Green Innovation Hub contest ’24

Sustainable energy Mobility Smart Living

Almere and the province of Flevoland are home to the largest area developments in the Netherlands, such as Hortus, Pampus, Zuidoever. To really build for the future and serve as an example for the rest of the Netherlands, we organised the Green Innovation Hub contest ’24.

On Wednesday 17 April, nine start-ups and scale-ups presented their digital innovative solution to make an impact in the field of sustainable energy, mobility and/or smart living.

The winner, scale-up Vennster from Nijkerk, convinced the jury this exciting Wednesday afternoon with their method and participation app, Parta. They will now implement this together with Almere residents in the Hortus and Pampus districts, creating a sustainable and inclusive living environment.

Green Innovation Hub Contest Day

Talking plate participants contest '24

The challenges

Almere wants to work on innovative ways of generating and exchanging energy. Especially within a task like Hortus. What construction method, for example, can we use to be more energy efficient and achieve additional CO2 reduction? Do you have a digitally driven solution that can help us directly with this ambition? Then get involved!

Digitalisation and new mobility concepts are crucial to manage urbanisation in Almere. Using smart-mobility solutions and harnessing data to support the policy process is crucial. Can your solution help us take the right steps? Then join us!

Liveability is paramount in Hortus! Not for nothing do we want to create the greenest and most sustainable residential area, where inclusivity is key. But what role can homes and gardens play in this? Do you have smart solutions for this, which you do want to put into practice? Then join us!

What are the conditions?

Company profile

  1. Start-up / Scale-up / Innovative SME
  2. Head office in the Netherlands
  3. Own company (KvK) / own IP
  4. Theme: sustainable energy use / smart mobility / smart living
  5. Product offers digital solution or physical solution with digital component
  6. Product or service beyond prototype phase
  7. Companies with a dependency relationship with the organisation are excluded

Video pitch

  1. Introduction: who are you? What is your business? Where are you in 2025 and wish 2030?
  2. Issue: What does your company offer? What is your solution to our issue?
  3. Your question: What help is needed to realise it? What can we offer?
  4. Video in landscape format of max 3 minutes (Dutch)


Sign up and send your video pitch

Participate in the Green Innovation Hub Contest '24 and apply via the QR code by Wednesday 27 March 2024 and make an inspiring and compelling video pitch about yourself, your company and your solution of max. 3 minutes that you will send to by 27 March. See video-pitch terms and conditions on this page.

Matchmaking with experts in preparation for Contest Day

From 13 March, selected participants will be paired with an expert who will guide them in their preparations for Contest Day through personal coaching. To ensure a suitable match, we will contact participants in advance to clearly identify their specific needs and request for help.

Contest Day / Opening Green Innovation Hub 3.0

Prepare well! Wednesday 17 April is Contest Day. Your presentation will last a maximum of 4 minutes, after which the jury will have the opportunity to ask questions. Walk-in from 13:30, after which the programme will officially start from 14:00 to 17:30 for Contest Day. Then we would like to invite you to a welcome drink from 17:30, followed by the programme with the official opening and including dinner, which will take place from 18:30 to 21:00. Afterwards, there will be an opportunity to keep the feet off the floor until 23:00.

Speed date in May

The top 10 contestants will have the opportunity to connect in a speed date with the right business partner who will support with their business model to eventually scale up with their innovative digital applications

The jury members/moderator

Lisa van der Heijden (moderator)
Consultant Community Management FDS & Digilab - Realisatie IBS
Jeroen Hofsté
Director finance, control & operation - BTG
Yolanda Koevoets
Business Developer Energy Transition - Horizon Flevoland
Peter Kleinjan
Managing Partner - CollaborAll
Caspar de Jonge
Program manager Mobility & Transitions (IenW) - DMI
Majonne Bokelman-Dumas
Sr manager Corporate Development (Incubation lead) - VodafoneZiggo
Geert-Jan Put (jury president)
Head of Economic Affairs - Municipality Almere

Partners contest '24