From Science to Impact

The Netherlands is bursting with scientific knowledge and the creativity to develop solutions for worldwide challenges. And innovation is something that the Dutch have been doing for centuries. But this present age requires an accelerated innovative approach that will lead to even more impact from our top science. It is high time for a movement – from and for knowledge institutions, companies and government – with one aim: from science to impact.

Science to Impact
Scaling up from the heart of science
through collaboration at all levels
to ensure impact.

Entrepreneurial Scientists

A conversation with Kitty Nijmeijer

The ability to understand and give

Synthesis | Recognition and rewards, transparency and trust

Science and impact

A conversation with Berend van Meer

What if it were your own money?

A conversation with Margriet Sitskoorn

Knowledge should reach everybody

A conversation with Hedderik van Rijn

Giving back to society

A conversation with Tanja van de Lippe

Nobody is a master of everything

A conversation with Rebecca Saive

Surely a startup should boost your standing?

A conversation with Davide Iannuzzi

A mandate from society

Synthesis - Thinking and doing

A matter of course, use and people



Last month, more than 175 ambitious entrepreneurs, investors and partners from the Dutch deep tech ecosystem attended Hello Tomorrow in Paris under the name Discover Dutch Deeptech.

Best practice

During State of Dutch Tech 2024, a new model shareholder agreement was launched which can be used by Dutch spin-offs in which universities, University Medical Centers (UMCs) or other knowledge institutions participate as shareholders.


Last month, EZK, TNO and RaboResearch released publications on the Dutch technology and investment climate.

Knowledge base

Information and insights on science to impact
Best practice

From now on, all knowledge institutions in the Netherlands can use transparent principles for the transfer of intellectual property to academic spin-offs.


This report by the UK Policy Evidence Unit for University Commercialisation and Innovation sets out in detail the reality of current UK university approaches to taking equity in spinouts.


Jointly, the 4 TUs asked British consultancy firm Biggar Economics to research their economic impact, as part of 4TU's overall societal impact. The quantitative economic impact outcomes are quantified in terms of gross value added and jobs.

About Science to Impact
Genuine knowledge impact occurs in networks on the basis of shared missions and a far-reaching integration of research and entrepreneurship. Creating an optimum Dutch environment for this requires action from all parties in the knowledge arena, and a focus on several related priorities. Become part of this movement and connect your own initiative.