The area has some excellent locations to 'set up shop'. Whether you're looking for a vibrant and entrepreneurial area, a innovative network of universities or a distribution hotspot; the Arnhem – Nijmegen – Wageningen area has it all.
Nijmegen is the center of the most innovative Life Sciences & Health network in the Netherlands. The network unites companies, care organisations, knowledge institutes and authorities, and enables them to grow stronger together. Whether we’re providing developers with care needs and requirements or delivering innovations to the patient: we bring technology to the care sector, together. Real innovative power develops where the needs of the care sector are integrated into relevant knowledge and expertise, resulting in technological innovations, new medicines or devices, and other methods of working.
Knowledge, business and innovation come together on Novio Tech Campus. Open innovation between researchers and entrepreneurs in Health and High Tech leads to growth, making the campus an innovative hotspot for products and services of a better, healthier world. From a preventive malaria-drug, to a new generation of chips.
Arnhem is home to the most sustainable business park in the Netherlands, and urban distribution is provided by carbon-neutral logistics provider de Groene Rijders. Furthermore, Arnhem is a worldwide frontrunner when it comes to innovation in the energy sector. It therefore comes as no surprise that many important players in energy supply, clean mobility (hydrogen-solutions, electric charging infrastructure) and circular economy are located in Arnhem. Businesses and initiatives in the energy sector together form an extensive green network in the city and surrounding area. Prominent international companies such as DNV, DEKRA and Allego have their headquarters in Arnhem, alongside KEMA, TenneT and Alliander. Other companies from Arnhem specialising in energy-transition innovations are Nedstack, MTSA, HyET, Hymove and HyGear.
Foodvalley combines science, business and research institutes with a focus on food. Wageningen University & Research (WUR) is the expertise heart of the region. It accommodates researchers and entrepreneurs from all over the world on its architecturally unique campus. Here you can also find the Friesland Campina R&D centre and, as of 2019, the Unilever R&D Division. The World Food Center in Ede, which is planned for mid-2020, is another asset for the region. Throughout Regio Foodvalley, relevant knowledge is present at all levels. Regio Foodvalley facilitates and stimulates collaboration between educational institutions and businesses in the region. Educational institutions in the region include a world-renowned university (WUR), several universities of applied science and schools of secondary vocational education, as well as Rivers International School.