Member Profile

East Netherlands

Presentation of the Region

East Netherlands is chair of the Vanguard Initiative Board in 2022

Innovation in East Netherlands is ‘Smart & Healthy.’ Our goal is sustainable prosperity for all, this is why we strategically invest in a circular and digital economy. East Netherlands businesses are leading in the sectors Agro-Food, Life Sciences & Health, High Tech Systems and Materials, Energy and Environmental Technology. The clustering of our businesses, institutes of research and regional governments in a triple-helix engagement has lead to a booming innovative ecosystem in our region. This innovative power of East Netherlands is embodied in two flagships:

Smart and Sustainable Industries:

Concepts for a Healthy Life:

RIS3 Priorities

East Netherlands: Mission driven & building on our strengths

For the period 2021-2027, East Netherlands is committed to further strengthening our innovative ecosystems and capitalize on crossovers throughout the value chains. We aim to empower strong and innovative entrepreneurs and SMEs. At the core of our strategy lies our understanding that big social challenge such as the energy transition and circular economy not only asks for our joint commitment, but also offers economic opportunities to strengthen our competitive position as East Netherlands Region.
Our innovation policy is therefore mission-driven and our focus lies on our three regional strengths and their crossovers:
- Manufacturing & MaterialTech
- Prevention & MedTech
- Sustainability & FoodTech

More information:…

Eddy van Hijum, Regional Minister

"East Netherlands: for a smart sustainable industry and quality of life"

Political Representatives
Eddy van Hijum

Regional Minister for Economy, Finance and European Affairs in the province of Overijssel

Regional Contact Persons
Reinier Zweers

Program manger European cooperation at Gelderland Province

Karolien de Bruine

EU liaison at East Netherlands Development Agency

Regional Address

Markt 11
6811 CG Arnhem

Brussels Office Address

1040 Brussel

Science meets Regions - Launch event

On 3 March took place the launch event of the Vanguard Initiative Innovation Networking Initiative (VI INI) series ov events organised in the framework of the Science meets Regions program

Progress update from the Nano pilot

Partnering Opportunity: the MEMS for nano-analytiX demo case published a technology offer on the EEN portal The Bologna Unit of CNR-

hospital, indoors, medicine
Progress update from the Smart Health Pilot

Second Plenary Smart Health pilot meeting held on 20 October On the 20 of October 2021, the second Plenary Smart Health pilot meeting was organised.

Official Signature of the Cooperation Agreement between the Vanguard Initiative and EFFRA

On 25 November, Eddy Van Hijum, Chair of the Vanguard Initiative, and Željko Pazin, Executive Director of

VI at the #EARTOPolicy21

VI participated in the EARTO policy event & innovation award on 27 October 2021 represented by Mr.

Vanguard Initiative workshop at the European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC): Connecting Regional Innovation Ecosystems:

The Vanguard Initiative (VI) workshop organised in the framework of the EWRC, provided a valuable opportunity to discuss how European

SMR East Netherlands

Please find below the documents shared during the event:

Smart Health Pilot - SAPHIRe

Save the date for the VI Smart Health Pilot event which will take place on 26 April 2022 from 14:00 to 17:00 at the Flemish Parliament in Brussels.

EWRC - East Netherlands' Workshop: 'Regions shaping Europe’s digital future'

Th!nk East Netherlands is organising the workshop Regions shaping Europe’s digital future as part of the European Week of Regions and Cities 2021 on 12  October from 16.30-18.00.

EWRC: Connecting Regional Innovation Ecosystems: Interregional Value Chains to spur the Digital transition

Vanguard Initiative, jointly with the VI Regions East Netherlands, Asturias, Baden Württemberg, East and North Finland, Emilia Romagna, Scotland, Slovenia, and South Neth

Smart Specialisation Strategy

Smart Specialisation Strategy (RIS3) East Netherlands 2021-2027