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Impact Hub Amsterdam is part of the fast-growing global Impact Hub network of impact entrepreneurs and innovators with more than 16,000 members in over 100 cities around the world.

To make change happen, we facilitate entrepreneurial solutions to society’s biggest challenges. We give you access to a valuable network, as well as business expertise, resources and capital, organise events, host a collaborative working space, and run a series of accelerator programs. We provide almost everything to move your entrepreneurial initiatives for a better world forward.



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Charley Snoek, Marketing & Communications at Impact Hub Amsterdam, posted

Impact Hub Amsterdam launches report on pioneers of a sustainable food system

In the "Koplopers van de Korte Keten" (Pioneers of the Short Food Chain) report, five leading-edge Dutch pioneers of the short food supply chain discuss their drive and mission. The founders of De Melkbrouwerij, Herenboeren, Boerschappen, Vokomokum & Atlantis Handelshuis are using innovative, short-chain business models to build a fundamentally different system.

Read the report here: (NB: in Dutch with English summary)

Pioneers of the Short Food Chain was created with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, and Stichting DOEN.

This report is part of Impact Hub Amsterdam's Food Ecosystem. The Netherlands is the second largest exporter of agro-food products worldwide. What if we used this position to make a real impact across the food chain and accelerate the transition to a more sustainable food system? In this ecosystem, we bring together and strengthen relationships between entrepreneurs, investors, government, corporates and other organisations through events, programs and publications. Together we boost innovation and create the resources for positive change in the food sector. Read more about our Food Ecosystem at

**** Do you have a good business idea for a more sustainable food system? Pitch it for the Fix Your Food Hackathon in January and win free startup training to make it reality! > ****

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Henrike Slob, Marketing Communications Lead at Impact Hub Amsterdam, posted

Inclusion: How to thrive being (dis)abled | Young Impactmakers

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Join us for the Inclusion edition of Young Impactmakers!

About this Event:

How can an entrepreneurial mindset make you thrive, when dealing with exclusion and change? This edition of Young Impactmakers we will dive into the topic of inclusion within public space. We will give the floor to young entrepreneurs who are dealing with change themselves and are working in the field of disability. They will share their story, their victories and challenges and we will dive collectively into the cases they come up with. In this way, we can collaborate and co-create inclusive solutions.
This is a great event if you want to meet new people, get inspired and want to contribute to an inclusive society.

What to expect:

Three speakers will share their story about how they dealt with change, started a business, and motivated others to thrive. How they look at inclusion and feeling excluded while living in the city. They will give a different perspective on how they deal with inclusion and how to thrive with an entrepreneurial mindset.


1. Bijan Lofti - The Disabledenabler. Bijan broke his neck in 2012 and change has been a constant factor in his life. His recovery was a roller-coaster ride of trial and hard errors, re-discovering his true self. He wrote a book, started businesses and is coaching other people with his Energy Management Compass. Get ready to get personal… Feeling excluded can have many roots. He dives deeper into this topic and wants to explore how you think feel and act in a world where exclusion and inclusion exist.

2. Josephine Rees - Ableamsterdam. Able Amsterdam provides information about wheelchair-friendly places in the Dutch capital. By sharing accessibility reviews, I hope to shatter disability stereotypes and encourage fellow mobility aid users to get the most out of this exciting city.

3. ONGEREMD - Esmee, Jan, Jackey, Rosa and Yara are searching for out-of-the-box solutions to remove the feeling of being limited as much as possible. The mission is therefore to minimize the difference between people with and without (mobility) limitations. For Ongeremd, the social dimension is at least as important as the practical dimension: the identity, the voice and the perception of the target group is their main focus point. ♿️📣

At our YIM event they will tell their story, how they focused on social design, making festivals more accessible and what they are challenged with making their business successful.


18:45 - 19:00 Walk-in
19:00 - 20:00 Speakers
20:00 - 21:00 Work on cases in groups

21:00 - 22:00 Drinks

More about Young Impactmakers:

Through the Young Impactmakers community, Impact Hub Amsterdam, Starters4Communities and partners support talented young people who want to do good while doing business, either by starting their own impact enterprise or by being an entrepreneur to work towards a better world.

Next to hosting sessions every second Tuesday of the month at the Impact Hub, Young Impactmakers gives you a toolkit to take your talent and ambition to the next level - from hands-on workshops and matchmaking events to a strong network, problem-solving power, a testing stage, dinners, an online community and more!

To get our latest news and opportunities, and meet other Young Impactmakers, join our community:

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Henrike Slob, Marketing Communications Lead at Impact Hub Amsterdam, posted

The Whole Package: Innovations in Food Packaging

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Explore trends in sustainable food packaging, innovations & partnership opportunities at Impact Hub, with

About this Event:
How can we make food packaging sustainable? Plastic waste is a global problem, and the EU is preparing the transition towards a circular economy. Where does that leave food packaging? During this event, we will explore trends, innovations and opportunities, together with by MVO Nederland.

For whom?
This evening is for innovation-seekers and makers. We will discuss success stories and do some live matchmaking, especially to make it easier for established companies and smaller innovative parties to find and talk to each other. You’ll meet and learn from entrepreneurs and innovators from our Food, Plastics, and Circularity Ecosystems and be able to start new collaborations.

The warming up will be a panel interview, moderated by Caroli Buitenhuis of Green Serendipity, expert on bioplastics, circular economy and sustainable packaging. Chocolatemakers, Willicroft and People of Tomorrow will share their journey towards a sustainable package for their products.
Keynote speaker of this event will be Willemijn Peeters, founder of Searious Business, who helps (food) businesses to become plastic-free and circular. Her mission is to help transform our global economy and is an expert in bringing about organisational strategy & operational change.

19:00 Walk-in
19:30 Start
20:30 - 21:00 Matchmaking Drinks

You want to engage in more sustainable business, develop and move forward. For that, you need a product or service, knowledge or that one connection. by MVO Nederland supports your search for the perfect match. For our 10.000 members, we already made over 4000 matches, so let us have a look at your entrepreneurial challenge! Do you want to know how it works? Watch this video.

About Impact Hub’s Food Ecosystem:
The Netherlands is the second largest exporter of agro-food products worldwide. What if we used this position to make real impact across the food chain and accelerate the transition to a more sustainable food system? Through our ecosystem approach, we bring together and strengthen relationships between entrepreneurs, investors, government, corporates and other organisations. Together we create innovation and resources for positive change in the food sector.

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Henrike Slob, Marketing Communications Lead at Impact Hub Amsterdam, posted

Unpack Impact 2019

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Fundraising can be one of the most challenging activities for an entrepreneur. Hear about the dos and don’ts during Unpack Impact!

Angel investor and Paper on the Rocks:
Paper on the rocks develops notebooks made from construction and agricultural waste! Tamara Straatman (36) is an impact investor who invested in the company Paper on the Rocks. She has also invested in the impact fund PYMWYMIC, recently became a member of TONIIC - an impact investor network - and is building her own impact community in which investors, entrepreneurs, and consumers connect with each other. The founder of Paper on the rocks, Anne Pleun van Eijsden, and the angel investor will share important learnings on the successful business case.

Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF) and HabitSwapp:
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs provides finance and insurance through the DGGF programme, facilitating development-related trade and investment in over 60 countries. The fund consists of 3 parts: investment, import and export. DDGF funded the launch of the new app Habitswapp. Habitswapp, founded by Ajay Varadharajan, focuses on changing your habits on food to make a positive impact.

Our special keynote speaker is Emilie Goodall of FMO (the Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank). Emilie is manager Development Impact & Sustainability at FMO and addresses big issues such as (gender) inequality and climate change from within a development bank.

13:00 Find your seat
13:30 Keynote by Emilie Goodall (FMO)
14:30 Cases
16:30 Question round
17:00 Amsterdam Impact Ecosystem Drinks with snacks from the Impact the Food Chain accelerator participants!

This event is powered by Impact Hub Amsterdam & Amsterdam Impact (City of Amsterdam)

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Henrike Slob, Marketing Communications Lead at Impact Hub Amsterdam, posted

Fail Forward | Circular Edition

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Only 9 per cent of the global economy is currently circular while adopting circular principles now could bring Europe net benefits of EUR 1,8 trillion by 2030. That is why Impact Hub Amsterdam hosts events, builds communities and runs acceleration programs around circularity. The next event on circular will be Fail Forward!

We believe that failure and experimentation are essential to developing innovative businesses that make a real impact. For the Circular Edition of our Fail Forward events, we are inviting circular impact entrepreneurs to share what they’ve learned from what went wrong. Listen to inspirational stories, get encouraged and leave with hope on the horizon ; )

Fail Forward line-up:
Speakers include Tiemen ter Hoeven of Roetz, Tynke van den Heuvel of Studio WAE and Dirk van der Beek of Boeren van Amstel.

19:30 Registration & drinks
20:00 Speakers & Q&A
21:30 Drinks

Fail Forward is part of The Impact Days and is organized in partnership with the Province of Noord-Holland.

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