An international network of city ecosystems for impact entrepreneurship

As part of Amsterdam Impact’s 2019-2022 impact entrepreneurship programme, we aim to co-create a network of city ecosystems for exchanging knowledge, best practices and lessons learned about the role of local government in city ecosystems for impact.  

A key step we took towards building this network was a lab session during the 2019 B Corp Summit (pictured above). The session focused on a place-based approach to systemic change and included local government representatives from Barcelona and Geneva, and impact entrepreneurship experts from the BMW Foundation. 

As part of this network, we also envision co-developing and implementing projects together with participating cities to support impact enterprises with scaling, soft landing, and expertise. For the latest news on the development of our cities network, sign up for our newsletter.

Trade missions for access to global markets

To support local impact enterprises with entering international markets more easily, we co-develop and implement activities in trade missions, such as the Dutch social impact mission to the 2017 and 2018 editions of Social Capital Markets (SOCAP) in San Francisco.

The SOCAP delegations included 28 entrepreneurs, many of whom are Amsterdam-based; several of these entrepreneurs raised new investments and made valuable connections with potential financiers.

In addition, the mission helped put the participating entrepreneurs on the map, as 350 attendees joined the Dutch delegation’s SOCAP workshops, presentations and pitches. 

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A model for building a city ecosystem for impact

In 2015, Amsterdam Impact, the City of Amsterdam’s initiative to strengthen the impact entrepreneurship ecosystem, started collaborating with various partners to make Amsterdam’s growing social entrepreneurship ecosystem more explicit and better equipped. 

Together with Impact Hub Amsterdam, we captured the essence of our approach in a model with four nested building blocks: Create Right Conditions, Build Entrepreneurship, Facilitate Access to Capital, and Strengthen Connections. Our aim is long-term: to solve societal challenges in an entrepreneurial way.

Read our publication for the ins and outs of our model for building a city ecosystem for impact.

Want to exchange knowledge about building a similar ecosystem in your city? Get in touch.