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).