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Today, Wednesday May 26, MKB Digital Workspace, an initiative by ACE representatives Ellen Spithoven and Joost Reimert, has been launched.

Together with our initiators, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate, the Province of North Holland, the Municipality of Amsterdam and Rabobank, the MKB Digital Workspace program would be launched with a large event. Naturally, the event cannot take place because of the corona measures, but the message from King’s Commissioner Arthur van Dijk, Councilor Victor Everhardt and Chairman of the Board Barbara Baarsma is even more urgent: digitization is indispensable for a future-proof SME.

Ellen Spithoven, initiator of MKB Digital Workspace, talks about how students can help SME entrepreneurs find their way in a new digital world and how entrepreneurs show students what it is like to work in an SME. “Digitization leads to a stronger competitive position, cost savings and even more turnover. Large companies have been aware of this for some time, but the how-to knowledge is not always available to many SMEs”, says Ellen Spitshoven of MKB Digital Workspace. The MKB Digital Workspace program links tech students to SME entrepreneurs to work on concrete digitization issues. “It is important that the projects immediately generate additional turnover, more customers or less costs.”

MKB Digital Workspace supports SME entrepreneurs with 2-50 employees located in Noord-Holland with digitization by having tech students work on their issue in a “digital sprint” under supervision. The result of the digital sprint is always a solution that is directly applicable in the company. Because entrepreneurs and SME entrepreneurs work together during the digital sprints, they get to know each other well for possible future jobs. The students come from the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, the ROC and the University of Amsterdam and VU University. Through this collaboration, MKB Digital Workspace also improves the connection between education and business. In addition, MKB Digital Workspace gives entrepreneurs more insights into the possibilities of digitization of their company.

About MKB Digital Workspace
MKB Digital Workspace is an initiative of ACE Incubator, Rabobank, Municipality of Amsterdam, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate and the province of North Holland in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam, VU University Amsterdam, the ROC of Amsterdam and all other educational institutions from the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. Over the next three years, MKB Digital Workspace will reach 7,000 SME entrepreneurs and help 750 entrepreneurs in project form digitize their business. MKB Digital Workspace will link 2,000 students with entrepreneurs during this period.

Are you an SME entrepreneur, would you like to save time and money with digitization, but is it often too expensive and you don’t know where to start? Please contact ellen@mkbdigitalworkspace.nl.

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