Find out where you belong in Amsterdam’s growing ecosystem for social entrepreneurship. Startups, SMEs, large companies, investors, local government organisations, academia and research institutes are all essential players in the impact community.
To create more social value and effectively address Amsterdam’s societal challenges, impact enterprises need a diverse, strongly connected ecosystem, in which all actors work together. This ecosystem is made up of several distinct groups, all of which have their part to play in achieving positive impact. So how does it work?
Incubators, accelerators and network organisations give impact entrepreneurs access to business development programmes and supportive communities.
Companies, organisations and consumers are stimulated to ‘buy social’, buying products and services from impact enterprises.
Financiers, such as investors, banks and VCs, facilitate access to capital so impact entrepreneurs can start and grow their businesses.
Universities and schools help students and pupils develop impact entrepreneurship skills and concrete business models.
Organisations, including corporates, non-profits and the public sector, encourage employees to mentor impact entrepreneurs or to become intrapreneurs and develop internal impact initiatives.
Building Better Business is a programme by Amsterdam Impact, the City of Amsterdam’s impact entrepreneurship initiative, B Lab Benelux, and Economy for the Common Good. It helps mainstream companies accelerate their positive impact and get certified for their performance.
The Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) is a global annual flagship event that brings together social entrepreneurs, policymakers, investors, academics and other impact-led professionals to strengthen impact entrepreneurship and encourage systemic change.
Amsterdam Impact, the City of Amsterdam’s impact entrepreneurship initiative, is working to nurture social entrepreneurship in the city. But it also wants to contribute to a much more ambitious goal: transforming the whole economy into one that creates social as well as financial value. In 2021, we partnered with social enterprise news network Pioneers Post on the Cities of Impact project, which included two series of articles. One was showcasing impact businesses in Amsterdam, and one, which is summarised below, was exploring the steps we’re taking to build an ‘impact city’. From education to market access, nurturing neighbourhoods to facilitating capital, find out more about how we accelerate the transition to a new economy.