Ready to turn your idea for a better world into a business model?

Applications are open! (deadline 10 March 2019)
Whether you want to combat climate change or fight poverty, save the oceans or contribute to inclusion, join our three-month Business Model Challenge (BMC) incubator program to turn your innovative idea into a successful impact startup!

For a taste of the BMC, check out this video by vlogger Seun Owolabi, made during our latest BMC pitch event!

The challenge includes 3 full training days during which we will be helping a group of 10 to 12 impact entrepreneurs develop their business models.

During the BMC you will

✔ Bring your venture to the next level with business growth techniques used by the 270+ startups we supported
✔ Benefit from 3 training days, 6 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 investors

The BMC includes an Impact Hub 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 75 per cent discount on a co-work casual membership
✔ A 40 per cent discount on room bookings at Impact Hub Amsterdam

Dates & times

  • Kickoff General edition: 27 March | 13:00-18:00
  • Kickoff Plastics edition: 27 March | 13:00-18:00
  • BMC Plastics training days: 10 April, 1 May, 28 May | 9:00-17:00
  • BMC General training days: 10 April, 8 May, 29 May | 9:00-17:00
  • Masterclasses: 4 April, 2 May, 6 June | 15:00-17:00
  • Pop-up masterclasses: TBA | 14:00-17:00
  • Community days (optional): TBA | 9:00-17:00
  • Community drinks (optional): 4 April, 2 May, 6 June | 17:00-19:00
  • Pitch final General Edition: 13 June | 15:00-19:00
  • Pitch final Plastics Edition: 20 June | 15:00-19:00

    Click here for a full list of the participants of our 15th edition.


    Questions? Book a BMC appointment below ↓

    • Which issue do you want to help solve with your impact venture? And will you be focusing on creating societal, environmental or economic value?
    • Let us know beforehand which pressing entrepreneurial challenges you would like to tackle. It helps us deliver personalised value in your first intake assessment.
    • What stage is your enterprise at? Idea, first concept, concept, startup or running business?
    • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

    BMC fees

    BMC: € 947,- ex BTW per person (+1 business partner half price)
    The BMC fees can be deducted as a business expense.


    Impact Hub Amsterdam
    Linnaeusstraat 2c
    1092 CK Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
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    The Business Model Challenge program is facilitated by trainers at Impact Hub Amsterdam. Impact Hub is the leading global network designed for collaborative action to realise enterprising ideas for a better world. By offering social innovators and entrepreneurs access to a unique ecosystem of inspiration, people, programmes and resources, the Impact Hub helps advance sustainable impact.

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    Your BMC facilitators


    Rutger Bults

    Rutger has co-developed and facilitated the BMC for Impact Hub Amsterdam. He combines running his own enterprise with supporting other entrepreneurs to grow. He’s passionate about where biodiversity and socio-economic development meet, and his life goal is restoring Madagascar’s unique ecosystem. His company, Grounded Madagascar, cultivates and processes crops that improve soil quality, which can then be sold as ingredients to cosmetics and food companies. Rutger has previously worked as an inclusive business developer for the BoP Innovation Center, WakaWaka and Impact Hub Global. He also lectures at the University of Amsterdam in systems thinking and sustainable entrepreneurship.

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    Alexandra Lomo Melian

    Alexandra has grown up all over the world & is truly a global citizen! With a professional background in corporate innovation, leadership development & strategic communication, she loves to support entrepreneurs to build successful and authentic impact driven businesses. Aside from working as Impact Hub Amsterdam’s Community Lead, Alexandra is a mentor, coach and facilitator at A Life Electric, where her goal is to get entrepreneurs where they want to go, by equipping them with pragmatic tools to run full force at their goals.

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    Program content partners

    This program is supported by Venture Nomads, Benvalor, RS Finance and Makerstreet Innovation.

    Program content partners - Venture Nomads, Benvalor, RS Finance, Makerstreet Innovation