Businesses, governmental and educational institutes find each other in innovative clusters and help each other get ahead. Many companies in Tilburg predominantly choose local suppliers and partners. Not because of some ‘old boys’ network’, but because of a shared responsibility and desire to elevate the region based on mutual trust.
Entrepreneurs in Tilburg don’t covet the limelight, but want to achieve good things together. For example, almost nobody knows that the Senseo machine has a made-in-Tilburg membrane. Multinational companies such as Fuji also prosper in Tilburg, possibly because they connect socially and recognize the spirit of self-reliance. ‘No matter how hard it gets, we get though it and reinvent ourselves if necessary.’
Just like how Tilburg explored other possibilities for economic development after the demise of the textile industry. In Tilburg, there is room for experimentation. It is a testing ground for scores of initiatives that add both economic and social value. In Tilburg, entrepreneurs don’t just fend for themselves, but mutually strengthen and improve quality of life.
This is also reflected in the variety of new innovative clusters that are being set up. These are often bottom-up initiatives, ushered in by businesses and educational institutes. A collaborative government helps launch the clusters, after which they can survive on their own. A few examples: Tradepark 58, Gate2, Campione, Data Science, Station 88 and the Ontdekstation (Discovery station).
Trade park 58 is a business park along the A58, south of Tilburg, for small-scale innovative businesses. By focusing on research and development, new joint initiatives see the light at T58. Companies such as Focal Meditech, Hoppe Food Group and First Impression are part of this southern area.
Gate 2 is a knowledge center for aviation and industrial maintenance and related sectors such as high-tech systems and materials. Creative industries (Simulation), Chemical industries (Processes) and Logistics are situated here. Alliance partners: Midpoint Brabant, education (Avans) and businesses.
CAMPIONE project is a field lab project with participants from across the Dutch
chemical/process industries. A variety of Mid-Brabant businesses and institutes
are affiliated and play an important role in the project. The project aims to
make maintenance 100% predictable by using advanced techniques at the interface
of condition-based maintenance and big data. New products and services, with
export potential, will arise from the Fieldlab at this business park.
Data Science (JADS)
By analyzing and interpreting data, data science can significantly contribute to improving mobility, waste management, healthcare, security, harmonization of supply and demand, and so on. Economic developments can also be predicted better. Since 2016, university programs towards data specialist are offered under the name Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS).
Station 88 House of entrepreneurship and innovation
In building 88 of the Spoorzone, the city of Tilburg, Midpoint Brabant and Starterslift will soon start Station 88, House for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Tilburg. Station 88 will become a meeting and service place for start-ups, freelancers and small businesses so that they can grow into solid companies.
Discovery Station Tilburg
The Discovery Station (Ontdekstation) offers an inspiring environment for children to discover their affinity with science and technology (Hal 79). Also for companies there is an opportunity to work with educational institutions on innovations and assignments at the Jobhouse. The Discovery Station is supported by businesses, education and the authorities.