Member Profile


Presentation of the Region

South Netherlands is a highly innovative region. Last decades the region turned into a knowledge-intensive high-tech region. Making business out of mission-driven innovation is our aim. The use of strong interregional connections in relation to our Smart Specialisations is a “modus operandi” since the early 90s.

South Netherlands’ clusters concentrate on High Tech Systems, Chemistry, and LifeTec. Our vision and strategy are to strengthen and interconnect these top clusters and support the development of new clusters. It is a unique triple helix cooperation in which high-tech research and business, facilitated by public authorities, work closely together in an open innovation ecosystem.

This is illustrated by South Netherlands’ strong innovation ecosystems in Limburg (Brightlands Campuses), Zeeland (Campus Zeeland), and Brabant (Brainport Industries campus) around the national and international top clusters (specified in the RIS3 as high-tech systems and materials, agrifood, and chemistry, life science and health, biobased, logistics, and maintenance). International market leaders operate within this context with start-ups and scale-ups, campuses, triple-helix organisations, and regional development companies to form a strong innovation system.
Parties in South Netherlands work with an open mind, proactively seeking connections with partners outside the region, both at home and abroad. See:

RIS3 Priorities

The mission of the RIS3 is to stimulate innovation, based on South-Netherlands’ specific strength, which has an economic impact in the South and leads to a societal impact on a regional and international scale. Five major transitions, both global and specific to South Netherlands and in line with the themes of the Green Deal, are at the heart of this mission: the energy, raw materials, climate, agriculture and food, and health transitions.
Within the innovation chain, the RIS3 focuses mainly on developing products and services that providers can both implement in South Netherlands to benefit the five transitions and scale up for a national and international market. South Netherlands will make it more attractive for SMEs to participate in European programmes.
Based on the distinctive strength of South Netherlands, the vision of the RIS is to respond to the international character of the transitions and capitalise on the related international market opportunities. South Netherlands does this by coming up with new solutions for the major challenges facing Europe and the world, and by demonstrating in the South that these new solutions work, for example in trial productions, pilots, first roll-outs, and living labs. We also look for ways to connect these South Netherlands solutions interregional with complementary solutions in European value chains. This is how we ensure societal impact and make progress within the transitions, both in South Netherlands and internationally.

Political Representatives
Martijn van Gruijthuijsen

provincial executive for Economy, Knowledge and Talent Development in the Province of Brabant

Dr. Joost van den Akker

Regional Minister for Economy, Education and Sports in the Province of Limburg

Drs. Jo-Annes de Bat

Regional minister of Finance, Economy, Agriculture & Fishery, Sports in the Province of Zeeland

Regional Contact Persons
Coen de Graaf

Advisor/ Projectleader International Innovation - Brabant

Dirk Plees

senior policy advisor Euregionale & European Collaboration-Limburg

Dennis van der Pas

Projectmanager REWIN

Brussels Contact Persons
Lieke van Alphen Buscardini

Senior advisor EU Public Affairs - Brabant

Johanna Neyt

Brainport Eindhoven

Rick Maijer


Regional Address

Brabantlaan 1
5200MC 's Hertogenbosch

Brussels Office Address

Trierstraat 59-61
Huis van de Nederlandse Provincies (HNP)
1040 Brussels

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

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VI at the first meeting of the I3 expert group

The first meeting of the Expert Group which will assist the EC in the I3 work programme preparation took place on the 15th of June.

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A first inhabited 3D Printed house in concrete!

The 3DP Pilot Demo Case focusing on ‘AM in the Built Environment’ (led by the region South-Netherlands) aims at further deploying the use of 3D Printing in the construction sector and recent evolut

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

ProNano: Swedens first testbed for nanotechnology opens in Region Skåne

Within the Nano Pilot, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, in close cooperation with Region Skåne and Lund University, have established and started operations of the ProNano pilot line.  On the cam

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3D-printing Pilot gathered for online plenary meeting on 2 April

On April 2nd, the 3D-printing (3DP) Pilot of the Vanguard Initiative held its 11th Plenary Meeting.