minerals and water.

More Than Waste designs and creates products out of waste materials. In doing so, they create awareness about the recycling of valuable materials. Their first product will be a toilet seat. There is no sustainable plastic toilet seat on the market yet. Moreover, the product itself and its distinguished design is a “playful” conversation starter about plastic pollution. Moreover, the marbled effect the recycled plastic produces gives the seat a unique look.

Polimarble is created by a unique process that transforms waste plastic bags and film into a highend, marble-like material for use in interior, architectural and product design. No other company is currently able to produce a marbled, fully-recycled plastic for high-end applications. Polimarble is very durable, made from sustainably-sourced and traceable materials, and can be recycled in future. The waste collected to produce Polimarble comes from products with an average product life cycle of days, and we turn them into something built to last for decades!

Precious Plastic is a global network that recycles waste plastic into new products. We created a Precious Plastic workplace in The Hague with the aim to create valuable, functional and sellable products made from plastic waste. They are a local, inclusive and social business. Clients from 7 different local social workplaces help them to sort, wash, dry and shred bottle caps, to create raw material for new products.

Roof Global constructs affordable residential and commercial buildings from recycled plastic. Their goal is to solve one of the world’s major problems by generating demand for recycled plastic. The company is in the process of filing for patents for some of our solutions, and currently working on prefabricated affordable housing solutions, both temporary and permanent.

Sharepack offers a reusable and returnable smart food packaging service in the meal-pickup and delivery market with a rewarding system through EOS blockchain technology. The entire supply chain is paid out in Sharepack tokens.

Bamboo Brush Society replaces everyday products that harm our planet with more sustainable alternatives. Their most famous product is a bamboo toothbrush with medium bristles made of BPA-free nylon. It brushes just as well as a regular toothbrush, but is much better for our planet. Also: the packaging is plasticfree and biodegradable!

Wasted is a platform and app that rewards citizens when separating and refusing to use or purchase virgin plastic. The rewards are monetary discounts, which can be used to purchase circular products at a lower price. The platform will be a cocreation with the current WASTED community (18000 families in Amsterdam-Noord and currently expanding into other neighborhoods) and translated into an app. The app will help users to incrementally live a more conscious lifestyle through various activities.

WaterUP is an innovative tap water station with still, sparkling and infused tap water as an alternative to single-use water bottles in offices, co-working spaces, universities, schools and at events, for example. By installing these tap water stations at well-visited places, the venues can offer a sustainable alternative to selling single-use water bottles.

YoYo’s take-away boxes offer a reusable single use plastic alternative with a simple-to-replicate deposit system. We will provide, collect, clean and redistribute takeaway boxes to food venues. This means the customer does not own the product but pays for our service through a deposit.