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Amsterdam to open smart city tech hub

B. Smart City Hub is the first step in the development of the "West Innovation District", now known as Riekerpolder

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The Hub aims to give start-ups the chance to grow and scale-up in an affordable space
The Hub aims to give start-ups the chance to grow and scale-up in an affordable space

Dutch co-working space provider and innovator, B. Amsterdam, has announced B. Smart City Hub, aimed at start-ups and scale-ups that require an affordable space to grow their assembly, packaging and distribution offerings.

 

The 24,000 sqm hub is scheduled to open its doors in January 2019 and it is anticipated it will cater to mainly those in the waste, water, energy, (last mile) logistics, smart storage, food and mobility sectors.

 

“[This] is a great initiative to further strengthen Amsterdam’s excellent start-up climate,” said Udo Kock, deputy mayor (economic affairs), Amsterdam.

 

“Amsterdam welcomes innovative and sustainable working spaces like the B. Smart City Hub, to give start-ups the chance to grow and scale-up by facilitating affordable office space [at] a central location.”

 

Start-up ecosytem

 

A platform for growth and workplace innovator, B. Amsterdam aims to bring corporates, start-ups, entrepreneurs and education together in both digital and physical spaces. Next to its current 40,000 sqm of co-working and event space, the B. Smart City Hub is a key part of this vision, it said, and bolsters its title as the “largest start-up ecosystem in Europe”.

 

The space will include several areas in which companies can bring their own assembly service equipment and staff, all while being able to stay next to the main city ring of Amsterdam.

“We’re hopeful that the B. Smart City Hub will inspire other cities, large and small, to engage its entrepreneurs and harness that innovation for the benefit of a sustainable future”

The company said it is “heavily” working towards its goal of making the hub an integral part of a more sustainable future for the city. It’s the first step in the development of the “West Innovation District”, now known as Riekerpolder, and will work as the pilot and energiser for future development in the area.

 

It’s all part of a larger plan to transform the entire Schinkelkwartier, which spans the space between B. Amsterdam and the Olympic Stadion, into a new residential, recreational and work area for the city’s entrepreneurs that prioritises inclusivity, sustainability and innovation.

 

“We’re hopeful that the B. Smart City Hub will inspire other cities, large and small, to engage its entrepreneurs and harness that innovation for the benefit of a sustainable future,” added Ricardo van Loenen, CEO and co-founder of B.

 

“This is exactly what the B. Smart City Hub aims to do. It’s a place where anyone can develop, test, and grow anything. I’m grateful for the role we get to play here, and I believe we’ll only see the coworking industry’s involvement in this future continue to grow.”

 

By learning from its members, B. said it acts as a point of synergy and as a connector between data points, creating crucial business opportunities as a result. Since its inception in 2014, it has partnered with major players at the “centre of corporate innovation”, including Sodexo, PwC, Cisco, Microsoft, IBM and Cognizant.

 

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