What we do

By 2025, the Amsterdam Area will be among the top three most innovative regions in Europe. It’s the year in which Amsterdam will be celebrating its 750th anniversary.

Metropolis of the future

Role of the Board

The Board is a connector and builder. As an independent player, we bring together leaders in the field who wouldn’t necessarily come into contact otherwise.

Everyone’s contribution is crucial: companies act as innovators and pioneers, universities and research centres provide essential brainpower, and government and local authorities are indispensable as investors, regulators and purchasers.

The Board’s success largely depends on our ability to activate members of our network, and to stimulate essential drivers to initiate and accelerate innovation, such as Purchasing with Impact.

We do this in five ways:

Building ecosystems – We have a unique function as a network, bringing together organisations that wouldn’t necessarily come into contact otherwise. These ecosystems provide fertile ground for knowledge exchange and a starting point for new partnerships.

Identifying innovative opportunities – The Board plays an important role in spotting opportunities for new forms of innovative collaboration and industry, for example through theme-oriented learning communities, consortiums of trendsetters, or the development of new business models.

Boosting and mobilising the network – On the basis of the opportunities we identify, the Board activates the network to conduct experiments, run pilots and set up programmes.

Providing data-driven insights – The Board has an important strategic knowledge function and makes data-driven insights available at different levels: facts and figures about the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, trend analyses and future scenarios.

Agenda setting – We are developing the Board as the venue for thought leaders to discuss the future of the region and cooperation to meet metropolitan challenges.

We promote promising initiatives in the region which have the potential for further implementation and scaling, with members of our network in the lead.

Initiatives

We cooperate with our network to achieve our ambitions by focusing on concrete initiatives and programmes. This is the core of our work. We promote promising initiatives in the region which have the potential for further implementation and scaling, with members of our network in the lead.