East Netherlands


East Netherlands hotspot for Artificial Intelligence

Sustainable Smart Industry, AI – East Netherlands offers expertise and experience with the development and implementation of Artifical Intelligence in business and industry. See the infographic of our  regional AI ecosystem: several universities conduct research in this field. Institutions for applied sciences work together with industry to implement AI in SMEs.


Potential of AI for SMEs

For SMEs in (the manufacturing) industry the implementation of Artificial Intelligence in their operations offers competitive advantages due to improved process management & control, and improved quality of end products. In order to increase the uptake of AI in SMEs specific stimulation programmes and projects are developed in the East Netherlands. We also cooperate in Europe on this topic in the Vanguard Initiative.  Thus further strengthening our Smart and Sustainable Industries.

AI in Europe

The partners of Th!nk East Netherlands welcome the presented European strategy for Europe Fit for the Digital Age and the White Paper on Artificial Intellegence. The implementation of this strategy is vital for the long term competitiveness for regional industry.

In order to shape Europe’s digital future the partners prepare a reaction on the both, strategy and whie paper, based on the strengths of the regional ecosystem. The European Commission has annouced three actions as part of the strategy.  Policy areas within the strategy include data protection, better access to online goods, designing the right environment for digital networks, ensuring that citizens and businesses can take advantage of opportunities caused by digitalisation and defining Europe as a role model and leader for a society empowered by data. 

Next steps

As for the next steps, the Commission will establish a regulatory framework regarding data governance and launch sectoral specific actions, to build European data spaces in for instance industrial manufacturing, the Green Deal, mobility or health. The commission has also launched two consultations. The White Paper on Artificial Intelligence is open for consultation until 19th May 2020. Feedback on the data strategy is being collected.  


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