Spinnerij Oosterveld, Powered by World of Walas is a hotspot for accelerators in the historical place of Twente, Holland. The industrial textile roots of Twente are still tangible in and around the characteristic 1911 building. Where people used to spin yarns in the mill, there is now a growing community of innovative and accomplished high tech entrepreneurs, along with a number of organizations focused on branding, marketing, ICT and other diverse supporting services. The building is being seen as a Living Lab for innovation and sustainability.
Walas began work in the Spinnerij Oosterveld in 2016, building comprehensive strategies, including Ecogrowth, for the community, physical environment and financial performance. The focus was on creating space and community for promising entrepreneurs and appropriate, established businesses, opportunities and concrete jobs for people with distance to the labour market, improving the performance of the physical build environment while preserving its unique DNA and making the project financially sustainable.
A beautiful old room was reclaimed as an event space. Regular events hosted by and for community members help stimulate growth. Jobs have been created by both tenants and the building. Physical improvement such as sustainable and emissions free paint in and around the building improve the air quality and reducing the environmental footprint. ‘Spinnerij bees’ are provide delicious honey and 650 solar panels on the roof generate enough sustainable energy to provide the building with renewable energy and charge multiple electric cars.
Our community is still growing, with more exciting tenants and opportunities on the way and physical improvements including an additional 650 solar panels, a mobility program for car sharing, a Biomass installation for generating sustainable heat, phase changing and cradle-to-cradle materials for heat release. Learn more about this exciting project by visiting the website or schedule a visit.