Imagine finding yourself in a city with 200,000 inhabitants, half of whom are younger than 35, one of the youngest cities, with all the innovation, creativity, talent and bustle it entails. No less than 44% of all inhabitants have a higher education, which is 10% more than the national average.
More than 4000 researchers, employees and a few hundred entrepreneurs work here on innovative solutions which are of importance in the future. Today, more than 35000 students develop themselves into professionals at the University of Groningen and the Hanze University of Applied Sciences. For about 150 companies, the high tech facilities and the collaboration opportunities provide an excellent basis for their products and services.
Access to testing grounds
One of the best-known and oldest campuses in the Netherlands is the Zernike Campus. This campus originated in the late 1960s of the last century on the northern edge of the city of Groningen. The first buildings on the campus were for research and education in natural sciences and engineering at the University of Groningen (UG). Subsequently, there were knowledge-intensive companies and spin offs from the university. The campus became more and more alive when the Hanze University of Applied Sciences established itself on the campus. Thus, an intensive ecosystem was created for public-private cooperation with knowledge institutions, numerous companies and facilities such as Innolab Chemistry Groningen, Zernike NanoLab Groningen, Energy Transition Center EnTrance, Energy Academy Europe, Cube050 incubator and the Zernike Advanced Processing facility. This gives the location Zernike Campus an increasingly clear profile focusing on energy, chemistry, life sciences and big data.
Healthy Ageing Campus
The Healthy Ageing Campus is located on and around the University Medical Center Groningen, on the east side of the city center in Groningen. It covers this area of around 30 hectares that is the beating heart of the theme Healthy Ageing. The Campus is an inspiring ecosystem where researchers and entrepreneurs collaborate with government in the field of innovations.
Access to clinic
Healthy Ageing Campus Netherlands brings together all facilities, businesses and researchers at and around the UMCG, which fall within the fields of Food & (e) Health, Biomedical Technology and Pharma. The Campus organization, with the aid of the available valorisation infrastructure, presents the existing innovation chains. Based on needs within those chains, companies are acquired and linked to existing knowledge.
In addition to research facilities at the university and the UMCG, incubator buildings and business laboratories, the Healthy Ageing Campus has an R&D Hotel. This is a building with office space that can be used by researchers and entrepreneurs on a project basis (flexible). They can check in whenever they want and leave again at any time.