The European Sillicon Valley
The problematic of which city best qualifies for the ''European Sillcon Valley'' title has been fiercely debated in the last decade, but the western Europeans desperately wanted to win this title and they prepared a really strong candidate.
The most popular saying that I've heard so far here in the Netherlands is : If it ain't Dutch, it ain't much. And when it comes to the question of which region has the most potency to become a leader in the business innovation field, the only answer I can think about is the Brainport region.
Well, I bet you have never heard of the Brainport region. But maybe you have heard about the city of Eindhoven, which has a cool football team, by the way. You can check PSV Eindhoven's website here. Let alone that this is the city where Philips and DAF Trucks were founded around 100 years ago. Pretty interesting, right?
But there's a lot more.
The High Tech Campus Eindhoven is hosting more than 150 companies and +10 000 researchers, developers and entrepreneurs that want to achieve the next great thing in business innovation. Some of the head of poster companies that choose to develop here are IBM, Intel, Philips, ASML, Sioux, Capgemini and Hertz, but you can check the whole list here. That makes the Brainport region the growth accelerator of the Dutch economy.
Does the High Tech Campus have its doors open for others?
The High Tech Campus offers spaces that vary from 20m² till 6.000m², so no matter if you own a start-up or a '500+ employees' company, you will fit in here just fine. With state of art buildings that reflect a tech vibe and the impact of the cooperation and sharing of knowledge, the High Tech Campus represents the perfect environment for innovation.
Personal point of view
Turning technology into business. This is a very catchy motto, isn't it? I was really impressed by the passion of the High Tech Campus developers and by the ambition of the entrepreneurs, leaving convinced of the fact that these people will bring value to our society. I'm a brand-new citizen of the city of Eindhoven and I'm glad that I have the opportunity to get involved in this high-scale business & technological movement.
What is the motor of the High Tech Campus?
Its people. The city of Eindhoven invests a lot in the education of the engineers of the future, who graduate mostly from TU/e. You should absolutely check their presentation video to get an insight into what an innovative university looks like in the western Europe in 2017.
"Innovation stars here" — the motto of TU/e
With BSc's and MSc's that vary from Computer science to Chemical Engineering, and even Architecture or Industrial Design, TU/e is a mind-opening climate for every student that desires to become an engineer. Collaboration is also a very important aspect. The high percentage of international students coming from different cultural and educational backgrounds boosts the quality of this university among others. To conclude, they say that in order to achieve great things, we have to be all 'TUEgether'.
What do you think?
Are you now convinced that what is going on in the Netherlands in the tech field is an exciting prospect that deserves further checking? Feel free to share your point of view in the comments section.
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