The Amsterdam Economic Board was established in 2010 by companies, universities and research institutes, and authorities from the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area with the aim of sustainably boosting the region’s economy. The KennisKring Amsterdam foundation – established in 1994 to develop the regional knowledge infrastructure – and Amsterdamse Innovatie Motor (AIM) were the forerunners. The KennisKring launched the AIM project in 2004. In August 2006, AIM became a foundation and operated as an independent organisation. AIM – independent since 2006 – focused on strengthening the innovation climate for government, academia and industry. The foundation launched initiatives in which these parties and civil society organisations worked together.