Antwerp, the new corporate hotspot
International ecosystem of Antwerp as the ideal operating base
Being at the centre of Western Europe, Belgium offers an excellent environment for European business affairs. Meanwhile, its city of Antwerp contains the second-largest European port, making the city the ideal ground of operations for international organisations with ambition. According to Steven De Haes, Dean of Antwerp Management School, his school can both benefit from and contribute to Antwerp’s strong economic position.
Dean Steven De Haes of Antwerp Management School (AMS) elaborated on the interaction of his school with Antwerp’s thriving economic hub in an article in the international business magazine Business Impact. “AMS maximizes the benefits of our location. Thanks to solid engagement in international trade and business, Belgium and its port city of Antwerp have a long history at the forefront of global business affairs. We have direct access to major economic decision-making powers, with the European Union and NATO headquarters in Brussels. Moreover, Antwerp is one of the major European logistics hubs. All this fuels the interest in management studies: with over 26.000 alumni, our 60-year-old school delivers highly skilled people into the international business community.“
Our school is serving the international business community by leveraging the unique ecosystem in the greater Antwerp area.
Steven De Haes, Dean Antwerp Management School
Maximizing the benefit
In addition to high-quality education, the port city of Antwerp has that advantage of being a major European hub for transport and logistics. This makes the port city a breeding ground for both highly talented local businesspeople and international companies with expansion ambitions. Like this, Antwerp provides a unique opportunity for startups and scale-ups to tap into Europe’s most exciting international ecosystem.
As a result, Antwerp saw its number of startups and scale-ups double over the past six years, as it grew by 123% compared to the previous period. More than ever, the port city of Antwerp is thriving because of its skills and knowledge and therefore extends its status as steppingstone to the European business market. Learn more about the exciting assets of this flourishing city in this article.
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