Innovation ecosystem & start-up climate

Entrepreneurship and innovation are part of the Rotterdam DNA. The city is known for its Make It Happen spirit, which is reflected in its people and business climate.  Showing strong performance in sectors such as Maritime & Offshore, Clean Tech, Life Sciences & Health, Energy, Agro-food, Transport & Logistics and Finance, it’s no wonder that many ground-breaking innovations come from Rotterdam.

Innovation ecosystem

The success of Rotterdam’s innovation ecosystem is for a large part the success of active collaboration between government, companies, incubators, financers, and knowledge institutions. This collaboration creates the ideal mix for start-ups and fast growers who want to make the most out of the environment in which they (aim to) operate.

Innovation hubs and co-working  spaces can be found at various locations in Rotterdam, providing resource-rich, stimulating environments that bring together ideas, talent and financing. Erasmus Center for Entrepreneurship (ECE), SuGu Club, Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) & Venture Café, RDM Rotterdam, YES!Delft, Rotterdam Science Tower, Port Innovation Lab and PortXLare are some high profile examples.

Knowledge institutions:

  • Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Erasmus Medical Center
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences

Innovation programmes
Establishing a business in Rotterdam means getting access to knowledge, networks and financing. It also means operating in an environment with many innovation oriented programmes, specifically aimed at helping start-ups and growing businesses reach their full potential. This includes educational programmes, training and workshops, coaching and mentorship, networking events and visitor programmes. Through these programmes, the Rotterdam innovation ecosystem provides the perfect environment for exploiting and nurturing talent and creating new opportunities.

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