Innovation and creation require an open climate with space to experiment and interact to stimulate economic activity. With an ambitious mindset where entrepreneurs dare to take risks and dare to fail. To be attractive as a city for startups and talent, we create a culture of innovation and creativity. Places for experiment, appealing events and creating a creative test environment promote social interaction. For this reason, The Hague focuses on programs, events and physical places where there is room for experimentation and crossovers between organizations, knowledge institutes, companies and creative professionals.
The Hague Innovators
At various companies located in The Hague, innovative products and services are being developed in the field of global challenges. To make this visible and to stimulate new initiatives, a first edition of the Hague Innovators competition took place in 2014. With this annual competition we challenge entrepreneurs from The Hague to present their innovative solutions for global challenges. A number of participating entrepreneurs will receive a financial incentive to further develop their own concept and to scale up their business.
Makerlabs in the Hague
Open labs or maker labs offer workspace to various parties. Here they can jointly explore complex issues with new technology and build prototypes of innovative products or services. Moreover, companies and individual professionals in these labs have access to communal facilities, equipment and materials for which they do not have the budgets themselves. Existing examples of this in The Hague include the Peace Innovation Institute, The Hague International Center for Civic Hacks, the Surflab in Scheveningen and the maker labs in De Besturing.