Member Profile

East Netherlands

Presentation of the Region

East Netherlands is chair of the Vanguard Initiative Board in 2021

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:

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
Karolien de Bruine

EU liaison at East Netherlands Development Agency

Reinier Zweers

Program manger European cooperation at Gelderland Province

Brussels Contact Persons
Vera Leonhart

EU delegate for Overijssel

Regional Address

Markt 11
6811 CG Arnhem

Brussels Office Address

1040 Brussel

VI at the European Week of Region and Cities

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

welder, welding, industry
ESM Smart Plastics Hub selected for support by the TAF program of S3 platform

Within the demo-case “Polymers based functional products” of ESM p

Smart Health: new Vanguard Initiative pilot project launched

On 14th of April the kick-off event of the Smart Health Vanguard Initiative pilot project t

EU Industry Days: successful webinar on The Industrial Transition

The EU Industry Days webinar Regions in Industrial Transition: Making digital work for SMEs in regional innovation ecosystems organized by Th!nk East Netherlands in the framework o

Update on recent developments within the Nano Pilot

Within the Nano Pilot, the NeMs4Bio democase organised an explorative workshop for partners in East Netherlands and Flanders on 14th of August. The objective of the meeting was to discuss various c

Vanguard Initiative Annual Political Meeting: Regional Ministers and Representatives shape the Network’s Future Strategic

On 21st November 2019 in Brussels, the Vanguard Initiative’s Annual Political Meeting (APM) took place, with Regional Ministers and senior representatives from Vanguard Initiative’s 36 Member Regio

Smart Specialisation Strategy

Smart Specialisation Strategy (RIS3) East Netherlands 2021-2027