The SDGs in Amsterdam Challenge Lab

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Are you passionate about translating the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into local action? Does your entrepreneurial initiative raise awareness of the SDGs amongst Amsterdam’s vibrant communities? Want to get a €30K grant to prototype it in the Dutch capital?

As part of the EU Social Challenges innovation platform, Amsterdam Impact - the City of Amsterdam’s Social Entrepreneurship Programme - has joined forces with Impact Hub Amsterdam to take on the SDGs in Amsterdam Challenge.

Together, we will support entrepreneurs and social innovators who help raise awareness of the SDGs - either all 17 goals or individual ones - in Amsterdam’s diverse neighbourhoods.

The City of Amsterdam is specifically interested in entrepreneurial initiatives with innovative products or services that:
- Are inclusive and take into account Amsterdam’s diversity
- Leverage technology and social media to reach a bigger audience
- Educate and engage the city’s inhabitants around the SDGs
- Link local actors less prone to collaborate on achieving the SDGs

If your product or service meets these criteria, you could potentially be awarded a €30,000 grant by an international jury and 6 months of mentoring to turn your initiative into a sustainable business.

Come ready to work collaboratively - facilitated by our partner Publieke Versnellers - to develop your plans and make your solution fit for uploading on the EU Social Challenges platform.

We have limited places, so please sign up. And keep in mind that your initiative must be a registered entity (i.e. social enterprise, foundation, association).

Impact Hub Amsterdam is working with Meta Group, EBN and the Impact Hub network across Europe to co-host the EU Social Challenges innovation platform, which boosts marketable solutions with clear social benefits. The platform matches ‘challenge owners’ – organisations with problems to solve – to entrepreneurs and social innovators.

EU Social Challenges aims to translate at least 27 challenges into 81 practical solutions, each supported by a €30,000 grant and 6 months of mentoring to turn your product, service or idea into a sustainable business.

The SDGs in Amsterdam Challenge lab is brought to you by Amsterdam Impact, Impact Hub Amsterdam, and Publieke Versnellers.

Photo credit: Sander Schinkel