general manager b.amsterdam
interview by Isrid
'Without our members we are nothing'
At the moment B. Amsterdam includes 40.000 square meters, divided between 3 properties located in the Amsterdam Riekenpolder. They house approximately 250 companies and 800 people. Most recently B. Amsterdam acquired the former Nissan and Mexx headquarters building for which tenants are currently signing up to lease workspace.
Diewke van Buren is General Manager of all teams in Amsterdam. Just by knowing her age, she is 26 years old, it is apparent that the criteria of drive and passion for the club very much outweighs status and history. ‘Three years ago I was looking for a graduate internship in which I could really make a difference. I came across this initiative and was instantly taken by the ambitions and the idea of the founders. During my internship I more or less created my own position. Now B. Amsterdam has grown to be the biggest start up and scale up ecosystem in Europe. My main responsibilities are safe guarding the culture, to carefully guide the explosive growth and the optimization of processes.’
'Our growth ambition is to open up international hubs and bridge them together.'
We will not spread our concept throughout the Netherlands. Our growth ambition is to open up international hubs and bridge them together. Since the realization of our scale size in Amsterdam we were able to give shape to this ambition by opening B. New York City in Brooklyn Navy Yard.’
B. Amsterdam has a modern, creative and raw appearance. The three buildings that form the campus are located just outside the ring A10. The foundation is to rent out workspace and to build a community, both offline as well as online. It all revolves around connection. ‘It is the collective goal in which we believe and making it valuable together. Without our members we are nothing at all!”