From Amsterdam to New York
The leading Dutch incubator for startups, B. Amsterdam, is opening a branch in Brooklyn, New York. With this new location, B. Amsterdam will help Dutch and other European companies scale up their operations in the United States, and vice versa. The new incubator will be called B.NY, and will occupy about 9,000 square meters at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
The plans were presented on 7 September in a ceremony that included New York's Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen and Amsterdam’s Deputy Mayor and Alderperson Kajsa Ollongren. The new location stems from a collaboration between the two cities to increase the success of startups in the IT and creative industries.
“Cities like Amsterdam, Paris and Stockholm are teeming with entrepreneurs looking to conquer the world with a new product or service. And they are all looking for ways to scale up,” said Ollongren. “With the creation of B.NY, these startups will be able to enter the US market faster and easier.”
Amsterdam a startup hub
Last year, B. Amsterdam opened its second building in Amsterdam, bringing its total amount of space in the city to 28,000 square meters. In addition to office space, B. Amsterdam also provides lounges, event spaces, a gym, a cinema, parking spaces, and a rooftop restaurant overlooking Amsterdam.
Amsterdam is home to many leading incubators, accelerators and co-working spaces, such as Rockstart, Startupbootcamp, ImpactHub, WeWork, and Spaces Works. The specialised accelerator Prodock stimulates partnerships between startups and the Port of Amsterdam, and the university-based incubator ACE Venture Lab focuses on science-based startups. Likewise, the City of Amsterdam is the first in Europe to launch a governmental accelerator, Startup in Residence.