TÜSSİDE and DOKAP Examined Good Practice Examples in the Netherlands

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Within the scope of the DOKAP Entrepreneurship and Innovation Research Project, technical visits to the North East Brabant, North Holland and South Holland regions of the Netherlands between 25 September and 29 September were completed in order to see good practice examples in the project work packages. The data obtained from these visits to the leading clusters, incubation and university research centers in the Netherlands will help determine the strategies to be developed for the actors in the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, especially the Industrial Zones, Business Development Centers, Technology Development Zones, Technology Transfer Offices and clusters in the DOKAP Region. DOKAP President Ekrem Yüce, Vice President Yusuf Mengi and the administration project team, as well as Chief Expert Researcher Barış Çarıkcı and Project Manager Can Bayraktar from TÜSSİDE, participated in the visits that will constitute input for the creation and design of the support system.

On the first day of the program, the AgriFood Capital cluster in Hertogenbosch and the Wageningen University Research Center, which is among the world's leading agricultural research centers, were visited and the institution officials were asked about cluster strategies, issues to be considered in cluster formation and cooperation processes between members, especially for the cluster whose feasibility is being made in the DOKAP Region. Information was received and opinions were exchanged on various issues. During the meetings, public-industry-private sector collaborations, jointly developed projects and studies carried out in laboratories were also examined.

On the second day of the program, in the afternoon, YES!, which is located within Delft University of Technology and hosts budding startups in various sectors including medical technologies, clean technologies, ICT, industrial solutions and consumer products! Delft Technology and Incubation Center was visited. During this visit, participants were informed about the structure of the incubation center, which uses the power of innovation to contribute to economic and social progress and develop the knowledge economy, the support mechanisms designed to transform the ideas of students and young entrepreneurs with concrete ideas into prototypes, products and processes, and the funding system of the projects produced within the center. was given.

In the afternoon, we will go to Den Haag (The Hague), where we will meet Turkey's Hague Trade Counselor Mehmet Tayfun Erkan to get information about the investment environment in the Netherlands, regional and national supports for SMEs, services offered to local and foreign companies and regional clusters. A meeting was held with.

On Wednesday, the Consulate General of Rotterdam was visited and Consul General Sadin Ayyıldız and Consul General Sadin Ayyıldız and A meeting was held with Commercial Attaché Ömer Tarık Gençosmanoğlu.

On the 4th day of the program, in the afternoon, the Amsterdam office of London-based Makerversity, which offers hands-on learning opportunities to startups, freelancers and production-based businesses, and provides joint creative workspaces and workshops where ideas on digital, 3D, textile and woodworking are developed and tested. were visited and their practices that bring together people from different fields (entrepreneurs, designers, inventors, technologists, manufacturers and creators) and encourage them to take action together were examined on site.

In the afternoon leg of the program, Bezoek Agriport, an initiative of the Barendse family that they started in 2007 and turned into the world's largest orange pepper greenhouse using modern, sustainable and environmentally friendly methods in less than 10 years, was visited. During the visit, it was discussed how innovation can create a synergy between entrepreneurs in the same sector, through the process of creating a joint brand with other greenhouses and agricultural enterprises operating in Agriport7 with the clustering approach and joint marketing of the excess electricity obtained from the greenhouses to the nearby Microsoft Data Center. Information was received about the contribution of added value and innovation ecosystem to the quality of life in the region.

The program ended on the fifth and last day, Friday, with a visit to the Netherlands-Turkey Chamber of Commerce in Rotterdam. During the meetings, TÜBİTAK TÜSSİDE and DOKAP officials made presentations introducing both their institutions and the Dokap Entrepreneurship and Innovation Research Project, as well as engaged in various promotional activities to raise awareness about our country.

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