Food Innovation Strip Ede-Wageningen
The Food Innovation Strip Ede-Wageningen is the Agri-food knowledge centre of the FoodValley Region, where innovation and knowledge exchange is paramount. Municipalities, companies and institutes work together towards improved, more sustainable and safer food production. The Food Innovation Strip provides a broad network and physical facilities that facilitate innovation and knowledge exchange. The presence of renowned educational institutes such as Wageningen University as well as a wide variety of food production companies makes the Food Innovation Strip an attractive business climate for both national and international companies.
The Agri-food sector is vital for the Dutch economy. The Dutch Agri-food activities are concentrated in the FoodValley Region: an alliance of eight municipalities, including Ede and Wageningen. The FoodValley Region is home to 85% of all knowledge institutes working in the field of food production. The Food Innovation Strip Ede-Wageningen is the Agri-food knowledge centre of the FoodValley Region, with Wageningen University and Wageningen Campus lending international clout and acting as the driving force. Within the Food Innovation Strip, an attractive business climate has been created for innovative companies and knowledge institutes.
Knowledge and innovation
The Food Innovation Strip is more than just a geographic area in Ede and Wageningen; it is a network of companies, institutes and governmental agencies which all cooperate. Knowledge and innovation hold the key to the future success of the Netherlands. Although networking increasingly takes place virtually, a certain physical closeness is conducive for true innovation. Within the Food Innovation Strip, knowledge developed at Wageningen UR is converted into practical results: improved, more sustainable and safer food production.
The two municipalities of Ede and Wageningen are fully aware of the economic benefits and work together to achieve maximum effectiveness, by investing in accessibility and creating an attractive living environment, for example. This also benefits the residents of Ede and Wageningen.
Every level and type of education is represented in the Food Innovation Strip for pupils and students starting from 12 years of age – from vocational to university education. There are plenty of opportunities for young people to develop their talents. Companies can also benefit from the qualities and fresh insights these young people bring to the table.
1.850Hotel beds and 30 conference centres in the area
Van GoghThe Kröller-Müller Museum has the second largest Van Gogh collection in the world (after Amsterdam)
85%Dutch research capacity for Agri-food within 30 km
Nr. 1 & 2Wageningen UR is ‘number 1 in Agri-food’, and the Christelijke Hogeschool Ede is the ‘number 2 School of Higher Professional Education in the Netherlands’
> 14.000The amount of university and higher professional education students will grow to 20,000 by 2020
2.600Food-related companies (excluding retail)
1,7%Job market growth despite the economic crisis (2008-2013)
VeluwePart of the largest nature reserve of North-Western Europe
2 billionEuros set aside for investment in R&D, knowledge and infrastructure between 2004 and 2023.