Shared mobility, sustainable energy, circular goods are just a few of the many examples in which urban startups are making a difference. Our research, educational activities and collaborations all create opportunities for innovative solutions. But they need support in turning an idea into action. We organize different programs that stimulate entrepreneurship and at the same time contribute to quality of life in the city of Amsterdam. For that purpose, we work closely with the CTO of the municipality, in particular the team of Startup In Residence.

AMS Startup Booster

At AMS Institute we see potential innovative ideas emerge from either our research portfolio, MSc MADE students & alumni or from our collaborations & partnerships. Startup ideas, that just need to see the light of day. To help develop and establish these new start-up ideas we have developed an incubation program, the AMS Startup Booster. The AMS Startup Booster provides an eco-system to grow businesses that make an impact on the cities and its citizens. We aim to help the next generation of early-stage ambitious urban startups to turn ideas into reality. Startups that find their origin within AMS Institute, as well as startups from outside our institute are welcome to boost their business!

The AMS Startup Booster


Launched in the fall of 2020, AMS startup booster is an idea validation program focusing on the creation of startups that will make an impact on city life and solve metropolitan challenges.

AMS Startup Booster | First teams

Meet the Startup Booster teams and get to know their ideas

Coaches and Experts

Meet the Coaches and Experts who are mentoring the Startup Booster teams

EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator Program

AMS Institute is partner in the EIT Urban Mobility, which acts to accelerate positive change on mobility to make urban spaces more liveable. One of its activities is stimulating business creation, through their EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator program. AMS Institute, together with TU Eindhoven, City of Amsterdam and Brainport is responsible for the acceleration program for startups from the Benelux, the UK and North of France. The focus is on startups working on reducing congestion and increasing efficiency in the transport system. The 2nd batch of startups will run in the first half of 2021. A third batch will start around the summer of 2021.


Apply now: Urban Mobility Accelerator

EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator has room for 5 new startups to join the accelerator. Do you have a business idea on the topic of reducing congestion and increasing transportation efficiency? Apply to join the program before November 15.


New EU program Urban Mobility

Smart Urban Mobility

The municipality of Amsterdam and AMS Institute are part of the winning consortium Mobilus (Mobility for Liveable Urban Spaces) that will be developing a European innovation program on the topic of urban mobility.

Climate Launchpad @AMS Institute

ClimateLaunchpad is the largest global green business ideas competition, with over 55 participating countries. The mission is to unlock the world’s cleantech potential that addresses climate change. ClimateLaunchpad is part of the Entrepreneurship offerings of EIT Climate-KIC.

For the last two years AMS Institute collaborated with EIT Climate-KIC in organizing the ClimateLaunchpad. It is possible that a third ClimateLaunchpad in 2021 will be executed by AMS Institute. In this section we will keep you informed of program updates.


Winners Nationals Climate Launchpad 2020

A new generation of climate entrepreneurs, eager to make a difference, joined the ClimateLaunchpad @AMS Institute. The teams pitched their business ideas to a jury of experts. And the winners are...


Wrap-up AMS Climate Launchpad 2019

A new generation of climate entrepreneurs, eager to make a difference, joined the AMS ClimateLaunchpad on June 23nd. On Wednesday Sept 11th the teams pitched their business ideas to a jury of experts in the National Final.

AMS Institute affiliated startups

In last couple of years AMS Institute has been involved with helping a number of startups that originate from our research portfolio & MSc MADE students & alumni.


  • City Analytics - This startup, with TU Delft researcher Dorine Duives and MADE Alumni Matt Bearden, stems from the Cityflows project on crowd monitoring. They are now involved in the AMS startup Booster.
  • Container Collectief - For her thesis Lotte Geeraedts worked on a concept of a participatory design firm. She is now developing her startup on this concept together with three other MADE students in the Booster.
  • Mublio - Two friends, one MADE-Alumni, who have been working together as contractors decided to join the Booster to commercialize their concept of tailor made solutions for tiny space.

Read more about these above startups in AMS Startup Booster Selected Teams

  • Urban Young Engineers - This brand new young consultancy network focusses on multidisciplinary challenges in the urban environment. Within this environment, the consultancy network aims to fulfil a connecting role between companies, students of the MSc Metropolitan Analysis, Design & Engineering (MSc MADE), AMS institute and the City of Amsterdam. More soon!


geoFluxus - Arnout Sabbe and Rusne Sileryte joined ClimateLaunchpad in 2019 to convert part of their research into a startup, called 'geoFluxus: we map waste'. After the ClimateLaunchpad they were selected for the Techstars-Arcadis program and are now a fully operational business.


Boombrix - In 2018 Noelle The and Jakub Supera started Boombrix, while being students of the MADE program. They joined te Startup in Residence program of the City of Amsterdam. Currently they're finishing their thesis.

Want to know more or looking to collaborate?