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12 Nov 14 | The Hague, Netherlands

Extraordinary meeting of the RIG Rotterdam-Delft

An extraordinary, public meeting of the Regional Implementation Group Rotterdam-Delft took place as part of the Dutch Incubation Forum on 12 November 2014 in The Hague (see announcement made on this website on 30 October). The Dutch Incubation Forum is an international event organized by the Dutch Incubator Association, which itself is represented in the RIG Rotterdam-Delft. The meeting was attended by RIG members as well as a broad audience of policy-makers, incubator managers and entrepreneurs from all over the Netherlands.
Image - Picture Arie Romein (Delft University of Technology) presented InCompass and the main outcomes of the project, as well as the preliminary outline of the Regional Implementation Plan for the Rotterdam-Delft region. This was followed by brief reflections by Mrs Chantal Olffers (Municipality of Rotterdam and RIG member), Mrs Rebecca Richardson (Creative Factory) and Mr René Kooyman (HKU Utrecht School of the Arts and RIG member) and a lively discussion, chaired by Mr Hugo Bongers (RIG member).
Image - Picture Responses to the project findings presented were unanimously positive. Particularly the incubation and innovation managers present expressed great interest in the project. The discussion focused on several important issues the Regional Implementation Plan will deal with. One of these is the role of public authorities, which tend to be strictly limited to facilitating rather than funding. The participants concluded that incubators should in fact not depend on public funding at all, if only because this tends to be too unpredictable. Another important topic discussed concerned the relation between incubators and institutes of (in particular) higher and vocational institutions. Both are heavily involved in the regional incubation system, for instance in the Creative Factory and DNAMO/RDM Campus, which were visited during the first study visit of InCompass.
Image - Picture On the whole, the event proved an excellent venue not only to expose InCompass, but also to discuss the outcomes of the study visits and the various RIG meetings with a broader audience of highly relevant stakeholders. We would like to thank especially RIG member Mr. Pim de Bokx (Dutch Incubator Association) for the provided opportunity.
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InCompass Project is funded by the EU’s European Regional Development fund through the INTERREG IVC programme