Celebrating in style with a special guest

TQ have come a long way since they first started back in 2016. The curated tech hub, which always had high aspirations, continuously worked to make its goals a reality, and it paid off. The now-thriving company is home to 200 innovative ICT companies (50 of which have their own dedicated office space), and its members club boasts over 150 founders, investors and tech pros.

Present at the celebration was Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Alphabet (Google’s parent company). During a fireside chat with Robert Gaal (TQ’s managing director), Schmidt expressed just how valuable tech hubs such as TQ are: “You need gathering mechanisms that will cause informal, face to face communication – the crazy ideas,” said Schmidt. “One of our goals with the satellite departments of Google for Entrepreneurs is to get that network strong enough. It’s a good thing for everyone; you clearly benefit from a strong ecosystem.”

The presence of such an important stakeholder in the global business ecosystem speaks volumes for Amsterdam’s role as an international business location. The city’s truly innovative startups, world-class talent and unparalleled connectivity have helped the Dutch capital develop into one of the world’s premier startup ecosystems.

Strengthening Amsterdam’s already great startup scene

TQ has been instrumental in Amsterdam’s successes as a startup hub. The past year has seen top-notch Dutch startups – including Tripaneer and Homerun – join TQ’s community – as well as American hypergrowth organisations such as Flexport and Stripe. The modern office space boasts a whole host of benefits, including weekly yoga and massage sessions, hammocks, cosy lounge areas and much more. And in true techie fashion, the building’s music, lighting and door locks are controlled via smartphone apps.

“The aim of TQ is to help push the Dutch tech ecosystem to the next level; startups are an important engine for the growth of the Dutch economy, and nurturing their community is essential to that growth,” said Gaal. “During our first year, we’ve hosted over 250 events, bringing together more than 15,000 attendees. We’ve welcomed the Chief People Officer at Booking.com, the CTO of Amazon and also local founders like Nalden of WeTransfer and Alexander Klopping of Blendle. Creating connections between our residents and these successful experts really supports their growth exponentially.”