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The East Netherlands Development Agency (Oost NV) is a publicly owned regional business development and investment agency with extensive experience in helping foreign companies setting up European activities in the eastern region of the Netherlands (the provinces Gelderland and Overijssel). The agency has three shareholders: The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs (57.62%) and the provinces of Gelderland (33.56%) and Overijssel (8.82%).
Services cover four areas: Regional Development & Innovations, Business Environment, Foreign Investments and Venture Capital. The latter activities are organized in sister agency called "Participatiemaatschappij Oost", in which also Twente University takes part.
Oost N.V. maintain a wide network of regional, national and international regional business relations, knowledge institutes, intermediaries and governmental institutions. The basic services of Oost NV include assisting in site selection and in finding joint-venture partners, setting up distribution centres, strategic alliances and technology transfers, consulting on government regulations, taxes, financing and subsidies and providing access to venture capital for local entrepreneurs.
Topical focus is on three important clusters: food & nutrition, health and technology.