Top sectors in East Netherlands

East Netherlands has developed a strong focus in four sectors:

  • Food
  • Energy
  • Tech
  • Health 

In the last years several Business Solutions have been put into place that might help your company settle in this region.

Over the years we have helped a large number of foreign companies to set up business activities in Europe, e.g. Echostar, Cannondale, Europastry, Mindray, Scania, Texas Instruments, Timberland.


Wageningen and the surrounding Foodvalley are home to a vibrant, highly educated, international research community dedicated to food, nutrition and agricultural sciences. With more than 3,000 agri-food related companies, institutes and a community of more than 15,000 agri-food experts from 110 nationalities, it has become an internationally acclaimed R&D hotspot. Wageningen University & Research forms the center of a food research hub, where innovative developments are being driven by a community of researchers. Oost NL works together with Foodvalley NL to share the wealth of food expertise available in East Netherlands with companies, knowledge institutes and government agencies.


With its unique concentration of companies active in the Energy sector, the Arnhem/Apeldoorn region in East Netherlands has a strong reputation as the central junction for ‘Electric Holland’. It is here that the kiEMT Clean Tech cluster was founded. This cluster has extended its geographical scope and now includes over 200 participants from industry, research and government in East Netherlands. Focus areas include sustainable energy production and transportation (hydrogen, solar, geothermic and biomass), energy efficiency and sustainable materials (recycling, high-tech weaves and wood modification). Oost NL is one of the participants in the kiEMT network, which aspires to generate innovation and new business by scouting, screening and supporting viable initiatives.


The Netherlands has gained a worldwide reputation as a leading HighTech nation that is home to renowned original equipment manufacturers, highly skilled suppliers and innovative materials companies. East Netherlands has its fair share of economic activities within this top sector, especially when it comes to High Tech Systems, High Tech Materials, and Micro- and Nano-technology, with Agri-food and Life Sciences among the main application areas driving technological innovation. The region is characterized by technology clusters and open innovation centers, in which regional partners and international companies are involved. Oost NL plays a major role in establishing these High Tech clusters, promoting intelligent technology groupings, developing new technology-market combinations and increasing industrial innovation power.


In our thriving and graying society, Health has developed into a top economic sector. East Netherlands is home to Health Valley, one of Europe’s most dynamic clusters of businesses, universities, research institutes and projects. Molecular medicine, diagnostics & imaging, nanotechnology for point-of-care solutions, rehabilitation and medical robotics are among the key focus areas. Researchers, clinicians and entrepreneurs collaborate in the development of medical technology and new products and services for care and cure. Oost NL is active with business development, technology matchmaking, project development and marketing for Health Valley. It is one of the principal partners in this network of public and private parties, centered around the universities and medical centers of Nijmegen and Twente.