Oost NL

Oost NL (East Netherlands Development Agency) is an agency that focuses its activities and projects on strengthening and stimulating the economy of the provinces of Gelderland and Overijssel, the Netherlands.

Oost NL works with businesses in the provinces of Gelderland and Overijssel, and is commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and the respective Provinces.

Oost NL plays an important role in executing the economic policies of the Dutch government and the Provinces of Gelderland and Overijssel and its various city governments. To achieve this it is necessary to encourage a close cooperation between businesses, regional institutes, knowledge institutes, and intermediaries. Oost NL acts as a bridge between government, companies and knowledge institutes.


  1. Internationalization
    Foreign Investment offers companies from outside the Netherlands, as well as from other regions of the country, a ‘soft landing’ in East Netherlands. Through Foreign Investment, international companies gain access to our regional networks as well as assistance with trade promotion. Foreign Investment helps owners of SMEs from East Netherlands to internationalize through matchmaking via our worldwide network of partners.
  2. Innovation
    Development & Innovation supports the regional business environment by helping city governments and SMEs to bring innovations to market. This is done with knowledge, access to funding (including European-wide funds), networking and one-on-one contacts. The results: fundable business cases (usually focused on market introductions), innovation projects and programs, open innovation centers and establishing campuses.
  3. Investments
    Capital supports starting and growth-phase SMEs. Capital does this partly with risk capital from various revolving innovation funds, and partly through knowledge, networks and personal contacts. Through the revolving funds Capital provides for direct as well as indirect investment and takes care of the fund management. In addition, Capital stimulates and supports public and private investors. The result: growth through financing.


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