B. Startup School Amsterdam

B. Startup School Amsterdam is a collaboration between Manpower, B.Amsterdam and StartupAmsterdam. Since January 2016, the B. Startup School Amsterdam has taught hundreds of students the essential skills they need to jumpstart their careers in the startup scene as coders, experienced designers, growth hackers and digital-content creators (check out student portfolios). All of BSSA’s courses and training programmes are taught by renowned training institutes such as Hyper Island, New York Code + Design Academy, Le Wagon, The Talent Institute. B.Amsterdam will develop a similar educational platform in New York City, in collaboration with the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where B. will launch a New York incubator; read more in a news article about the incubator here

Startups can offer a trainee position to the BSSA students and partake in matching events with BSSA graduates. Floris van Hoogenhuyze from startup Barqo – a boat-sharing platform – was one of the first to work with a BSSA-trainee: “we are so happy with the quality and enthusiasm of our trainee. I would recommend this programme to anyone looking for trainees who go the extra mile’’, said van Hoogenhuyze. Ines Danzinger from Innoleaps – an innovator and accelerator for corporates – felt the same way about their trainee: “he is one of the most independent, proactive and creative people I’ve worked with. After only a very brief explanation of our project, he had three high-quality deliverables ready that same day. This pushed us forward immediately”, said Danzinger.

Youth Unemployment

At the time of drafting the StartupAmsterdam action programme, skills of unemployed graduates did not match the profile desired by startups. Although there was a supply of jobs, rates of higher-educated unemployed graduates were rising. By training these graduates in startup-specific skills, BSSA makes sure that a lack of talent doesn’t slow down the growth of Dutch startups, simultaneously helping to solve unemployment rates.

B. Amsterdam

B. Amsterdam is the largest incubator in the Netherlands with a 28,000-square-metre space and 300 businesses across two buildings. B. Amsterdam is a creative working space for innovation, education and growth, where startups, creatives and corporates connect with –  and learn from – one another. By becoming part of the B. community, businesses get access to the right spaces, toolsets, knowledge and social environments to improve their business in the best way possible. B’s second building, B.2, opened in September 2016 and is focused entirely on three fast-growing business categories: HR tech, FinTech and the internet of things.