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Constantijn van Oranje signals start Amsterdam Venture Studios

On Friday, Constantijn van Oranje gave the start signal for Amsterdam Venture Studios.

During the opening ceremony, the five Venture Studios at the Amsterdam Science Park (UvA), the VU Campus, the Amsterdam Health & Technology Center (AMC), the City Centre Campus UvA (Humanities Lab) and Amstel Campus (HvA) were opened simultaneously. On these five locations, students and researchers from the Amsterdam knowledge institutes can benefit from additional support when starting their own business and increasing the chances of success for their startups. ACE has been one of the frontrunners of these developments, already running the Incubation Program at Amsterdam Science Park for over five years.

Constantijn van Oranje & moderator Simon Douw at the opening of Amsterdam Venture Studios

Constantijn van Oranje said during the opening: “Cross-pollination between different disciplines and diversity encourages entrepreneurs to come up with new ideas. I believe in shared facilities, as much input as possible, and as much diversity as possible. Amsterdam-based knowledge institutes can build a strong Amsterdam brand together. There is a lot of capacity within the institutes which is really impressive, this has hereby been made visible.”

Amsterdam Venture Studios offer more than just a working space. Users can follow a joint program to increase the chances of success of their knowledge-based and (high) tech startups. Training, mentoring and access to the networks of knowledge institutes, investors and companies helps them to transform ideas into successful new innovative businesses. The campus locations provide easy access to high-quality research facilities and laboratories. In addition, the proximity of talented and ambitious students (more than 100,000 throughout Amsterdam) is a big advantage for startups.

Successful startups

Several successful startups have originated from the Amsterdam knowledge institutes: Metrica Sports was started by PhD students when they joined the ACE Incubation Program in 2013. Their software FootMapp enables coaches of professional football clubs to analyze games in detail and give feedback to players. FC Barcelona was their second customer. Optics11 was started at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and develops measurement technologies based on optical fiber technology, to measure vibrations, accelerations and acoustics in challenging environments. With the support of the University of Applied Sciences (HvA), Mr.Prezident was founded, a presentation design agency and Prezi re-seller, helping companies in storytelling and transforming their basic presentations into appealing ones. After six months, Mr.Prezident already has an impressive list of customers worldwide.

Watch the video for more information about Amsterdam Venture Studios or visit the website.

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