InnovationQuarter's mission is to strengthen the regional economy in West Holland by supporting and stimulating the innovation potential of this unique delta region. In close co-operation with all major corporations, educational and research institutions - like the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, the Delft University of Technology and Leiden University - and government organisations, InnovationQuarter supports technological developments with social impact, encourages entrepreneurship and invests in fast-growing companies.

West Holland, a unique delta region in the Netherlands

Our planet is faced with numerous challenges. To answer them effectively, we need to join forces and exchange our expertise. Who better to take the lead than a region that has been transforming challenges into opportunities for centuries? A region that can offer proven solutions to be shared with the world.

Take West Holland, the highly-urbanised delta region in the western part of the Netherlands, centred on the cities of Rotterdam and The Hague. For hundreds of years, this unique delta has managed to fend off both river and sea. By responding to challenges with effective solutions, we have become a hotbed for collaboration and innovation. A real-life testing ground that inspires metropolitan areas across the globe. West Holland, the gateway to Europe. Open to the world.

Within this international entrepreneurial ambiance, InnovationQuarter offers great opportunities for doing business in West Holland.

Foreign Investments

InnovationQuarter has a dedicated team in place to actively promote the region, attract foreign companies and investors and facilitate them in finding the right locations and facilities for setting-up or expanding business in West Holland. We connect you with our tailor-made know-how and key networks especially in sectors like Cleantech, Horticulture, High Tech & Smart Industry, Life Sciences & Health, Safety & Security and Water & Maritime.

What do we have to offer?

  • Detailed information – we will provide you with all the information you need regarding the Dutch national and regional business climates, such as labor market and finding talent, tax, legal & financial matters, housing, visa & permits, incentives and government related issues.
  • Extensive networks – we will facilitate introductions to our extensive networks, which include both the private and public sector.
  • Site selection – we will facilitate and organize your fact finding trip on the ground, arrange customised meetings and personally guide you through the procedures of setting-up your business and the complete site selection process within our region.
  • R&D matchmaking services – we will help facilitate connections to collaboration partners, research institutes, test facilities, or companies.
  • Investor relations – we will continue to support you as your business moves through all phases of growth, expansion or relocation.
  • Our services are provided on a confidential basis and free of charge – as our organisation is funded by governmental partners.

Partner Invest in Holland

InnovationQuarter is a regional partner of the Invest in Holland network of the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA). Together with regional development agencies like InnovationQuarter, Rotterdam Partners, the The Hague Business Agency (THBA) and a number of large cities, we assist foreign companies in setting up their office in the Netherlands. InnovationQuarter serves The Rotterdam The Hague metropolitan region – a compact area in the urbanised delta in the western part of the Netherlands – containing no fewer than 60 municipalities, 3 renowned universities, and a strong international business community with a truly entrepreneurial spirit.


Companies need capital to grow and scale-up. As a proactive and committed lifecycle financier, InnovationQuarter increases access to capital for innovative companies in West Holland, at various stages of growth. With our investment activities from the three funds IQCapital, UNIIQ and ENERGIIQ, we realize more economic growth and employment in this unique delta region.

  • IQCapital
    A fund of € 80 million for investments in innovative companies, from startup to scale-up and mature SMEs in West Holland.
    A fund for financing the commercialization of proven energy innovations that leads to CO2 reduction. The € 35 million fund is from the Province of Zuid-Holland.
    A € 22 million investment fund, set up by Erasmus MC, TU Delft, Leiden University and InnovationQuarter, focused on the proof-of-concept phase to bridge the riskiest phase from concept to promising business. UNIIQ is made possible by the European Union.

Business Development

InnovationQuarter facilitates (international) collaboration between innovative entrepreneurs, knowledge institutes and government. Our Business Development team acts as independent process directors and provide knowledge and expertise, and facilitates network opportunities. In order to be able to fulfil this role, we are constantly in touch with major corporates, young technology companies and knowledge insti­tutes.

We remain informed of the latest technological developments, so we can translate them into ideas for innovations. An important added value of Business Development lies in the realization of cross-sectoral innovations: connecting innovative solutions with social impact from different sectors.

Our core business

Foreign Investments

Establish in an innovative region


Investing in innovation

Business Development

Innovation creates value

Our current activities


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NLR opent kantoor op Space Business Park Noordwijk

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Market Expansion Program BOSteRDAM Cleantech Link
18 Oct 2018 - 01 Jul 2019

A great way to enter a new market: BOSte…

Venture Lab program @ Rotterdam
01 Nov 2018 - 31 Mar 2019

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Mobile World Congress
25 Feb 2019 - 28 Feb 2019

MWC Barcelona (formerly Mobile World Con…

Initiators InnovationQuarter

InnovationQuarter is a private organization, funded by various governmental partners. In addition to the Ministry of Economic Affairs, our shareholders and financiers are regional authorities, knowledge institutions and medical centers.