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Impact Competition

A pan-European startup competition featuring the leading solutions in the domains of Food, Water and Energy competing to scale up and earn the grand prize - a €500,000 convertible loan. After six city events and continent-wide public voting, we're eager to welcome the top 20 impact startups to The Hague for the Impact Finals in November 2021!

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

"By winning the Get in the Ring competition LifeSense Group has transformed the largest women’s health secret, into the largest spoken solution.”

Julia van Zanten, LifeSense Group: solving urinary incontinence for women through wearable technology


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

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 Application

Apply for the competition and motivate why you should be selected

Selection Rounds

Participate in one of the selection rounds in leading impact cities in Europe.

Impact Finals

Selected startups receive a ticket to the Impact Finals in The Hague in November 2021.

Competition winner

Through an epic Get in the Ring startup battle, the final winner of the Impact Competition will be chosen.