The Hague and WFIA promote Impact Economy progam in USA

Recently the City of The Hague launched a new economic development program that represents a great new addition to the city’s profile of Peace and Justice. By supporting social enterprises and start-ups in there endeavors to solve global challenges the city aims to make The Hague an international hub for impactful business activities. The Impact Economy Program of The Hague aims to create an ecosystem were entrepreneurs can emerge and make an impact on global challenges.

To expand its international network and learn about best practices elsewhere, a small delegation of the City of The Hague together with the WestHolland Foreign Investment Agency travelled to the USA to visit San Francisco and New York. Especially on the west coast a thriving social entrepreneurial community is making an impact in the way that people, public authorities, companies, institutions and universities take on challenges in public society.


Photo: from left to right: Kristin Hull (Founder Impact Hub Oakland), Erik van der Rijt (Municipality of The Hague), Ivo Meijer (International Business Advisor WFIA), Laurens Kok (Investor Relations Manager WFIA), Margot Prado (department for Economic Development of the City of Oakland), Precious Green (Head Host at Impact Hub Oakland).

In the Bay Area, the Dutch delegation visited several co working spaces were start-ups, government representatives, philanthropist, investors and social institutions gather to co-work, meet, conference and network. ”It was striking to see that all kinds of impactful initiatives, be it a commercial or purely public, could rely on support from both private and community resources” says Laurens Kok, Investor Relations Manager at WestHolland Foreign Investment Agency. In New York, more breeding grounds for social impact were visited. In addition, meetings took place to bring the emerging touristic and cultural facilities as well as conventions in The Hague under the attention of intermediary parties active in Holland promotion.

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Photo: Marleen Zuijderhoudt, Executive Director of WFIA.

The trip brought inspiration, new contacts, and even concrete leads for social enterprises who are considering to expand in Europe. All this useful information will help us to develop the Impact Economy program further”, says Marleen Zuijderhoudt, Executive Director at WestHolland Foreign Investment Agency.

For more info about the Impact Economy Program, please visit:

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