Amsterdam as launching pad for company expansion

Comatch, a German job platform for management consultants, has expanded its services with a branch in Amsterdam. This marks its first office in a non-German speaking country. The digital platform was launched last year by Christoph Hard and Jan Schächtele, both former consultants at McKinsey & Company. It gives freelance management consultants the opportunity to present themselves to potential customers, and matches the right latent with the right projects. In doing so, they are capitalising on the growing trends for digital consulting and online job matching.
As reports (Dutch link), the founders have set their sights on international expansion, with the Netherlands as their first target. In early November, Comatch officially opened a Dutch office is in Amsterdam. Their goal is to have 300 Dutch consultants as affiliates by the end of 2016. About 40% of their affiliated consultants come from top consultancy firms such as BCG, McKinsey or Roland Berger.

Many talented freelance consultants to work with in the Netherlands

It was Amsterdam's highly skilled talent pool that initially caught Comatch's attention. With a proven business model and a local presence in the Netherlands, Christoph Hard said “The outlook is rosy. In the Netherlands, the number of freelancers in the consulting landscape is higher than in Germany. With our experiences in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and a successful financing behind us, we believe we are well prepared to take on this adventure.” 

The Dutch consultancy landscape employs about 159,000 consultants, amounting for a turnover of about €15.2 billion in revenues. Between 2009 and 2014, the number of freelancers in the Dutch market for management consulting almost doubled, which was the highest growth across the entire range of Dutch business services. The growth in the number of freelancers is expected to continue in the foreseeable future, which bodes well for online matching platforms such as Comatch.