Impact Startup Fest
Innovations for a better world

25th & 26th of September in The Hague

in cooperation with Sankalp Forum

Impact Startup Fest

The city of The Hague will host the 2nd Impact StartUp Fest edition on the 25th & 26th of September, as part of Startup Fest Europe. This Impact vertical will focus entirely on impact start-ups and scale-ups working on innovations that tackle social & global challenges. Impact Startup Fest brings together an international network of founders, investors, business leaders and developers around doing business & doing good.

The impact vertical features an exciting programme, with inspirational speakers, uplifting demos, pitch sessions, and useful matchmaking opportunities between start-ups, investors, international organisations, developers and corporates.

In collaboration with Intellecap
This festival will be organised in cooperation with Sankalp Forum an Intellecap Initiative. Sankalp Forum will organise a special track called Emerging Markets where they will focus on the opportunities for entrepreneurship, innovation and impact investing.

Impact Startup Fest in cooperation with Sankalp Forum



(Reverse) Pitching & Matchmaking
Emerging Markets

Impact on the Beach25th September @ Scheveningen

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DEN HAAG - Start-up event in de Caballerofabriek op de Binckhorst. FOTO EN COPYRIGHT HENRIETTE GUEST

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Speakers 2016

Sean Hewens


Designer at IDEO + legal innovation explorer. Writer, beer label maker + fictional cartographer on the side. Sean is going all in to talk about Design Thinking.

Siddharth Bannerjee


This session will go through how we complied The European Digital City Index (EDCi) - from determining geographic coverage (including The Hague!), to the nitty-gritty of Index-making (including constructing a theoretical framework, source selection ... read moreand data gathering, weighting and aggregation) to the final visualization.

Simon WIllis

A compelling speaker about the power of social business and the potential of crowdsourcing for social change. Head of Europe.

Heather Leson

Qatar Computing Research Institute + TextOnTech

Digital Humanitarian, Idea hacker, community builder. I'm obsessed with bridges, visit Gehry cities and am a serial volunteer. Imagine this world if we all lent a digital hand, that's the focus of her talk. Next to that it's tech mapping in moments o... read moref crisis.

Indy Johar

project00 + Dark Matter Laboratories + Impact Hub

Indy Johar is an architect, co-founder of 00 ( and a Senior Innovation Associate with the Young Foundation. Indy Johar is going to talk about the Civic Economy.

Prince Constantijn

Advisor at the European Commission

Everything about the Dutch startup ecosystem, its similarities with the Netherlands during the Golden Age, and Silicon Valley. In general The Netherlands is “punching well above its weight”, he says. But challenges lie ahead as well.

Workshops 2016

Maarten van der Veen

Red Cross

According to Maarten van der Veen strengthening the information management capacity is a crucial in professionalizing humanitarian aid

Marijt Regts

Social Enterprise NL

Marijt is going to talk about the legal Status of social enteprises in the Netherlands and Europe.

Nevlynn Janssen


How does Marketing for startups work? Nevlynn is going deep to cover this.

Bas Kotterink


Senior Scientist ICT Policy at TNO & Startupbootcamp Amsterdam, Mentor. Bas is part of the Matchmaking track with technology

Jasper Geselschap


Jasper has knowledge on investment readiness met IQ. SME companies in the The Hague area are welcome to contact him. I am specialised in financial logistics and corporate finance. Together with Innovation Quarter Jasper Geselschap will help you in ge... read moretting investor ready.

Nicole van Haelst


We invite you to test and improve the prototype of a brand new solution. The app enables you to bring your (un)conscious potential to the front and connect with people, opportunities and employers to grow your talent and/or start up business! Sta... read morertup Access to Talent aims to disrupt the world of matching. The new world of work asks for alternative ways to translate your potential in opportunities previously unknown. Check our recommendations based on your passion, purpose and potential. We’re building a platform for talent and (start up) business to use. Not yet another job board or hip online resume, but a whole new way to explore the next step in your life-career, It’s easy and fun! Be amongst the first users of this brand new tool! We’re looking for people to help us validate our prototype. No need for specific knowledge, experience or preparation. Just come, spend some time with us and experience how this app can help you and your business grow.

Lija Groenewoud van Vliet

Metropolitan Startup Lab - YES!Delft

The challenge ‘NEXT Economy needs NEXT Entrepreneur’ is in search of entrepreneurial activities, which will use emerging new technologies and create impact by economic value, new business or new jobs. This Ideation is a dynamic workshops, in which yo... read moreu identify ideas and solutions for the NEXT Economy to increase the productivity of data, energy and resources and contribute to the digital gateway, smart energy delta and circular economy.

Maya Lievegoed

HUMINT Solutions Europe

Introducing the TINO tool - unlocking unrecognized knowledge

Roelant Rollingswier


What is BCorp and impact assessment + B talkdutch Group Roelant is the country partner @BCorpEurope | B Corp #BCorp | Benefit Corporation @BCorporation | #BtheChange| Good Start Investments | D66
DEN HAAG - Start-up event in de Caballerofabriek op de Binckhorst. FOTO EN COPYRIGHT HENRIETTE GUEST


StartupFest Europe ’17 ‘Global challenges, Startup Solutions’

From 25-28 September the Netherlands will be the epicenter for international startups, scale ups, investors, scientists, corporates and other innovators. The festival will feature thematic events, fun & energizing meetups, deep dives and deal-making throughout the Netherlands. StartupFest Europe will be organized and fueled by a coalition of partners under leadership of StartupDelta.

It’s all about helping startups raise money, attract talent and connect with peers, founders, leading scientists, venture capitalists, corporates and policy makers.

Read more in our FAQ.

Startup Fest Europe 2017 will be a celebration of entrepreneurship and innovation bringing these innovators together

Constantijn van Oranje, Special Envoy StartupDelta and co-founder Startup Fest Europe


Snapshot from last year’s edition [Copyright by Henriette Guest]





Startup hub Binckhaven | Caballero Fabriek Saturnusstraat 60
2516 AH Den Haag

Scheveningen Strandweg 150
2586 JW Den Haag


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