Israeli-Dutch Innovation Center

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Israeli-Dutch Innovation Center

Dutch Top Sectors

The Netherlands focuses on 10 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.

Agri & Food

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.



The goal of the chemistry sector is to find solutions for current social challenges. Chemistry focuses on 5 of the 7 main challenges: health care, food, energy, transportation and climate and resources. Since most challenges are multi-disciplinary, this top sector enables corporation with other sectors, for instance: the development of sustainable products, renewable resources, clean production methods en smart materials.

The Netherlands is front-runner in categories as basic chemistry, food supplements, coatings, and high performance materials. The chemical industry also faces limited availability of resources. The chemical sector like to initiate its leading role in the transition to green chemicals: sustainable and environmentally friendly chemistry.

The chemical sector stimulates and facilitates public-private corporation between business and knowledge institutions to implement and execute the policy prospects.

Creative industry

Creative Industry

The creative industry enforces the creative capacity of The Netherlands. The sectors includes entrepreneurs and creative professionals. Those can be divided into creative professional services - think of product designers, architects, fashion designers, digital designers - and media and entertainment - think of publishers, game developers, cultural heritage and DJ’s.

The creative industry is used to cross-sector corporation and out-of-the-box thinking. These capacities are important to answer the world’s biggest challenges.

The top sector focuses on corporation between knowledge institutions and creative professional to deliver high-quality products and services. With their innovative ideas and unique design methods en validation models, which structure the creative process, the sector is able to connect, move people. The sector is an essential link in providing answers to major social challenges and offering meaning to new technological opportunities.

High Tech Systems & Materials

High Tech Systems & Materials

Whether it’s cyber security, photonics or robotics, Israel 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 start-ups. HTSM is one of its four areas of focus.

High tech & smart materials includes multiple sub-sectors:

Advanced instrumentation

Systems and technology for measuring radiation, light and particles; determination and monitoring of location, movement and vibration; management, processing and interpretation of big (sensor) data for Big Science; instruments for R&D and production processes.


Technology and innovation for more sustainable and safer air transport: aerostructures, engine subsystems and components, maintenance, repair and overhaul, aircraft systems, and novel materials.


Solving problems like emission, congestion and noise disturbance, and promoting safety. Research topics: sustainable powertrain, smart mobility.


Developing new generations of (chip) technology, electronic components, ICs and electronic systems for use in alternative energy, electric cars, mobility and transport, logistics, communication, safety and security, privacy, healthcare, climate and water, intelligent cities, aviation and space.

Embedded Systems

Integrated hardware/software systems that add intelligence, decision-making and other possibilities to high-tech products that foster economic activities and quality of life.


People-centred nanoelectronics, embedded systems and mechatronics for prevention, diagnosis, intervention and therapy, informal and formal primary care and homecare, and enabling technologies for healthcare.

High-tech Materials

Understanding materials and their properties during production, processing, use and re-use as well as cost-reduction and safe handling of novel (nano) materials.


Lighting technology from components and solid state lighting (SSL) systems, to people-centred, energy-efficient and intelligent lighting solutions.


Cross-sectoral technologies in materials, electronics/optics and sensors, for applications like lighting, energy, health and water.


Translating applications into requirements for components and performance, technologies for photonic-electronic integration, and processes for fast and smart design and production.


Printheads and functional materials, reliability and advanced measurement and control engineering, and architecture of digital print platforms.


Protecting the security of people and society in the event of violence as well as situations that arise from crises and disasters. This is realized with technology in the domains of systems-of systems solutions, cybersecurity and sensors.

Semiconductor Equipment

Innovation with respect to the equipment for producing advanced integrated circuits: miniaturization of components, enlargement of chips and substrates, and fabrication techniques.

Smart Industry

Mechatronics, production technology linked to ICT, fast and accurate sensing, integration of micro and nanotechnology and smart materials, and smart industry field labs.


Development of products for satellites and launching vehicles, and new products and services based on satellite data in agriculture, food, water, energy and logistics.



Our energy supply is changing. The fossil fuels we use for heat, electricity and transportation are making way for renewable energy sources and the role of a decentralized energy supply is increasing.

The sector is the driving force behind the innovations needed to make the transition to an affordable, reliable, safe and sustainable energy system. The sector supports business, knowledge institutes, government and social institutions to collaborate towards the energy system of the future.

The top sector stimulates new initiatives that accelerate the transition towards sustainable energy, creating new activity and the strengthening of the international competitive position of the Netherlands.

The sector focuses on the goals towards 2050 as stated in the National Energy Agreement, the Energy Agenda and by the EU member states. The aim is to achieve a fully sustainable energy supply and a CO2-reduction of 80 – 95% as opposed to the situation in 1990 by 2050. This gives direction to the innovations the sector stimulates. In the Energy Agenda four energy functions have been determined with corresponding transition paths. In 2017 these transition paths will be elaborated further. The Innovations of the top sector support the transition paths following THIS coherence.

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Life Science & Med Tech

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 health care 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 health care 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, bio-pharmaceuticals, human and veterinary vaccines, regenerative medicine and bio-materials (bio-material 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 start-ups. Life Science & Med Tech is one of its four areas of focus.



The transportation of goods increases strongly worldwide and the quality of transport in in high demand: transportation must be sustainable and fast.

The Netherlands aspires an international top position in 2020:

  • the settlements of flows;
  • a chain director of (inter) national logistics activities;
  • a country with an attractive innovation and business climate for the shipping and logistics industry;

Currently, the sector is working on a new knowledge and innovation prospective after 2020 with societal challenge taken into account.

Agriculture and Horticulture

Agriculture and Horticulture

The sector agriculture and horticulture has the ambition to be the world leader in solutions for world’s horticultural, food and environmental challenges.

The sector features a number of strong assets. The sector is an international market leader, durable, innovative and highly-productive, with highly effective logistics and processing. The sector owner the best knowledge institutions in the world and optimised the corporation between corporates, knowledge institutions and government.

The commitment of the sector is bundles into 4 themes:

Sustainable Plant Production

Resistant and stress-resistant starting material, ecologically sustainable production, healthy soil, healthy plants, biodiversity

Consumer, Market & Society

Purchase and consumption of sustainable, safe and healthy products, information and transparency about products and production methods, strengthen consumer confidence, development of (new) green raw materials, clean and efficient transport, reduce food waste, sustainable packaging

Energy & Water

Energy and water efficient production, climate adaptation

High Tech & Digital Transformation

ICT / Big Data, robots, sensors, innovative materials and application of new and existing technologies in the T&U sector

Water and Maritime

Water and Maritime

Water plays a pivotal role in our society. Climate changes results in fluctuations in water resources. A excellent protection against water (water safety) is crucial, but care for fresh water for agricultural and natural purposes is as well.

Our (large) rivers and ports play a central role in our economy and leisure. It is not only essential to keep these waterways properly navigable, but also to make the commercial and leisure vessels more sustainable. Increasing safety on water is of great importance while installing and maintaining offshore energy parks and developing autonomous sailing.

The Netherlands plays a leading role in all these social challenges worldwide. A position that we can only maintain by focusing on innovation and good cooperation. The sector, business, knowledge institutions and government corporate to be, and remain a world-class player.

ICT & Cyber security

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 front-runner in the digitalization of its economy. There is plenty interesting Cyber security 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 start-ups. Cyber security is one of its four areas of focus.

Get in touch

  • Embassy of the Netherlands in Israel, Economic Department

  • 14 Abba Hillel Street, Ramat Gan 5250607

  • [email protected]