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Fabrikant van supersnelle computers Maxeler kiest voor techincubator YES!Delft

Maxeler at YES!Delft

Maxeler was founded in 2003 and has branches in London, UK and Mountain View in California. It builds ultrafast computer systems that offer customised solutions for a variety of very specific problems. The new branch will initially employ three people but expects to have between 10 and 20 employees within three years. For Maxeler, the presence of talent in the neighbourhood was the decisive factor in choosing YES!Delft.

Director Georgi Gaydadjiev: “Delft University of Technology is a top European university. Its proximity is vital for ensuring close collaboration and the recruitment and training of talent. Our current collaboration with Stanford and Imperial College has yielded very good results and we want to repeat that success in Delft. With its fantastic facilities, YES!Delft has helped us get our Dutch branch up and running very quickly.”

The establishment of the British company is closely in line with other developments within the region, emphasises InnovationQuarter’s Head of Foreign Investments Chris van Voorden: “Maxeler is an asset to West Holland and will contribute to the region’s fast-growing digital economy. Its technology fits well with the digital transition that our region is going through. The company will therefore strengthen our position as the ‘Digital Gateway to Europe’.”

Revolutionary computing power

Just as Shell builds oil refineries that quickly and efficiently convert raw materials into usable end products, Maxeler builds advanced computer systems that convert raw data into valuable information. Where traditional computers consist of hardware and software (computer programmes), Maxeler has completely replaced the critical parts of the software with hardware. This revolutionary method makes its computers 20 to 50 times faster than the fastest traditional computers.

Georgi Gaydadjiev adds: “We have in the past helped US bank JP Morgan with critical risk analytics calculations for its large investment portfolios. A big computer system needed eight hours to achieve this. We designed and installed a much smaller computer that produces the correct answer every two minutes instead, moreover our system uses significantly less electricity.”

De speciale welkomstplaquette voor Maxeler IoT-Labs.

Internet of things

This enormous computing power enables Maxeler to solve problems that would need too much time, energy and physical space when using traditional computer systems. Maxeler benefits from an important development here: the exponential growth of data, due to, among other things, the internet of things (IoT). As more and more devices are connected through internet, massive streams of data emerge that are quite simply too big for traditional computer systems to efficiently process. In addition, the network wastes a lot of electrical energy to carry over the data from the location where it is produced to the large computers in the nowadays data centres.

The company’s Delft branch, Maxeler IoT-Labs, will focus on new application fields that involve a lot of data and computational power, such as personalised medical care, particularly the large-scale processing of DNA data and quick, accurate calculations for highly customised radiotherapy. Gaydadjiev and his colleagues will also concentrate on making computer networks and IoT solutions secure, developing advanced artificial intelligence solutions for self-driving cars and processing graphics data for ultra-low latency virtual reality systems.

Important role for InnovationQuarter and partners

InnovationQuarter, the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA), Delft Technology Partners (DTP) and the Department for International Trade (DIT) of the British Embassy were involved in bringing Maxeler to Delft. Through the DIT, Maxeler took part in the Cyber Security Week at The Hague Security Delta (HSD) Campus in 2017. It was here that the company first made contact with InnovationQuarter.

Gaydadjiev says: “InnovationQuarter played a very important role by bringing us into contact with the right parties in West Holland. Together with the British Embassy, they helped us make a quick analysis of the cybersecurity and automotive landscape and identify the important stakeholders. This honed our initial idea for a branch in Delft.”

Fabrikant van supersnelle computers Maxeler kiest voor techincubator YES!Delft

Maxeler and Delft: a good match

Deputy Mayor Ferrie Förster expects a lot from this branch of the British business: “Maxeler is at the top of its game regarding computing and the internet of things. We in Delft are at the technological summit in the broadest sense. Maxeler and Delft are therefore a good match and both the company and the city stand to benefit. I am thus very pleased with the arrival of Maxeler and convinced that Delft will be a good breeding ground for this fantastic company.”

Georgi Gaydadjiev also has high expectations of the new location and the opportunities the region presents: “In the Netherlands, we will of course be rolling out also our current products in the field of finance and risk analytics, but we eventually want to introduce new innovations as well. As already mentioned, we plan to grow our team within two years to over 10 employees. I see a very important role for Delft University of Technology in our recruitment process. By working with YES!Delft, we expect to embrace many exciting new opportunities as a result of the specific challenges that many of the young businesses at YES!Delft encounter.”

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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:

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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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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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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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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

  • 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

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YES!Delft en UtrechtInc bij internationale top universitaire bedrijfsincubators

World Top Business Incubator

This year, UBI global defined 4 categories. YES!Delft and UtrechtInc were respectively ranked 2 and 10 in the category: World Top Business Incubator – Affiliated with University. In 2015 YES!Delft ranked 9th on the global list.

This result proves that our programs really are of world class. With our Discovery Track, Validation Lab and Accelerator program we help startups grow successfully within 9 months from business idea to investor-ready.
~ EJ Lugt, Managing Director at YES!Delft


UtrechtInc also maintains a top position on the international international list by UBI Global and is glad to receive this recognition. Managing Director Jorg Kop: “We offer supporting programs to researchers of Utrecht University and UMC Utrecht to bring research to the market. This way, we contribute to the valorization of scientific knowledge and making this publicly accessible.” Since 2009 the incubator supported 184 startups.


Startup Envoy Prince Constantijn at StartupDelta congratulates YES!Delft and UtrechtInc. “Incubators and accelerators can play a crucial role in the valorization of scientific data and supporting academic startups. The universities of Delft and Utrecht must be proud of the successes of YES!Delft and UtrechtInc, who are contributing immensely to the Dutch startup and scale-up ecosystem.”


Every two years UBI Global, a renowned Swedish research- and advicebureau in the field of business incubation, conducts research amongst 500 incubators and accelerators in over 70 countries. An example of a selection criteria are the accessibility to capital and economic impact of the incubators. In 2016, the 259 participating programs supported over 10.000 startups in total, research shows. The total number of employees was 72.000. In the past 5 years, the startups raised a total of 4,7 billion euros and had a total of 3,2 billion in revenue.

The ranking list was announced at the World Incubation Summit in Toronto (CAN). Curious for the entire global ranking? Please visit


Source / YES!Delft


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Attractive business climate in the Netherlands

Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, Eric Wiebes, commented: “The presence of foreign companies is important for our country. Some 1.4 million Dutch people have a job directly or indirectly thanks to these companies. The excellent annual NFIA results confirm that we benefit from a good investment climate. Our highly educated population, good infrastructure, pleasant housing and living conditions and competitive fiscal climate attract foreign companies and employees. For our future economic growth and employment it is important that the Dutch business climate remains attractive. We all benefit from that. ”

Sigrid Kaag, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, under whose responsibility the NFIA falls as well, commented: “The Netherlands has an attractive business climate, and the Dutch economy is in good shape. Also, with a view to Brexit, there is increasing interest from international companies to move activities to the Netherlands or to establish themselves in the Netherlands. It is therefore important that the NFIA, Dutch embassies and consulates overseas continue to put the Netherlands on the map abroad.”

Distribution centers and headquarters

Within the Invest in Holland network, the NFIA was directly responsible for 8,158 of the 12,686 jobs. In 2017, the NFIA registered 224 foreign direct investment projects for the Netherlands, corresponding to 1.23 billion euros in investments. The NFIA results show that most new jobs were created in distribution centers (1,864), at headquarters (1,345), in marketing & sales offices (1,316), R&D (1,259) and production sites (1,081). To illustrate, Netflix expanded its European headquarters in Amsterdam with a customer contact center of 400 jobs. Merck Performance Materials invested 15 million euros in its production plant for so-called liquid crystal glass in Veldhoven. Meanwhile, Japanese gelatin producer Jellice expanded its production plant in Emmen, resulting in 25 additional jobs.

US companies lead employment creation

As in 2016, the majority of ‘foreign’ jobs were created by companies from the United States. NFIA results for 2017 indicate some 2,516 jobs created by US companies, bringing 110 million euros in investments.  Companies from within Europe also provided a substantial number of jobs (2,879), including the UK (872). Japan and India provided 655 and 423 jobs, respectively.  Majority of jobs from foreign investments in 2017 came from creative industries such as fashion and entertainment & media (2,126). Additional jobs by sector include agrifood (1,788), IT (1,219), life sciences & health (600) and business services (457).


Within the Invest in Holland network, including West Holland acquisition partners The Hague Business Agency, Rotterdam Partners and InnovationQuarter, special attention was on Brexit last year. The NFIA is in contact with more than 200 foreign companies that are considering a switch to the Netherlands in the wake of Brexit. Many companies choose to wait before they announce their plans for the future, due to the lack of clarity about the new relationship between the UK and the EU. In 2017, 18 companies made a Brexit-related move to the Netherlands. These re-locations accounted for 483 jobs and 19 million euros added to the Dutch economy. In these results, the relocation of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to Amsterdam is not yet included.


Source / NFIA

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Recordaantal buitenlandse bedrijven investeren in Den Haag

FMost investments are from China and the United States

With 14 companies, China proved to be the largest investor in The Hague again last year. However, the extra efforts of The Hague Business Agency and InnovationQuarter to attract companies from the United States, the United Kingdom and India in particular paid off in 2017. Some 11 US firms chose The Hague as a base for business, while six companies from the United Kingdom invested in the city and no fewer than five Indian enterprises opened a new branch here.

Deputy Mayor Karsten Klein (Economic Affairs, Harbours, Welfare and Health): “The Hague has made great strides in recent years to raise its international profile as an attractive business destination. New partnerships with the Indian states of Karnatarka and Telangana, as well as the collaboration between our acquisition partners and other partners within the city, have contributed to this. There has been an immediate and visible growth in investments from this country, which will ultimately result in more jobs for the city.”

Record number of foreign companies invest in The Hague

IT, Tech, Cybersecurity and Energy

The Hague is very popular with companies in the IT, Tech and Cybersecurity sectors. LeoSat, a US tech firm, opted for The Hague and starting in 2019 is slated to be the first company in the world to offer low-latency, long-distance data traffic using optical inter-satellite connections.

The Indian company Krypc Technologies, a fast-growing international supplier of blockchain platforms, and the US cybersecurity business Dtex Systems, which develops unique software for detecting threats from the inside and infiltration from outside, both chose The Hague as the location for their European headquarters. In addition, the Danish energy company Ørsted (formerly Dong Energy) chose The Hague as a base from which to prepare the construction of wind farms in the North Sea.

These developments serve to boost the city’s role in vital sectors, such as Energy, IT, Tech and Cybersecurity, and have a knock-on effect by making The Hague even more attractive to foreign companies looking to invest.

Deputy Mayor Saskia Bruines (Knowledge Economy, International Affairs, Youth and Education):  “Our policy of stimulating the knowledge infrastructure as well as encouraging close cooperation between educational institutions and the business community are clearly having a positive impact. The focus on innovative economic sectors is already resulting in extra jobs. We are also working hard on strengthening the peace and justice and security clusters by internationally raising the profile of the city in these sectors and emphasising their economic added value.”

Blockchain platform provider KrypC Technologies opens its European office in The Hague

Krypc Technologies / from left to right: Mark Beermann, Danny Frietman (Enterprise Summit), Karsten Klein (Deputy Mayor for Economic Affairs, Harbours, Welfare and Health), Venu Rajamony (Ambassador of India), Ilja van Haaren (The Hague Business Agency), Chris van Voorden (InnovationQuarter) and Paul de Kroon (34 Capital).

International city of Peace, Justice and Security

More International organisations and NGOs are also finding their way to The Hague, international city of peace, justice and security. In 2017, the Department of International Affairs (Bureau Internationale Zaken, BIZ) in collaboration with The Hague Business Agency helped UN OCHA and International Alert set up office in The Hague.

UN OCHA is a data centre for collecting and analysing information on people affected by natural disasters and humanitarian crises. The non-governmental organisation International Alert was established to help people in conflict zones find peaceful solutions.

Additional jobs for The Hague

The Hague’s appeal as a business city is increasing. In addition to the companies that were actively supported by the acquisition partners mentioned above, other international firms have also opted for The Hague. AstraZeneca, a biopharmaceutical firm with its international head office in the United Kingdom, moved 200 people from Zoetermeer to The Hague, while the British company Merlin Entertainments confirmed The Hague as the location for a Legoland Discovery Centre. This tourist attraction is expected to open its doors to the general public in 2019.

Cooperation in The Hague region

Attracting foreign investment is of great importance to The Hague as well as to the Netherlands. It contributes to economic growth and creates jobs. The 54 investment projects are the result of a joint effort by 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. As ‘Invest in Holland‘ partners, the two acquisition partners support the City of The Hague in profiling the region internationally as an economically attractive business location. Have a look also at the NFIA results 2017.

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The Netherlands in Top 10 in Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2018

Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2018

The human factor is the most critical resource for national competitiveness. Launched in 2013, the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) is a benchmarking tool for governments, cities, businesses and not-for-profit organisations to help design their talent strategies, overcome talent mismatches and be competitive in the global marketplace.

The annual index assesses policies and practices that enable countries and cities to attract, develop and retain both ‘technical/vocational skills’ and the ‘global knowledge skills’ associated with innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership.

The GTCI 2018 edition found that the Top 10 countries have several key characteristics in common and share one major feature: they all have a well-developed educational system providing the social and collaboration skills needed for employability in today’s labor market. Other characteristics in common between the top-ranking countries include a flexible regulatory and business landscape; employment policies which combine flexibility and social protection; and external and internal openness.

GTCI 2018 - Top countries and cities ranking in talent competitiveness

The Netherlands ranks 9th

European countries continue to dominate the rankings, taking eight of the Top 10 spots:

  1. Switzerland
  2. Singapore
  3. United States
  4. Norway
  5. Sweden
  6. Finland
  7. Denmark
  8. United Kingdom
  9. Netherlands
  10. Luxembourg

Top 10 cities

In the cities portion of the index, eight out of the Top 10 ranking cities are located in Europe. As in the case of countries, over time, higher GDP levels naturally lead to higher technology penetration, creating ecosystems with better quality education, business, healthcare and infrastructure.

  1. Zurich, Switzerland
  2. Stockholm, Sweden
  3. Oslo, Norway
  4. Copenhagen, Denmark
  5. Helsinki, Finland
  6. Washington DC
  7. Dublin, Ireland
  8. San Francisco
  9. Paris
  10. Brussels, Belgium

The Dutch cities Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam ranked respectively 11th, 27th and 34th.

Diversity for Competitiveness

In addition to the talent competitiveness ranking, this year’s report investigated the theme of ‘Diversity for Competitiveness’. The report found that diversity is not an end in itself, but must always be accompanied by a culture of inclusion in order to flourish and have real impact.

“Focusing on diversity and inclusion is crucial to overcome the fractures and inequalities of our age,” said Adecco Group CEO Alain Dehaze. “This means nurturing a culture of inclusion, starting at home and school, fighting bias and developing social and collaborative skills, which are key to unleash the power of work and will make the future work for everyone.”


Source / GTIC,

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Dutch tech improved lives at largest electronics fair CES 2018

Holland Startup Pavilion

The Dutch delegation at CES 2018 was led by StartupDelta with HRH Prince Constantijn of Orange as its Startup Envoy. Together with DutchBasecamp they fully prepped the 53 entepreneurs for this highly intensive week and pitching their company to various stakeholders. And it has paid off!

CES  hosted about 185,000 visitors and the Dutch startups got a lot of attention, which was covered by various media. Here’s a media selection.

“The Netherlands is one of the most innovative countries in the world. Startups are the engine of innovation. Our goal is to give all entrepreneurs here a boost, by bringing them in contact with the tech world, large and international investors and corporates. This way these startups get the maximal opportunity to grow further and eventually conquer the world,” said Prince Constantijn.

West Holland at CES 2018

At world’s largest electronics fair CES also 7 West Holland based startups joined the Holland Startup Pavilion. Take a look at the full list of cool startups that represented the Netherlands at

  • Fizyr (Delft)
    Deep learning for vision guided robotics.
  • INVI (Rotterdam)
    Use the smell to repel – with the INVI Self-defense Bracelet.
  • Sense Glove (Delft)
    Sense Glove enables touch in Virtual and Augmented Reality. Their unique force-feedback system enables feeling the shape and density of virtual objects.
  • Solar Monkey (Delft) / InnovationQuarter portfolio company
    Software that enables solar to become the world’s leading power supply
  • Somnox (Delft)
    The world’s first sleep robot to improve sleep by breathing regulation, sounds, and affection. Sleep faster, longer and wake up naturally.
  • TiledMedia (Rotterdam)
    Stream Amazing Quality VR over Today’s Networks to Today’s Devices.
  • Travis Translator AI (Rotterdam)
    Giving you the Power to Communicate.

InnovationQuarter’s Willemien de Vogel-van Musschenbroek Greve joined CES 2018 to connect with interesting high-tech companies and attract them to the Netherlands. The majority of the companies focused on 5G, smart cities, smart homes, AI, IoT, AR and VR.

But how to find the most exciting technologies on 2,75 million net square feet of exhibit space? It’s impossible to talk to every exhibitor. A thorough preparation in advance made sure we picked out the most promising exhibitors to meet and to discuss the possibilities in setting-up or expand business to Europe’s mainland. Now we will follow up and hopefully welcome some new companies and distribution business to our region within the next years.

Dutch tech improved lives at largest electronics fair CES 2018

Startup Visa in the Netherlands

As an early adopter for new technology, the Netherlands is an ideal starting point to entrepreneurs, innovators and great minds who think on an international scale. The Dutch government made it easier for ambitious entrepreneurs from outside the EU/EEA to start a business in the Netherlands through what is called a ‘Startup Visa’. For a one year period, this visa grants you the possibility to start an innovative company in the Netherlands. CIC Rotterdam, YES!Delft, PortXL and Erasmus Centre. for Entrepreneurship (ECE) a.o. are facilitators for this Startup Visa.

CES 2019

Next year, the CES might benefit from additional Dutch knowledge on resilience! After all, the Dutch have some knowledge on coping with rain and making sure the business continues!


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Forbes names the Netherlands No. 3 Best Country for Business

Forbes about the Netherlands

As the sixth-largest economy in the European Union, Forbes reports: “[the Netherlands] plays an important role as a European transportation hub, with a persistently high trade surplus, stable industrial relations, and low unemployment.” Holland was also among the best countries for technology and innovation.

Inside the Ranking

Forbes determines the Best Countries for Business by rating 153 nations on 15 different factors. Those include property rights, innovation, taxes, technology, corruption, infrastructure, market size, political risk, quality of life, workforce, freedom (personal, trade and monetary), red tape and investor protection. Each category is equally weighted.

In addition to the general list, the Netherlands also ranked highly among best countries for personal freedom, technology, innovation, and property rights.

Forbes has rated the business friendliness of the world’s biggest economies annually for the past 12 years. Have a look at the full report at


Source / Invest in Holland

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Ruimteonderzoeksinstituut SRON naar Leiden en Delft-980x450px

Good opportunities for collaboration

SRON has some 200 staff working in Utrecht and Groningen and is part of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). SRON Utrecht needs to relocate because the current building at the Uithof is approaching the end of its lifespan.  The NWO executive board and the board of the Netherlands Space Research Institute SRON have expressed their preference for the joint bid of Leiden University and Delft University of Technology. In this bid, SRON Utrecht will relocate in several years time to a new building on the campus of Leiden University. NWO and SRON are pleased about this new location and the many possibilities it offers for collaborating in science, technology development and instrument construction. West Holland has a unique ecosystem in the area of space travel and earth observation. The bid by the two universities is supported by the municipalities of Delft and Leiden, InnovationQuarter, the Province of South Holland, TNO, ESA ESTEC and the regional space sector. Once the advice from the works councils has been received, the NWO executive board will take a final decision in 2018.

There is a very strong colaboration between Science and Engineering in this region, and the arrival of SRON will give an even greater impetus to this. -Tim van der Hagen, President of TU Delft


Vice-Rector Hester Bijl from Leiden University is delighted with the proposed relocation of SRON to Leiden’s Science Campus: ‘This is fantastic news. It has been made possible thanks to intensive cooperation with TU Delft, the Province of South Holland and the two municipalities of Leiden and Delft. The presence of SRON in Leiden will mean an enormous boost for research and teaching in both Leiden and Delft.’

Tim van der Hagen, President of TU Delft is also very happy with the arrival of SRON in South Holland: ‘There is a very strong colaboration between Science and Engineering in this region, and the arrival of SRON will give an even greater impetus to this.’ In Delft SRON will be using existing clean rooms and may well work on the construction of new clean rooms together with TU Delft.

Mayor Henri Lenferink from the municipality of Leiden: ‘We are very happy that SRON is coming to Leiden. The institute is an excellent match for the existing infrastructure of the city and will further strengthen the cooperation with the space cluster, including with ESA ESTEC, in the region. This is another success story arising from the strong collaboration with Delft.’

Three bids

This spring it transpired that the previously planned relocation of SRON Utrecht to Amsterdam could not go ahead. NWO subsequently explored the interests of Dutch universities to accommodate SRON on their campus. Three bid books for the new accommodation of the SRON location in Utrecht were assessed by a selection committee over the past few months. The three bids were of a high quality and closely matched each other. After an extensive procedure, the selection committee advised NWO and SRON to proceed with the South Holland consortium.

Excellent connection with research

The overarching argument from the selection committee to choose the bid from Leiden University/Delft University of Technology was the opportunity to optimally realise a future-proof location for SRON. Furthermore, the research connections between SRON and Leiden/Delft, the continuity of the research, the commitment of the bidding party and the financial aspects were important criteria for reaching the final assessment. The enthusiasm and broad support at both universities in combination with a solid and generous offer meant that the selection committee saw many excellent prospects for SRON in the area of space research in South Holland. In addition, the selection committee judged that there is an excellent connection with the technology and instrument construction of SRON. There is also a very good connection with two scientific programme lines of SRON: astrophysics and exoplanet research. The connection with the third programme line, Earth research is still limited in South Holland at present. However, in the bid from Leiden University/Delft University of Technology the selection committee does see sufficient possibilities for realising this connection in the future.

About the selection procedure

The selection committee received a total of three bids. Besides Leiden University/ Delft University of Technology, the consortia University of Amsterdam/University of Twente and Radboud University/ Eindhoven University of Technology also submitted a bid. The three bids were assessed by a selection committee that was appointed in consultation with SRON and the NWO Science domain. The selection procedure consisted of two written rounds of questions followed by interviews with delegations from the submitting consortia. On the basis of this, NWO and SRON jointly chose which two consortia could continue in the procedure. At the start of December, site visits were paid to the two remaining locations. After the visits, the committee reached a choice and it advised the NWO executive board and SRON board to opt for the bid from Leiden University/Delft University of Technology with new accommodation in Leiden.

Source / Leiden University

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Elion Group sets up innovation center for eco-entrepreneurs in West Holland

Jaap Smit, King’s Commissioner of the Province of Zuid-Holland, and Elion Group’s Chairman Mr. Wang Wenbiao exchange welcomes gifts. © Marc Verhees

Innovation center for eco-business

Elion Group has been involved in eco-restoration for almost three decades, transforming deserts into green spaces through afforestation and sand erosion prevention projects. The set-up of the ‘Elion Europe Technology Innovation Center’ in West Holland is planned for 2018 and is part of this Chinese enterprise global eco-business strategy. This innovation center aims to (financially) support Dutch innovative environmental technologies and concepts, in order to translate these Dutch solutions into concrete projects, in China and globally.

Elion Group’s Chairman, Mr. Wang Wenbiao, who was granted a UN’s lifetime of leadership in green industry this week in Nairobi (Kenya): “I’m very proud to say that the Netherlands is experienced in ecological management and has great innovations in this sector. If these Dutch solutions could be applied in countries like China, the ecological impact would be much bigger.”

Signing confirmation letter Elion Group

Ms. Nan Su, Director Dutch Sino Business Promotions, and Loek Becker Hoff (Senior Account Manager Cleantech at InnovationQuarter) sign the confirmation letter for the set-up of the ‘Elion Europe Technology Innovation Center’ in West Holland.

Chances for Dutch eco-initiatives

Some of the environmental issues the Netherlands confronts everyday matches Elion Group’s eco-strategy and now that they are established in the Netherlands, they expect to benefit from the high standard of Dutch R&D. The presence of Elion Group’s innovation center offers international business opportunities for Dutch eco-initiatives on ecological environment protection, such as water management, energy saving and control of air pollution.

Elion Group sets up innovation center for eco-entrepreneurs in West Holland

Prior to the signing of the confirmation letter, the Chinese Ambassador Mr. Wu Ken gives a welcomes speech. © Marc Verhees

InnovationQuarter’s Director of Foreign Investments Chris van Voorden: “We are pleased with Elion Group’s choice for West Holland. Elion offers opportunities for Dutch eco-entrepreneurs who want to scale-up their business internationally, by providing access to knowledge, a worldwide network and financial support. With Dutch Sino Business Promotions, NFIA and our regional partners, we will assist Mr. Wang Wenbiao and his team in creating new initiatives that support their eco-business goals and introduce them to relevant networks.”