Doing business in Delft

For knowledge intensive industries, there is no better place to work from, than Delft. Delft literally breathes knowledge. A third of the population is highly educated; the concentration of research institutions is the highest in the Netherlands and the companies present are almost, without exception, at the top of their fields.

Delft Technology Partners

Delft Technology Partners (DTP) supports knowledge intensive companies to establish and take root in Delft. We connect and strengthen existing businesses and institutions through funding, community building and project development.


Knowledge development is best achieved where multiple stakeholders mutually reinforce one-another. This can be done at the Biotech Campus Delft, either at the DSM Delft site or in the Science Park of the TU Delft. The University along with DSM and others already located provide a strong foundation for innovation around biotechnology. Knowledge is built together and testing to scale can be done at the Biotech Pilot Facility from which other companies can take new advances to large-scare production. Each one's own expertise complements that of others such that together more is achieved."

— Frank Teeuwisse, Director DSM

We have noticed that our customers generally make decisions as part of a team which means, as a supplier, you also need to work in teams to achieve the best possible communication and a perfect end-result. Partly because of this, at Festo we invest in all the competencies our people need for this, whether or not these involve technology and engineering. Innovation is also about developing the corporate culture and is not solely confined to technical competencies. This is why we are eager to attract technical initiatives to Delft, a technology city that is the ideal place for collaboration with powerful companies determined to advance."

— Dennis van Beers (Director, Festo Nederland)

“There is plenty of room in Delft for emerging technology companies. Delft attracts a lot of activity, due in part to the presence of TU Delft, and also because of its proximity to the Port of Rotterdam and its hinterland. The interaction between established technology companies and institutions leads to increased business growth and an even more attractive business climate. The Datacenter Group aims to bring added value in the area of co-location, networks, technology and sustainability. We constantly seek the best solutions in our technological development, and this has made us one of the most sustainable data centres in the Netherlands.""

— Siemon van den Berg (Directeur The Datacenter Group)

Applikon Biotechnology moved to the Technopolis site in Delft in August 2013 and feels right at home there. The immediate surroundings and the region are buzzing with activities that encourage the growth and development of knowledge and innovation. The joining of forces between the City of Delft and TU Delft in Delft Technology Partners provides an excellent breeding ground for this. This breeding ground offers great opportunities for an instrumentation company such as Applikon to continue to improve its products with high-tech innovations and so, as a Delft SME, to continue to occupy a leading position worldwide. "

— Arthur Oudshoorn (Applikon)

In October 2016, we relocated to Oostsingel 209 in Delft. It's a former laboratory that has been transformed to become somewhere where innovation comes together with the energy that is unique to Ampelmann. We are delighted to be based in an inspirational part of Delft, which remains the Netherlands' centre of technology and innovation. Although our head office may no longer be based on campus, the bond with TU Delft is still very important to us. We encourage young technological talent by offering graduate internships and student jobs across the organisation. We also plan to offer start-ups space within the building to enable them to develop their ideas. Through its world-beating innovations, Ampelmann proves that high-tech industry is alive and kicking in Delft!"

— Marcel Luijten (CFO Ampelmann)

Science as inspiration for innovation. It was a given that we would choose for the TU Delft's Science Park - the knowledge heart of the Netherlands. With the University, start-ups, technology industries close by, knowledge sharing and cooperation stimulated by the City, 3M feels perfectly at home. Our new building, together with the Innovation Centre is an inspiring place to brainstorm, take stock of new ideas and embark upon new projects. Within this eco-system, and backed by our 3M laboratories in Belgium and the world, we can develop further develop our ideas and make them concrete."

— Patrick Rogiers (Managing Director 3M Benelux)