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About Brainport

Busines climate

Some say that it’s a 'start-up heaven', others call it the 'smartest place on Earth’. In fact, it’s both. All of us are stakeholders in Brainport in one way or another because many of the technologies used in smartphones, houses and cars have been developed in this innovative region. The Brainport region has always been successful with spin-offs from Philips, like ASML, NXP, Sapiens SBS (Medtronic) and Silicon Hyve, and with familiar manufacturers like FEI, DAF and VDL. Many Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) start-ups have converted their ideas into highly successful companies. Disruptive start-ups also clearly benefit from the enormous wealth of experience and unique competencies of large corporations nearby.

Open innovation is the key to success. Thanks to this pioneering form of collaboration entrepreneurs reach their goals much faster. This fact has not gone unnoticed. According to the Financial Times Direct Investment Index 2015, Brainport is in the top three regions in Europe when it comes to attracting foreign companies and investments, and is #1 in Europe for innovation strategy.

Brainport welcomes start-ups and entrepreneurs at top locations throughout the region. These include Startupbootcamp HighTechXL, the world’s leading hardware accelerator, based at the High Tech Campus Eindhoven and Bright Move and the High Tech Systems Centre on the Eindhoven University of Technology Campus. These specially appointed business centers on campus are ideal environments for entrepreneurs and excellent breeding grounds for new initiatives, and since the facilities are shared, costs can be kept low.

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In Brainport we work together to be successful. Doors are open, investors are interested in good ideas, support is close by and never more than one Linkedin contact away. The Brainport principle of "sharing is multiplying" helps create the specific high-tech ecosystem that is important for growth among companies. It offers access to new customers, knowledge, personnel and financing. And, just as important, to fellow entrepreneurs with whom you can collaborate to achieve faster success.


Mutual trust and a collaborative attitude lead to success in Brainport. High-tech and design go hand in hand with top-quality production and entrepreneurship. This unique business climate makes Brainport much more than the sum of its parts. It is a powerful formula that has made Brainport one of the high-tech centers of Europe – a place seen worldwide as an outstanding business environment. When you locate in Brainport, you get access to invaluable expertise and a network in the high-tech industry that can open new doors. Moreover, Brainport’s ideal location and infrastructure, voted one of the best in Europe (FT Direct Investment Index 2015), make it the perfect operational base for European sales and distribution.



An increasingly sophisticated framework of domestic and foreign suppliers and service providers has grown up around Brainport’s flourishing knowledge and manufacturing industry. The whole chain is represented, from primary research to marketing – a fertile climate for the typical Brainport entrepreneur with a ‘start to finish’ mentality. Even more importantly, it is a climate that invites open innovation. All kinds of specializations are within reach and competitors look at what others are doing and share ideas in the research phase of their product development. An important part of this ecosystem is a healthy labor market. That’s why Brainport invests in tailor-made education and in attracting foreign knowledge workers.


The ten key characteristics of this unique ecosystem are:

    1. Top companies
    2. An innovative SME sector
    3. Strong supply chains
    4. Well educated labor force
    5. Open innovation
    6. Innovation campuses with international allure
    7. Strategic location in Northwest Europe
    8. Strong European player
    9. The multi-helix collaboration
    10. A great place to live

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Piet van de Wielen
Programmamanager Starten en Groeien