A valuable addition to Amsterdam’s startup ecosystem, B. Amsterdam’s new B. Smart City Hub will provide affordable space for assembly, packaging and distribution to companies in the startup or scale-up stage. It will mainly serve organisations in the waste, water, energy, last-mile delivery, smart storage, food and mobility sectors. With the new facilities, the company’s available workspace will expand from 40,000 to 64,000 square metres.
Founded in 2014, B. Amsterdam is a startup ecosystem – in both digital and physical spaces – for corporates, startups, entrepreneurs and educators. The company continually experiments to find new ways in how people can work and interact. Partners include Sodexo, PWC, Cisco, Microsoft, IBM and Cognizant.
With the opening in 2016 of the B. Startup School Amsterdam (BSSA), which helps recent graduates learn new skills in the latest necessary technical advances, B. Amsterdam showed they were following a larger vision. Indeed, B. Smart City Hub is being presented as a first step in the development of a ‘West Innovation District’, now known as Riekerpolder. This district, in turn, can potentially form the foundation in transforming the surrounding Schinkelkwartier into a new residential, recreational and work area aimed at the city’s entrepreneurs.