Innovative solutions

The festival is dedicated solely to startups and scale-ups that are working on innovative solutions to social and global challenges. The programme includes numerous speakers and workshops, and with matchmaking at its core, the Impact Startup Fest aims to provide a creative environment in which young businesses can connect with each other and create new opportunities.

Impact on the Beach

Co-organised by Amsterdam Impact, an initiative by the City of Amsterdam that makes sure social businesses are getting the help and guidance they deserve, Impact on the Beach takes place at a beach pavilion on Monday, 25 September and aims to provide a relaxing environment for an international matchmaking programme. Dutch and international startups and scale-ups from the tech and other industries meet with business leaders and impact investors for informal talks and drinks. The event is by invitation only, but there are a few so-called ‘wildcards’ available, registration for which will be available at the festival’s website.

Impact Startup Fest

The programme on the second day of the festival, also co-organised by Amsterdam Impact, includes inspirational speakers, demos, pitch sessions and matchmaking opportunities for startups, investors, international organisations, developers and corporates. A special programme part called Emerging Markets focuses on opportunities for entrepreneurship, innovation and impact investing.

Integrated Capital Lab

Tuesday's Startup Fest will also include Integrated Capital, an event with the goal of finding out what impact investors and social enterprises could win if investors worked together in an integrated capital network. The first part of the event is invite-only, and connects impact investors and financiers in order to co-create a new model for collaboration and integrated capital. Afterwards, results will be presented to a broader audience over drinks during an open, free-entry event. Integrated Capital is a kick start project by Impact Hub Amsterdam, Generous Minds and Amsterdam Impact.

Global challenges, startup solutions

Impact Startup Fest is part of the nationwide Startup Fest Europe, which takes place in various locations across the Netherlands from 25 to 29 September.