CIC Rotterdam: 100+ innovative companies

CIC Rotterdam: 100+ innovative companies

The entrepreneurial organization has grown exponentially in two years since expanding from U.S.

Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) Rotterdam now houses more than 100 innovative businesses in its 50,000-square-foot innovation center, less than two years since expanding from Boston. Opened in July 2015, the Rotterdam office serves as CIC’s only international location. Nearly a quarter of CIC Rotterdam’s companies are tech-focused, while other large industry focuses include sustainability and life sciences.

“It is phenomenal to see the growing group of entrepreneurs at CIC, how they interact and help support each other, and the wide array of ideas they’re bringing into the world,” said Melissa Ablett, CIC Rotterdam’s General Manager. “We chose Rotterdam because we saw, and continue to see, the incredible innovation capacity of this city.”

The CIC is a U.S.-based company that creates work spaces for innovative businesses and entrepreneurs. With eight locations housing more than 1,500 businesses, CIC is the largest start-up cluster in the world. CIC Rotterdam will continue expanding in Holland. The company plans to add more than 40,000 square feet of space in the iconic Groot Handelsgebouw in 2018. Ultimately, the center will be able to house 500 companies.

“Our eyes are on the future,” said Marcus Fernhout, Founder of CIC Rotterdam. “Our vision is to create a thriving innovation district here in the center of Rotterdam. We’re on our way.”

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