15 January 2020 | Amsterdam
Startup Village is a unique community spot on Amsterdam Science Park. Meeting rooms, workshop areas, flex-working spaces and event spaces create a very specific and creative atmosphere. Entrepreneurs love it …
It was launched in 2016 with just a very few containers to offer affordable space and a modern and scientific environment for new businesses. The encampment is built from refurbished sea containers and urban gardening prototypes; thus also meets the requirements of sustainability in many perspectives. It was full straight away and since then the village is growing and growing. An occasion for Thomas Baaken and some members of his crew to visit and investigate the village and talk to some entrepreneurs. Now it consists already of 55 containers and there is far more coming up, because those are also already full.
"In a word, what exactly is your business here in the Village?" questioned by Thomas Baaken one of the tenants and company founders,
Miriam Huijser replied "Well, I run Aiir Innovations, one of Amsterdam Science Parks successful startups specialised in Artificial Intelligence. We bring our expertise to aviation. Being based at the park offers direct access to Amsterdam's top research universities and a constant growth of new talent. And so many other cool startups have settled here. The community has been thriving".
The Startup Village contains university spin offs, technology geeks, and student entrepreneurs as renters. With the Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam University College, dozens of renowned research institutes and around 130 companies - from start-ups to multinationals - they work in the fields of information technology, life sciences, chemistry, advanced technology, instrumentation and physics and sustainability.