Amsterdam Impact

Amsterdam Impact, an initiative by the City of Amsterdam, is here to strengthen the ecosystem for all companies that tackle societal challenges through entrepreneurship. We will guide you through the ecosystem, support you, and offer you the tools you need to make a bigger impact.

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Join Amsterdam’s impact entrepreneurship ecosystem

Amsterdam wants to become a leading metropolis for impact entrepreneurship, which creates both social and financial value. From neighbourhood-rooted enterprises to large corporations - if you tackle societal challenges in an entrepreneurial way, you are in the right place. Startups, SMEs, large companies, financiers, civil servants, network organisations, knowledge institutes: these are just some of the players in Amsterdam’s growing impact entrepreneurship ecosystem. To develop an economy focused on the well-being of all, we need to work together and co-create innovative solutions. Learn more about our four-year programme, join our ecosystem for impact entrepreneurship, ‘buy social’ to support impact enterprises, and attend our impact events.

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Impact news

  • Three companies from the City of Amsterdam’s Building Better Business programme gain B Corp certification

    Building Better Business is a programme by Amsterdam Impact, the City of Amsterdam’s impact entrepreneurship initiative, B Lab Benelux, and Economy for the Common Good. It helps mainstream companies accelerate their positive impact and get certified for their performance. 

  • Amsterdam to host the Social Enterprise World Forum 2023

    The Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) is a global annual flagship event that brings together social entrepreneurs, policymakers, investors, academics and other impact-led professionals to strengthen impact entrepreneurship and encourage systemic change.

  • How to build an impact city – a series by Amsterdam Impact and Pioneers Post

    Amsterdam Impact, the City of Amsterdam’s impact entrepreneurship initiative, is working to nurture social entrepreneurship in the city. But it also wants to contribute to a much more ambitious goal: transforming the whole economy into one that creates social as well as financial value. In 2021, we partnered with social enterprise news network Pioneers Post on the Cities of Impact project, which included two series of articles. One was showcasing impact businesses in Amsterdam, and one, which is summarised below, was exploring the steps we’re taking to build an ‘impact city’. From education to market access, nurturing neighbourhoods to facilitating capital, find out more about how we accelerate the transition to a new economy.

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