How does the Boost je Buurt challenge work?

The challenge partners will select three or four impact entrepreneurs for each of the seven city districts (stadsdelen). The selection criteria include a clear contribution to a relevant societal issue and a sound revenue model.

Impact Hub Amsterdam will supervise the entrepreneurship development programme, which consists of workshops, e-learning modules and coaching sessions. In addition, Boost je Buurt participants will access the networks of the municipality, Impact Hub Amsterdam, and other challenge partners and receive guidance in exploring these networks.

Once they have completed the programme, participants will campaign for the votes of fellow Amsterdammers. And during final on 30 June, an expert jury and Amsterdam residents will choose the winners of the jury and public awards, and thus two sets of €2,500, €5,000 and €7,500 prizes.

Who joined and won the first edition of Boost je Buurt?

Go here to learn more about the 28 impact entrepreneurs who joined Boost je Buurt’s inaugural edition.

The winners of the 2021 public awards were Bijlmer Bookstore (first place), Schrijver in je Buurt (second place), and De Buurtkringloop (third place). Bijlmer Bookstore also won the top jury prize, while Women Skate The World and Spin AI secured the second and third prizes, respectively.

Who is powering the Boost je Buurt challenge?

Boost je Buurt (Dutch for Boost Your Neighbourhood) is an initiative of Amsterdam Impact, the City of Amsterdam’s impact entrepreneurship, in collaboration with Amsterdam’s seven city districts.

Impact Hub Amsterdam will deliver the entrepreneurship development programme with Voorjebuurt, Starters4Communities and Innofest, help scout Amsterdam-based entrepreneurs and offer support during Boost je Buurt final on 30 June 2022.

Where can I ask questions about Boost je Buurt?

Bring your questions to the online info session on the 8th of February. Register by sending an email to the Amsterdam Impact team.

Go here to learn more about the Boost je Buurt challenge and here to submit your solution before the 25 February. Please note that the info session and the challenge will be in Dutch.