Amsterdam connecting business and science
CWI, the Netherlands' national research institute for mathematics and computer science, will be housing the new "innovation space" of European educational organisation EIT Digital. The goal of the new centre, which will be located at CWI's premises in the Amsterdam Science Park, is to accelerate developments in FinTech. It will mark EIT Digital's second location in the Netherlands.
“For the Dutch knowledge-based economy, it is very important to invest in digital affairs,” said Patrick Essers, the director of EIT Digital in the Netherlands. From this new location, Essers said, EIT will develop new financial products and services based on technologies such as blockchain, AI and cybersecurity. They will also help FinTech scale-ups from the Netherlands and abroad expand their markets and attract international capital.
Likewise, CWI's general director, Jos Baeten, is glad that EIT Digital has chosen to host its new location at CWI. “By facilitating this EIT Digital satellite location, CWI wants to reinforce the digital finance ecosystem in the Amsterdam region. It offers chances to strengthen the relations in the financial world,” he said.
On 2 November 2017, CWI and EIT Digital will officially open the doors of the new location. Guests are welcome to network with peers and listen to talks held by representatives from ING Bank, AFM and the City of Amsterdam. You can find more details about the event here.
Enhancing economic growth from Amsterdam
EIT Digital – part of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) – is a leading European organisation for innovation and education. Its goal is to foster innovation and entrepreneurial talent in the field of digital technology, enhancing economic growth and the quality of life in Europe. It is a partnership between more than 130 leading European corporations, startups, universities and research institutes. Its new partner in Amsterdam, CWI, was founded in 1946 and is part of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Though based in Amsterdam, CWI has many strong international links and enjoys a global reputation for its innovative research.