Innovation across many sectors
Amsterdam Science Park is 70 hectares of pure innovation. Home to some 120 companies and dozens of world-leading research institutes, the park is the highest concentration of beta sciences in Europe. And it’s constantly striving to bridge the gap between business, science and research – to great effect.
The park welcomed an impressive 39 companies in 2017 – large companies and startups alike. “We saw an increasing proportion of data-related companies from all sectors, especially e-health companies – particularly those involved in personalised healthcare,” explained Astrid Tuinder, the park’s acquisition manager for science and business. “We also witnessed a growth in predictive maintenance technology for the manufacturing industries.”
Amsterdam Science Park: a magnet for startups
Amsterdam Science Park’s reputation naturally makes it attractive for startups. The location boasts a dedicated Startup Village, which offers 150 workplaces and accommodates 20 to 25 startups, and it's even home to a dedicated startup incubator at ACE (Amsterdam Center of Entrepreneurship).
“While 40% of our companies come from our own ACE incubation programme which nurtures Amsterdam Science Park spin-offs, 60% come from elsewhere, because they think this is an innovative place to be,” said Eric Boer, ACE’s director. “The idea was to provide cheap and flexible space and an events space, which has proved a popular combination; so popular, in fact, that an extension of the village is adding another 150 workplaces in the autumn.”
Room for businesses to grow
But Amsterdam Science Park doesn't just cater to young businesses. The location’s six multi-tenant Matrix Innovation Centers – which welcomed 10 new businesses last year – offer larger companies the space and facilities they need to operate, grow and innovate. With a seventh building coming this autumn and others in the works, more and more companies are on track to set up shop in the park.
“We’re seeing a lot of demand from companies in the life sciences – our new building, with 50% lab space and 50% office space, reflects that,” says Geert Haksteen, the Matrix Innovation Center CEO. “The demand is there – from new companies and also from existing tenants seeking to expand.”
A bright future
Of course, the park’s success is expected to continue into 2018 and beyond. There are new developments and collaborations happening all the time, such as the recently announced Artificial Intelligence hub, a collaboration between the City of Amsterdam and UvA set to define the tech of the future – everything from healthcare robots to self-driving cars. The park is also a major catalyst for startup-corporate collaboration.
“Our brilliant researchers here at Amsterdam Science Park are a big attraction for companies – particularly as we are so strong in fields that are crucially important now, such as data science and AI,” said Tuinder. “We had 29 new startups last year. Big companies like Qualcomm and Tata Steel are looking to acquire or cooperate with startups in key areas.”