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Innovative and creative ecosystem

The region’s history, warmth and natural beauty have long inspired innovation and creativity.

Innovative and creative ecosystem

World-class architects including Gerrit Rietveld, and artists such as Piet Mondriaan and Dick Bruna, creator of cartoon character Miffy, were born and raised in the area. And innovation and creativity are characteristics of the region’s business climate too.

Not only are there a number of centres of knowledge, creative institutions, and R&D divisions of major companies in Utrecht, the region is also an inspirational environment for start-ups. These are among the reasons that the European Commission named Utrecht as the most competitive region in the EU in 2010 and 2013.

And we do everything we can to ensure that the region continues to be innovative and competitive, with a number of initiatives designed to support companies in implementing or financing their innovation, including:

  • EU and national fiscal incentives
  • Regional co-financing ventures to support R&D projects in particular focus sectors
  • A dedicated fund for life science start-ups
  • A national applied game stimulation programme initiated by the Economic Board Utrecht (EBU)
  • Incubator facilities for start-ups in the region UtrechtInc
  • Participation in StartUpDelta, the national programme for value creation in start-ups

At Invest Utrecht, we’ll happily advise you on which incentives are most applicable to your business, and introduce you to the people and the networks you need to capitalise on them.

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About Invest Utrecht

Invest Utrecht, the Foreign Investment Agency of the Province of Utrecht is a one-stop shop for practical assistance and information services to help companies establish and maintain operations in Utrecht. We actively help foreign companies set up their business, but we also support the more than 900 foreign companies that are already established in the province. All our services are free of charge and confidential.

Utrecht Region

Utrecht is a home base to many prominent international companies, knowledge institutes and research centers across sectors including Life Sciences & Health, ICT and Gaming.

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Have a look at the company profiles and find out more about the key players already doing successful business here.

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