Marcus Fernhout over waarom het beroemde CIC-Cambridge Innovation Centre voor Rotterdam koos – DIF14

Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) naar Rotterdam wegens ondernemende mentaliteit

Marcus Fernhout is the managing director of the first international expansion location of Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) in the Netherlands. CIC’s flagship is an innovation campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, next to MIT, that houses about 700 startup companies, venture capital firms, and innovation arms of larger companies, making it the largest concentration of innovation companies in one place anywhere in the world.  CIC’s most famous graduate is Google Android which was built at CIC by Android co-founder Rich Miner starting in 2006. CIC has replicated its model in the cities of Boston and St. Louis, and is planning a major project in Rotterdam, Netherlands.  CIC’s campus ecosystems include shared workspaces, life sciences wet laboratories, makerspaces, public gathering civic spaces, learning and speaker programs in collaboration with hundreds of local organizations, along with about 15 angel and venture capital funds that collectively manage about US$7bn in venture capital.  Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook, Shell, DSM, Disney and Boeing, amongst others, have set up shop within CIC innovation campuses.  Mr. Fernhout is a graduate of both Rotterdam and Portsmouth Business Schools. Before joining CIC in 2014 Marcus redeveloped 9 multi-tenant buildings for creative startups in Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Arnhem. He lives in Rotterdam with his girlfriend Michelle and their newly born girl Filippa.


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