Some say it is a Startup Heaven, others call it the "Smartest Place on Earth". In fact, it is both. Each of us owns a bit of Brainport Eindhoven because many technologies used in smartphones, homes and cars have been developed in the world’s most inventive city. This region has always been successful with spinoffs from Philips like ASML, NXP, Sapiens SBS (Medtronic) Silicon Hyve, plus well-known manufacturers like FEI, DAF, VDL and Shapeways. Many startups from Eindhoven Technical University (TU/e), but also from University of Applied Sciences Fontys and the Summa College, have turned their disruptive ideas into very successful companies.
Open innovation is the key to the Brainport region's success.Thanks to this pioneering form of collaboration, entrepreneurs reach their goals much faster, for instance with support from Next Move. And this fact has not gone unnoticed by foreign investors. According to the Financial Times Direct Investment Index, the Brainport Eindhoven region has been punching above its weight, being in the top three when it comes to attracting foreign investment and #1 in Europe for innovation strategy.
Brainport welcomes startups at top locations across the region. These include HighTechXL, the world’s leading hardware accelerator located in the centre of High Tech Campus Eindhoven as well as Bright Move and the High Tech Systems Centre with close connections to Eindhoven University of Technology. These offer ideal landing spots on campus in specially equipped business centres. They offer excellent breeding grounds for new initiatives, and because research facilities are shared, the costs stay low. High Tech Campus and Automotive Campus both have softlanding porgrammes for international startups looking to set up in the region.
Disruptive startups clearly benefit from the huge wealth of experience and unique skills of large corporates within walking distance. Check out four leading high tech facilities across the Brainport region. Eindhoven is also famous for industrial design. Strijp-S is Europe's largest design cluster where hundreds of creative businesses are blossoming. SX-Eindhoven is a new cluster attracting startups with a connection to sports and media. If your startup has a connection with automotive (self-driving cars), consider finding out more about cutting-edge activities at Automotive Campus in Helmond. And if your business focuses on health, the Health Innovation Campus in Veldhoven is the place to be.
EIT Digital, a leading European open innovation organisation has clustered its activities on the High Tech Campus. It’s a growing partnership of over 130 top European corporations, start-ups, enterprise, universities and research institutes. They run excellent summer Master Classes which are popular with early stage startups. The Brainport area is also home to several new specialised clusters. The SLEM innovation centre attracts “wearables startups” experimenting with new materials for footwear.
The prestigious Singularity University (SU) headquartered in Silicon Valley, is set to open The Singularity U - The Netherlands in Eindhoven. It's the first SU campus established outside the United States. SU paves the way for breakthrough innovation. They bring together scientists from the world over who combine advanced technologies to offer big solutions for the grand global challenges. SU fosters a unique environment for later stage tech startups.
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