For startups working with plants or flowers: Let it Grow
Let it Grow is an initiative of Royal FloraHolland, the world’s largest flower auction conglomerate. The platform facilitates green innovations of entrepreneurs, urbanists and artists. It also happens to host a five-month incubation programme for between five and 10 startups whose green innovations are contributing to healthier, happier and greener cities. In addition to training with industry professionals and mentorship sessions with seasoned entrepreneurs, each selected startup will receive €10,000 to invest directly into its business.
The application deadline for the 2017-2018 edition is 10 September, but do throw your hat in the ring before 8 September, as all applicants will be invited to meet each other atop Amsterdam’s opera house at the rooftop festival ROEF.
For startups who put impact first: Impact Hub Amsterdam’s Business Model Challenge
Impact Hub Amsterdam is part of the fast-growing global Impact Hub network of social innovators. It has more than 15,000 members in over 100 locations around the world, all working on business solutions to societal challenges. Its three-month Business Model Challenge is designed to help ambitious entrepreneurs save time and money while they grow their business and maximise their positive impact. In September 2017, Impact Hub kicks off two simultaneous Business Model Challenge editions – Intensive and Light – with a total of up to 24 available spots.
The Intensive version is for entrepreneurs who haven’t yet figured out their ideal business model, while the Light edition supports entrepreneurs with proof of concept and in-depth knowledge of business model canvas theory. So whether you’re just starting out or are further along your entrepreneurial journey, this incubation programme – which comes with a free Impact Hub membership – could help take your business and impact to the next level.
For startups tackling city challenges: Startup in Residence Amsterdam
Launched in 2015, Startup in Residence is a governmental accelerator inspired by San Francisco’s Entrepreneurship in Residence programme. It supports startups in developing innovative solutions to the urban challenges faced by Amsterdam and its residents. Startups with successful solutions get continued support from the City of Amsterdam, who acts as an investor or launching customer. In fact, the municipality still cooperates with five of the seven startups that participated in the programme’s pilot edition.
For the third edition, running from December 2017 to May 2018, the city has defined 20 social challenges with themes such as waste reduction, smart mobility, safer public spaces and healthier residents. If you’re looking for the perfect market to test and validate your impact business idea, look no further than Amsterdam.
For startups with smart city solutions: Startupbootcamp’s Smart City and Living Space
Often described as Europe’s top accelerator, since 2010 Startupbootcamp has rapidly expanded from its Copenhagen roots to other major startup hubs such as New York, Singapore, Berlin and Amsterdam. Smart City and Living Space is one of its many industry-focused programmes. Among the accelerator’s 14 focus areas, entrepreneurs can find everything from smart energy to open data, urban planning and waste management.
For three months, startups keen to maker our cities smarter and more liveable will be guided by more than 150 mentors from startups and companies including Cisco, TomTom, ING and Schiphol Group. The accelerator is based at B.Amsterdam, Europe biggest startup hub.
Applications open on 18 November, so bookmark this link and your calendar.
For sustainable fashion startups: Plug and Play – Fashion for Good
This 12-week startup accelerator focuses on positive social and environmental impact in the global fashion industry. It was established through a partnership between the global initiative Fashion for Good and Plug and Play, the world’s largest startup accelerator, with the goal of supporting and investing in startups that speed up the transition to a more sustainable and circular apparel industry: certainly interesting for startups working in fields such as improving raw material sourcing and mainstreaming recycling or up-cycling. Plug and Play – Fashion for Good runs two “batches” per year, but applications are accepted continuously.