Sanaga Ventures opens Amsterdam office @NDSM Wharf

Photographer Michiel van Raaij

Bill Zimmerman and myself have co-founded Sanaga Ventures. This is a company that seeks to build on our mutual interests and combined strengths. Particularly we seek to support the rise of the African technology sector and work on a number of projects including ActivSpaces, AfriLabs and VC4Africa among others. We are pleased to join the Butterfly Works maker’s space. Butterfly Works is a do-tank that combines design with finding sustainable answers to international social issues. It’s a great team and we look forward to collaborating and sharing together.

The space is located in a former shipyard on the northern banks of the IJ – just a 5 minute ferry ride from Amsterdam Central Station. A creative industrial area larger than 10 football fields, the NDSM wharf is now a center for underground culture in Amsterdam. This huge area contains the NDSM hall, a hangar-like structure 20,000 sq. meters in area and 20 meters in height, and two historic ship slipways (Hellingen) housing workshops and artists’ studios. From the sixteen cranes that once stood here, only one remains. Otherwise a landmark for the area and a perfect beacon for our new endeavors.

The surrounding area is packed with a diverse network of organizations and the NDSM wharf offers facilities for a number of artistic disciplines and small crafts industries. The wharf has also become a sanctuary for individual artists and craftspeople as well as for independent organizations, both established and less known, to cooperate, inspire and create. Sanaga, in its mission to invest in industries, people and ideas, is excited to be part of this culture.


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One response to “Sanaga Ventures opens Amsterdam office @NDSM Wharf”

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