Sports&Technology

Netherlands: North Brabant
Rene Wijlens

Overview

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About us

CREATING VALUE THROUGH SMART CONNECTIONS

Located in the Brainport region of the Netherlands, the Sports and Technology cluster is an open network of businesses, knowledge institutions, SportFieldLabs, and public organisations (the Q-helix) for sport innovation.

Cluster parties share their knowledge and experiences, in an ethos of open innovation and co-creation, to create social and technological innovations in the domain of sports and vitality, bringing

  • more people to an active lifestyle,
  • enhancing sport performance and
  • creating economical value.
Formalised strategy
Strategy focus on internationalisation

Cluster composition

  • 150
    Cluster Members
  • 130
    SME's
  • 5
    Large Companies
  • 4
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 3
    Other Ecosystem Actors

Achievements

Success story 1: Profit project:

In the early 00’s the concept of SportsFieldLabs was initiated from the S&T community. Since then SportFieldLabs have become an important part of the Sports&Technology (S&T) cluster of field labs, knowledge organisations and businesses. A SportFieldLab is a research and development location in a real-life setting where:

  • Sportsmen and/or other citizens (children, adults, elderly) engage in sports and play activities.
  • Businesses can install new product prototypes or production models in the field-lab where the end-users can use and test them as part of regular sports activity.
  • Knowledge institutes use the field-lab to collect data on the end-user interaction with the products.

In 2010 S&T initiated the ProFit project  (Interreg IVb (EFRD)-project, budget 6 M€, 2011-March 2015, www.fieldlabs.eu ) with the goal:

  • to further develop the infrastructure of the SportFieldLab for sports and physical activity in Eindhoven (one of the 8 labs in the S&T cluster)
  • to stimulate innovation and new business creation in the S&T cluster.

S&T is the lead partner of the ProFit project in which local public authorities and knowledge institutions in three nations participate. It addresses some of the major partners of the cluster: Fontys and TU/e as knowledge partners, Field lab Eindhoven on sports and Physical activity (InnoSportLab Sport en Beweeg!), various companies and start-ups. 

Complexity/Challenge

The Profit project contributes to the strategic development of the S&T cluster infrastructure and organisation as it strengthens one of its major assets: the SportFieldLab. These labs are regarded a breeding places for innovations and business creation. 

Impact/Contribution to the sustainable development of the cluster

The project has strengthened not only the lab infrastructure but also the collaboration within the cluster partners in the region. The networking effect of this project has grown beyond the project end. The end event of the Profit project in March 2015 will therefor also be the starting point of new cluster collaboration projects in the area of People Sports and Vitality.

Management team

Rene Wijlens
Cluster Manager
George de Jong
Cluster Manager
Marc van der Zande
Project Manager

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral Industries
Technology fields
S3 EU priority areas
Cross-sectoral industries
Creative Industries

Services

Support services provided

Other (please specify)

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes
H2020 CIP/COSME INTERREG Other

Name & description

Interreg NWE

Intereg NL/VL

RvO

MRE

EFRO (stimulus)

Project name

Urbact Vital cities

Profit project

vital living lab 

several other project developments under construction

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

Australia
Brazil
United States

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries

Belgium
France
Germany
Spain

Transnational support activites

Support to collaborative activities/etc.

International support activites

Support to collaborative activities/etc.

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Latest news and documents

News Published: 15.11.2016
Collaboration Australian clusters ASTN and Dutch cluster Sports&Technology