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Impact Competition

A pan-European startup competition featuring the leading impact solutions in the domains of food, water and energy eager to scale up. With events all over Europe the top startups will join the Global Meetup.

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.

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.

Impact Competition 2021

Open Applications

We received applications for each competition and selected the most impressive impact startups all around Europe.

Dealmaking Days

We organized dealmaking meetings in different European countries such as: The Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland and Denmark.

Public Voting

A continent-wide public voting.

Global Meetup

With an epic Get in the Ring startup battles, the winners get a ticket to the Global Meetup!