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). 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.


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 WAN region and is therefore an essential link in the regional knowledge economy. Nijmegen is the cluster’s central hub with its academic hospital, rehabilitation clinic Maartenskliniek, companies such as Synthon and Rockstart, and the all-important Novio Tech Campus. The latter is a veritable breeding ground for great ideas, with the support to match those ideas. The campus is equipped with advanced laboratories (ML 1, 2, 3), flex labs, clean rooms, an equipment pool, and it has access to NXP’s European Diagnostics Centre as well as high-quality semi-grade operating supplies. Offices and meeting rooms provide the necessary support and services, as well as a modern meet & greet area for networking events. In close corporation with its Briskr partners, Novio Tech Campus offers entrepreneurs access to the expertise, facilities and (inter)national networks of companies and knowledge institutions.

Health Valley Netherlands

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.


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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. Another important player is networking organisation Kiemt. Kiemt is working towards a more sustainable future by bringing together companies and connecting with other networks in order to accelerate and support the energy transition. The organisation works closely with the Wageningen University & Research and HAN University of applied Sciences, as well as with partners in France and Germany. Kiemt doesn’t just want to achieve a sustainable energy market; it wants organisations to thrive while getting there. 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.

It's not only about business

Vincent Roes is the business development director for DEKRA. DEKRA specialises in product testing and certification and has been in action (under different names) since the 1920s. Their goal: to ensure safety on the road, at home and at work. They are also helping companies in the context of the energy transition, however, and were one of the founders of the Clean Mobility Centre. With 44,000 colleagues in 70 countries all around the world, DEKRA is very internationally minded, as expertise is what is required, and as Vincent puts it: ‘State-of-the-art knowledge is independent from nationality.’ That is also why DEKRA is very welcoming in helping international colleagues to pick up their personal lives in the region. Have a look!

Doing business

If you would like more information about doing business or investing in the Arnhem – Nijmegen – Wageningen area, please contact us and we will gladly direct you to the appropriate authority or organisation. A brilliant example of one such organisation is Oost NL.

Oost NL offers international companies a ‘soft landing’ in East Netherlands. Oost NL strengthens the economy of the provinces of Gelderland and Overijssel, the Netherlands, in close collaboration with the Invest-in-Holland network, regional businesses, local, regional and national government, and research institutes. Oost NL is commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and the respective provinces. A team of 150 specialists support companies in the priority sectors Health, Food, Tech and Energy, through three main activities: Internationalization - offer international companies a ‘soft landing’ in East Netherlands; Investments - invest in growth-phase SMEs; and Innovation - support the regional SMEs to bring innovations to market. The free-of-charge services are, amongst others, location searches and tailored fact-finding trip with introductions to logistics and R&D partners. Contact East Netherlands Development Agency (Oost NL)

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?