For startups working on inclusion and more: Impact Hub Amsterdam’s Business Model Challenge

Impact Hub Amsterdam is part of the global Impact Hub network of more than 17,000 members in over 100 locations around the globe, all working on entrepreneurial solutions to societal challenges. Its Business Model Challenge incubator helps ambitious entrepreneurs develop their ideas to become a successful startup with positive impact.

 For Skills to Succeed – the full-time programme that includes three full days of training, masterclasses, personal mentoring and more – Impact Hub and partner Accenture are looking for entrepreneurs who are using the talents of newcomers to make a positive impact, redesigning education to match the digital future of work, and creating solutions for an inclusive workforce. For startups with other focus areas – from renewable energy to sustainable food – and who want a more flexible schedule, join the part-time programme that includes three half-days of training.

Apply before 10 March

For startups with smart city solutions: Startupbootcamp’s Smart City and IoT programme

Often described as Europe’s top accelerator, Startupbootcamp has expanded from its Copenhagen roots to other innovation hubs such as New York, Singapore, Berlin and Amsterdam. Smart City and IoT (Internet of Things) is one of several industry-specific growth programmes, covering the sectors of fintech and cyber security, digital health and food tech. Among the accelerator’s numerous focus areas, entrepreneurs can find everything from smart energy to clean tech, circular economy and city analytics.

Selected startups who are keen to make our cities better connected and more livable will work with over 150 mentors from companies such as Cisco, TomTom, ING and the Schiphol Group. The accelerator is based at B.Amsterdam, Europe’s biggest startup hub.

Apply before 16 April

For circular fashion startups: The Plug and Play – Fashion for Good accelerator

This 12-week programme 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. Together with partners Adidas, C&A and Kering, Fashion for Good and Plug and Play supports and invests in startups that speed up the transition to a circular apparel industry. These include companies with innovative solutions such as improving raw material sourcing and mainstreaming recycling or upcycling.

The programme runs two sessions per year and accepts applications on a continuous basis so you can apply anytime you feel ready to scale your sustainable apparel business.

Apply now

For sustainable energy startups: Rockstart’s Smart Energy accelerator

Established in 2011, Rockstart has since invested in 128 startups and helped raise more than €53 million. As one of Europe’s first accelerators with programmes for multiple industries, the initiative provides entrepreneurs with access to the market, capital, knowledge and a supportive community. The accelerator focuses on startups who use technology to speed up the global shift towards sustainable energy, including solutions in energy grid autonomy in local neighbourhoods and industrial sites and the use of  smart meter data collection for increased energy efficiency.

Selected startups will spend 150 days in the heart of Amsterdam working with seasoned sustainable energy and clean tech developer Freerk Bisschop, as well as smart energy mentors, investors and partners to build, validate and scale your business.

Applications open soon, so sign up to get the latest updates.