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IMPACTCITY ImpactCity is Europe’s leading impact ecosystem that facilitates entrepreneurs and frontrunners who work on innovations for a better world. The Hague is an engaging, intimate seaside city that brings together people from all corners of the globe to work on key challenges, make important decisions and help build a better world. The Hague is the seat of the Dutch government and it is internationally renowned as the city of peace and justice. To effectively address global challenges, public and private partnerships are formed within the ImpactCity network on themes such as safety, humanitarian innovation, sustainability, renewable energy and food. Together they work, share their knowledge and develop new ideas. Global issues such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) require innovative solutions and The Hague provides the breading ground to bring these solutions to life. The primary goal of the program is to create an optimal climate in The Hague in which ‘impact makers’ are in pole position to tackle social issues. The Hague houses more than 200 international institutions and organizations that are committed to creating a better world. A number which is rapidly increasing thanks to all the entrepreneurs working to combine doing good with doing business. The ImpactCity program helps starting, growing and establishing entrepreneurs with the following 6 pillars:
1 VISIBILITY Make the unknown, known. ImpactCity, the partners and all the participating startups and scale-ups work hard on their visibility to increase awareness and their impact, both online and offline.
2 NETWORK The Hague is investing heavily in meeting places and international cross-over events between startups, governments, international companies, institutions, NGOs, UN, knowledge centers and thousands of small creative entrepreneurs. Our flagship event is ImpactFest, which attracts more than 1200 impact makers each year.
Access to talent is an important factor for growth. As such, we invest in development programs to promote entrepreneurship at university and colleges. One of the programs which is currently running is called Venture Academy.
We facilitate access to local, national and European funding through different programs. Like the ‘Get Funded’ program, which helps entrepreneurs qualify for a European subsidy.
4 INNOVATION Impact entrepreneurs can fill gaps that cities struggle to address. With our Startup in Residence program we manage to bring the government and entrepreneurs together to solve local challenges. Every year, the city writes out challenges addressing local issues such as waste management, access to information or political engagement, for which startups can create and hand in innovative solutions.
6 INFRASTRUCTURE Startups and scale-ups need physical space to grow. That is why The Hague has several co-working spaces in various price segments. Some have been adapted for specific domains, such as tech, impact economy, sustainability, humanitarian innovation and cyber security.
Once selected, the municipality of The Hague slips into the role of the customer and helps to bring the idea to life. The concept, which is also used in other cities such as San Francisco, has proven to be very successful in fostering collaboration and understanding between governments and citizens / startups.
IMPACTFEST Driven by the motto ‘doing good & doing business’, more than 1200 impact-makers from around the world join forces during the fourth edition of ImpactFest at the Fokker Terminal in The Hague. Here, they present innovations that can make the world a better place. ImpactFest once again demonstrates that social impact and economic success can go hand in hand. ImpactFest is the annual event where purpose-driven organizations have a platform to present their solutions, pitch to investors and exchange experiences to scale together. ImpactFest is an initiative of the municipality of The Hague, together with a close group of impact partners. Within four years, ImpactFest has become the biggest international impact meetup in Europe.
MEETUPS The true value of ImpactCity is the giant partner network. During the Meetup sessions you can meet our partners and take a deep dive together. A few examples of Meetups we host: a reversed pitching session held by impact investors through the European Venture Philanthropy Association, different sessions by Rainmaking, Unreasonable and B Corporation on purpose driven corporations, but also the annual event of the Dutch Coalition on Humanitarian Innovation takes place during ImpactFest. Euclid Network and the European Commission will host a special invite only meetup for high level public officials from all over Europe. Together they will be sharing best practices on social enterprise policy
INNOVATION PROGRAMS and identifying ways to improve local ecosystem for social impact.
ROUNDABOUTS The main purpose of a Roundabout is to engage in an in-depth discussion on specific topics within the table hosts’ expertise. You can consider these Roundabout sessions as intimate and interactive smallscale workshops in which participants not only learn from the host, but from all participants at the table. We take a deep dive with 4-7 guests into the expertise of the session host. Participants can indicate which areas are most relevant for them in their daily practices. We host 100 Roundabouts, so there is ample choice.
IMPACT SESSIONS During the Impact Sessions we bring impact investors, funds, purpose driven corporates and organizations together with impact startups and scale-ups to sharpen their story and explore potential leads and deals. Matchmaking is key. As such, these sessions are carefully curated and based on invitation only. The themes are: Food & Agri, Health, Youth - Education & Empowerment, Tech 4 Good, New Energy, Humanitarian Innovation, and Water.
STARTUP IN RESIDENCE (SIR) The Startup in Residence program is part of ImpactCity. Through this program, the municipality of The Hague is looking for-, and invests in startups with innovative ideas that tackle challenges in the city. This acceleration program supports startups in cocreating and developing their prototypes and business models with civil servants. Examples of startups that received assignments at the municipality via the SIR program are: MyCleanCity, Driven to Impact, Avenieuw, ScoopExpert and Envision Technologies. Various ministries and the province of South Holland have adopted the SIR program. In 2019 a collaboration between the municipality of The Hague, province of South Holland, the ministry of Interior and Kingdom Relations and the ministry of Economic Affairs was set up to offer startups an integrated SIR program with better access to three layers of government.
Read more on: www.impactfest.nl
THE HAGUE INNOVATORS The Hague Innovators Challenge is a yearly ImpactCity challenge where the municipality of The Hague asks startups, scale-ups and students to present innovative ideas for global issues, linked to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Winners of the challenge receive a cash prize with which they can finance the development of their first pilot or prototype. The prizes are: € 25.000 for the best scale-up, € 15.000 for the best startup and € 10.000 for the best student idea. Amongst the winners of the challenge in previous years are Seepje, Greenfox, Noordzeeboerderij, CricketOne, HumanSurge, Fungalogic.
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INNOVATION HUBS: BINCKHAVEN Binckhaven has become the startup hub of The Hague and is a showcase for the startup scene in The Hague. In the Binckhaven you will find the Caballero Fabriek, where 200 creative businesses are located. In 2018 the municipality opened Apollo 14, as a result of the shortage of workspace for startups. The Binckhaven offers a creative, industrial, innovative and experimental environment with raw edges and a dynamic vibe. Startups, scale-ups and creatives make a positive impact here every day. The Binckhaven is the beating heart of ImpactCity The Hague where everything is about doing good and doing business. 1
The municipality of The Hague rents workspace in Apollo 14 to entrepreneurs that contribute to a better world through technological and social innovations. Are you working on innovations relating to the SDGs such as peace, law, security, energy, health, food, water, participation or other global challenges? Then Apollo 14 is the place for you! Here you can join forces with other impact makers by working on innovations in a cool and inspiring place. 2
THE HAGUE HUMANITY HUB
The Hague Humanity Hub is a community of innovators in peace, justice, and humanitarian action. It is a unique ecosystem which brings together NGOs, academia, commercial enterprises and (intra) governmental bodies. It facilitates
APOLLO 14 innovation by offering the necessary ingredients for chance encounters, new alliances, inspirational collaborations, and the exchange of technology and knowledge. 3
THE HAGUE TECH
The Hague Tech is the community for entrepreneurs, freelancers, startups, scaleups, corporations, and governments striving for technological innovations. The Hague Tech offers a co-working environment. It is also home to diverse and engaging labs created by it’s members and facilitated by The Hague Tech that focus on block chain, artificial intelligence and smart building tech. Impact accelerator World Startup Factory is one of the residence of The Hague Tech. 4
YES!DELFT THE HAGUE
In 2019 YES!Delft opened its second location in The Hague! Yes!Delft The Hague focuses on two key technologies of the digital society: Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Block chain. The ambition of YES!Delft and partner The Hague municipality is to make the new location a vibrant and strongly innovative ecosystem for tech startups that want to make an impact in these domains. As The Hague is home to the Dutch central government and existing clusters in security, IT/tech and finance & legal, it is an ideal place for AI and Block chain innovations.
The municipality of The Hague rents Apollo 14 to innovative and creative entrepreneurs who contribute to a better world through technological and social innovations. Here, startups can join forces with other impact makers by working on innovations in a vibrant and inspiring location as Apollo 14 is located in the startup hub of The Hague, the Binckhaven, right next to the CabFab, de Besturing, Kompaan and Mama Kelly. Besides affordable office space, startups are fully supported in ‘doing good & doing business’.
RENTING OFFICE SPACE
Units can be rented from as small as 19m2. It’s also possible to combine units into a larger space, or even rent a full wing. Flexible workspaces are also available.
RENTING EVENT SPACE Apollo 14 is more than just an office. The different event spaces provide the opportunity to organize your event, meeting, workshop or training at Apollo 14.
STARTUP SUPPORT Apollo 14 is not just a gathering place for entrepreneurs working on a better world. Here, startups have direct access to all kinds of service providers in the startup ecosystem such as investors, business developers, experts, knowledge partners, mentors, and more. Various partners of ImpactCity come to Apollo 14 for open consultations and appointments. Through this set up, you’ll be easily connected to the right person to help you with the growth of your company and make that next step. Partners include RVO, UNIIQ, EY, TNO, THBA Startup Visum, Start Lean Funding, BRANDOUTLOUD, AI Lab and The Young Digitals.
Startup Tuesday is a weekly event to inspire and connect. This series of events is a collaboration between innovative hubs that aim to strengthen connections and support impact-driven entrepreneurship in The Hague. It’s the ideal occasion to become part of the startup community, network, learn from experienced founders and explore solutions to shared challenges. Startup Tuesday The Hague is an initiative of World Startup Factory, The Hague Tech, Apollo 14, YES!Delft The Hague, We Share Ventures and Humanity Hub, all proudly part of ImpactCity. Read more on: www.apollo14.nl
UPPORTING AMBITIOUS S STARTUPS AND SCALE-UPS
I NVESTING IN SUSTAINABLE OR SOCIALLY INCLUSIVE STARTUPS
You want to be a successful entrepreneur and achieve your business goals. Good support and guidance are essential and very valuable to grow your business. The Startup and Scale-up team of the Rabobank is pleased and excited to accompany you on this journey. The Rabobank Startup and Scale-up team can advise you on financial issues, leases as well as providing consultation to identify business risks. With their support and advice you will be able to focus on the growth of your company. Meet the Startup and Scale-up bankers: Peter de Best, Leon Christ and Patricia van Someren. In addition to the standard services that you can expect form a bank, they offer various extras for startup and scale-ups.
HEY ADVISE AND ASSIST YOU ON T THE FOLLOWING TOPICS: - funding for business activities (for example through a ‘Achtergestelde Innovatie Lening’); - leasing business assets; - risk management and insurance; - participating in initiatives that stimulate innovation (Money Meets Ideas, Rabo Duurzame Innovatieprijs and Innovatiefonds); - introduction to their (international) network; - international financial logistics and onboarding.
G ET IN TOUCH WITH THE TEAM: Peter de Best Accountmanager MKB (06) 22826050 Leon Christ Accountmanager MKB (06) 83149729 Patricia van Someren Rayonmanager MKB (06) 57128420
MORE INFORMATION: www.rabobank.nl/bedrijven www.rabobank.nl/financieren www.rabobank.nl/denhaag www.ikgastarten.nl
The coming decades will come with every opportunity to do things differently. As such, they will come with disruptions and innovations. Initiated by driven entrepreneurs who are dedicated to make the world smarter, better and more future proof. DOEN Participaties (DOEN Ventures) is owned and managed by DOEN Foundation, which was set up by the Dutch Charity Lotteries. DOEN Participaties stands alongside these innovators to achieve a positive impact on society through making it greener and more social. Because of this impact is central to all its investments. But also stepping in early, accompanying along the growth path and daring to take risks are central principles. Over the past 25 years DOEN Participaties has become the largest impact investor in sustainable and social start-ups in the Netherlands. They invest directly in sustainable or social enterprises through convertible loans and equity financing. When going in to specific sectors or abroad and where more local knowledge is needed, DOEN invests through fund investments. Focus sectors of DOEN Participaties are circular- and social entrepreneurship, renewable energy, sustainable food system and inclusion. These pioneers are offered financial support, advice and access to DOEN’s vast network and an (inter)national audience. At present, the DOEN Participaties portfolio consists of 65 participations and convertible loans. 12 fund investments, including the following entrepreneurs, all based in The Hague. www.doenparticipaties.nl
NAÏF Naïf is the complete vegan skincare line of natural care products, without chemical clutter. Naïf launched the world’s first circular face scrub by softening Amsterdam’s tap water. Its products are sold in sustainable packaging, safe for people and planet. Currently Naïf is sold in over 3,000 shops in 14 countries. Being zero waste in 2021 is part of their mission. DOEN Participaties became a shareholder in August 2019.
DE PRAEL The De Prael brewery is not just about brewing beer. The brewery offers work reintegration and work as a daytime activity to over 180 people who have difficulties finding employment. Employees receive tailormade work supervision, tailored from 7 minutes to 7 days. After opening its first franchise in 2018, De Prael now has various breweries, brewpubs and shops in the Netherlands. DOEN has supported the Prael from the start in 2001 with a subsidy, followed by a loan and became a shareholder in 2016.
SEEPJE Seepje produces natural and Fairtrade laundry detergents, all-purpose cleaners and dishwashing detergents from shells grown in India and Nepal. Seepje only uses the best environmental ingredients and improves the living conditions of the farmers harvesting the Himalayan shells. The bottles are made from Dutch recycled plastic and the products are processed and packed by people with intellectual and/or physical disabilities. Their mission? A cleaner and brighter world!
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