Kiitos moves to Amsterdam
The software firm Kiitos has launched its first European office in Amsterdam. The Palestinian company builds mobile apps, provides custom e-commerce solutions and engineers web apps. Its customers include scale-ups and big brands looking for IT solutions. The new Burgerweeshuispad office will focus on sales and marketing, with Kiitos citing the Dutch tech sector’s growth potential as one of the main reasons for the move to Amsterdam.
Social engineering through technology
Kiitos was established in 2018 by INSEAD MBAs and aspiring entrepreneurs Jafar Shunnar and Christian Vezjak. They combined their expertise to form a new venture focused on stimulating societal progress through software engineering. Its clients include growing Dutch startups and corporate accelerators.
The company delivers IT projects in Europe by employing coders from Gaza Sky Geeks’ Code Academy. This year Kiitos and Gaza Sky Geeks plan to hire more Code Academy graduates. Vezjak says: “A few months into the journey we realised we were in a singular position to make an impact in the region and we adapted accordingly. We were no longer just a software engineering business; we were engineering change.”
Joining Amsterdam’s thriving tech sector
Kiitos’s move means the company joins Amsterdam’s thriving tech scene. Amsterdam has more than 1,650 tech companies that employ around 70,000 people, making up roughly 13% of the local workforce. Over 450 multinationals have their global or European headquarters in Amsterdam, including Heineken, Philips, Stryker, Tesla, Nike, Netflix, ING and Tommy Hilfiger/PVH. The Dutch capital has also been named as a top tech destination by Savills, KPMG and the startup magazine CoFounder.
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