Entrepreneurship development

Amsterdam boasts numerous impact entrepreneurship development opportunities - from incubators and accelerators to challenges and communities. Whether you’re starting your enterprise or are ready to scale, find the right opportunity for your growth stage.

Talented impact entrepreneurs are increasingly committed to tackling Amsterdam’s societal challenges, whether through social enterprises or as part of socially responsible businesses.

To stimulate impact entrepreneurship, we have co-created our own programmes and challenges, including the Amsterdam City Fellowship (an incubator focused on health solutions) and Localise the SDGs Challenge (a competition for solutions that implement the SDGs in Amsterdam). 

Stay tuned for our upcoming programmes and use our guide to navigate Amsterdam’s impact entrepreneurship incubators, accelerators, competitions and communities.

Not based in Amsterdam? Check out our partners Rotterdam voor Goed, Impact City (The Hague), and Social Impact Factory (Utrecht).

Start your impact enterprise | Incubators

Art-Up

Incubator for innovative entrepreneurial solutions in the cultural sector.

Ashoka Fellowship

Selected entrepreneurs receive a three-year stipend and tailored support.

Kitchen Republic

Incubation & co-working for businesses in Amsterdam’s food industry.

Starters4Communities

Training programmes to turn (young) professionals into drivers of change (NL).

Grow your impact enterprise | Accelerators

GO!-NH Accelerator

A series of sustainable innovation and circular economy accelerators developed by the Province of Noord-Holland.

Grow Impact

By Social Enterprise NL. Develop a growth strategy for the next three years (NL).

Next Level

By Social Enterprise NL. Sharpen your fundraising strategy & investor pitch (NL).

Rockstart

Accelerators & challenges for entrepreneurs in emerging tech, energy & agrifood.

Startup in Residence

An initiative of Startup Amsterdam and the Chief Technology Office of the City of Amsterdam to connect startups to key urban challenges.

Scale your impact enterprise | New customers & capital

Booking Booster

Booking.com’s scaling programme for enterprises contributing to a more sustainable travel industry.

Impact entrepreneurship communities | Find your peers & (co-)founders

Impact Hub Amsterdam

Part of the global Impact Hub network of impact entrepreneurs and innovators with more than 16,000 members in over 100 cities around the world.

Nudge Community

Connecting local impact initiatives to larger organisations (NL).

SDG House

A community of experts, entrepreneurs & NGOs who work towards achieving one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Social Enterprise NL

A Netherlands-wide knowledge-sharing network of more than 350 social enterprises (NL).

Young Impactmakers

Events and on-/offline community for young talents who want to do good while doing business.

Impact entrepreneurship competitions | Win cash prizes, exposure & support

ASN Wereldprijs

A trajectory for new impact entrepreneurs culminating in the chance to win training, exposure and funding.

Chivas Venture

Annual competition that sees entrepreneurs compete for a share of $1million in funding for their world changing startups.

Social Impact Lab

PwC Nederland’s competition for impact startups and scaleups (NL).