Ready for the future

The entire world faces major societal challenges in the areas of climate, energy, health and food. Consumers are becoming increasingly more aware of their consumption behaviour. The innovations in our region in the fields of e-health, personalized health, energy transitions, circular economy and healthy and sustainable foods contribute to the societal challenges of tomorrow, in the Netherlands as well as abroad. Food, health and renewable energy are promising sectors that will be a part of the sustainable economy of the future and are thriving in the Arnhem – Nijmegen – Wageningen area. Below we’ll discuss the opportunities offered by our three main hubs: Arnhem, Nijmegen and Wageningen. At the bottom of the page you can find an overview of the innovative business parks of our region, which are full of energetic potential and support businesses that are active in the above-mentioned sectors.

Arnhem, the Netherlands

Arnhem is the capital of our province, Gelderland, which has been named European Entrepreneurial Region of the year 2019. That says it all really. Arnhem is a natural hub within regional, national and international networks that are leading the way with innovations linked to smart power grids, energy storage and e-mobility. With the Arnhems Buiten Energy Business Park and Kleefse Waard Industrial Park (IPKW), Arnhem boasts two dynamic business parks that offer plenty of scope for innovations in the areas of new energy and sustainability. More information about these business parks can be found further on this page.

Energy transition at Arnhems Buiten

Maurice is the head of the Dutch energy advisory component of DNV GL. Through testing, consultation and certification, DNV GL are helping along the energy transition, together with partners such as Alliander and TenneT. This takes their activities all over the world: from Singapore to Africa to Europe. It’s no wonder then, that DNV GL has such an international team, with approximately 2300 employees worldwide. New talent is also developed through collaboration with technical universities, such as the HAN University of Applied Sciences. DNV GL even has three part-time professors at technical universities to further collaboration with academia. Maurice invites you to come to the electricity capital of the Netherlands: Arnhem!

Why Arnhem is the best location for Allego

Watch this video to listen to Allego’s Anja van Niersen (CEO) and Shehana Hussein (marketing director). Allego currently provides charging solutions in 8 European countries, but will soon be expanding to another 14 — vehicles don’t stop at borders and nor does Allego! Anja describes how an international team is the only logical choice when you want the best in an international market and why Arnhem is the best choice for the company as well as its employees. Shehana gives a first-hand account of the Allego’s open culture and describes how colleagues become family.

Nijmegen, the Netherlands

Nijmegen is the largest city of the Arnhem – Nijmegen – Wageningen area (approx. 170,000 inhabitants) and is located in the South of the region. It's an important hub for the health and high-tech sector. It is home to the only academic hospital in the region, Radboudumc. Radboudumc's Business Development Team stimulates and negotiates research collaborations, and provides support in the creation of spin-off companies with technologies from Radboudumc. The prominent Novio Tech Campus is another vital facility in Nijmegen. The campus offers state-of-the-art research infrastructure and accommodation for more than 70 entrepreneurs and researchers in the life sciences, health and high-tech sectors. And there is plenty of room for growth.

Wageningen, the Netherlands

Wageningen is much smaller than the other two cities (it has a population of around 40,000 people) and located in a more rural area. Still, it has a very successful academic university (Wageningen University & Research), with a pronounced agricultural bend. Partially thanks to this fact, Wageningen has become the 'Foodvalley' region. It is a global frontrunner in innovation in the agricultural sector and food industry. Together with companies and Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen is developing the World Food Center (WFC). The WFC is starting to become a household name and is therefore a major contributor to developments in the Foodvalley. At the WFC, businesses, consumers and knowledge institutions get to exchange knowledge and create new solutions. Visitors experience how food is produced, processed, transported and eaten. Everyone will experience the power of the Dutch food value chain at the WFC. Businesses and knowledge institutions inspire one another with the latest technologies and food innovations. At WFC, everything to do with food can be experienced interactively, so you can make your innovations much more palpable to consumers.

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World Food Center

World Food Center

Right in the heart of the Food Valley area, The World Food Center is the prime location for innovative businesses and agrifood institutions.

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Arnhems Buiten

Arnhems Buiten is home to several of innovative companies in the field of energy and certification and environmental technology.

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Industriepark Kleefse Waard (IPKW) houses, facilitates and connects sustainable and energy-related companies.


Novio Tech Campus

At Novio Tech Campus in Nijmegen knowledge, business and innovation come together.

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Wageningen University & Research

The focus of this university in Wageningen is 'healthy food and living environment’.

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Radboud University

Radboud University Nijmegen is a public university with a strong focus on research located in Nijmegen.

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HAN University of Applied Sciences

HAN is a vocational university of applied sciences with campuses in Arnhem and Nijmegen.

Let our partners help you

Explore business opportunities. Oost NL is an agency that focuses its activities and projects on strengthening and stimulating the economy of the provinces of Gelderland and Overijssel, the Netherlands. The municipalities of Arnhem, Nijmegen and Wageningen can help you with all local administrative matters. Foodvalley is the leading agro-food centre of Europe: the top region for knowledge and innovation in healthy and sustainable food! Health Valley Netherlands is the biggest Life Sciences & Health innovation network in the country.

There are 806 English vacancies in the Arnhem - Nijmegen – Wageningen area.
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?