The start-up ecosystem in Brainport Eindhoven plays a “cautious role” on an international level: from StartupGenome’s most recent research among more than 1,000 ecosystems worldwide, the region ranks 193rd. “That can and should be higher,” says alderman Stijn Steenbakkers. In fact, he wants Eindhoven to become one of the top start-up ecosystems in Europe and even number one for “deep-tech start-ups“.
Steenbakkers notes that the city still lacks a common vision and the landscape is quite fragmented. “There is a need for a recognizable and permanent place where start-ups, investors, and knowledge institutions meet in Brainport Eindhoven. In order to structurally show the world what Brainport Eindhoven has to offer from a unique high-tech signature, we will also have to collaborate better with the outside world. This will enable us to better attract and retain technological talent, innovative companies, and (foreign) venture capital with a higher risk appetite.”
Steenbakkers updated the city council on Tuesday evening about the plans. One of the ideas the alderman explained is the ‘one-stop-shop’ for start-ups. “This will be one central place in the city where starting entrepreneurs can turn to with questions about the business model, financing, and housing. It will be the central gateway to our ecosystem, where we can point start-ups in the right direction.”
Steenbakkers also looked at the collaboration between the knowledge institutes. “Eindhoven is characterized by a wide range of studies and training opportunities. Start-ups and entrepreneurs often find each other through the training or knowledge institution. We see opportunities for cross-fertilization with these different knowledge institutions so that start-ups with different disciplines are started. In this way, we increase diversity and creativity within the start-up scene.”
He also talked about “a further developed online platform where supply and demand of the ecosystem come together” (Brainport Connect) and about important events such as Innovation Origins’ annual Gerard and Anton Awards.