The 24,000 sqm hub will cater to companies by providing affordable space for assembly, storage, and distribution.
B. Amsterdam is gearing up to launch a new kind of innovation space for its members. The B. Smart City Hub, which is set to open its doors this January, will serve companies in the startup and/or scaleup stage that seek an affordable space in which to grow their businesses by extending assembly, packaging and distribution offerings, among others. It will cater to mainly those in the waste, water, energy, (last mile) logistics, smart storage, food and mobility sectors.
Affordable Space In A Central Location
Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam Udo Kock (Economic Affairs): “The B. Smart City Hub is a great initiative to further strengthen Amsterdam’s excellent startup climate. The City of Amsterdam welcomes innovative and sustainable working spaces like the B. Smart City Hub, to give startups the chance to grow and scale-up by facilitating affordable office space on a central location.”
A platform for growth and workplace innovator, B. Amsterdam aims to bring corporates, startups, entrepreneurs, and education together in both digital and physical spaces. Next to its current 40,000 sqm of coworking and event space, the B. Smart City Hub is a key part of this vision. The space will include several areas in which companies can bring their own assembly service equipment and staff, all while being able to stay next to the main city ring of Amsterdam. As the space is shared, the hub will allow for that distinctive coworking vibe.
B. Amsterdam is heavily working towards its goal of making the B. Smart City Hub an integral part of a more sustainable future for the city. It’s the first step in the development of the “West Innovation District”, now known as Riekerpolder, and will work as the pilot and energizer for future development in the area. It’s all part of a larger plan to transform the entire Schinkelkwartier, which spans the space between B. Amsterdam and the Olympic Stadion, into a new residential, recreational and work area for the city’s entrepreneurs that prioritizes inclusivity, sustainability, and innovation.
Ricardo van Loenen, CEO and co-founder of B.: “We’re hopeful that the B. Smart City Hub will inspire other cities, large and small, to engage its entrepreneurs and harness that innovation for the benefit of a sustainable future. This is exactly what the B. Smart City Hub aims to do. It’s a place where anyone can develop, test, and grow anything. I’m grateful for the role we get to play here, and I believe we’ll only see the coworking industry’s involvement in this future continue to grow.”
The B. Smart City Hub will increase B. Amsterdam’s total space to 64.000sqm, bolstering its title as the largest startup ecosystem in Europe.
More information on the space and availability for potential tenants: http://b-buildingbusiness.com/smartcityhub/