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InnovationQuarter Jaarverslag 2017, de TerugblIQ

More collaboration and more implementation strength

Collaboration has been key to the success of InnovationQuarter since its inception in 2014. As the regional development agency for West Holland, InnovationQuarter works to strengthen the innovation eco system by working with companies, knowledge institutions, cluster and delta organisations and incubators, as well as financiers and investors, top sectors and government agencies. The aim is a West Holland ecosystem that helps parties to find each other easily, stimulates cross-pollination between the strong regional clusters, facilitates the growth of innovative firms and attracts foreign companies.

InnovationQuarter was evaluated in mid-2017. The evaluation report concluded: “With the arrival of InnovationQuarter, our implementation strength in terms of structurally strengthening the economy and stimulating innovation has increased considerably, and collaboration in West Holland has grown rapidly.”

More results

InnovationQuarter exceeded its ambitious objectives for 2017 in all areas.

  • InnovationQuarter Business Development achieved 56 business cases and innovation projects with an investment volume of €23 million. InnovationQuarter worked with several hundred companies on these partnerships. These were often trend-setting, cross-sectoral projects focusing on the transition to the ‘next economy’.
  • InnovationQuarter Foreign Investments helped 50 foreign companies to establish themselves, move to or expand in the region. Within three years, these enterprises expect to create 1,204 extra jobs in West Holland and invest an additional €78.4 million. Since InnovationQuarter started out in 2014, the number of foreign companies landing in West Holland has increased by no less than 76% (*), partly due to the joint efforts of our acquisition partners.
  • InnovationQuarter Capital invested in 23 companies during 2017. While IQCapital was responsible for 14 investments, UNIIQ funded the other nine. As a result of these investments, the amount of additional capital attracted to the region was €44.6 million. The companies in the agency’s portfolio expect to create 348 extra jobs over the next three years. What is remarkable is that IQCapital and UNIIQ were the most active investment funds in the Netherlands in 2017. Moreover, ENERGIIQ, the West Holland energy innovation fund, was launched in September 2017.

In addition, InnovationQuarter not only supports entrepreneurs based in the region to achieve their internationalisation ambitions but also serves as the link between the ‘top sector policy’ of the national government and the regional business community. Moreover, InnovationQuarter presents West Holland as a unique delta region, a 24/7 real-life testing ground for promising innovations.

“In everything we do as a regional development agency, we try to maximise our added value. We do this by drawing on the combined strength of various networks, knowledge sources and expertise”, says Rinke Zonneveld, director of InnovationQuarter. “This means we are more than a connector and a catalyst, more than an acquisition agency and more than an investor!”


Jaarverslag InnovationQuarter 2017: Meer samenwerking, meer uitvoeringskracht, meer resultaat in Zuid-Holland

Shareholders InnovationQuarter receive the first copy of TerugblIQ, the InnovationQuarter 2017 Annual Report.

Roadmap to the Next Economy

InnovationQuarter’s annual report gives a voice to entrepreneurs who make use of high-impact, leading-edge technologies: business people at the forefront of innovation and for whom collaboration is key for the future.

Rinke Zonneveld: “In light of our ambition to tackle important social issues in fields such as healthcare, security and energy, these are the entrepreneurs we like to help. This enables us to bring the ‘next economy’ closer within our region. This year, InnovationQuarter and our many partners will provide a strong boost in this area by assuming responsibility for launching the Roadmap for the Next Economy.”

* This concerns the projects completed by the regional acquisition agencies Rotterdam Partners, The Hague Busines Agency and InnovationQuarter in collaboration with the NFIA (Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency).

TerugblIQ – InnovationQuarter 2017 Annual Report

Curious about our results? View the InnovationQuarter 2017 Annual Report below (in Dutch). Would you like to receive a hard copy of the Annual Report? Send an email with your contact details to: communicatie@innovationquarter.nl.

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Dutch and Flemish Digital Health organisations on a mission to the UK


The group existed of Dutch and Flemish Digital Health SME’s, care and knowledge institutes. The delegation took part in a rich programme of activities focusing on exploring internationalization opportunities in Scotland and England. The visit provided many opportunities for individual companies to present themselves and have one-on-one discussions with potential technology and innovation partners.

In just four days the delegation travelled to Inverness, Manchester, Liverpool and ended the journey in London. The mission included:

  • visits of various regional and local NHS institutes, the Digital Incubator & Spaces The Landing in Manchester;
  • Q&A sessions with procurement departments of the NHS;
  • a presentation of Global Digital Exemplar of Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals;
  • Pitch & Partnering events with local Clinical, Care, Welfare, Procurement partners and SMEs; and
  • the NHS Highland in Scotland organized 1-to-1 visits for all delegates according to the entrepreneur’s needs.

In addition, the delegation visited the Digital Health Technology and Wearable Technology Show in London. At the Digital Health Technology pitch event, led by Maarten den Braber, many of the delegates got the opportunity to pitch their product. Two winners were announced and we can proudly say that one of our delegation members, Paul Koster from Clinical Science Systems was one of the winners.

Dutch and Flemish Digital Health organisations on a mission to the UK

Digital Business Opportunities

Digital Health is a hot topic in the United Kingdom. In both Scotland and England, the pressure on health care budgets continues to increase. The Five Year Forward View and Personalised Health and Care 2020 describes the need to transform the health and care system to keep care affordable, sustainable and of high quality. Excellent use of information and technology is fundamental to this transformation.

The United Kingdom and the National Health Services in Scotland and England are therefore looking for solutions to their challenges. Which creates ample business opportunities for Digital Health companies from all over Europe.

Organizing parties

OostNL, InnovationQuarter, POM West Flanders & NHS Highland organised this mission together with partner organizations from the Netherlands, Belgium and the United Kingdom.

Furthermore, InnovationQuarter, POM West Flanders and NHS Highland organized this trip as part of the SHINE Interreg program. Where healthcare systems might be region or country specific, challenges in the healthcare sector are not. To overcome these challenges innovative and sustainable solutions are required. The SHINE project aims to push transnational and cross- sector co-operation in the health care economy. New economic activities can be developed that create international opportunities for SMEs and disseminates the most innovative healthcare solutions across the North Sea Region.

SHINE Interreg

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Battery development can’t keep up with market demand

Better and more compact batteries are instrumental in allowing technological breakthroughs in various sectors. Further development and adoption of wireless technology and electric vehicles largely depends on current battery performance. It is therefore crucial to improve both battery capacity and cycle life. However, the battery industry has proven able to only incrementally improve the current lithium-ion batteries (Li-ion) year-on-year. The bottleneck lies in the fact that the negative electrode of the battery, the anode, is currently made of graphite. Graphite is limited in the amount of lithium ions it can bind, thereby limiting battery energy density.

Greatly increased battery capacity due to LeydenJars silicium anode material

LeydenJar replaces the graphite anode with a 100% silicium anode. This leads to a tenfold increase in the capacity of the anode, which is currently the bottle neck to improve the energy density of the cell. The industry has been experimenting with replacing the graphite anode with silicium for years. The problem with the material, however, is that it swells and shrinks upon charging and discharging, making it unsuitable for use in a battery. Silicium therefore currently only makes for a small part in the battery anode composition.

This round of funding allows us to take significant steps in improving lithium-ion batteries over a short time span, making use of a process that is fit to use in current Li-ion battery production facilities – Christian Rood, founder LeydenJar Technologies

Technology from the solar cell industry is key in realizing 100% silicium anodes, and superior battery capacities

LeydenJar has found a way to buffer the shrinking and swelling of the silicium by giving the material exactly the right level of porosity. The material was originally developed by ECN for application in solar cells, but proved to be more fitting in batteries. The utilized plasma process (“PECVD”), which was also developed by ECN, deposes the silicium directly and with the right morphology, allowing for mass production of the anodes.

Over the past year, LeydenJar tested the pure silicium anodes in coin cells, a small battery format. The test results are promising to the extent that several parties are interested to incorporate the material in their test programs. This active market interest is illustrated by the fact that LeydenJar won the BMW Startup Challenge, a competition for innovative startups that help shape future worldwide mobility.

Proof-of-concept fund UNIIQ, BOM Brabant Ventures and private investor Energy Professionals now invest a lump sum of € 550.000. The funding adds to the TKI-subsidy the company raised with partners TU Delft and ECN in the final quarter of 2017, and a subsidy of Metropole Region Eindhoven. With this capital injection, the company is able to further development of both the anode material and the PECVD production process. Research and development activities take place in both the province of Zuid-Holland (material engineering) as the province of North Brabant (process- and machine engineering), covering the regions where respectively UNIIQ and BOM Ventures/Metropole Region Eindhoven are active.

The current round of funding allows LeydenJar to develop a battery prototype fit for use in consumer electronics, an important milestone on the road towards developing superior batteries with applications in energy storage and electric vehicles.

Christian Rood, founder LeydenJar Technologies: “272 years after invention of the Leyden Jar, another Dutch invention will greatly impact energy storage solutions. In our development trajectory, we work closely together with top notch Dutch and German research institutes, the European battery industry, and our financial partners. This round of funding allows us to take significant steps in improving lithium-ion batteries over a short time span, making use of a process that is fit to use in current Li-ion battery production facilities.”

Liduina Hammer, UNIIQ fund manager: “UNIIQ invests in promising and innovative technological ventures in the proof-of-concept phase. The transition towards renewable energy is a relevant theme, and one of the focus areas of the Province of Zuid-Holland. We are pleased to be able to support further development of LeydenJar’s technology, thereby realizing our first investment in this domain.”

“BOM Brabant Ventures, the venture department of the Brabantse Ontwikkelings Maatschappij, is pleased to invest in an early-stage company developing groundbreaking technology for optimizing energy storage”, says senior investment manager Jurgen van Eck. “In the development of the anode production process, the company will make optimal use of the strong machine- and manufacturing industry that is so characteristic for the region of North-Brabant, to ultimately contribute to the transition towards sustainable energy.”

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Leiden Bio Science Park / Engineering human tissues for drug discovery

BIO-Europe  Spring Life Science symposium in Leiden

Together with the Leiden Bio Science Park (LBSP) based companies and the LBSP foundation, InnovationQuarter hosted a symposium, a side event to the BIO-Europe Spring on March 15th at the Leiden Bio Science Park. At this event, we took 60 interested local and international participants from BIO-Europe Spring along the exciting developments in the fields of engineered human tissues for drug discovery.

The event featured inspiring presentations from Leiden entrepeneurs Paul Vulto (Mimetas), Stefan Braam (Ncardia) and Leo Price (Ocello) regarding their specialized tissue models. This was followed by presentations from 3 multinational life science companies in the Leiden cluster Michela Tessari (Galapagos), Jeroen De Groot (Charles River) and Ivan Kopljar (J&J) to explain the business value of using these models in their drug discovery programs.

After the presentations, InnovationQuarter offered a networking lunch where all participants had the opportunity to meet each other and where several companies from the LBSP could provide information to the attendees.

Leiden Bio Science Park / Engineering human tissues for drug discovery

Life Science cluster

Leiden Bio Science Park is one of the five largest bioscience parks in Europe and the largest in The Netherlands. It excels in therapeutics R&D and offers a broad range of biotech service companies, especially in the area of Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering where there are many innovative developments.

BIO-Europe Spring

The twelfth annual BIO-Europe Spring international partnering conference at the Amsterdam RAI, last week hosted 2,500 attendees from the life sciences who engaged in 14,500 one-to-one partnering. The event welcomed 1,426 companies overall, including over 250 delegates from the Netherlands Life Science sector.

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Sterke groei buitenlandse bedrijven in Zuid-Holland / RDM Rotterdam
RDM Rotterdam

Most investments are from China and the United States

Most foreign companies that made a new or expansion investment in West Holland in 2017 came from China (27) and the USA (21). In recent years, the majority of firms investing in the region have come from these two countries.

Chinese companies that have set up business in West Holland include Nuctech (a security company with its European head office in Rotterdam), Astronergy (marketing and sales office for solar panels in Zoetermeer) and ZoneCom (active in the gaming sector, with its European head office in The Hague).

Major names from the US include Cisco (establishment of a local branch in The Hague), Rambus (expansion of its office and activities in Rotterdam) and DXC Technology (new Dutch head office in Rijswijk).

Sterke groei buitenlandse bedrijven in Zuid-Holland / Skyline Den Haag
Skyline Den Haag (© Arjan de Jager)

New countries of origin, new sectors

What is striking about the figures for 2017 is the strong growth in the number of companies from India and South Africa. Eight companies from India and five from South Africa chose West Holland as their base in the Netherlands.

Also noteworthy in recent years has been the growing presence of firms active in the Next Economy. This includes a significant number of young tech companies that have made West Holland their base due to the region’s strong innovation ecosystem. No fewer than 27 of the 115 newly-established foreign firms in 2017 operate in the high-tech and IT sectors, followed by 14 in the maritime/offshore sector, 11 in life sciences & health and 10 in safety & (cyber)security.

Investor Relations programme: 289 companies visited

In addition to attracting new companies, The Hague Business Agency, Rotterdam Partners and InnovationQuarter also actively support foreign firms that have already set up business in the region. This is part of the national Investor Relations programme, which is partly financed by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, the Rotterdam The Hague Metropolitan Region (MRDH) and the Province of Zuid-Holland. In 2017, the three acquisition partners visited a total of 289 companies through the programme.

Sterke groei buitenlandse bedrijven in Zuid-Holland / Leiden Bio Science Park
Leiden Bio Science Park (© Hielco Kuipers)

Successful cooperation on acquisition in West Holland

Attracting and retaining foreign investment is of great importance to West Holland and the Netherlands, not least in terms of economic growth and job creation. The 115 international companies supported in 2017, for example, are expecting to create 1,986 new jobs within three years and to secure 366 existing jobs. These companies are jointly investing 543.79 million euros in the region.

The 115 investment projects are the result of a joint effort by the regional agencies Rotterdam Partners, The Hague Business Agency and InnovationQuarter in association with the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA), an operational unit of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, and strong clusters such as Medical Delta, Maritime Delta and The Hague Security Delta. The acquisition partners have been collaborating closely since 2014, both strategically and in practice, and have achieved great success. Over the last three years, the number of projects implemented in cooperation with the NFIA has risen by no less than 76% (*). Moreover, 31% of all foreign companies that established themselves in the Netherlands during 2017 opted for West Holland, well above the region’s share in the national economy. In 2014, it was 20%.


* This concerns the projects completed by Rotterdam Partners, The Hague Business Agency and InnovationQuarter in collaboration with the NFIA (Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency).


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Unmanned Valley Valkenburg

Hotspot for drones

One of the Unmanned Valley Valkenburg projects concerns students from the Leidse Instrumentenmakers School (LiS) who will develop drones and unmanned technology that will be tested at Unmanned Valley Valkenburg. The school, specialised in precision engineering, is based in Leiden and Unmanned Valley lies just around the corner.

‘Great opportunity’

It offers a ‘great opportunity’ for the school, director Dick Harms tells the daily Leidsch Dagblad. “Students can learn the most if the setting resembles a real environment.” One of the first drones the school wants to develop is a fire-fighting drone: machines that can detect fires in an early stage. The teachers are enthusiastic about the collaboration. “I think Unmanned Valley will become very popular”, one of them says.

Several companies have settled in Unmanned Valley Valkenburg, like the RoboValley startup AerovinciDrone Center Valkenburg opened its doors as well. Located nearby major cities like Rotterdam and The Hague, it is a great place to host an event as well. In February, the first edition of DroneClash took place in one of the hangars.

Unmanned Valley Valkenburg

2,000 jobs

It is expected that the development of Unmanned Valley creates around 2,000 jobs and will give the regional economy a boost. “The hotspot of drone companies already based in Valkenburg really takes off”, alderman Jan Klaas van der Bent from the municipality of Katwijk says. To drive the further development, Katwijk and Delft University of Technology have launched the Unmanned Valley Valkenburg Foundation.

The foundation has set up a three-year programme together with 17 partners from government agencies (Rijksvastgoedbedrijf), knowledge institutions (Hogeschool Leiden, Leidse instrumentenmakers School) and the industry. RoboValley is one of the partners as well. Amongst other things, the foundation makes sure the fieldlab meets all safety requirements and the testing of drones doesn’t have a negative impact on the living environment.


Delft University of Technology will use Unmanned Valley for scientific research, the dean of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering Henri Werij says. “It is extremely valuable to have a good testing location for drones nearby. Not only for students and researchers of Delft University of Technology. A great part of the space sector is located in the Province of Zuid-Holland as well.” Besides, many related companies and spin-offs are looking for a good place to test. “It is important to test new inventions outside, in all weather conditions.”


Source / RoboValley

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InnovationQuarter supported the West Holland composite cluster with a regional stand at the pavilion. At the stand, the following initiatives were presented:

  • SAM | XL from Delft, a test and development center for automating the production of large-scale composite parts;
  • InfraCore  from Rotterdam, supplier of technology and products in the infrastructure, such as lightweight composite bridges;
  • Technology Park Ypenburg a cluster of closely cooperating composite companies in The Hague.

The aim was to promote the West Holland composite cluster internationally, to find new partnerships and to interest foreign companies into to expanding into this region.

10 Reasons why West Holland is the Hotspot for Composites

The parties mentioned above were also able to present themselves during the 1.5-hour “Country on Stage” session. At the end, the Dutch sector offered the National Composite Agenda to Maarten Camps, Vice Minister of Economic Affairs & Climate and Marc Hendrikse special envoy to the Dutch HTSM top sector.

The agenda was drawn up by the private sector, the public sector, various research institutions and the top sectors HTSM and Chemistry and bundles all innovation activities within the Netherlands. Besides more unity and better coordination, the agenda also strengthens the competitive position of the Dutch composites sector on a global scale.

Composites are increasingly being used in various market sectors, from aerospace to deep sea offshore, from maritime to automotive, and from bridges to consumer products. The ambition of the agenda is also to make the sector more sustainable and to set an international example.

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This year the MWC attracted 2.300 exhibitors and 108.000 visitors from 204 countries. The Netherlands was well visible at MWC with the Holland Pavilion, which was organized by Enterprise Summit and supported by the Municipality of The Hague and The Netherlands Enterprise Agency. Vice Mayor Bruines of The Hague, Dutch Ambassador Van Bonzel and KPN board member Farwerck launched the Pavilion. This was the second year for The Netherlands to have a pavilion at the MWC.

At the Pavilion there were several companies from Dutch soil, such as ABN AMRO, PortingXS, BroadForward en the universal translator Travis from Rotterdam. Other activities during this edition are the innovation tour led by tech trend watcher Vincent Everts, a tour specifically aimed at government participants and various presentations about retrofit and IoT, Blockchain and internet accountability.

For the live report, please follow #NLMWC18 on Twitter.

Setting up in greater Rotterdam-The Hague

In cooperation with The Hague Security Delta, InnovationQuarter manned a stand at the Holland Pavilion and several company delegations were received from abroad, for example from Canada and France. Director Richard Franken of HSD was present at the fair on Monday and Tuesday. In addition, InnovationQuarter talked to more than 60 companies about the business climate of greater Rotterdam-The Hague with the aim of convincing them to settle in the region. New contacts have been made and relationships will be expanded over the coming months.

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World Horti Center
Photo: Richard Kok Lentiz Onderwijsgroep

World Horti Center

All the links within the horticulture chain – around 100 companies – exhibit the latest innovations and development all year round in the World Horti Center. Practical education on MBO (secondary professional education), HBO (higher professional education) and university levels are offered in the heart of the sector. Students at all levels come in contact with a multidimensional career in horticulture.

Schools and business carry out research in sustainable applications in order to respond to worldwide issues such as food security, food safety, water management, sustainability and health.

As a showcase of the horticultural sector, the centre expects around 25,000 professional local and international visitors annually and it serves as a breeding ground for new initiatives, such as HortiHeroes, an incubator and talent programme for the sector.

Anne-Claire van Altvorst, Senior Business Developer Horticulture at InnovationQuarter, was also closely involved in the further development of the center:

The iconic World Horti Center embraces the entire Dutch greenhouse horticulture sector under one roof. The innovation of worldwide glasshouse horticulture takes place mainly in West Holland. And from now on we will tell this to the whole world!

InnovationQuarter’s Business Developer Colinda de Beer provided a workshop on blockchain in the horticultural sector during the opening.


Source / World Horti Center

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Cisco 2018 Annual Cyber Security Report

Highlights Cyber Security Report

Here are a few of Cisco’s important findings. For the full report, please visite www.cisco.com.

  • Supply chains
    Attacks can impact computers on a massive scale and can persist for months or even years. Defenders should be aware of the potential risk of using software or hardware from organizations that do not appear to have a responsible security posture.
  • Security is getting more complex
    Defenders are implementing a complex mix of products from a cross-section of vendors to protect against breaches. This complexity and growth in breaches have many downstream effects on an organization’s ability to defend against attacks, such as increased risk of losses.
  • Behavioral analytics tools
    92% of security professionals said behavior analytics tools work well in locating malicious actors in networks. Two-thirds of the healthcare sector, followed by financial services, found behavior analytics to work extremely well to identify malicious actors.
  • Use of cloud is growing:
    In this year’s study, 27% of security professionals said they are using off-premises private clouds, compared with 20 percent in 2016. Attackers are taking advantage of this lack of advanced security

Last year’s evolution of malware demonstrates that our adversaries continue to learn. We have to raise the bar now – top down leadership, business led, technology investments, and practice effective security – there is too much risk, and it is up to us to reduce it.
~ John N. Stewart, Senior Vice President, Chief Security and Trust Officer at Cisco

Recommendations for defenders

  • Adhere to corporate policies and practices for application, system, and appliance patching.
  • Have access to timely, accurate threat intelligence data and processes that allow for that data to be incorporated into security monitoring.
  • Perform deeper and more advanced analytics.
  • Back up data often and test restoration procedures, processes that are critical in a world of fast-moving, network-based ransomware worms and destructive cyber weapons.
  • Conduct security scanning of microservice, cloud service, and application administration systems.

More information (English / Dutch) or listen to an interview with Michel Schaalje from Cisco on BNR Newsradio (in Dutch).


Source / The Hague Security Delta, Cisco