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B.amsterdam is the place where start ups and corporates, come together. B. is continuously improving the (IT) facilities in order to help start-ups and corporates to improve their business. Sharing infrastructures and tools to enable business to flourish. Within the B. building we try to make to connection between people and organizations. All these different type of people lead to interesting conversations. We have the answer to any question without a laptop.
The division of the stakeholders within B. is 50% Start-ups, 30% Corporates and 20% Facilities. Facilities meaning small businesses that offer services such as translation, 3D printing, graphic design etc.
The connection between start-ups and corporates creates a win-win situation. Corporate companies poses the capital and expertise that start-ups lack, while start-ups have ambition, innovative strength and creativity that has evaporat- ed within large enterprises due to bureaucratic hassle and protocols.
The distinctive black cube on the Johan Huizingalaan (next to the A4 and A10 ringway) was originally built as IBM’s headquarters. The adjacent hall served as a typewriter factory. After IBM left its premises, several developers prepared large-scale area development with offices as its main focus. The plan was to build an “extension of the Zuidas” (major business district along the ringway A10) in this spot.
After these plans were never realized, the area (The Riekerpolder) became one of the prime examples of a mono-functional office district like so many others that have emerged in recent years in the Netherlands. An unattractive proposition as it turned out and “For Rent” signs disfigured many offices in this area, without any tangible result.
Founders Guus, Ricardo and Bas decided to take action. The office building, with her excesses – large floors, accessibility, and robustness – afforded an opportunity to do things differently. Today, it is the lively center of B. where innovative entrepreneurs meet. ‘B.1’ houses 350 pioneering companies, rooftop restaurant Bureau, a rooftop park, coffee lounges, a cinema and gym.