Twente is one of the Netherlands’s most innovative regions, with more than 30 years of experience in building companies. Many have grown to become global brands. The two universities have incubated the highest number of startups in Europe (2000+) and several have now scaled-up into global brands:,, Demcon,, and Xsens 3D motion tracking were all founded in this region of the Netherlands.

The region specializes in Nano Technology, BioScience, High Tech Systems and Materials. The region is a magnet for enterprise too. Over 2500 companies operating in the High Tech Systems and Materials sector have (re-)located here, creating more than 28.000 local jobs and a pool of top level tech talent.

Twente offers the perfect launch-pad into the rest of Europe, especially with Germany’s industrial technology belt being so close-by.

Twente’s reputation for growing successful companies now stretches across the Atlantic. In 2014, the famous US investor group, Cottonwood Technology Fund established its first European office in Twente. They are actively searching for eligible startups in need of seed and growth capital. Cottonwood have joined a world class ecosystem creating a risk capital environment designed to serve the needs of ambitious young companies. Check out Kennispark Twente to learn more about the special soft-landing program for international start-ups. The solution to your current challenge is just one phone call away!

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