Amsterdam Business Award

On May 19thth 2017 the Amsterdam Business Award will be handed out to one of the nominated organizations that have proven to be an example in their way of doing business. The nominees are organizations that deserve to be rewarded because they have shown a clear contribution to the Amsterdam region by creating jobs, innovative products, social and environmental solutions, city marketing, etc. For the seventh time in a row, the Amsterdam Business Award Gala will be held in Hotel Okura Amsterdam. Onno Kokmeijer, two star Michelin chef  restaurant from Ciel Bleu will be responsible for the gala menu. The ultimate night for decision makers and their relations to relax, laugh and enjoy each others company. Winners of the award were Olcay Gulsen from Supertrash, Hans Brouwer from MassiveMusic , Raymond Cloosterman from Rituals, Guido Heezen from Effectory, Renny Ramakers from Droog Design and Oos Kesbeke from Kesbeke Tafelzuren and Patrick Hendrikse/Bart Obertop from Brouwerij ‘t IJ.


Culture Award
In 2012, the organization added a new prize category to the Amsterdam Business Award, the Culture Award. A prize for the cultural organization that has shown to be an example in their field of business. Toneel Groep Amsterdam won this first edition because of the worldwide recognition in the world of theater and the positive exposure they create for the city. The second edition was won bij Pierre Audi, from De Nederlandse Opera, the third edition was awarded to the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), the fourth edition was won by Jan Raes, from the Koninklijk Concertgebouw Orkest and the last edetion was won by André van Stigt from Architectenbureau J. van Stigt.

International Award
In 2013 another category was  added, The Amsterdam International Business Award. A prize that will honor the foreign companies in this region that have contributed to the region without even having Dutch roots. The companies and their contribution in many ways are crucial for the economic development of this region and the opportunities to collaborate, innovate and co-create together with small and medium enterprises. The first international prize was won bij Dook van den Boer, CEO TataSteel. The second prize by Darren Huston, CEO The last two editions were won by Peter-Willem Burgmans from MCI-Group and Michael Crimp from IBC.

Nomination process
Foreign companies with a regional headquarter in the Amsterdam Metropolitan area can be recommended or recommend themselves for nomination. They must at least have 5 employees, a clear financial healthy future and a visible regional track record of at least 5 years. All long-listed companies will be desk-researched and a shortlist of 10 companies will be presented to the jury. Three companies will be visited and only one organization will be on stage.

You can nominate a company or yourself by mailing the required information to including information on:

  • nr of employees
  • turnover last year
  • contribution to the region

If your company is interested in the possibilities to cooperate, co-create or the possibilities for exposure please contact the organization via

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