Empowering Innovation, Together
Israel and the Netherlands are two relatively small countries, both well known for their talents, thriving entrepreneurial spirit and novel ideas, technologies, products, processes and business solutions. Innovation is developed in companies, startups, universities, research organizations, hospitals and in the government sector.
Joining forces at private and public sector level could enhance the economic productivity of both countries and sustain their leading global position. However, forming joint partnerships is sometimes challenged by the lack of knowledge about each other’s specific strengths, lack of crucial contacts outside the home country and simply a lack of time to explore these possibilities.
This is where the Israeli-Dutch Innovation Center plays a pivotal role: we foster valuable, flourishing and effective relations between parties from Israel and the Netherlands.
The IDIC Mission
In December 2016 the Netherlands Embassy in Israel launched the Israeli-Dutch Innovation Center (IDIC). The mission of IDIC is to initiate, facilitate, develop and enhance innovative R&D collaborations between Dutch and Israeli organizations from the public and private sector. Together we empower innovation, address major societal challenges, sustain a leading role in the global market and truly make a change.
Download the IDIC brochure with additional information, activities, boardmembers, and contact information.
IDIC Priority Sectors
IDIC focuses on 4 high potential sectors for collaboration to create effective partnerships. Israel and the Netherlands both possess specific talent and know-how in these areas which, through collaboration, can leverage a mutual advantage for both countries.
ICT & Cyber Security
Due to the continuing threat of war and terrorism, Israel has gained substantial experience in the fields of cyber and homeland security technology and acts as one of the primary expert countries in intelligence, surveillance, security and defense. More and more politicians, security experts and media anchors refer to Israel as the example of well-organized civil and public security.
Security of the critical infrastructure against cyber and terroristic attacks is of vital importance, especially for a small country like the Netherlands which is a frontrunner in the digitalization of its economy. There is plenty interesting Cybersecurity and Homeland Security technology and knowledge for the Dutch business community to acquire in Israel. The Netherlands, in return, offers a unique testing environment for the application of new technologies, since they are a gateway to rest of the EU and the global market due to the port of Rotterdam, Schiphol airport and the Amsterdam Internet Exchange.
The IDIC (Israeli Dutch Innovation Center) acts as facilitator between Israel and Dutch technology companies, relevant government organizations and startups. Cybersecurity is one of its four areas of focus.
High Tech & Smart Materials
Whether it’s cybersecurity, photonics or robotics, Irael is at the forefront of some of the most importing high-tech developments. Military training, entrepreneurial expertise and excellent R&D centers make start Up Nation Israel a global leader in this sector.
High tech industries in the Netherlands are among the most innovative in the world, thanks to state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge research and development. A computer-savvy population, the Dutch open, creative & entrepreneurial spirit, Dutch technological know-how and products and a network based economy makes that Holland’s high tech sector is a world leader.
The IDIC (Israeli Dutch Innovation Center) acts as facilitator between Israel and Dutch technology companies, relevant government organizations and startups. HTSM is one of its four areas of focus.
Agri & Food
Global challenges exist due to a growing world population, some major negative environmental impacts and a lack of fresh waters. Israel's agritech industry is highly developed, is characterized by high added value, and is well-known around the world. Israel's agritech products, which include, among others, drip irrigation and dairy systems, are used around the globe. Israel's unique conditions such as a challenging climate, shortage of natural fresh water, and unsuitable soil, coupled with an advanced hi-tech sector and entrepreneurship, led to wide scale investments in R&D as well as a variety of innovative products.
Fueled by world-class research institutes for food innovation, medical universities and numerous public-private partnerships between science, industry and government, the Netherlands is world’s second exporter of Agri & Food components and materials. Israel’s experience to beat agricultural challenges and Dutch expertise can create cutting-edge solutions for future global challenges.
The IDIC (Israeli Dutch Innovation Center) acts as facilitator between Israel and Dutch technology companies, relevant government organizations and startups. Agri & Food is one of its four areas of focus.
Life Science & Med Tech
As people are growing older than ever before, body parts, organ and tissues begin to fail. Current solutions like transplantation, artificial joints and pacemakers are not effective anymore. On top of that, the research & development of new medical treatments increased by a tenfold during the last 35 years. The globe faces a major challenge: to lower overall healthcare costs and meet the world’s evolving needs of aging populations while creating significant investor value. Cooperation is one way to tackle this problem.
There is no other country in the world with such a concentration of life science companies and researcher like Israel. Companies are rooted in top international academic and research institutions; staffed by highly educated and skilled teams; operating within an entrepreneurial and audacious climate, to offer a variety of innovative medical solutions and technologies that answer today’s healthcare challenges.
Today, the Netherlands remains a major player in the global Life Sciences and Health industry, with a strong technological position in molecular imaging, medical informatics, biopharmaceuticals, human and veterinary vaccines, regenerative medicine and biomaterials (biomaterial coatings in medical devices), medical technology and health infrastructure. Dutch health care is of high quality and accessible and affordable for all. It is no wonder that many countries point to the Netherlands as an example of how the quality of health care can be guaranteed while the costs can be maintained at a reasonable level.
The IDIC (Israeli Dutch Innovation Center) acts as facilitator between Israel and Dutch technology companies, relevant government organizations and startups. Life Science & Med Tech is one of its four areas of focus.
Get in touch
Do you need some help with extending your network in both The Netherlands or Israel. Connect with us and talk about the possibilities.
Israeli-Dutch Innovation Center
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Israel
14 Abba Hillel Street, Ramat Gan 5250607
+972 (0) 52 9530 385