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Promising conversations and speeches at Impact Startup Fest The Hague

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At Impact Startup Fest 2016, the first festival in the Hague where impact and entrepreneurship meet so closely, has been a huge success. Startups, investors, local government, developers, NGO’s came together to set up new goals and discuss concepts for further development of the impact economy.

Some pictures are already shared, more pictures are coming.

Prince Constantijn opening Impact Startup Fest

Prince Constantijn opened the celebration of social impact using the words:

“We need to become more ambitious. There is no reason to think we cannot compete with Silicon Valley.”

National Social Enterprise Monitor revealed

Willemijn Verloop reveals in her talk the outcomes of the survey amongst Dutch social enterprises. And the overall results are promising. 83% of the enterprises confirms that they are making more impact than ever.

Scale ups part of the Venture Forum matchmaking track

Several attendants of the conference had set a personal goal for the day. One goal that came up several times: “Looking for investors, venture capital is what we need now to grow big.”  or ‘ I would like to get inspired by other startups, meet investors and just be here, do not want to miss this chance to interact with other impact makers.’

“Venture capital is what we need now to grow big!”

It’s important to note there were a lot of connections made at the Venture Forum matchmaking track, where lots of great international impact companies were selected for. See the complete list again here.

Leila Janah showing an amazing deal of impact

Giving more than 30.000 people worldwide the access to digital work, by big customers like Microsoft, Google and Ebay. Get involved in their mission.

IDEO director Sean Hewens emphasis that you should not go save the world without design

It’s not about me, it’s about what people actually want! So don’t go and fill up computers when first needs are not filled.

Investors cracking the startup’s questions

During the startup sessions, where every startup received 10 minutes to explain the concept and ask questions to the crowd, the audience came up with critical questions, there was laughter and next steps were suggested.

Among many others there was Blackshore, Seepje and Karbe!

New ways of working explained and exercised in the workshops

Lija Groenewoud van Vliet promoting her Next Entrepreneur program, and showing the next way of building your company in her workshop.

New Startup in Residence The Hague programme launched

After an uplifting speech by the deputy mayor The Hague, city economy, welfare/public health and harbours, Karsten Klein. He urges to challenge the city with social enterprises! And The Hague opens up it’s doors!

Illac Diaz inspired many with his Liter of Light project.

His project touched more than 350.000 Philippines, and is inspiring many more people worldwide every day! Check out his project here.

There was also time for the Sun, drinks and local food

An amazing effort by De Besturing to inspire all the 600 attendees with quotes and taglines.

With every social impact community chipping in, spreading the word and making connections. we reached hundreds of thousands of people from our humble but groundbreaking platform here in the The Hague.