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Development Agency East Netherlands


Oost NV plays an important role in executing the economic policies of the Dutch government and the Province of Overijssel and its various city governments. To achieve this it is necessary to encourage a close cooperation between businesses, regional institutes, knowledge institutes, and intermediaries. Oost NV acts as a bridge between government, companies and knowledge institutes.


Oost NV (Development Agency East Netherlands) is an agency that focuses its activities and projects on strengthening and stimulating the economy of the provinces of Gelderland and Overijssel, the Netherlands.

They work with businesses in the provinces of Gelderland and Overijssel and are commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the respective Provinces


The activities of Development Agency East Netherlands are divided into four parts:

  • Regional Development & Innovations: improvement of the production and business climate for entrepreneurs in the provinces of Gelderland and Overijssel through facilitating innovation, knowledge exchange, cluster forming, etc.
  • Business Environment: this new branch coordinates renewal projects in existing industrial parks and will work to develop new business and knowledge parks as well as collective business centers.
  • Foreign Investments: works to attract new businesses and/or new business activities. It supports the businesses of the provinces of Gelderland and Overijssel by supporting expansion activities and setting up cooperative networks.
  • PPM Oost (Participation Company East Netherlands NV): takes part in capital investments in companies in the provinces of Gelderland and Overijssel.