Entrepreneurship development opportunities

Amsterdam is home to a wide range of impact entrepreneurship opportunities. Whether you’re a startup in need of an incubator, looking to accelerate and scale-up your enterprise or ready to take on a major challenge, here you can find the right opportunity for your growth stage.

Incubators, accelerators, challenges and communities for Amsterdam’s impact entrepreneurs

To stimulate impact entrepreneurship, we at Amsterdam Impact have co-created our own programmes. These include the Boost je Buurt (Boost Your Neighbourhood) challenge which supports impact entrepreneurs working to make Amsterdam’s neighbourhoods healthier, more inclusive and more sustainable. A number of enterprises are selected for each of the city’s seven districts and the most promising can win a business development programme and additional development funds. With the COVID-19 crisis reinforcing the need for more innovative business models, we created the RE:SILIENCE programme with the Goldschmeding Foundation and Impact Hub Amsterdam. This programme supported impact entrepreneurs to create more resilient businesses and emerge from the crisis stronger than ever. 

Here we’ve put together an overview of the numerous options for developing impact entrepreneurship.

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.

Grow your impact enterprise | Grow your customer base and capital

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.

Impact for Amsterdam and beyond

Amsterdam Impact wants to promote impactful change beyond its own area. So if you are not based in Amsterdam, check out these partners to find out how they can help you. Voor Goed (Rotterdam), Impact City (The Hague), and Social Impact Factory (Utrecht).