This is an overview of the Impact Startup Fest Meetup partners. During these Meetups, you can deep dive into the world of our partners and gain more in-depth knowledge about specific subjects.

DCHI Annual Event

Join the yearly event on innovation in the humanitarian sector organized by the Dutch Coalition for Humanitarian Innovation!

The event is aimed at learning, sharing and inspiring each other. Meet people from companies, humanitarian organizations and knowledge institutions working on innovation and broaden your horizon during the multiple sessions.

ECE Innovation Driver Program

Today’s organizations are increasingly focused on (open) innovation and entrepreneurship for the purpose of their growth and renewal. This interactive training session helps you to develop the knowledge, skills and mindset necessary to build and maintain a sustainable corporate innovation and entrepreneurship capability. This Meetup is hosted by the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship, following their experience in providing the Innovation Driver Certification Program.

Foodstars Meetup

Passionate about innovations in horti-tech and the food industry? Join our meetup and celebrate the end of the first edition of FoodStars accelerator together with our startups and partners.


Learn more about the latest achievements of our portfolio startups, connect with stakeholders of the food industry and explore how you can be part of the FoodStars ecosystem.


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HiiL Meetup

Every year HiiL (The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law) holds the Innovating Justice Challenge. This competition aims to scout, select and support the world’s best justice innovators, that contribute to our mission: ‘to prevent and resolve the most pressing justice needs’.
From over 400 applications we selected 50 that will pitch at regional finals in Uganda, Kenia, Nigeria, South Africa, as well as here in the Hague, during Impact Startup Fest! Do you want to know how we can make justice more user-friendly? What innovation looks like in the legal sector? How we can improve access to justice! Join us at the Dutch Regional Final, of the Innovating Justice Challenge, to see the pitches of the 6 Dutch Finalists!

Social Enterprise Thesis Contest

Social enterprises are businesses with a social mission, impact first! Social enterprises are a populair tpoic among students and an increasing number of students write their thesis about social entrepreneurship. To give the research of students a bigger platform Social Enterprise NL organises, together with the Social Entrepreneurs Initiative of Utrecht University, the yearly Social Enterprise Thesis Contest.

During Impact Startup Fest, the five nominees will present their thesis and a jury will pick a winner. Come visit the Social Enterprise Thesis Contest to learn more on the latest developments in the world of social entrepreneurship.

SMO Purpose Session

Purpose takes an increasingly prominent position in business nowadays. At SMO it has been at the core of our activities for 50 years already. We understand purpose as why your company exists and as the driving force behind the rise of transformational businesses that we are experiencing. Having a business-purpose is the key to the entrepreneurial success for your start-up while contributing to solving the societal challenge we face. But how does that work?

The ultimate output will be a concrete action plan for the incorporation of purpose in your business.