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Start, grow, and scale your business

Impact Hub Amsterdam supports you at the most crucial stages of your business. We help you start, grow, or scale your business and increase your impact in the Netherlands and beyond.

We offer in-house programs, such as the Business Model Challenge and the Investment Ready Program, but we also collaborate with corporate, governmental, and other organisations to co-design customised accelerators across multiple sectors and impact areas.

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Apply by 24 Feb 2021

Boost je Buurt

Amsterdam Impact is calling on impact entrepreneurs from Amsterdam to join the neighbourhood challenge Boost je Buurt! The prize: 3-4 winners from each city district will be able to take part in an incubator programme by Impact Hub Amsterdam. They also have a chance of winning an additional development budget of € 2,500, € 5,000,…
Apply by 1 April 2021

WDCD No Waste Challenge

What Design Can Do (WDCD) launched the No Waste Challenge, in partnership with IKEA Foundation. Designers and creatives from around the world are invited to submit their innovative solutions to reduce waste and rethink the current production and consumption cycle. Winners receive a prize fund and a 6-month accelerator programme co-created with Impact Hub Amsterdam!
Apply by 8 March 2021

Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Frontier Challenge

We’re scouting for the Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Frontier Challenge for the third year running! The global program aims to support entrepreneurial startup and scaleup-stage businesses run by BIPOC entrepreneurs who are developing solutions that promote inclusive and positive change in fashion.   
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OCT 2020 - MAR 2021

Investment Ready Program

During this 5-month accelerator (now in its 7th year!) powered by the ING Nederland Foundation, we’ll help you review your business model, strategy, team as well as craft a funding plan to grow your sustainable business. At the program’s concluding Demo Day, you’ll pitch your plan to our network of impact investors!
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Business Model Challenge | Food

In this edition of the Business Model Challenge (BMC), we helped innovative food entrepreneurs turn their innovative ideas into a successful impact startup in just three months! We collaborated with experts, mentors, and an inspiring group of entrepreneurs working towards a more sustainable food system.

FABB | The Sustainable Fashion Accelerator

Fashion Accelerator for Better Business (FABB) gave sustainable startups the chance and skills needed to grow in the fashion industry.  FABB offered expert guidance, one-on-one coaching, and peer-to-peer learning in a small group of like-minded entrepreneurs. 

Soft-landing Program | Fashion

During our Softlanding Program to Vienna, participants got the chance to present their sustainable fashion brand to various stakeholders in Amsterdam: retail, social enterprises, the municipality, startups, investors, and sustainability experts. The program is an initiative of Impact Hub Amsterdam and Amsterdam Impact.

Business Model Challenge

Our Business Model Challenge has been running biannually for 19 editions now! Do you have an innovative and sustainable business (idea)? Keep an eye out for the next edition that’s coming up! Alongside experts from acclaimed organisations, such as Accenture, we will teach you the growth techniques used by the 350+ startups we’ve incubated during…

Business Model Challenge | Fashion

During our Business Model Challenge, Fashion edition, we brought together entrepreneurs with innovative business ideas for the sustainable fashion industry. With experts from organisations such as Accenture, we shared the growth techniques we’ve used to finetune business models of the 350+ startups we’ve incubated to date in our Business Model Challenges!

RE:SILIENCE MRA

This year, we developed the RE:SILIENCE program to support impact-driven companies and equip them with the tools to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis stronger than before. Now, we’ve launched an online-only version of the program specifically for impact entrepreneurs from the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area (MRA), supported by our partner, Amsterdam Impact.

RE:SILIENCE

Because of their approach, impact entrepreneurs are often resilient. But they are not immune to economic conditions. They, too, are now being challenged to rethink their model, product chain, channels, team, or partnerships to weather the crisis. Impact Hub Amsterdam, Goldschmeding Foundation and Amsterdam Impact developed the RE:SILIENCE program to help impact entrepreneurs.

Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards

An international entrepreneurship program that drives change by empowering female impact entrepreneurs. Founded in 2006 by Cartier, the program is open to women-run and women-owned businesses from any country and sector that aim to have a strong and sustainable social and/or environmental impact.

Business Model Challenge | Food & Packaging

In this edition of the Business Model Challenge (BMC), we helped entrepreneurs turn their innovative ideas into a successful impact startup in just three months! We collaborated with experts, mentors and an inspiring group of entrepreneurs working to make food and its packaging more sustainable.

Impact the Food Chain Accelerator

A successful accelerator designed for innovative startup or SME (MKB) working on making the food chain more sustainable. Our food chain accelerator helped startups strengthen their revenue models, growth strategies and impact. This all took place over the course of 13 training days and under the guidance from experts, mentors, financiers and strategic partners!

Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge

The Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge – one of the world’s largest sustainable entrepreneurship competitions. For many years, the Dutch Postcode Lottery asked us to support them in a global search for brilliant green business plans.

Bright Minds for Covid

The impact program by Young Impactmakers designed specifically to help impactful corona initiatives forward together with a group of other young talents. Participants were matched with an initiative, taking their goals and experience into consideration, and received online training, coaching and hands-on working experience.

Soft-landing Program | Food

During our softlanding trip to Berlin, we helped entrepreneurs break into a new market. We introduced entrepreneurs to all the relevant local actors from the local food and impact sector, including food industry players, regulation experts, and impact investors. The program is an initiative of Impact Hub Amsterdam and Amsterdam Impact. 

Fix Your Food Hackathon

A third of all food is wasted and eating meat negatively impacts the climate. Meanwhile, food is flown all over the world and we wrap it in plastic that ends up in the oceans. Time for change! Participants turned their business ideas into a concrete business plan with an interdisciplinary team.

The Student Hotel Changemakers Challenge

The Student Hotel’s Changemakers Challenge is a competition in which students work on a real business case of a (social) enterprise that solves a societal problem. Together with a TSH Coach and the case owner, a team of students works on an innovative solution.

Impact Nation

In this programme, we match innovative impact scale-ups with experienced companies that can implement their innovations at scale. Scale-ups learn from and work with larger organisations while benefiting from one-on-one coaching on impact measurement, business modelling, and value proposition.

The Chivas Venture

Each year, the Chivas Venture competition rewards innovative startups that use business to tackle the world’s biggest social and environmental issues with a share of $1 million in no-strings-attached funding and expert coaching. In 2019, Chivas asked Impact Hub Amsterdam to help them find the best innovations from around the world.

Dopper Changemaker Challenge

Students based in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, the UK or Nepal, took part in the Dopper Changemaker Challenge for a chance to win a €5,000 research grant, promo support and valuable contacts.

Plastic Free Ocean Accelerator

With plastic waste getting into the ocean at a rate of 1 dump truck per minute and a bleak prediction of more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050, the time to act is now. WWF and Impact Hub Amsterdam joined forces to accelerate 10 startups that develop innovative solutions to reduce plastic pollution.

Booking Booster

Booking.com partnered with our Impact Hub network to co-create an intensive three-week accelerator that aims to turn tourism into a force for good by improving the sustainability of destinations through cultural heritage, environment and inclusive business.

Organic Food Against Climate Change

Multinational food company Wessanen wants to contribute to a green future by changing the way we produce our food and by encouraging consumers to make more sustainable choices.  The organisation opened up its network and expertise to entrepreneurs that address key challenges of the global food system.

New Material Award

In this incubator co-created with the DOEN Foundation, we helped 12 designers nominated for the prestigious New Material Award with developing business plans for their innovative products. And to ensure they can get their designs out there, we boosted their knowledge of strategy, finance, legal, production, branding, and impact measurement.

De Uitdaging

DE UITDAGING (The Challenge) is organized by Impact Hub Amsterdam and the City of Amsterdam. It’s an intensive 3-month program in which you strengthen your business model, develop your entrepreneurial skills and learn how to collaborate efficiently with the Municipality of Amsterdam (in Dutch).

Amsterdam City Fellowship

In this 8-month program, which ran until December 2017, impact entrepreneurs develop their innovative products / services and receive expert guidance and mentoring from the municipality and Impact Hub’s extensive networks.
Connect with a valuable network to solve global and local challenges
GORDANA GORIC | Senior Lecturer University Vernity