SME's in the Nothern Netherlands, also on Campus Groningen, innovated in abundance in 2018. This becomes clear from the figures of the Northern Netherlands Innovation Monitor 2019 of the University of Groningen and the SNN. In 2018, there has been significant more investment in research and development within companies. There has also been made a higher use of disruptive technologies such as sensor technology and AI. These developments have a visible effect: innovations that are new to the market form a larger part of the revenue of the companies that participated in the survey. The Monitor has been presented officially on Thursday 11 July.
Also on Campus Groningen this development has been apparent. In 2018 the Campus became the fastest growing campus in the Netherlands, with an increase in companies, jobs and innovative products and services.
Growing attention for innovation
"These figures should make every northerner proud, and they indicate a bright future ahead", says dr. Thijs Broekhuizen, associate professor at the UG and coordinator of the Northern Netherlands Innovation Monitor. "And the most important achievement: the year 2018 is not just a spike. The increased attention for innovation in the North is structural." Also representative Patrick Brouns of the Province of Groningen is pleased with the results of the Innovation Monitor: "We, governements, have put a lot of energy the last couple of years in supporting the northern SME's. It is great so see this has had its results."