A city in the eastern region of the Netherlands, Enschede was a former hub for textile production. This industry left the area and Enschede went into a decline and has had to face the challenge of retaining its higher educated and wealthy citizens from moving out to greener pastures. Over the last decades renovation work has been going on in Enschede to make the city more attractive and a more vibrant area to be in. Coworking venues opening up are one more step to retain its inventive locals, as it gives them somewhere to hang out with likeminded souls, getting some work done and more importantly forming a dynamic community.
Enschede is now awash in shopping malls and department stores, plus it plays host to numerous annual festivals. Being so close to Germany, Enschede's economy has ranged from the smuggling of coffee and tobacco to weekend jaunts of the holiday variety by German tourists. The world-famous "Grolsch" beer is brewed in this city, so beer lovers will have to learn a bit of constraint when it comes to drinking time. There are plenty of museums to poke your nose into, as well as some art spaces to check out.
Enschede has its fair share of inventive souls knocking back a beer or 2 despite the town not being a tech hub per se. The Netherlands has its promising startup hub happening in Amsterdam, as it was named the best European Tech City to work in by a recent tech study. 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. The Netherlands offers support and resources for those wishing to work independently or to get a fledgling startup soaring. Coworking venues are one more step in the ecosystem that is creating space for out-of-the-box thinkers to get together in collaborative bliss in a city offering a low-cost of living and plenty of culture.
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