City of Rotterdam

City of Rotterdam

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About City of Rotterdam


Mayor: Ahmed Aboutaleb
Population: 635,389
Area code: 010 (2016)

Rotterdam is a capital of innovation. Home to start-ups and scale-ups that are ready to change the world. Working hard to remain the world‘s smartest port. And a port of call for companies that aim to secure their markets through innovative products, services and processes. In a nutshell, Rotterdam innovation is about future-proofing our society, industries and economy.


“The City of Rotterdam is proud to support the Rotterdam innovation ecosystem“, says Barbara Kathmann, Vice Mayor with the city administration for Economy. “And rightfully so. Rotterdam hosts a community that actively enables innovation to reach new markets. From breeding grounds such as RDM Rotterdam, the Makers District and CIC, to accelerators like PortXL.“


City partnership entails full engagement, Kathmann continues: “In collaboration with our network, Rotterdam can help innovators contribute to their needs, such as finding company space and potential clients. Reversely, Rotterdam helps corporates find the innovators and innovations that enables their next strategic steps in development.”
Rotterdam’s can do mentality is fueled by the winners in the Philips Innovation Awards.

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