Prodock: where start-ups and scale-ups can really test their products and services
Prodock has been officially opened, giving Amsterdam a new location for innovative start-ups and scale-ups. A unique concept, as Prodock offers room for innovative, fast-growing businesses to test their products and services in actual practice in a large warehouse with ample external space. It is aimed at businesses that have outgrown the laboratory phase and wish to scale up.
With Prodock, Port of Amsterdam aims to provide a bridge between innovation and ambitions. Port of Amsterdam focuses mainly on businesses in the four areas in which it seeks to excel: energy transition, biobased & circular economy, logistics innovation and operational excellence. It is offering the tenants of Prodock access to its network, knowledge and resources to support those businesses.
Prodock is a physical location of 4,000 m2 where businesses can pursue testing and development in an industrial environment for short or extended periods. It is a plug & play concept. Prodock also offers a community with opportunities for cross-pollination and a platform providing broad exposure to potential customers in the port area. Prodock is an incubator where businesses can ramp up from a small-scale test set-up to a commercial level and where support is available from the Port of Amsterdam to gain access to financing, markets and distribution networks. It is located at Moezelhavenweg 9 and already has two first tenants: 30Mhz, a start up in sensortechnology and 3DFix, an expert in industrial use of 3D printing techniques.
Dertje Meijer, CEO of Port of Amsterdam: ‘Our ambition as a port is to become faster, cleaner and smarter. The businesses that establish themselves in Prodock will contribute to this. The port has always been a place where cargo flows, markets, people and ideas come together. By providing the facilities for testing designs, we offer businesses a readily accessible and valuable option for collaboration and innovation. I am therefore particularly pleased that we are making a valuable contribution with Prodock to the port, the city and the region.’
About Port of Amsterdam
Port of Amsterdam is Western Europe’s fourth largest port and plays a large role in the transhipment and processing of energy products. In 2015, the North Sea Canal Area transhipped 97 million tonnes of goods, of which more than 78 million tonnes was in Port of Amsterdam. A total of 68,000 people work in the port region either at companies in the port or at port-related companies. Approximately 34,000 of these people work in Amsterdam.
Havenbedrijf Amsterdam NV is committed to being a smart port and to adding value for customers and the environs in a sustainable and innovative manner. It seeks to promote growth at companies, while still taking a careful approach to the available space and the quality of water, soil and air. Port of Amsterdam aims to achieve this through intensive cooperation with partners in the business community (national and international), city and region. For more information, please visit www.portofamsterdam.com. Our apps can be downloaded here:
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