IT and Gaming
The Netherlands: a digital and creative hub in Europe
The Netherlands is a front-runner when it comes to digital infrastructure. It has one of the world’s highest percentages of household broadband connections, at 98% (Statistics Netherlands, 2018), as well as one of the fastest average broadband speeds.
The country is home to the largest EU security cluster and one of the world’s largest data transport hub, the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX). Consequently, leading tech and IT companies have long been drawn to the country. 65% of all Forbes 2000 companies in the industry have established an office in the Netherlands. Global tech players tap into an excellent digital infrastructure and a tech-savvy, multilingual workforce. They also benefit from a competitive tax climate. In addition, the Netherlands is well-known for a thriving creative industry and particularly strong in industrial design, fashion, advertising and video games.
Utrecht Region: at the heart of the Dutch Digital and Games industry
The Netherlands is number one in Europe for outstanding use of IT (World Economic Forum Europe 2020 Competitiveness Report); 70% of all Dutch innovation is IT related. Utrecht is a driving force behind IT innovation in the Netherlands and has a leading role in software and services, cloud computing, video games and virtual reality, applied games and FinTech. Many IT companies, such as Capgemini, Fujitsu, Oracle, Sogeti and VodafoneZiggo have located their headquarters in Utrecht Region.Utrecht Region is also a major hotspot for the games industry. It is home to a thriving indie game scene and inspired applied game developers. Many of the country’s award-winning independent game studios, such as Vlambeer and Ronimo Games, started out in the Utrecht-based incubator Dutch Game Garden. Game technology is also being applied in other fields, including education and training, logistics and healthcare. Utrecht University and the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht are catalysts of training and innovation for the Dutch games industry.
New technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain technology are also at home in Utrecht Region. Lisk Center Utrecht, for example, offers co-working spaces and organises events for companies and individuals working on blockchain-related activities. HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht’ blockchain lab aims to gain and share knowledge about applications of blockchain technology in pillars of Utrecht Region’s economy, such as supply chains, FinTech and health. Utrecht University’s incubator Utrecht Inc. and the forthcoming accelerator Delta Ventures Lab enable innovative start-ups to grow.
Utrecht Region connects technology with people and society
In Utrecht Region, innovation, business and creativity intersect. Exciting tech concepts come in from neighbours such as High-Tech Campus Eindhoven and Delft University of Technology, and we approach them with an innovative, yet pragmatic mindset. Utrecht Region is a place where ideas are crossing industry lines and are turned into solutions for healthy urban living. Discover the stories of our entrepreneurial community.
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Key advantages of Utrecht Region
Talented & Creative Minds
Due to its central location, the presence of peer companies and an excellent quality of life, Utrecht Region attracts talented and creative tech and IT workers.
Easy access to clients
It’s easy to reach clients all over the country. That’s why many leading IT companies have located their European, Benelux or Dutch headquarters or sales & marketing offices in Utrecht Region.
Inspiring cross-sector innovations
Utrecht Region’s collaborative minds use smart technology to foster innovation in logistics, FinTech and life sciences and health. Utrecht Region particularly excels in implementing creative ideas to improve health and boost healthy lifestyles.
Key investment opportunities
- Software and services
- Cloud computing
- Video games and virtual reality
- Applied games