Return to competition overview

Impact Competition

A pan-European startup competition featuring the leading solutions in the domains of Food, Water and Energy eager to scale up. After six local city events and continent-wide public voting, the top 20 impact startups came to the Impact Finals in The Hague to crown this seasons European winners!

Zero Hunger
Clean Water & Sanitation
Affordable & Clean Energy
Responsible Consumption & Production
Climate Action
Life Below Water
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Practical Information

Initiative of






The Hague

European winners 2021

"The timing is perfect as we accelerate ALVER micro-algae as the next frontier of alternative proteins, Get in the Ring has given us so much support with not only funding but also new partnerships."

"I am so impressed with all the amazing startups in the Impact Competition finals and honored to be one of the European Winners!"

Majbritt Byskov-Bridges, Co-founder of Alver World SA


Min Ai Kok

Programme Analyst / Cultiv@te Project Manager UNDP

Piers Clark

Chairman Isle Utilities

Luis Manuel

Executive Board Member EDP Inovação

Fredrik Tukk

Head of Innovation Scouting Maersk Drilling

Joni Lehto

Ecosystem Developer City of Helsinki

Fran Baker

Global Social Innovation Lead Arm

Dennis Levien

Investment Manager Porsche Ventures

Guillaume Bazouin

Head of Startup and Intrapreneurship Programs Leonard

Afra Müller

Project Manager Social Entrepreneurship Network Germany

Alexander Crowell

Founding Partner/Managing Director PureTerra Ventures

Serpil Tascioglu

Director Foods Innovation & Transformation Unilever

Raymond Meeuwsen

Business Creation Manager EIT InnoEnergy

Michał Mackowiak

Investor & Startup mentor .

Doing good by doing business

The Impact Competition is focused on innovations that contribute to a better world. Solving global challenges in food, health, water and energy, dedicated towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).

  • All
  • Food
  • Water
  • Energy

Initiative Of

ImpactCity is the startup and scale-up community of The Hague. We help innovative entrepreneurs to start successfully and to grow their business. We open doors to investors and offer access to a comprehensive business network, inspiring company locations, international trade missions and competitions.

Main partner

Achieve global exposure

  • Compete for a convertible loan of up to €500K

  • Test and prove your solutions with partners

  • Be recognized as a leading impact startup in Europe.

  • Become part of an international network.

How it works

Open Applications

Apply for the competition and impress us on why you should be selected!

Dealmaking Days

Participate in our dealmaking meetings with the most relevant dealmaking partners!

We had local city events in 6 different cities all around Europe.
Get in the Ring Hague
Get in the Ring Berlin
Get in the Ring Geneva
Get in the Ring Lisbon
Get in the Ring Oslo

Public Voting

Impress the public and get a wild card!

Through continent-wide public voting, selected startups receive tickets to be in the Finals!

Impact Finals

Become a winner!

With an epic Get in the Ring startup battles, the winners of the Impact Competition Final are chosen.