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Utrecht’s central position, the companies that are already here and the excellent quality of life makes it easy to attract talent working in ICT.


The Netherlands: the digital gateway to Europe

Home to the world’s largest internet exchange (AMS-IX), the Netherlands boasts excellent broadband penetration and average connection speeds. It sits among Western Europe’s leading co-location countries, and has one of the most mature and effective cyber-security policy frameworks in the world.

And, with the Dutch at the forefront of innovative internet banking and shopping services, there are many reasons why leading ICT companies have located their European/Benelux headquarters or sales & marketing offices in the Netherlands.

Utrecht: Silicon Valley of the Netherlands

Home to companies including Oracle, Capgemini, CSC, Asus and Fujitsu, Utrecht has the highest percentage of the Dutch population working in ICT, one of the fastest growing sectors in the region.

With a focus on software and services, including cloud computing and the development, distribution and implementation of applications, Utrecht’s central position makes it a prime location for ICT service providers.

In addition, the region boasts and abundance of ICT talent and highly regarded educational institutions such as Utrecht University, the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht and the ROC.

Its ICT ecosystem is further strengthened by UtrechtInc, an incubator dedicated to innovative start-ups, national branch associations such as ‘ICT Nederland’ (SaaS Cloud Network), and ICT network organisations such as ‘SkillCity‘.

The Dutch FIWARE (Future Internet) lab, an EU initiative, recently opened its doors in Utrecht, allowing developers in the region to use its open datacentre facility free of charge, and take advantage of standard tools with which they can accelerate the development of applications, and make them reusable throughout Europe.

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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.


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

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