Incubator for VR startups and more

VRbase, a new incubator that specialises in virtual reality and augmented reality, will open at the newly renovated Marineterrein Amsterdam on 1 October (Dutch link). VRbase aims to become Europe's central hub for the growing field of VR and AR and will be a place that connects creatives, startups, entrepreneurs, developers, freelancers and students.

VRbase, which will be both an incubator and a co-working space, is an initiative of Daniel Doornink. Doornink is also a cofounder of Dutch VR Days, an annual event that highlights the latest developments in the VR space. About eight startups are currently working at VRbase. Partners in the initiative include the Muziektheater aan het IJ, the EYE Filmmuseum, and the DFA DocLab. Amsterdam is already home to the world’s first permanent VR cinema,

On 3 July, VRbase held an open house in Amsterdam, where guests toured the VRbase buildings at the Marineterrein, met people from the VR community and saw demonstrations of the latest VR innovations.

Virtual Reality school in Amsterdam

Amsterdam will also soon be home to a virtual-reality school. The Force Field VR School will open (Dutch link) on 1 September, in collaboration with the Hogeschool van Amsterdam. The goal is to train twenty VR talents annually, who will work on international productions. The school’s curriculum will reflect the growing need for high-level VR and AR developers. As Hogeschool van Amsterdam’s Geleyn Meijer said (Dutch link), “Amsterdam is quickly positioning itself as an international capital in the field of VR and AR”. The school will also be located at the new VRBase location at the Marineterrein Amsterdam.