Merkspace is a leading startup incubator/co-working space from Tel Aviv and just opened in Amsterdam in a monumental building at Herengracht 499. They will offer flex desks and offices and will host community events to connect Israeli and Dutch founders.
Merkspace is founded to support and connect startup founders to mentors and investors. People get access to a network of mentors and experts, events with international speakers and can connect to the other members of the community. Unlike pure accelerators, Merkspace does not take equity from startups and does not invest in the startups. They offer tailor-made programs, based on the specific needs each startup has. Startups can use Merkspace in order to prepare for acceleration, or as a long term alternative.
One of the core strengths of the Tel Aviv startup community is its international connections. Israel is known as the startup nation, because Israeli startups are successful at attracting investments from China, US and many other countries, allowing them to pursue global ambitions. The Netherlands has a thriving startup scene, but Dutch startups are held back by the lack of International investor connections and lack of a global perspective. By bringing the Tel Aviv community and mentality to Amsterdam Merkspace can add something to the Dutch startup ecosystem. Or as they say themselves: “We want to create a fruitful bridge between the Dutch ecosystem and the Israeli startup nation.”
The startups are provided with worldwide connections and access to the largest stadiums, teams, and corporates. For those who are interested in penetrating the Asian market, they have a program, powered by StartupEast. “Only 2 months ago we sent a delegation of 10 founders from our community to explore China, meet with potential investors, customers and even the government.”
The members consider Merkspace as a part of their team. “We help companies grow, develop, raise funds, recruit, penetrate to new markets and acquire new customers. We are really active and are looking for business opportunities for our members within our network.”
There will be monthly speakers, entrepreneurs who are telling their story, experts from TLV, talks, panels, workshops and investors breakfasts with the members, with no additional costs for their Merkers.
“It’s all about the team. Pick a great and diverse team and surround yourself with great leaders and influencers that that could open a door for you and connect you to the top professionals in your field. This is what Merkspace is all about.”