R&D Innovation in Zeeland

Fueled by world class research institutes, supportive R&D tax credits and a number of strategic partnerships between science, industry and governments, the Netherlands is a hub for R&D innovation. In fact, the Netherlands has the 2nd highest number of patent applications per million inhabitants in Europe. 

In just one year (2017) the number of patent applications in Zeeland has increased by more than 60 percent, thus making it the biggest climber in the Netherlands. These applications come from large companies such as Dow, but especially from SMEs.

Practical innovations

Zeeland is a region where many practical innovations are taking place. Due to the relatively high percentage of SME companies, many smart solutions are being developed and immediately put into practice to remedy an existing problem. If relevant, universities, industry and government are also involved.

Support and stimulate innovation

A number of initiatives have been developed to support and stimulate innovation in Zeeland. One of them is InnoGo, which supports starters or SME-based companies in the technology and biobased sectors with advice, opening up networks and funding. 

Examples include PureBlue, which develops sustainable and innovative solutions for water treatment, Hemcell, which has developed a unique technique for processing agricultural waste into bioplastics and the tidal power plant in the Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier. 

Plus, for example, Dockwize, which is a breeding ground for innovative and creative startups, and Crossroads which grants European subsidies to SME companies in Zeeland who develop an innovative product or project together with a Flemish partner.

Strong foundation

The Netherlands’ unrivaled technology infrastructure, highly educated English-speaking workforce, and an accessible government which creates subsidies to promote R&D and innovation, provide companies with the knowledge and resources they need to turn innovation into bottom-line results.