Welcome to Amsterdam innovation district

Changing the way we innovate

Amsterdam innovation district is an emergent ‘entrepreneurial’ ecosystem founded to accelerate collaborative innovation across industries. It`s role is to foster partnerships of small, medium and large companies working on new solutions, products or services that will ultimately have an economic and social impact. Radical and incremental innovation are supported by close collaboration with innovation experts and academics.

In the run-up to the official opening in January 2020, various initiatives and programmes are already in motion specifically focussing on issues relating to urbanization and digital identity.  

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Urbanization and digital identity

‘Urbanization’ and ‘digital identity’ will be the themes of our innovation events and programs in the coming period. By 2050, two-thirds of us will be living in cities. Combined with groundbreaking, often fast-emerging technologies (think: smart housing, smart mobility, e-commerce/logistics and the increasing connectedness of man and machine), this creates huge challenges and opportunities. 

At the same time, digital technology impacts our personal lives and even our personality: can I remain the same person as my digital me? Will my digital me continue to be mine? How can organizations handle an increasingly rapid change in consumer expectations as a result of digital technology and stricter privacy regulations, and still stay relevant?  



The power of collaboration

We see many sectors and domains changing as a result of rapid technological developments; facing challenges that are more complex and different from the ones we are traditionally used to. To find solutions, we increasingly need a wide range of resources, skills and expertise that go beyond a single business or sector.
So, we are working on a new initiative that offers infrastructure for innovative collaboration, supported by a climate of openness and trust. Large, medium and small businesses and organizations from a range of public and private sectors can collaborate to share risks, try out multiple solutions and reduce the cost of innovation with the aim of accelerating and funding more relevant and workable innovations. This will benefit society and will help to future-proof businesses. 

Three programs on collaborative innovation

We are starting with three programs that offer the infrastructure for powerful innovation with collaboration as a core principle:

  • Co-creation: an incubator for partnerships powered by Teeming
    • Join micro-communities around specific topics with like-minded innovators from different companies and organizations working towards new solutions 
    • Find and match collaboration partners
    • Learn a structured approach to collaborative innovation (from matching to realization) 
    • Work with a network of experienced innovation experts and mentors. 
  • Scouting and scaling powered by Plug and Play
    • Attracting new solutions and technologies from all over the world via scouting 
    • 3-month accelerator and business development programs
    • Focus on mature-stage start-ups and scale-ups
    • Create investment and collaborative opportunities
    • Join a community of the world`s largest corporations, experienced experts, international mentors, experts and venture capitalists
  • Education and research in collaboration with TU Delft, AMS, CWI, Hogeschool van Amsterdam (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences) and others
    • Build new capabilities in emerging fields with companies and knowledge institutes
    • Grow, retain and attract talent
    • Get access to the latest scientific insights and apply them to your business 
    • Find partners to initiate and co-fund research. 


In the heart of Amsterdam Zuidoost, on the doorstep of Amsterdam Bijlmer Arena train station, the innovation district is being developed across various interconnected buildings. The first buildings will open their doors in January 2020; development of the area will continue until 2024. The district will offer an inspiring mix of meeting spaces, event and workspaces, sports facilities, labs, lecture halls, research facilities and green spaces. 

Prior to opening in 2019, the events and programs will be hosted at the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS), an initiative of MIT, TU Delft and Wageningen University & Research). AMS is on the Marineterrein, close to Central Station, and at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) which is already located in the innovation district area.


About us

Great things happen when we work together. Going at it alone is not enough if we are to address the challenges we face in our future urban and digital lives. This is why ING joined forces with the Municipality of Amsterdam, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Plug and Play, Teeming, and others, to develop an innovation district in Amsterdam Zuidoost where companies and organizations can work together to find answers for the future. We aim to provide neutral surroundings (not owned by the founders) that facilitate collaboration. 

About us