Our region is an innovation engine that stimulates and connects activities and innovations in the sectors food, health and energy. The –Arnhem – Nijmegen – Wageningen area has traditionally made a powerful contribution to the strength of the Dutch economy, especially in the food, health and energy sectors. These sectors are represented by top businesses in our region; by knowledge institutes with unique expertise and state-of-the-art research; by a highly educated workforce; by great infrastructure and attractive cities. In short: our region has a great deal to offer. Below, we'll highlight a few of our partners and provide the website details for many more!

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The Foodvalley region houses one of the leading research centres in the world in the field of agro-food and nutrition. Wageningen University & Research is the best in the world when it comes to agriculture and forestry (QS World Universities Ranking 2018, Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018). The University's Wageningen Food & Biobased Research is a contract research organisation that works together with companies, government authorities and other knowledge institutes. They cooperate within bilateral projects as well as public-private partnerships. Take a look at the websites to get to know more about these and other potential partners.


Foodvalley is the primary knowledge-intensive agro-food ecosystem in the Netherlands. This ecosystem is characterised by many world-class innovative agro-food and food-related solutions and by the cooperation between companies, knowledge institutions, education and governments. Since its establishment in 2004, Foodvalley has built up a deep insight into the challenges of the food industry and a vast network of companies and knowledge institutions that can help in tackle these challenges effectively. From its home base in Wageningen, Foodvalley works on speeding up the innovation performances of companies, both from the Netherlands and abroad. They do so in a way that fits your demands: fast, to-the-point and practical.


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The Health Cluster consists of a strong combination of medicine and medical and high-tech technology. With 50,000 direct jobs, the industry is the largest in the Arnhem - Nijmegen - Wageningen area and is therefore an essential link in the regional knowledge economy. Health Valley Netherlands is the biggest Life Sciences & Health innovation network in the country. It unites companies, care organisations, knowledge institutes and authorities, and enables them to grow stronger together. Whether helping developers out with their care needs and requirements or delivering innovations to patients: Health Valley Netherlands brings technology to the care sector. The needs of the care sector are integrated into relevant knowledge and expertise, resulting in technological innovations, new medicine or devices, and other working methods. Through a combination of innovative, market and entrepreneurial strength, partners of Health Valley Netherlands give an unmistakable boost to the care sector and also encourage economic growth. Get to know the region's healthcare partners, by going to the websites provided.


Radboudumc is the academic hospital in the area, and through its Business Development Team, it stimulates and negotiates research collaborations, and provides support in the creation of spin-off companies with technologies from Radboudumc, by evaluating business plans, protecting IP rights, negotiating license agreements, searching for initial funding and initiating contact with candidate CEOs and other experts.


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The Energy and Environmental Technology Cluster is constantly building on the traditionally strong position held by Arnhem in the electric power industry. DNV GL, the network companies TenneT and Alliander and the trolleybus have carried this position through history. In 2019, our province of Gelderland is one of three European Entrepreneurial Regions of the year. It even won the award for most entrepreneurial region in the European Union. This is mainly thanks to the innovative solutions that are being developed in the region and are geared towards creating a 'green' economy: a smart and clean economy in which waste is the new resource of the future. Take a look at our Energy partner's websites.

HAN University of Applied Science

The HAN University of Applied Sciences also plays a big part in conducting research that might move us towards a bio-based economy. It carries out applied research within the theme of Biodiscovery in collaboration with business partners and other research institutes. The resulting knowledge contributes to the bio-based economy. The research and facilities of the HAN BioCentre are accessible for professionals, lecturers, students and businesses.

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If you would like more information about doing business or investing in the Arnhem – Nijmegen – Wageningen area, please contact us. We will gladly direct you to the appropriate authority.

In the previous academic year, 7,666 foreign students were studying in Gelderland.
There are approximately 81,700 foreign students in the Netherlands, coming from 61 countries of which Germany, China and Belgium are the top three.
Did you know that every job filled in by foreign talent also provides another extra 1,5 job?
There are 806 Englisch vacancies in the Arnhem - Nijmegen – Wageningen area.