High Tech Campus Eindhoven
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The High Tech Campus Eindhoven is a high tech center and R&D ecosystem on the Southern edge of the Dutch city of Eindhoven. In 2016, the High Tech Campus is home to more than 140 companies and institutions, comprising over 10,000 R&D-staff and entrepreneurs and an estimated 85 nationalities.
One of the main goals of the campus is to foster cooperation between companies. The high density of research and business people forms what the Brookings Institution terms an Innovation District. The establishment of a trusted ecosystem encourages a faster exchange of ideas in order to enhance technological and product development. This explains why the campus is considered to be an active "business ecosystem". The business model of the High Tech Campus Eindhoven is twofold: first, facilitate and support the R&D and product development processes of individual companies at the campus by providing access to shared resources (e.g. cleanrooms and testing facilities); and second, create an innovation community that enhances knowledge sharing among the resident companies and their R&D staff.
Origins and Purpose
Philips was the original driving force behind the establishment of High Tech Campus Eindhoven. At the end of the 1990s, the R&D activities of the company were spread right across the city of Eindhoven. In 1998, Philips established the Philips High Tech Campus to act as a single location for all its international R&D activities. An atmosphere of openness and the concentration of high-end knowledge produced considerable interaction between researchers of different technical disciplines. Knowledge sharing and mutual inspiration generated a definite boost for the innovative capacity of the organisation. To further accelerate this process, Philips decided in 2003 to open up the Campus to other technological companies. The result was a massive growth in the number of high-tech companies – both large and small.
In March 2012 the Campus entered a new phase in its history. High Tech Campus Eindhoven was sold by Philips to Ramphastos Investments, a private consortium of investors led by Marcel Boekhoorn. Philips remains on the Campus as a tenant, but its status changed from owner/manager to resident.
The campus attracts companies and research institutes engaging in advanced high-tech research and development. This includes research and development activity in the area of High Tech Systems, Nanotechnology, Embedded Systems, Smart Pharma, Life Sciences as well as Security and Encryption. Campus residents file - on average - 4 patents a day, making the campus one of the benchmark centres for Dutch innovation, according to the annual Inscope survey by Erasmus University Rotterdam.
The High Tech Campus is located on the grounds of the former Philips Research Laboratories Eindhoven (NatLab). When Philips sold the campus, opening it to other tenants, the facilities such as laboratories, cleanrooms, test facilities were opened up to other residents. The close proximity of high-tech specialists, researchers and businesses has helped to develop a very productive ecosystem. Companies on campus include Philips Research, Philips Applied Technologies, Atos Origin, Aquaver, FluXXion, Cytocentrics, NXP and Dalsa.
The campus is 1 km2 (0.39 sq mi) in size and includes 45,000 m2 (480,000 sq ft) of R&D facilities, 185,000 m2 (1,990,000 sq ft) office space, 6.000 m2 reserved for technology start-ups and 150,000 m2 (1,600,000 sq ft) of area open for (re)development. The International Association of Science Parks ranks High Tech Campus in the top 17% of global science parks.
The campus is surrounded by the Eindhoven high tech industry. Companies very near the campus include ASML, FEI Company and VDL Groep. The Eindhoven University of Technology is only a few kilometers away. The campus is located in one of the most innovative R&D-regions in the European Union, often called the Eindhoven-Leuven-Aachen Triangle.
The campus is designed around a social hub known as The Strip. This houses the campus conference center, restaurants and shops and is designed to allow people from different companies and fields to meet. This interaction is reinforced by the seminars and conferences that are held in the conference center and by the joint sports facilities.
Residents located at HTCE
Within the 1 square kilometre site of the HTCE, some 140+ companies and institutes have established their R&D and office facilities.
The HTCE also hosts several publicly funded research institutes as well as collaborative entities such as Solliance, a cooperation between ECN, TNO, Holst Centre and TU/e, which has been established to do research into thin film solar cells. Another example is EIT-Digital, the knowledge and innovation community of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) that has its Dutch co-location centre at the HTCE. EIT works with more than 200 European corporations, SMEs, start-ups, universities and research institutes. The HTCE also includes many smaller high-tech startups, scaleups, spinouts, and service providers
- M. van der Borgh, M. Cloodt & A.G.L. Romme, "Value creation by knowledge-based ecosystems: Evidence from a field study." R&D Management, vol. 42 (2012): 150-169.
- HTCE Company Homepage: , visited: 6 March 2016