Amsterdam for science startups

ACE Venture Lab helps startups in the fields of science and high-tech to accelerate. The organisation's recent growth means that it now needs to expand, and is doing so in the of a new Startup Village: it will be located next to the University of Amsterdam’s Faculty of Science, will soon open its doors to about 50 startups

The building, designed by architect Julius Taminiau, is based on shipping containers, and will include community and event spaces as well as offices. By focusing on science and high-tech companies, the Startup Village will become a unique kind of startup hub, and will also form an atmospheric new landmark for Amsterdam Science Park.

“The village will further our mission to bring science and business together,” said ACE Venture Lab founder Erik Boer. “Our aim is to grow great companies there, able to influence the world in a positive way.” 

Registration began at the end of April 2016, and the village will open during the summer, by which time it will have an official name. 

Combining strengths

ACE Venture Lab combines the activities of several schools and universities in an Amsterdam-based incubator. Its goal is to accelerate science-based and other technology companies that will drive innovation, economic prosperity, and job creation. It is an initiative of the Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE), an organisation that stimulates entrepreneurship among students and conducts research into successful entrepreneurship. 

Amsterdam Science Park is a hub for research, innovation, and entrepreneurship, involving world-class research institutes, universities, and more than 130 companies, from start-ups to multinationals. With over 10,000 students, scientists and entrepreneurs, the park offers excellent opportunities for research and businesses in computer technology, chemistry, physics, life sciences, instrumentation and sustainability.