Amsterdammers, Make Your City!

Amsterdam was Europe’s innovation capital in 2016-2017. The city was awarded the iCapital title because of its innovation ecosystem, bottom-up approach and ability to use the creativity of its citizens to tackle societal issues. The programme Amsterdammers, Make Your City! uses the iCapital prize money to make further advances in this regard.


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Amsterdam was innovation capital (iCapital) of Europe in 2016-2017. The European Commission granted the city this honour based on the Accelerating Amsterdam Assets proposal. The proposal was composed by the City of Amsterdam, Kennisland and a number of other partners++iCapital partnersAt the bottom of this page you can find an overview of the partners involved.. In addition to the honour, Amsterdam won a substantial financial reward. In the programme Amsterdammers, Make Your City! (in Dutch: Amsterdammers, Maak je Stad!) 600,000 euros of this prize money has been made available for city makers, as well as a tailor-made accelerator programme. Social innovation initiatives working towards a more inclusive city, and focussing on either the ‘Healthy City’ or ‘Talented City’ were invited to apply to the programme.

Amsterdam should be a city in which citizens feel at home, have equal opportunities and live healthy lives.Amsterdam should be a city in which citizens feel at home, have equal opportunities and live healthy lives. To achieve this goal, the city administration needs to collaborate++Amsterdam ApproachAmsterdam won the iCapital award in part because of its cooperative innovation model, which is also called the ‘Amsterdam Approach’. The approach is characterised by an interplay between technological and social innovation. Amsterdam attempts to connect bottom-up initiatives to the municipality through organisations such as Kennisland, Waag Society and Pakhuis de Zwijger. with local initiatives that support these values. Amsterdammers, Make Your City! was initiated with the goal of strengthening such initiatives and collaborative approaches in the city. Kennisland implements this programme together with the City of Amsterdam, Pakhuis de Zwijger and Waag Society.

The programme offers support to initiatives that address either the ‘Healthy City’ or ‘Talented City’ as focus areas and strive for inclusivity and equal opportunities for citizens. A selection committee selected 37 innovative initiatives++Meet the participants On the Make Your City! website you can read more about the participants (in Dutch). out ofIn order to strengthen local bottom-up initiatives in Amsterdam on the long term, developing a lasting relationship between city makers, the municipality, the private sector and knowledge institutes is a priority in this programme. 475 applications. They receive funding between 5,000 and 20,000 euros. On top of that they are enrolled in an accelerator programme of six months during which they are offered coaching++Digital PioneersAmsterdammers, Make Your City! is partly based on our experiences with the Digital Pioneers programme. Kennisland introduced Digital Pioneers in 2002. Here you can read more about the programme. to achieve their learning goals and accelerate the development of their projects. For example through strategy development or involving new communities.

In order to strengthen local bottom-up initiatives in Amsterdam on the long term, developing a lasting relationship between city makers, the municipality, the private sector and knowledge institutes is a priority in this programme. By improving the ways in which these parties can find one another, they can work together more seamlessly and continuously learn from each other. As such, the potential on both sides is used better and societal issues can be addressed more efficiently.

Amsterdammers, Make Your City! is a programme initiated by the City of Amsterdam, Pakhuis de Zwijger, Kennisland and Waag Society, and supported by the Amsterdam Economic Board, Amsterdam Smart City, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS) and the European Commission.