About Amsterdam Impact

Amsterdam has become a global frontrunner in the impact economy. The Amsterdam Impact programme is in place to strengthen the ecosystem for all companies, large and small, that create both financial and social value. Read more.

Amsterdam Impact: the origin story

The City of Amsterdam’s Amsterdam Impact 2019-2022 programme is a follow-up to the successful Social Entrepreneurship 2015-2018 programme. When we launched our initiative, social entrepreneurship in Amsterdam was a young but promising movement. Seeing their positive impact on society and employment, Amsterdam offered social entrepreneurs the support they deserve. Since 2015, the number of social enterprises in Amsterdam has grown significantly, and their access to market and capital has improved. See the results of our first programme

Why Amsterdam Impact?

Amsterdam has a long history of being home to entrepreneurs who do business that creates added value for society. Impact entrepreneurship is an integral part of the city’s mindset and Amsterdam wants to retain its status as frontrunner in the impact economy. 

Amsterdam Impact is here to strengthen the ecosystem for all companies that simultaneously create financial and societal value. It is a collaborative effort that draws in startups, SMEs, large companies, investors, civil servants, network organisations, universities and research institutes.

Amsterdam Impact 2019-2022

This programme builds on the foundation of the first programme and focuses on strengthening the ecosystem for all impact enterprises. These range from startups to large corporations that tackle societal challenges through entrepreneurship and create both financial and social value. In addition, the programme pays special attention to enterprises that improve the quality of life in Amsterdam’s neighbourhoods. To get a quick overview, download a two-page summary of the programme (PDF).

Does Amsterdam Impact invest in social enterprises?

Amsterdam Impact does not have its own financing schemes, but we can help you navigate Amsterdam’s numerous funding opportunities. We want to ensure that sufficient capital is available to impact enterprises at all stages of their business development. We facilitate collaboration between finance providers and strengthen the links between investors and impact enterprises. You can learn more about access to social financing for Amsterdam’s impact ecosystem here.

How Amsterdam Impact can help you

We are here for

Explore the ins and outs of Amsterdam’s ecosystem, check out our international network, use our guide to the city’s impact-focused incubators, accelerators, challenges and communities, and browse our event calendar.