OPZuid project TU/e innovation Space

Theme: Smart Cities


The aim of the project is to scale up and further embed the educational model of TU/e innovation Space, in which interdisciplinary students, researchers and clusters of companies work together, in a hands-on way within Interdisciplinary Engineering Projects or Challenges, on solutions for major societal challenges (in this case Smart Cities). In addition to technical skills and knowledge, 21st-century skills, such as system thinking, interdisciplinary collaboration, entrepreneurship and a hands-on mindset, are also part of what is taught in TU/e innovation Space.

The consortium exists of knowledge institutes, small to medium-sized companies and foundations with extensive knowledge, skills and network regarding innovation in education, Smart City knowledge and project management. The project partners are: Eindhoven University of Technology, Brainport Smart District, Team CASA Foundation, Team Virtue Foundation, Techno-Broker and Omines. The entire value chain with regard to Smart City innovations is involved in the Smart City Theme.

The project aligns the Dutch labour demand and supply in order to optimally utilize the regional innovation potential of companies in the Brainport region. It contributes directly in a sustainable way; by realizing the Smart City theme, and indirectly; by technicians who find a job in SMEs. Furthermore, this project is the basis of a living lab. The concrete innovations directly contribute to the output indicators of the category support 1B1 and 1B2-call of the OPZuid program. 


To achieve the goal described above, the following sub goals are defined:

  • Extension the education program so that more (and newer forms of) interdisciplinary and hands-on courses can be given within all departments of TU/e. This should lead to more students with relevant knowledge, 21st-century skills and working experience in a company setting. In this way they can be better deployed.
  • Expansion of the TU/e innovation Space community, so that more companies can be involved and an alumni network can emerge.
  • Extension of the TU/e innovation Space infrastructure; scaling up TU/e innovation Space facilities, IT platforms, communal meeting spaces, and the addition of a makerspace, a communication tool and catering.
  • Development of the thematic Smart Cities Learning Community.
  • Smooth realization of the OPZuid project, through reflection on progress, knowledge dissemination and general project management.  


1st of November 2018 to 31st of October 2021

Total grant for this project

The private contribution as well as the maximum subsidy for this project is €1.433.689,00.
35% of the subsidy will originate from an ERDF grant (EFRO subsidie) of the European Union, and
15% of the Province North Brabant.

Intended results

  • 9 departments and 50 teachers participating in the program.
  • Annually delivering 50 interdisciplinary engineering projects.
  • Educating 1.500 students yearly, of whom 950 will find employment in SMEs (MKB).