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Start of new round Innovation Monitor North Netherlands

In March 2018, the Innovation Monitor North Netherlands will be conducted for the fourth time. The Vinci expertise center of the University of Groningen (RuG) and the North Netherlands Cooperation Agency (SNN) annually map the innovation activities, investments and performance of northern SMEs.

Get your personal Innovation Passport

As a participant in the Innovation Monitor, you will receive a personal Innovation Passport. This passport compares the innovation activities and performance of your company with similar companies in the Northern Netherlands.

What do you have to do for it?

Would you also like to receive a personal Innovation Passport? Then fill out the online questionnaire on the University of Groningen website before March 23. It takes about 15 minutes to complete. You will receive your personal Innovation Passport after analysis of all results.

The questionnaire can be found here.


About the North Netherlands Innovation Monitor

The North Netherlands Innovation Monitor is the result of a strategic collaboration between the Vinci expertise center of the University of Groningen (RUG) and the North Netherlands Cooperation Agency (SNN), which was launched in 2015. In addition to the RuG and SNN, MKB Noord, VNO-NCW Noord, TCNN, NOM, PNO Consultants, the Water Alliance and the Netherlands Patent Office are involved in this initiative as strategic partners. The 2018 Monitor focuses on the following themes: funding innovation, social versus economic innovation goals, and new technologies for innovation.

Importance of the Innovation Monitor

SNN is responsible for implementing various incentive schemes and grant programs for the business community, including the European grant program OP ERDF 2014-2020. This program focuses on stimulating innovations within SMEs. The monitor helps SNN match its grant instruments as closely as possible to the demand and need of Northern Netherlands entrepreneurs.

The goal of the Vinci Expertise Center is to make scientific knowledge accessible to practitioners and to contribute to scientific research from practitioners. Click here for more information.

More information?

For more information about (participating in) the Innovation Monitor 2018, please contact Prof. Dries Faems, Professor of Innovation & Organization at the University of Groningen: (, 05036;meij or Luc Hulsman, Program Manager of the SNN (, 0505224945).