Dutch smart buildings developer EDGE Technologies has broadened its roll-out strategy by investing in Epicenter, a Swedish company offering business innovation labs, due to open in New York later this year.
Launched in 2015, Epicenter Stockholm has a network of around 4,000 community members, who innovate alongside the world’s fastest growing digital companies and creative corporate initiatives. These include high-profile companies such as Microsoft, Google for entrepreneurs, SEB, Merck, Volvo and digital scaleups like Star Stable, Resolution Games and Fishbrain. Epicenter accelerates growth through knowledge, programs, methods and space.
Coen van Oostrom, founder and CEO of EDGE Technologies, said of the partnership: “All EDGE buildings must be equipped with latest technology, be extremely energy efficient and healthy. But they also have to be fun. When we first visited Epicenter Stockholm, we realised that this is exactly the energy and vibe we want in our buildings. We like to call it the corporate cool.”
Patrick Mesterton, CEO and co-founder of Epicenter, added: “We truly believe that we complement each other in a great way. EDGE Technologies develop the most innovative and sustainable buildings, whereas we create a community that drives innovation through co-creation. We both are already expanding globally, and together will be able to create amazing opportunities for ourselves and our members.”
Since May 2018, Epicenter has operated EDGE Olympic in Amsterdam. EDGE Grand Central in Berlin is due to complete in 2020. Earlier this year EDGE received investment from TH Real Estate.
In September 2018, Gateway X Epicenter is due to open its doors in New York, as part of a collaboration with the New York Chamber of Commerce.