First 25 million from ‘Regional Deal’ awarded to 10 projects in Eindhoven region.

As part of the national cabinet’s “Regional Deal” (Regiodeal), the first financial contributions have been awarded to ten projects to strengthen the economic strength of Brainport Eindhoven. Over the next four years, the cabinet will invest a total of 130 million through the Regional Deal and 240 million through local contributions. Of the national contribution, 25.4 million has now been allocated.

Mayor John Jorritsma of Eindhoven, also chairman of the Brainport Foundation, sees this as a milestone: “Everyone in the region has done their utmost to make this possible. In January the proposal was written to the cabinet, it was approved in the summer and now, less than a year later, the money has been received and we can move from development to implementation. Important for our region and of course for the rest of the Netherlands”.

The first ten projects fit well in the three programme lines from the Regional Deal: attracting, training and retaining technical talent at all educational levels, realising innovations with social impact and strengthening cultural, social and sports facilities and increasing the quality of life for the existing population.

Eindhoven Engine, one of the first ten projects, wants to become an accelerator for innovation, a cooperation programme between the knowledge institutes and the business community in the region. Intiator Maarten Steinbuch: “With this, we combine the fresh creativity of ambitious students with brilliant researchers, and with innovative entrepreneurs and employees from the industry. Together we want to come up with solutions for social challenges at a high pace. Solving real-world problems with multidisciplinary teams. We will do this at a joint research location where we can find and inspire each other. This is essential for our talents to continue to develop, accelerate innovation and ensure that we as Brainport remain the smartest region in the world.”

Source: Innovation Origins