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Against All Odds: How Eindhoven Emerged as a Deeptech Ecosystem

Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences Department, Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Academic Editor: Oz Sahin
Systems 2022, 10(4), 119; https://doi.org/10.3390/systems10040119
Received: 19 July 2022 / Revised: 3 August 2022 / Accepted: 8 August 2022 / Published: 10 August 2022
The Brainport-Eindhoven region has developed into a leading location for deeptech entrepreneurship in Europe. Against all odds, it has transformed itself from a region that heavily depended on the multinational company Philips, into a diverse and fast-growing deeptech ecosystem. While this success has not gone unnoticed, there is not yet a clear account of how and why the Eindhoven region emerged as a global hotspot for deeptech innovation and entrepreneurship. Moreover, such an account might provide an exemplary model of a collaborative ecosystem, one that provides an alternative to the “winner-takes-all” entrepreneurial culture of Silicon Valley. This essay explores the performance of the Eindhoven region in terms of three structural conditions. First, the focus on deeptech R&D and entrepreneurship appears to be deeply rooted in the region’s history as well as strong competencies in systems engineering, design thinking, and multidisciplinary collaboration. Second, a collaborative approach to regional policy gives industrial, academic, and governmental actors an equivalent position in its “triple helix” governance. Finally, the Eindhoven region benefits from a systemic approach toward co-locating R&D and entrepreneurial activities on five campuses. Overall, the huge complexity of deeptech systems and products apparently requires a truly collaborative approach at all levels of the entrepreneurial ecosystem. View Full-Text
Keywords: deeptech; systems thinking; entrepreneurial ecosystem; valley of death; co-location; digitalization; Silicon Valley; systems engineering; smart specialization deeptech; systems thinking; entrepreneurial ecosystem; valley of death; co-location; digitalization; Silicon Valley; systems engineering; smart specialization
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Romme, A.G.L. Against All Odds: How Eindhoven Emerged as a Deeptech Ecosystem. Systems 2022, 10, 119. https://doi.org/10.3390/systems10040119

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Romme AGL. Against All Odds: How Eindhoven Emerged as a Deeptech Ecosystem. Systems. 2022; 10(4):119. https://doi.org/10.3390/systems10040119

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Romme, A. Georges L. 2022. "Against All Odds: How Eindhoven Emerged as a Deeptech Ecosystem" Systems 10, no. 4: 119. https://doi.org/10.3390/systems10040119

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