Northern Netherlands: the NOM

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The NOM is the Investment and Development Agency for the Northern Netherlands and comprises the three Northernmost provinces – Groningen, Friesland, and Drenthe. Together they form the economic region TopDutch.

The NOM is one of nine Regional Development Agencies in the Netherlands. Their objective is to stimulate the economy and employment in the Northern Netherlands by investing in promising companies, attracting new companies, sharing knowledge and experience with entrepreneurs and by making their large network available to anyone who can benefit from it.

How can NOM help you?

(The road to) financing

The NOM provides venture capital to companies in the Northern Netherlands, whether they are a start-up or an established company. The NOM also invests in management buy-ins, management buyouts and acquisitions. They also help companies become investor ready by fine-tuning the business plan, helping to prepare a good pitch, and finding the right type of financing. In addition, they help pave the way for innovation by linking entrepreneurs with other entrepreneurs, so that good ideas are developed faster and more efficiently.

Innovation and Business development

Together with their partners, the NOM strengthens ecosystems with business development programs focused on innovation. They bring companies, public organisations, and knowledge institutions together to build innovative ecosystems. The NOM finds funding for innovative projects and plays an important role in converting ideas and plans into innovative products or services.

International business

The NOM’s dedicated Foreign direct investment team is focused on attracting international companies to establish in the Northern Netherlands. They assist you in (re)locating your business and will provide you with all the information and services your business needs to make the most of this advantageous location. Once you are settled, their Investor relations program keeps supporting you and help you flourish in the region.

Focus sectors

The Northern Netherlands has an abundance of natural resources, which has resulted in the development of a number of key industries that are being made smarter, healthier, and more sustainable.

  • Green Chemistry: the Northern Netherlands’ Green Chemistry ecosystem, Chemport Europe, will be the first chemical cluster in the world to be fossil-free, co2 negative and circular by sharing raw materials, sharing technologies, and sharing investments.

  • Energy: the Northern Netherlands is focusing on becoming the Hydrogen Capital of Europe. Billions of euros are being invested into building the number one ecosystem for green hydrogen in Europe.

  • WaterTech: the Northern Netherlands is considered the WaterTech Capital of Europe. The Water Campus in Leeuwarden is an innovation leader for sustainable water technology.

  • Life Sciences and Health: the TopDutch region has a healthy life science ecosystem. The Life Science ecosystem collaborates with other key industries, such as the AgriFood ecosystem or high-tech MedTech factories.

  • HTSM - High Tech Systems and Materials: dubbed the Region of smart factories, TopDutch invests and educates for Industry 4.0 across all ecosystems.

  • IT: leading in education, research, and development for digital innovation, the TopDutch region is quickly becoming one of the smartest regions in the world. Universities and their research centres focus on Big Data, High Performance Computing and Deep Learning.

  • AgriFood: from multinational to farmer, from scientist to start-up – in the Northern Netherlands they all work together on solutions to the global food problem and the transition to a sustainable society.

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