Cambridge Innovation Center Expands to the Netherlands
The 140,000-square-foot center will house more than 500 innovative companies
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Massachusetts-based Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) announced its first international expansion to Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The 140,000-square-foot innovation center will provide premium office, coworking and event space to 500 innovative companies, and build upon CIC’s international community of entrepreneurs, investors and established businesses.
“We chose Rotterdam after careful consideration of the best location for our first center outside of the US,” said CIC Founder and CEO Tim Rowe. “The Dutch have one of the most entrepreneurial cultures in Europe, and we believe there is incredible potential in Rotterdam. Rotterdam is a future-oriented, design-centric city that is increasingly being recognized on the world stage. It benefits from some of the strongest universities in the region, is a major maritime and rail hub, and, most importantly, its people have a powerful work ethic similar to that in our hometown of Boston. We think this is going to be a great partnership.”
CIC’s sister non-profit, the Venture Cafe Foundation, will also be launching in Rotterdam to provide networking programs and targeted initiatives to further foster an entrepreneurial culture and strengthen the innovation economy in the Netherlands.
CIC Rotterdam and Venture Cafe Rotterdam are made possible through a strong partnership between CIC and the City of Rotterdam, along with a number of the leading innovation-focused organizations in Rotterdam and the Netherlands including the Erasmus Center for Entrepreneurship, TU Delft incubator Yes!Delft, regional development entity InnovationQuarter, Rotterdam’s business development organization Rotterdam Partners, Deloitte, the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency, EY, Startup Delta led by former EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes, and others. Marcus Fernhout, a Rotterdam entrepreneur who founded coworking spaces at both Rotterdam’s Schieblock and Amsterdam’s A-Lab, will lead CIC Rotterdam as Managing Director.