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At the beginning of 2019, the Maritime District Entrepreneurs Collective Foundation was started with the aim of generating more cooperation between entrepreneurs in the Maritime District and thus further promoting this area as an attractive area to establish yourself as an entrepreneur. More than 20 organizations have now joined the collective and this number is still growing. Are you also joining?

This website will be further expanded in the near future, as will the social media (Facebook & Instagram) to promote the area and the companies active in the area. We also provide promotional materials that can be used during events in our area. Various events that make a valuable contribution to the character of the area are facilitated and promoted by us. Every year a number of entrepreneurial meetings take place to generate ideas to promote a successful entrepreneurial environment and then get to work with them.

The entrepreneurial collective itself organizes a small-scale event in the form of “Floating Cinema” during the World Port Days in September, showing what the Maritime District has to offer. You find here more info about this.

In order to make the Wijnhaven more attractive as a connecting axis between the Witte de With and the Oude Haven, we want to better illuminate the Wijnhaven in certain places, including better lighting and - in consultation with the municipality - appropriate area signage. We are also in favor of setting up a catering committee for the Wijnhaveneiland and its immediate surroundings.



The Context of the Maritime District

The Maritime District is a district in transition. Workplaces become homes. In addition to living there is also an increasing number of catering establishments. The water is used more intensively, among other things for heritage. From a predominantly working location, the Maritime District changes into a neighborhood with a mixed character of living, working, hospitality, education and culture. For a neighborhood that is undergoing such a rapid change process, it is important to invest in cohesion, in social cohesion, in cooperation between residents, entrepreneurs and important institutions such as Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences and the Maritime Museum. The Maritime District Foundation was established to initiate and maintain cooperation between those parties and to continue to focus attention on the (possibilities of the) neighborhood.

The Maritime District is more than a place to work, live and study. The district is an important part of the development of Rotterdam city center. The Maritime District is the link between the center and the river. Municipal policy is aimed at strengthening that connection function in order to better link the center to the riverbank. The Maritime District Foundation wants to connect the neighborhood more closely with the overall spatial and economic development of Rotterdam. The foundation wants to remove the neighborhood from the shadow in which it has been lying for too long. She wants to profile the Maritime District as an active part of a lively city center in which living, working, studying and going out are in good balance with each other. Entrepreneurs and residents of the area work together to realize this goal, whereby the Foundation acts as a facilitator. The Entrepreneurs Collective also falls under the Foundation.

Register your organization for the Ondernemerscollectief and mention it on this website.

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