Impact Report 2015

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Impact Report 2015


You Focus

on Impact.

We Focus

on You.


IMPACT HUB

AMSTERDAM IS THE

PLACE FOR PEOPLE

AND ORGANISATIONS

TO CREATE

A SUSTAINABLE AND

INCLUSIVE ECONOMY.


POWERED BY OUR COMMUNITY, WORKING AND LEARNING ENVIRONMENT IN

THE WESTERPARK, IMPACT HUB AMSTERDAM BRINGS TOGETHER RESOURCES,

RELATIONSHIPS, INSPIRATION AND COLLABORATION OPPORTUNITIES THAT HELP

OUR COMMUNITY OF 633 MEMBERS AND PARTNERS GROW THEIR IMPACT EVERY

DAY.

WITH 82+ IMPACT HUBS WORLDWIDE, THIS GLOBAL MEMBER COMMUNITY

CELEBRATED 10 YEARS OF IMPACT IN 2015, AND IS NOW THE FASTEST GROWING

TRANS-LOCAL NETWORK OF SOCIAL INNOVATORS IN THE WORLD.

THROUGH CROSS-SECTOR, CROSS-ORGANISATIONAL, GLOBAL EXCHANGE,

LEARNING, AND COLLABORATION WE IMPACT SOCIETAL ISSUES THROUGH

ENTREPRENEURIAL ACTION. WITH THE COLLECTIVE COMMITMENT TO BUILD A NEW

ECONOMY, A GENERATIVE ECONOMY. A PURPOSE THAT UNITES US ALL.


Contents


WHY WE EXIST 8-9

The Hub Effect 10

OUR MEASSURED IMPACT

Community Profile 28

10 Years of Global Impact 30

Press & Events 32

OUR IMPACT 11

WALKING OUR TALK

STORIES OF THE HUB EFFECT

New Economy &

Responsible Consumption 12

Peace, Governance & Education 14

Social Inclusion & Urban Solutions 16

Energy, Mobility & Infrastructure 18

Health & Lifestyle 20

Ecosystems, Natural Capital &

Climate Change 22

Our Acceleration Programs 24

The Hub Effect 36

Why We Became a B-Corp 37

Letter From the City 38

Generative Economy 39

THANK YOU

Members, Supporters & Partners 40


Why We Exist

One of our members once said: “Impact Hub

is more than a place. It is an ethos.” From the

first time Impact Hub Amsterdam opened in

the Westerstraat in 2008, and throughout our

time here in Westerpark, to the time we will

invest and share with each other in our future

venue, we proudly admit that we made all the

imaginable mistakes while pioneering the field.

In 8 years time, it gave us incredible insights

and enabled us to deliver our current level of

quality. Each step taken is a fundament for

new layers of change, a solid base to live our

collective vision. We evolved from facilitating to

being the accelerator for entrepreneurial

action in response to the world’s most pressing

issues.

Like a festival that takes place in a moment of

time, the area has been built, the experience

delivered, and in the end, the whole needs to

be deconstructed. To be built up again. We find

ourselves in this process of continuity. Each next

step we take, we notice the growing amount of

builders and visitors. We see our community

grow to over 240 active entrepreneurial

members, 10,000 yearly visitors, and all

in total 633 engaged community members.

These are our professional mates that make

Impact Hub Amsterdam an unstoppable

movement. From impact investors and

entrepreneurs, educators and corporate leaders,

to governments and thought leaders. A diverse

community in action.

Impact Hub recognises this tribe, realises that

the institutionalisation of social matters detaches

us from the issues, and brings all stakeholders

involved together in kinship. There lies our

strength. “It’s the collective stupid!”

In trust, with courage, and by collaboration

Impact Hub proves how the new economy

works. For over 12,000 members worldwide,

in 82 cities around the world, it is for them “the

place that I call mine.” Where startups lean

on the broad shoulders of multinationals, and

corporates dance on the agility of the startup

way of working. Testing new ways of working

we found out there is more than one way to be

successful in the new economy.

From our accelerator programmes that

support entrepreneurial solutions to start,

grow and scale, to the food we eat and the

way we work. Impact Hub provides a micro

model of how to solve the macro issues, where

we include both problems and solutions, right in

your face in one place.

We focus on impact. Through our measured

effect, among others by the B Corp certification

and our annual validated Global Member

Survey, the triple-bottom-line is key to our

value creation. People, planet and profit. We

live, test and play within what we believe.

We see the social enterprise as a key

delivery partner to deliver sustainable

solutions.

Driving change on a city level by co-activating

the Amsterdam Action Programme for Social

Entrepreneurship, and on a global scale,

aligning with the UN’s Sustainable Development

Goals, we contribute our individual

talents collectively. This is where change

goes to work. From our Impact Hub Scaling

Program -Europe’s first ever- which scaled

over 100 social ventures across Europe, to our

startup accelerator Business Model Challenge,

we stimulated, in already nine editions, over

150 individuals and teams to startup their

initiative.


Amsterdam

Over the years we have hosted a multitude of

Labs, characterised by our multi-stakeholder

approach, that drove innovation and

betterment within the financial, social and

environmental sectors. In 2015 only we

already have brokered over €3 million in

impact investment deals for our members, and

continue to increase the deal-flow through our

Investor membership and our Investment Ready

Program.

Successes like these make us realise that we

are the future cities catapult. We accelerate

urban ideas to market, to grow the

new economy and make cities better.

Now is the time to maximise our impact.

Be part of what can be the Great Turn of the

entire human history. This is because, we as

a community are impatient.

Anne, Bram, Eliza, Frederik,

Ilse, Linda B, Linda S, Marieke,

Milena, Robert-Niels, Stijn,

Tamar, Tatiana, Wieke

Team Impact Hub Amsterdam

We noticed in our wealth of collective

knowledge, while we learn from other Impact

Hubs, engaged corporate members, and

most of all from our members, that we moved

from the periphery to the center of the new

market. In the next phase, in which we aim to

go beyond acceleration to scaling social

change, we focus on making tangible a

generative economy.

Thank you to all: entrepreneurs, changemakers,

impact investors, educators, and

corporate leaders and allies who fill our

space each day. In the palpable certainties

of uncertainties, scrolling through the daily

stream of all, pause, put in the center what

interests you. Embrace the chaos and feel

the rhythm of recurrence. Go, run, fall and

enchant others.


THE HUB EFFECT

‘‘HOW DOES THE FUTURE OF BUSINESS LOOK LIKE? HOW

GOOD IS IT TO US ALL, OUR ENVIRONMENT, OUR LEGACY? CAN

A COMPANY HAVE A REVOLUTION AS A GOAL? CAN MONEY

BECOME OLD, AND GIVE WAY TO GENEROSITY AS A NEW

CURRENCY?

EVERY TIME I’M AT IMPACT HUB, MY HEAD SPINS BACKWARDS

TO A BETTER SELF. IT UNRAVELS BETTER WAYS TO TACKLE

OUR FUTURE AND OUR CONDUCT. AND THAT, MY FRIENDS IS

REALLY PRECIOUS. I GENUINELY INVITE ANYONE TO JOIN.’’

_Alvaro Sotomayor, Creative Director

Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam


OUR IMPACT

At Impact Hub Amsterdam we

pioneer transition towards a new

economy where business and profit

are used in service of people and

planet. Transitioning our systems,

structures and habits towards this

world is only possible through

the combined accomplishments

of compassionate, creative and

committed individuals focused on a

common purpose.

Our community works towards

enabling tangible positive impact in

the following areas; meaning that

our local and global practices in these

areas become measurably more just,

sustainable and inclusive:

• New Economy & Responsible

Consumption

• Peace, Governance & Education

• Social Inclusion & Urban Solutions

• Energy, Mobility & Infrastructure

• Health & Lifestyle

• Ecosystems, Natural Capital &

Climate Change

We are guided by the SDGs adopted

at the September 2015 UN General

Assembly that serve as a 15-year

roadmap for solving humanity’s

biggest challenges, as well as work

done by the World Business Council

for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

towards Vision 2050 - halving

footprint and doubling impact, the

UN Global Compact and the Global

Reporting Initiative (GRI).

We believe that the systemic

challenges faced in these impact

areas need talent that embodies

the courage and critique of the

activist paired with the resolve and

pragmatism of the entrepreneur.

Read on and meet some of these

entrepreneurs...


STORIES OF THE HUB EFFECT

New Economy

& Responsible

Consumption

Topics, among others: basic income, economic opportunity, tax system overhaul,

job creation, fair supply chains, circularity, alternative finance, social bonds, impact

investment, sustainable fashion, CSR, shared value.

#SDG 1, 8, 9, 12


RAMBLER

AFRIEK

CLOSING THE LOOP

Rambler is a social enterprise that

enables street teens in main capital

cities to design and create their own

authentic street wear. By engaging

the teenagers in a creative program

whilst at the same time offering

them social guidance, Rambler both

creatively inspires the youngsters and

offers them a safe haven they can

always return to. By doing so, they

have been able to touch upon many

teens lives.

The founder of this thriving

enterprise that’s currently expanding

internationally, Carmen van der

Vecht, says that Rambler couldn’t

have come so far without the Impact

Hub Amsterdam.

Impact Hub inspired Rambler to

always keep on going:

‘‘Through all the different stages,

Impact Hub Amsterdam gave us the

inspiration and motivation we needed

to continue. Because of the support of

the other Hubbers, we never felt like

we did it alone.’’

Carmen van der Vecht

founder of Rambler

The winners of the Business Model

Challenge #6 founded fashion

label Afriek. With the same bright

colored characteristics of their key

item blazer, the label encourages the

world to see the positive side of the

country where it’s produced: Rwanda,

once a nation torn by internal

conflicts, now flourishes again. With

their social enterprise, Kars Gerrits

and Sivan Breemhaar not only enable

local craftsmen to get their lives

back on track by treating them with

nothing but equality, but they also

tell a different story of Rwanda: one

that changes your perspective on the

African region.

‘’We see Africa as a continent full

of potential and opportunities.

Hopefully, because of Afriek, soon

others will also be able to see that.’’

Over the course of time, Impact Hub

Amsterdam enabled Afriek to

bring more structure to their business

model and fine tune their ideas. In

addition, winning the Business Model

Challenge gave them an amazing

€5.000 kick-start.

Kars Gerrits

co-founder of Afriek

With his social enterprise Closing

the Loop, Joost de Kluijver sheds

new light on the dark side of the

fast developed telecom sector. By

buying end-of-life cell phones in

African countries such as Ghana and

recycling these in Europe on the one

hand and by selling well-functioning

‘‘old’’ mobiles from Europe in Ghana

on the other, the enterprise has

literally been able to close the loop

and offers a solution to the major

e-waste problem that many African

countries are facing.

According to Joost, participating in

Impact Hub Amsterdam’s Investment

Ready Program has played a crucial

role in Closing the Loops success:

‘‘During their Investment Ready

Program, Impact Hub Amsterdam

connected us to the experts, fellowentrepreneurs

and impact investors

that we needed to take Closing the

Loop to the next level.’’

‘’The market doesn’t take environment

and social aspects into consideration.

We need to face the fact that if we

just let the market have its way,

things won’t turn out for the better.

Therefore, in order to create a

better world, we need more social

enterprises and places like Impact

Hub Amsterdam that incubates them.’’

Joost de Kluijver

founder of Closing the Loop


STORIES OF THE HUB EFFECT

Peace,

Governance &

Education

Topics, among others: security, safety, non-violence, law, policy-work, democracy,

leadership, life-long learning, decision-making, media

#SDG 4, 5, 16


SUSTAINABLE APPAREL

COALITION

‘‘Transforming the fashion industry

into a sustainable one can be done

in two steps: 1) don’t do unnecessary

harm, and 2) know you current

impact, and improve towards a

positive one.’’

SAC focuses on transforming the

industry so that everyone can benefit

from reduced risk as well as efficiency

in the future. With their Higg Index,

a self-assessment tool to empower

brands, retailers and facilities of all

sizes to measure their environmental,

social and labor impacts and identify

areas for improvement, SAC has

been able to make a major positive

impact on the fashion industry.

SAC lead us into an innovative era

aggregated by knowledge-based

interaction, in which knowledge

sharing, collective sense making

and collective intelligence are key.

In addition, by collaborating with

European governmental bodies, SAC

also enables positive change and

actively identifies chances on how to

improve the industry on policy level.

‘‘Within SAC, collaboration and

communication with our members is

key. Our whole approach functions

on feedback of the members. It’s

exactly that atmosphere of change

making through positive interaction

and collaboration at Impact Hub

Amsterdam that inspires us on a

day to day basis.’’

Baptiste Carrière-Pradal

Europe’s VP of Sustainable

Apparel Coalition (SAC)

RECKONING

With several programs and

initiatives, Reckoning uses creativity

as a means to foster other skills. By

enabling youngsters to make art and

reflect upon it afterwards, Reckoning

enables them to become aware of

their own ideas, emotions, thoughts

and feelings. Furthermore, once an

individual is able to reckon what’s

happening inside themselves, they

can also become aware and reflect

upon the society around them to start

making a change.

‘‘Every person is able to contribute to

society by fostering positive change.’’

This belief is reflected in one of

Reckoning’s many inspiring initiatives

called Insite: a seven-month program

for secondary school students in the

Netherlands that centers around

social justice, local leadership and

recognizing opportunities for positive

change. At the end of the program,

Reckoning takes the young adults

to South Africa where they get to

experience what it’s like to be a local

leader. Currently, Reckoning finds

itself in the exciting process of scaling

up one of their new programs: the

MashUp Academy.

Impact Hub enabled Reckoning to

kick-off their pilot and participate

in the EU BENISI-program. As a

result, the enterprise has been able to

scale up their initiatives and expand

internationally.

Shawna Snow

founder of Reckoning

KONNEKTID

Konnektid is an online community

that enables people to learn

everything they want - from first

aid to gardening and social

media expertise - in their own

neighborhood. By providing their

members with teachers right around

the corner, Konnektid enables lifelong

learning for everyone.

The platform has gained thousands

of members who enable each other

on a daily basis to develop new

skills. Because of this, the enterprise

has been able to promote social

inclusion and develop a skilled

workforce that can respond to the

ever-changing labor market. In terms

of the European Union’s ‘A Decent

Life for All’ resolution, Konnektid is

the actual embodiment of a human

development service covering gaps

in the current labor market and

stimulating chances of participation.

Not at all surprisingly, this thriving

enterprise gained over €275.000

in funding and aims to have over

25.000 members any time soon.

‘’By being part of the Impact Hub

ecosystem, we got what we hoped

for. Impact Hub Amsterdam is a

network full of hard working social

entrepreneurs that connected us

to experts, coaches and a significant

group of funders. Nowadays,

the network is also there to build

international connections. During

my last trip to San Francisco, it

was great to find a list of all local

key stakeholders and peers on the

sharing economy right there on my

temporary desk at Impact Hub SF.”

Michel Visser

CEO Konnektid


STORIES OF THE HUB EFFECT

Social Inclusion &

Urban Solutions

Topics, among others: ‘participatory’ society, sharing economy, labour market

inclusion, social equity, gender equality, cross-cultural understanding, migration and

refugees, integration, sustainable cities, thriving organisations, (digital) connectivity,

talent development, arts & design, diversity

#SDG 1, 5, 10, 11, 17


AFRICAN CLEAN

ENERGY

African Clean Energy is on its way

to create a worldwide cooking

revolution. At the moment, one

person dies every eight seconds from

cook-smoke related illnesses.

TAKECAREBNB

Takecarebnb is a professional

organization that matches refugees

with Dutch host families for a short

period of time. Matchmakers with

extensive experience in the healthcare

sector make sure that a carefully

matched placement is guaranteed.

AKKA ARCHITECTS

Challenging organisational

fragmentation by stressing the

importance of comprehensiveness

within the design process. The

innovative architecture by AKKA

invites the users of a space to step up,

take responsibility and act.

In addition, cooking on rudimentary

cookstoves and open fires causes

air pollution and increases the risk

of house fires. Unlike many other

global problems, according to ACE

the solution for this problem is simple:

the ACE 1 Ultra-Clean Biomass

Cookstove. This multi-functional

smokeless and sustainable device has

the potential to improve health, the

environment and combat poverty on

a truly global scale. By also making

this solution accessible to those in

developing countries, ACE has been

able to provide clean cooking and

sustainable energy for all.

As a member of Impact Hub

Amsterdam, African Clean

Energy got inspired to take their

scaling efforts to the next level by

participating in the BENISI scaling

program and to team up with fellow

Impact Hub member Teach to Fish

to design, develop and launch two

important crowd funding campaigns.

Ruben Walker

co-founder ACE

TakecareBnB originated out of the

belief that integration of refugees is

best enhanced when people meet

and interact with each other. With

their entrepreneurial solution to house

refugees in temporary Dutch ‘foster’

families, Maja Grcic and Reinout

de Kraker demonstrate the power of

citizen leaders who passionately fight

for social justice. In the near future,

TakecareBnB strives to work with local

and national governments and gain

sustainable sources of income.

‘‘Participation in the Business Model

Challenge taught us to take on a

broader perspective and create a

more professional organisation.’’

In addition, winning Impact Hub

Amsterdam’s 8th edition of the

Business Model Challenge enabled

this fresh start-up to develop and

professionalise the venture with the

support of Impact Hub’s peers and

stakeholders.

Maja Grcic

co-founder Takecarebnb

‘‘A building can create more

comprehensive thinking when it’s

designed for interactions and the

users are recognized as experts in the

way they use the space.’’

AKKA’s method, in which the actual

users of the building are given a key

role even before the designing starts,

results in architecture that fosters

interactions and stimulates its users to

create meaning. Because Impact Hub

Amsterdam strongly believes in the

vision of AKKA Architects, they hired

them to co-design the space of Impact

Hub Amsterdam at the Westerpark

with the community.

‘‘Impact Hub offers more than a

space: it offers real support for

businesses. I can’t even tell how often

Impact Hub Amsterdam team came

knocking on our door saying I had to

meet so-and-so. All of these meetings

were spot on. It was never a waste of

time. They connected us to so many

people that truly enriched our work.’’

Stephanie Hugges

architect and founder

AKKA Architects


STORIES OF THE HUB EFFECT

Energy, Mobility

& Infrastructure

Topics, among others: how we move around, transport and neighbourhood design,

city planning, the built environment, housing, architecture, green tech, renewables

#SDG 7, 8, 11


ALINKER INVENTIONS

WINDCHALLENGE

GUTTS

To enable people with mobility

limitations to keep up with the rest

of the world’s pace, Barbara Alink

founded the Alinker Inventions. In

2014, this social enterprise launched

the Alinker R-volution: a cool walking

bike that looks absolutely nothing like

a medical device. Whilst its attractive

looks take the focus off the disability,

the bike also puts you on eye-level

with your surroundings, which

enables its users to move as freely as

they wish.

With the Alinker R-volution, Barbara

feels as if they created a vehicle for

social change: ‘‘By changing the way

medical devices look, people will

hopefully also start seeing people as

whole human beings, regardless of

their physical abilities. Achieving this

humanisation is one of our ultimate

goals.’’

‘‘Impact Hub Amsterdam is such

a positive place to work. Being

surrounded by so many driven

minds that are determined to make

a change create a truly unique vibe.

It’s that vibe that inspires us on a

day-to-day basis to keep on making

a positive impact on society.’’

Barbara Alinker

founder The Alinker

Inventions

After launching Windchallenge

Holland BV in 2009, Sander and

Eline Mertens spent over 4 years

developing, testing and perfecting

their very own windturbine: a small,

light weighted, moveable and storm

proof one that’s able to generate

power on both on- and off-grid

locations.

By enabling people to generate

green energy wherever they want,

the venture doesn’t only contribute to

a better environment, but also makes

people independent from the regular

power network. In addition, by being

as sustainable as possible in every

step of their production, distribution

and installation process, Sander and

Eline really have taken sustainability

to the next level.

Participating in Impact Hub

Amsterdam’s Investment Ready

Program enabled Windchallenge

Holland BV to dot the i’s and cross the

t’s. The program helped them realize

what the best markets were for them

to enter, made them look at their own

enterprise from different and critical

perspectives and attract significant

amount of investment.

As a result, they now feel ready to

expand and set foot on the Nordic

and Canadian markets.

Sander en Eline Mertens

founders Windchallenge

Holland BV

Edward is one of Impact Hub’s

members whose full dedication

is directed towards creating a

climate neutral society. Currently,

GUTTS provides multiple car racing

championships and its drivers with

biofuel that reduces the amount of

CO2 the car spreads by 65-70%.

Within the next five years, the

enterprise wants this fuel to be

accessible to the normal consumer at

every Dutch gas station. According

to Edward, this would be a major

improvement of the transportation

sector: where the development of

electric cars is extremely expensive

and the vehicle’s battery requires rare

earth elements, the average normal

car can be made biofuel ready for no

more than €25.

GUTTS, founded in 2009, has

accelerated from one transformed

BMW to a real player in the biofuel

industry. Edwards states he couldn’t

have done it without Impact Hub

Amsterdam: ‘’In addition to a

stimulating working environment

and the perfect atmosphere, quick

Wi-Fi and good coffee, Impact Hub

Amsterdam has given us all the

support we needed to accelerate

GUTTS. The regular master classes

and workbenches connected us

to the right experts with even righter

solutions.’’

Edwards Goossens

founder and director

GUTTS


STORIES OF THE HUB EFFECT

Health & Lifestyle

Topics, among others: food and nutrition, longer lives (healthy childhoods and

healthy aging), healthcare system, physical/mental/spiritual well-being

#SDG 2, 3


YONI.CARE

ACCESSIBLETRAVEL

OPENLABEL

Toxic free? Yep, toxic free! Yoni

produces tampons, sanitary pads

and panty-liners made out of

biodegradable biological cotton.

The enterprise was founded to offer

women a healthier toxic-free option:

because who says Yes to Yoni, says

Yes to feminine hygiene products

that are 100% free from plastic,

chlorides an pesticides. Since Yoni

was founded in 2015, the enterprise

expanded rapidly within the Dutch

borders. But according to Wendeline,

co-founder of Yoni, this is only the

beginning: “In order to give more

women a toxic-free option, we want

to enter into new European markets.

Considering this is an issue that

expands across borders, so should

we.”.

Impact Hub inspired Yoni to have

these international ambitions: “By

participating in The Hub’s scaling

program, we discovered the

fundamentals needed to scale up.

Talking to fellow-entrepreneurs and

experts inspired us to over-perform

and come up with questions we didn’t

even know we had.”

Wendelien Daan

co-founder

Yoni.care

Veroniek Maat fills the gap between

the growing demand of hotels and

restaurants with adjusted facilities for

disabled travellers and the current

lack of supply.

What started off as a blog about

how the Netherlands could be made

more accessible to visitors with some

sort of physical limitation grew out

to be a successful social enterprise.

The venture focuses on breaking

boundaries within the travel industry

by stimulating the supply of trips that

are specifically tailored for travellers

with a handicap.

In addition, AccessibleTravel

Netherlands tries to increase

awareness amongst entrepreneurs

in the travel industry by offering

them advice on how they can

accommodate the special needs of

the physically limited visitor.

Whilst being a member of Impact

Hub Amsterdam, Veroniek

participated in the Impact Scaling

program, multiple workbenches and

events that enabled her to scale

up her social enterprise and take

AccessibleTravel Netherlands to the

next level.

Veroniek Maat

founder Accessible Travel

Netherlands

A tech startup that hopes to replace

static packaging with a socially

conscious, data-rich app.

By simply waving your mobile

phone over any product barcode,

OpenLabel lets you access and

edit a ‘’digital label’’. This label

can include everything you might

want to know about the product:

from how it was made and how

healthy it is to the politics and labor

practices of the manufacturer. By

doing this, OpenLabel empowers

consumers to make more responsible

and considerate decisions on which

product to buy.

According to Scott, in order to be a

‘Tech Startup For Good’ you need

to: ‘‘learn from what’s already out

there, communicate your product

well, get to know your users, prove

your service works and last but not

least, define your version of success

in advance.’’

Impact Hub connected Scott

Kennedy to an enthusiastic

community of fellow peers and

impact investors: many of them have

been key to the success of OpenLabel

today.

Scott Kennedy

CEO and co-founder

OpenLabel


STORIES OF THE HUB EFFECT

Ecosystems,

Natural Capital &

Climate Change

Topics, among others: biodiversity adaptation, ecosystem restoration, agriculture,

water, flora and fauna, circularity, closed loop, zero waste, blue economy,

sustainable mining, removing harmful substances (POPs, chemicals).

#SDG 6, 13, 14, 15


MUD JEANS

RECHTSTREEX

INSTOCK

With his social enterprise Mud Jeans,

Bert van Son introduced the fashion

industry to a new revolutionary idea

that’s perfectly in line with the circular

economy: lease a jeans.

At Mud Jeans, nothing is wasted:

old jeans are being recycled or upcycled

and sold as vintage. Because

of this, ever since the enterprise

was launched in 2008, Mud Jeans

has been able to make a massive

sustainable impact on the fashion

industry.

‘‘I want to become the Tesla of

the fashion industry: a successful

enterprise that sells a product that’s

conscious, sustainable and hip at the

same time.’’

‘‘Whenever I’m at Impact Hub

Amsterdam, I get this major energy

boost. What inspires me whenever

I walk into Impact Hub Amsterdam is

that people don’t think in problems:

they think in possibilities.’’

Bert van Son

founder Mud Jeans

Rechtstreex is a social venture that

works to create a direct link between

farmers and consumers.

It was the ongoing frustration with

the current supermarket model,

which is characterized by a lack

of transparency, sustainability and

justice that inspired Arthur and

Maarten to launch the venture in

2013. With Rechtstreex, they want

to revolutionise the entire food chain.

Rechtstreex not only allows customers

to buy their food in an informed way,

but it also puts an end to unnecessary

long food miles, prevents food from

getting spoiled by artificial additives

and offers the farmers a fairer share

for their products.

Being a member of Impact Hub

Amsterdam enabled Arthur and

Maarten to gain access to the

knowledge, expertise and experience

they needed to grow their business

into the amazing venture it is today.

By participating in and winning

Impact Hub Amsterdam’s Investment

Ready Program, Arthur and Maarten

were able to gain a clearer focus and

to develop a more realistic business

strategy.

‘’The unique dynamic of peers,

coaches and experts make the

Investment Ready Program a truly

unique and valuable experience.’’

Maarten Bouten

co-founder Rechtstreex

Instock puts food wastage on the map

in the most fun, creative, accessible

and delicious way. 1.5 years after

the launch of the foundation, Instock

now has their own restaurant, Toko

and Food Truck where every day they

serve delicious food out of perfectly

fine ingredients that otherwise would

have been wasted.

Their initiatives all carry out the same

message: food shouldn’t be wasted, it

should be enjoyed and appreciated.

Since June 2014, the foundation has

saved over 90.000 kilos of food. In

terms of energy savings, this means

that 48.000 kilos of CO2 wasn’t

emitted for nothing. By creating

delicious meals out of products that

otherwise would have been binned,

Instock also manages to create

consciousness about food wastage

in a delicious and positive way:

‘‘Most people who visit our restaurant

come because they’re intrigued by

the concept. Very often, they expect

simple food. However, after they’ve

enjoyed a three course meal that

didn’t only taste delicious, but also

looked amazing, most people are

quite shocked by the realisation that

the food they just ate, normally would

have been thrown out.’’

Through the Impact Hub Scaling

program, Impact Hub Amsterdam

connected Instock to other initiatives

and social enterprises such as fellow-

Hub member Starters4Communities:

these connections have resulted in

ongoing new partnerships.

Freke van Nimwegen

co-founder Instock


STORIES STORIES OF THE OF HUB THE EFFECT HUB EFFECT

Our Acceleration

Lead Strategist

Programs

& Chair of the

Impact Hub offers a unique acceleration trajectory, customised to support impact

entrepreneurs in the most crucial stages of their development.

Every Validate day, your Impact idea. Hub Build facilitates your business. meaningful Scale connections your impact. within our community that

allow our members to uncover new ideas and insights, opportunities to collaborate, and

innovative ways of working.

Creating a sense of belonging and the conditions for our vibrant community to connect,

learn and incubate is what Impact Hub is all about.

Over 80% of members

say Impact Hub has

supported them

to pursue new ideas

and initiatives.

75% of members

made 5 or more

valuable connections

through

Impact Hub.


BUSINESS MODEL

CHALLENGE

INVESTMENT READY

PROGRAM

IMPACT HUB SCALING

Scale in-and-out of the Netherlands

Move from idea to start-up

The Business Model Challenge is a

dynamic 3-month incubator program

for entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs

to create and grow a sustainable

business. The program consists

of 3 training days and 5 master

classes, leading up to a Stakeholder

Forum. Participants will find the right

product-solution fit and build a viable

business model by using the Lean

Start-up practice, the Business Model

& Value Proposition Canvas’ and

other innovative business tools, while

getting ongoing feedback from peers,

experts and mentors.

Impact 2015:

• 200+ participants trained so far

• 30+ experienced entrepreneurs

as mentors

• Growing database of replicable

business models

Partners:

Accenture, Remember To Play,

Rabobank

‘‘It’s amazing to see how

willing people are, during the

programme to help us realize

our dream’’

Sivan Breemhaar, Afriek

Grow your business

The Investment Ready Program is

a unique 5-month peer-learning

program, consisting of 4 modules

of 3 days, in 2 countries and 1

final Demo Day. The program

focuses on green impact ventures

creating scalable solutionsto global

challenges. Participants engage in

a systematic review of their business

strategy, financial model and team,

before crafting and pitching a

validated growth and investment

plan. Throughout the program they

receive support from high quality

mentors, content experts, associates

and powerful business tools. ‘’The

unique dynamic of peers, coaches

and experts make the IRP a truly

unique and valuable experience.’’

Impact 2015:

• A network of 150+ impact

investors

• Over € 20.000 value of received

support per participant

• € 3.000.000 Invested in

participant ventures in 2015

Partners:

DOEN Foundation, Hivos, Rabobank,

Boston Consulting Group, De Brauw

Blackstone Westobroek, Prezi, Mr.

Prezident, Best3Minutes, Professional

Rebel, En Serio

‘‘This experience made us

grow not only as a business

but also as entrepreneurs’’

Hans Cool, Alucha

Impact Hub Scaling is an

international 12-month program

for social entrepreneurs bringing

their proven impact to the next level

by scaling up their business locally

and internationally. Participants

are immersed in the international

network of Impact Hub and acquire

knowledge, skills and advice from top

mentors and various experts located

in Amsterdam, Athens, Bucharest,

London, Madrid, Milan, Stockholm

and Vienna. Because every scaling

approach is different, the program

offers tailored support, meeting

unique needs in order to deliver the

desired impact.

Facts and figures

• 8 participating Impact Hubs and

expanding

• Currently 100+ international

participants

• Tailor-made support, locally and

internationally

Partners:

European Commission, Expatcenter

Amsterdam, Amsterdam Economic

Board, Fondazione Cariplo, Stavros

Niarchos Foundation, Fondazione

CRT, EY, Edelman PR, House of

Performance, Business Boost

International, Van Doorne, J.P.

Morgan

‘‘It forced us to take time for

the fundamentals that you

need in order to scale up.’’

Wendelien Hebly, Yoni


#2450 PARTICIPANTS Participants STARTED started UP up VIA

via EVENTS events OVER over 2014/2015, and OF 2015, WHICH

759 IN 2014 AND 1691 IN 2015

of which 759 in 2014 and 1691 in 2015

330 startups scaled via

acceleration programmes

in 2014 and 2015,

of which 114 in 2014

and 216 in 2015

#321 STARTUPS SCALED VIA

ACCELERATION PROGRAMMES OVER

2014-2015, OF WHICH

114 IN 2014 AND 207 IN 2015


OUR

MEASURED

IMPACT

3.000.000 #3.000.000 euro impact EURO IMPACT investment

INVESTMENT CAPITAL RAISED

ital raised THROUGH through OUR LAST our INVESTMENT last Investment

READY PROGRAM, COHORT 2014-2015

Ready Program, cohort 2014/2015

#633 OUR COMMUNITY:

CURRENT AMOUNT OF

ENTREPRENEURIAL MEMBERS,

INVESTORS, MENTORS, EXPERTS,

PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS


10 YEARS

The global

network

GLOBALLY CONNECTED. LOCALLY EMBEDDED.

EACH IMPACT HUB IS A POWERFUL COMBINATION

OF CONTENT, COMMUNITY, KNOWLEDGE AND

SPACE THAT BRINGS GAME-CHANGING IDEAS FOR

SOCIAL IMPACT TO THE WORLD.

Through our global community of individuals, organizations, and businesses, the Impact Hub

network comes together to create the change we wish to see in the world. Acting as a springboard

for exploring ideas, sharing knowledge, and gaining access to essential resources and

capital, we are creating a powerful ecosystemto support a more sustainable and inclusive

economy.


PRESS & EVENTS


PRESS & EVENTS


THE HUB EFFECT

‘‘IMPACT HUB AMSTERDAM IS NOT JUST A GREAT PLACE

WHERE TO START A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE. IT IS NOW A GO-TO-

POINT FOR AMSTERDAM-BASED SOCIAL BUSINESSES THAT

WANT TO SCALE ABROAD, AND FOR INTERNATIONAL ONES

WHO WANT TO PENETRATE THE DUTCH MARKET. SCALING

REQUIRES A COMPLEX ECOSYSTEM OF SUPPORT IN TERMS OF

TALENT, RESOURCES, CONNECTIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES.

IMPACT HUB AMSTERDAM HAS BEEN ABLE TO OFFER ALL OF

THESE THROUGH IMPACT HUB SCALING, A TRANS-EUROPEAN

PROGRAMME SUPPORTING OVER 100 SOCIAL ENTERPRISES

THAT WANT TO GROW NATIONALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY.

LOCALLY ROOTED AND GLOBALLY CONNECTED, IMPACT

HUB AMSTERDAM IS UNIQUELY PLACED TO OFFER SCALING

SUPPORT TO SOCIAL ENTERPRISES, AND TO BE A KEY

COMPONENT OF A GLOBAL INFRASTRUCTURE TO SCALE

SOCIAL BUSINESSES ACROSS BORDERS.’’

_Alberto Masetti-Zannini, Development Lead,

Impact Hub Network


WALKING OUR

TALK

WHY WE CHOSE TO BECOME A B-CORP

Both B-Corps and Impact Hub represent

a voice that needs to be shared - one

that utilises the power of business

to solve social and environmental

problems. We are convinced that it

is important to be aware of, to be

transparent in and to improve our

impact on society.

Impact Hub Amsterdam became a

certified B-Corp, because:

#1: We believe that communities are

essential to solving the most pressing

social issues facing humanity today.

Healthy communities form even

stronger and more vibrant cultures and

culture is what facilitates individual

behavioral change. It is this personal

shift that creates long-term, sustainable

change from a bottom-up approach.

Impact Hub creates and connects

communities that share our values,

mission, and energy for creating the

world in which we want to live. To be

part of the B-Corp community is a logic

choice that supports us to maximise our

collective commitment for impact.

#3: Our B-Corp certification provides

us insight and transparency into the

way we do business, as we believe

one should ‘do’ business. The B-Corp

metrics - and process of going through

the metric validation - has provided

good learning and reflection for our

next Impact Hub space. We commit to

co-evolving this standard so that we

can collectively raise the bar.

#2: As the frontrunner in the business

of building healthy communities, we

are the product of the individuals and

organistions with whom we surround

ourselves.


THE HUB EFFECT

‘‘THANK YOU TO YOUR TEAM AND COMMUNITY FOR HELPING

INNOVATION AND SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP GROW AND THRIVE IN

OUR CITY AS YOU CELEBRATE YOUR 8TH YEAR. THE TIRELESS WORK OF

DIVERSE HUB MEMBERS AND YOUR WIDER NETWORK MAKES OUR CITY

EVERY DAY MORE INCLUSIVE, ENGAGED AND SUSTAINABLE.

SINCE 2008, IMPACT HUB AMSTERDAM HAS ENABLED MANY CITIZENS

TO STEP FORWARD WITH COURAGE TO START NEW ENTERPRISES

AND EQUIPPED THEM WITH VALUABLE RESOURCES, KNOW-HOW,

AND SKILLS FROM WITHIN AMSTERDAM AND FROM AROUND THE

WORLD. I ALWAYS ENJOY MY VISITS TO IMPACT HUB. I’VE WATCHED

ENTREPRENEURS MEET INVESTORS, ACADEMICS MEET CIVIL

SERVANTS, ARTISTS MEET CORPORATES, AND WITNESSED HOW A

COMMUNITY COLLABORATES AND LEARNS. SEEING SUCH ACTIVITY

MAKES ME PROUD OF OUR CITY AND EXCITED ABOUT ITS FUTURE.

I BELIEVE IMPACT HUB IS IMPORTANT TO AMSTERDAM’S FUTURE, AND

I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOUR TEAM AND MEMBERS AS A

VITAL PART OF OUR SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP ECOSYSTEM.’’

_Ellen Oetelmans, Social Entrepreneurship Lead,

Economic Affairs City of Amsterdam


GENERATIVE

ECONOMY

In early 2007 when we were circulating

our proposal for a new kind of

impact-first entrepreneurship space

in Amsterdam, we often spoke of the

need to work towards a new economy,

a generative economy. Last month, in

a conversation at a recent gathering

of impact investors for our Investment

Ready Program Demo Day, I found

myself coming back to those words

to refer to what I had seen growing

over the years. The investor asked me,

what do you mean by a ‘generative

economy’?

Last year alone, Impact Hub Amsterdam

helped grow 3080+ social enterprises;

helped create over 569 new jobs,

and helped member social enterprises

generate €30 million in new revenue.

Since Impact Hub opened 8 years

ago in Amsterdam - pioneering a

place-based social economy - we’ve

been fortunate enough to support

1000s of changemakers to drive

social, environmental and economic

betterment in the world near and

far. We’ve followed the journey of

Jan defending children’s rights for a

healthy environment right to the United

Nations and Marten making the 2 hour

walk with women in Ghana fetching

their daily water. We’ve witnessed the

mapping of land rights among Albanian

farmers and tested the smokeless

cookstove that reduces lung-related

illnesses for families across Africa.

Many of these social entrepreneurs have

continued to grow, prosper and make

impact - but a number of our friends

have not. The journey to impact is not

easy, and so arises our tested conviction

that impact cannot happen in isolation.

One of most underrated but most critical

contributions we are told we have

made to our city has been in providing

a welcome and safe space to dream,

experiment, prototype and collaborate

in entrepreneurship. One in which

honesty and humility is just as important

as tenacity and ambition. One in which

our community is continually generating

a next level of learning and application.

Change always comes from the edges -

it comes from those who see the power

of launching an idea, who love the risk

of the new, and understand that we’re

all in this together for better or worse.

It comes from the creative collisions

between unlikely allies who bump into

each other at the coffee machine or find

themselves sharing a desk for the day.

So, what does it mean that Impact

Hub is a global network? It means

that we’re connected to and inspiring

a global movement. Being connected

means we stand with, and learn from,

our Impact Hubs who share our values

even if their daily reality is different

- where we take a stand with Impact

Hub staff and members in Ukraine and

Venezuela who believe that responsible

entrepreneurship and social innovation

is vital to the transformation of their

countries. Where we value that we have

members now in countries like the Czech

Republic where just one generation ago

it was illegal to be an entrepreneur.

Where we turn traditional development

aid on its head and find like-minded

peers in Africa co-creating Impact Hubs

in Rwanda and the Sudan. Thank you

to our 12,500+ members world-wide

and our 633 growing community of

members at Impact Hub Amsterdam - for

creating more value locally and globally

each and every day. This is what it

means to be in the practice of being

- and continually becoming - a more

generative economy.

Let’s Hub!

Tatiana Glad,

Co Founder & Director

Impact Hub Amsterdam


WE WOULD LIKE TO GIVE

A HUGE SHOUT OUT TO ALL OF

OUR FRIENDS, MEMBERS,

INVESTORS AND CORE TEAM

FOR THE AMAZING JOURNEY

SO FAR.

WE #DOGOODBETTER TOGETHER

We wish to thank

the following

Partners for

their support in

growing social

innovation in

Amsterdam and

the Netherlands.

City of Amsterdam

DOEN Foundation

Hivos

Programme partners:

Accenture

Rabobank

Remember To Play

Best3Minutes

Boston Consulting Group

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

En Serio

Mr. Prezident

Prezi

Professional Rebel

Amsterdam Economic Board

Business Boost International

Edelman PR

Expatcenter Amsterdam

European Commission

EY

Fondazione Cariplo

Fondazione CRT

House of Performance

J.P. Morgan

Stavros Niarchos Foundation

Van Doorne

Design Impact Report:

Impact Hub Ottowa

Lap.nu

Nadine Maarhuis

Ways of Seeing

Photography:

Dieter Schalk

Monique Kooijmans

Sebastiaan Ter Burg


THANK

YOU.

We wish to thank

our Advisory

Board members

for their guidance

an commitment to

building the field of

social innovation

alongside

Impact Hub.

Alvaro Sotomayor - Creative Director, Wieden +

Kennedy

Annemieke Kievit - Director Global Public Affairs,

Akzo Nobel

Arpad Gerecsy - Chief Innovation Officer & Director,

ALab Amsterdam

Asceline Groot - Senior Advisor Internal & External

Communications, ASN Bank

Eric Traa - Senior Relations Manager Corporates,

Rabobank Amsterdam

Hans Meyer - Co Founder & Managing Director, Zoku

Marijn Wiersma - Sr Financial Inclusion Officer at FMO

- Dutch Development Bank

Paul Spies - Director, Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin

Sabine Oberhuber - Co Founder, Turntoo


Impact cannot happen in isolation.

It requires collective action.

amsterdam.impacthub.net


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