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!

For a taste of the BMC, check out this video by vlogger Seun Owolabi, made during the pitch event of our 14th BMC!

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

    • Application deadline: 11 September
    • Announcement selected participants 16 September
    • Kickoff: 27 September | 13:00-17:00
    • Training days: 2 Oct, 23 Oct, 13 Nov | 9:00-17:00
    • Masterclasses: 3 Oct, 7 Nov, 5 Dec | 14:30-17:00
    • Work on your business days (optional): TBA | 9:00-17:00
    • Community drinks (optional): 3 Oct, 7 Nov, 5 Dec | 17:00-19:00
    • Pitch final: 13 Dec | 14:30 - 19:00

    Program costs

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

    Click here to see who participated in the 16th edition.


    The BMC is powered by

    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

    Tijmen Rumke

    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.

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    Silvia de Vaan

    Silvia is a BCG strategy-consultant-turned-impact-entrepreneur. Her company SweepSmart aims to solve the waste problem in emerging & developing countries by radically innovating European waste knowledge to work in the local context. Before and next to that, she has worked for several social enterprises, like SimGas (biogas systems for farmers in East-Africa), Moyee coffee (FairChain coffee from Ethiopia) and Locol (renewable energy in Netherlands). She’s lived and worked in Tanzania, India and Madagascar. Now, she loves to use her experience of impact entrepreneurship, strategy and the corporate world to help other entrepreneurs to the next level!

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    Program content partners

    This program is supported by Triodos BankRed Bull AmaphikoVenture Nomads, Benvalor, RS Finance and Smoke & Mirrorspartners bmc plastics program-2.