Sitting in the southern part of the Netherlands, Breda is a fortified city in the province of North Brebat, located where the Mark and the Aa Rivers merge. Once a town of strategic military and political significance, it was a fiefdom of the Holy Roman Emperor. Today it has a population of about 324,812 inhabitants and its economy is based in the food and drink industry with companies such as "Hero" (think lemonade) and "Kwatta" (mmm...chocolate) to name a few, basing themselves in the town. Breda once housed the largest brewery in the whole of the Netherlands, but the production of Breda beer was moved to Bremen and Leuven in 2004. Basically it has a service orientated economy based in business, trade and logistics with plenty of international companies having their head offices in the city such as General Motors, Scania and Toshiba to name a few. Centrally located between the ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam, Breda is also home to numerous logistic companies. Coworking venues have opened up in its streets to cater to its locals who think outside of-the-box and for those who need somewhere to mingle with likeminded creative people.
Breda isn't a startup hub per se, as this is happening in Amsterdam. There are actually 578 international ICT companies with offices in Amsterdam and many of them are always on the lookout for talented people. Markets vary from cryptocurrency to online food ordering services. Another benefit is the fact that nearly everyone speaks English, so there is definitely no language barrier to get over and blending in is easy. Amsterdam is becoming a hotbed for scaleups and startups with many forward thinking and tech driven individuals creating dreams that are becoming reality.
Coworking venues are one more step in the ecosystem that is catering to the needs of its inventive locals.
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