Brabant is an enterprising, innovative and successful Dutch region in Europe and a wonderful place to live. Working hard, taking time to enjoy the rich cultural life, beautiful nature and one another’s company go hand in hand. High tech and high touch are inseparable. The close collaboration between the Brabant partners, in national and international networks, stimulates the further development of innovation and entrepreneurship. Brabant is centrally positioned between the port cities of Rotterdam and Antwerp and the German Ruhr area. It has an international reputation as a European top region for innovation and knowledge with an inspiring business climate. Brabant has the ambition to maintain and enhance this leading position.
Therefore, Brabant is awarded 'European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) of the year 2014' label. The European jury praises the Brabant region for its current entrepreneurial leadership and strategies to stimulate future oriented entrepreneurship. In doing so, Brabant makes a significant contribution to the necessary economic growth and employment at a regional level. The jury of the EER award is particularly impressed by the support Brabant gives to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by means of the ‘Brabant approach’, where entrepreneurs, education and government collaborate.