The Organic Food against Climate Change Challenge is aimed at impact-driven entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs. In 2 months, participants accelerate their food businesses through an intensified collaboration with Wessanen. Wessanen is a multinational food company with a focus on organic that was founded and headquartered in the Netherlands and has operations in Europe and North America. Participating entrepreneurs are challenged to take action, share their businesses in their network, test their product in the market, build strong partnerships and take the necessary strategic decisions. All with the end goals in mind: to scale their business, collaborate in fighting climate change and have a greater impact. Read on, apply before 10 April and get your business ready for takeoff!

Selection Criteria

The selected participants are Benelux based small businesses, who address key challenges of the global food system and its impact on climate change. The business should fit the following criteria: - You have proof-of-concept (i.e. first clients, revenue generating) - You want to grow and scale your business - You are building a scalable food enterprise which fits one of the following:  
  • replaces conventional with organic food;
  • replaces animal protein with plant based alternatives;
  • reduces food waste;
  • increases awareness of and knowledge about sustainable food;


At the end of the Challenge one winner,  who convinced with outstanding innovations and promising ideas, will be awarded with €10,000, additional management hours as well as access to a broad network of experts.

The Wessanen Food Challenge will enable you to

✔ Prepare your venture for growth by reviewing your business strategy, model and team

✔ Benefit from 3 training days, 4 masterclasses, 1 personal Wessanen mentor and 1 pitch battle

✔ Go on an innovation food startup tour

✔ Work with experts from Wessanen 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

✔ Test your products and get lots of constructive feedback from a potential corporate stakeholder

✔ Learn how tell your story and position your brand

✔ Become a master of the art of pitching successfully to potential investors

You will also get an Impact Hub membership that includes

✔ inspiring connections among Impact Hub Amsterdam's vibrant community of 700 impact-driven professionals

✔ access to Impact Hub's global network of 15,000 change makers based at 80+ locations across the world

✔ the chance to attend one or more of 250 inspiring impact-driven events

✔ a 1 day per week workplace at Impact Hub Amsterdam's beautiful new space at KIT near Oosterpak

✔ a 40 per cent discount on room bookings at Impact Hub Amsterdam

This program is a cooperation between

“Organic Food against Climate Change” by Wessanen, in association with Triodos, powered by the Impact Hub and Crosswise Works

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Program fee

€ 799,- ex BTW per person (+1 business partner half price)

Course dates

Anouncement Event: 24 April [half day]
Onboarding: 4 May [09:00 – 11:00]
Food Innovation Tour: 4 May [13:00 – 17:00]
Training Day 1: 10 May [09:00 – 17:00]
Masterclass 1: 11 May [14:30 – 17:00]
Training Day 2: 24 May [09:00 – 17:00]
Masterclass 2: 1 Juni [14:30 – 17:00]
Training Day 3: 7 June [09:00 – 17:00]
Factory Visit: 8 June [09:00 – 13:00]
Masterclass 3: 8 June [14:30 – 17:00]
Masterclass 4: 14 June [14:30 – 17:00]
Pitch Event: 23 June [16:00 – 19:00]


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1092 CK Amsterdam
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