A week after Financial Times acquired a majority stake in TNW, the global digital brand announces the opening of its second TQ building.
TNW (The Next Web) today announces the opening of a new TQ location in Amsterdam South – a second hub where tech companies go to grow. Situated in the well-connected business district, TQ South will open its doors in May 2019, and will occupy the distinctive ‘Tripolis’ together with its founding company TNW, next to partner FLOW Real Estate.
TQ – initially founded in 2016 in cooperation with Google, Booking.com, ABN AMRO, and KPMG – quickly became a flourishing tech hub, home to over 200 companies after its first year, including Dutch startups Homerun and Tripaneer, as well as American hypergrowth companies such as Stripe, Flexport, and Ring (acquired by Amazon for over $1B). The new opening comes on the back of growing demand for office space within the startup and scale-up tech community.
Sophie Op den Kamp, TQ’s Managing Director, comments: “Our first TQ opened in 2016 and was at full capacity only a year later. We soon realized that we needed more room for ourselves as well as our residents, so opening a second hub was the obvious next step. The new space will allow us to expand our offering, now supporting fast-growing tech companies further through their journey. TQ South also offers a perfect crossroad for tech talent and bigger corporates to connect and innovate together.”
Tripolis is a set of three unique structures, designed by Dutch architect, Aldo van Eyck. The building occupied by TQ will feature generous offices for scale-ups, a dedicated work area for early-stage startups, and a top-floor Corporate Innovation Lab. Here, corporates and governments will be able to exhibit new technologies or host innovation challenges.
TQ South and City will now also provide affordable residency options for early-stage startups in a shared office environment. With dedicated desks for teams from one to five, residents will find an encouraging place to grow ideas or expand into the international market. Tenants can expect the same convenient facilities as in TQ City, such as parking, lockers, mail handling, meeting rooms, private phone booths, and an events arena.
With work still ongoing for the opening of TQ South in May, this is only the initial step of a more ambitious vision for the Tripolis project, with a second phase commencing in 2022. As Op den Kamp explained, “TQ South is an opportunity to grow the tech community and build even more meaningful lasting partnerships in the ecosystem. We’re expecting Tripolis to become a flourishing area, buzzing with tech, innovation, and a diverse crowd of professionals.”