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Amsterdam Impact

Idealistic entrepreneurs will find a home in Amsterdam. The city is full of big ideas and has an inspiring, innovative and active ecosystem for social enterprises. Amsterdam Impact will guide you through it, support you and offer you the tools you need to get going.

Get involved and change the world

Join Amsterdam’s impact revolution: we can help you explore the city’s accelerators, incubators, impact events, hubs, research institutes, investors and initiatives by the City of Amsterdam. An ecosystem map will help you find your way. You can also gain insights in the news and features section, find your connections at impact events or contact Amsterdam Impact.

About social entrepreneurship

Social entrepreneurship, also known as impact entrepreneurship, means combining doing business with making a positive impact on society. Being a social entrepreneur demands business acumen, innovation and creativity – all characteristics typical for Amsterdam and its business and startup ecosystems. This film has more information, or watch our video testimonials here. You could also experience this firsthand by visiting some of the city's many socially-conscious stores, and this bike route is a great place to start.

What is Amsterdam Impact?

Amsterdam Impact is an initiative by the City of Amsterdam that makes sure social businesses are getting the help and guidance they deserve. The City actively supports social entrepreneurship. It’s launched an action programme, and Amsterdam Impact is part of that: an objective guide to Amsterdam’s impact ecosystem.

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Impact updates

  • 5 sustainable Amsterdam startups to watch out for

    Amsterdam is a green city that is increasingly putting more emphasis on social impact. So naturally, the city is packed full of startups that are constantly innovating to ensure a greener future. Here's a list of some of the Dutch capital's exciting young social enterprises.

  • Amsterdam: a city of change makers

    From young startups to established corporates, the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area is a hub for creative thinkers and makers from over 180 countries. Enticed by the city’s inclusive atmosphere, creative energy and great work-life balance, these change makers are responsible for many exciting products and developments.

  • What happens at our Buy Social events

    On 17 October 2017, in partnership with Social Enterprise NL and ABN Amro, Amsterdam Impact ran another successful Buy Social event, held at the Circl circular pavilion. Both social entrepreneurs and companies interested in responsible purchasing, came together to help stimulate procurement from entrepreneurs who do good while doing business.

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