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

Whether you want to combat climate change or fight poverty, build resilient cities or contribute to inclusion, join our three-month Business Model Challenge (BMC) incubator program to turn your innovative idea into a successful impact startup! 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 300+ startups we've supported to date
  • Benefit from 3 training days, 3 masterclasses, community days, a personal mentor and a final pitch event
  • Work with experts from 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 to tell your story and position your brand
  • Become a master of the art of pitching successfully to potential investors

The BMC includes a 3-month 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-related events
  • A Friday afternoon workplace at Impact Hub Amsterdam's beautiful space at KIT near Oosterpark
  • A discount to upgrade to a casual or regular membership
  • A 20 per cent discount on room bookings at Impact Hub Amsterdam

Dates & times

  • Application deadline: 8 March
  • Announcement selected participants 9 March
  • Kickoff: 27 March | 13:00-18:00
  • Training days: 8 & 29 April, 27 May | 9:00-17:00
  • Workbenches 2 April, 7 May, 4 June | 14:30-17:00
  • Dinner & Masterclass Pitching 27 May 18:00-22:00
  • Work-on-your-business days (optional): 17 April, 8 & 29 May | 9:00-17:00
  • Pitch final: 5 June | 17:00 - 19:00

Program costs

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


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Your program facilitator

Tijmen Rümke

Tijmen has been helping creative entrepreneurs become business savvy for 4 years. It drives him nuts, that things that are seemingly simple hold back so much generous creativity. Good work for the right reasons makes the world a better place. He graduated in physics, became a business consultant, started a university (or 2), and is an Art of Hosting practitioner. An emotional brainiac. A curious wise ass that thinks he knows less by the day. Easily excited by the boring things.

The BMC is powered by

The Business Model Challenge program is facilitated by Impact Hub Amsterdam. Impact Hub is the leading global network for collaborative action to advance entrepreneurial solutions for a better world. By offering social innovators and entrepreneurs access to a unique ecosystem of inspiration, people, programs and resources, Impact Hub helps accelerate sustainable impact.

Accenture will support the Business Model Challenge with expertise and mentorship. Accenture is a leading global professional services company providing a range of strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations services and solutions. With expertise across more than 40 industries and all business functions, they deliver transformational outcomes for a demanding new digital world.

Program content partners

This program is supported by Generous Minds, Triodos BankTortuga Solutions, Benvalor, RS Finance and A'dam Comms.