Connect and Create
ICT is vital to every single sector of the economy. Each sector of the economy, and each Top Sector, faces its own particular ICT challenges. At the same time, many of those challenges are connected. The mission of Top Sector ICT is to help companies, government agencies and knowledge institutions to realise ICT innovations through knowledge exchange and closer cooperation. Top Sectors are areas where Dutch companies and research centres are among the world leaders. Companies, universities, research centres and government agencies are working together to develop knowledge and innovations to reinforce that position, and so improve the Dutch position in the international arena for digital innovation.
The digital economy is therefore a key pillar for the present Government, which now for the first time includes member whose portfolio includes digitalisation. The ICT sector has been outperforming the average for the Dutch economy for years, and digitalisation is a key driver of economic growth.
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Every sector of the economy, and every Top Sector, faces its own particular ICT challenges. At the same time, many of those challenges run parallel to each other. An ICT solution that is applied successfully in one sector might also help with a problem in another sector, or add other value. Topsector ICT fosters and initiates ICT innovations for the various sectors of the economy, including Top Sectors. Its goal is to convert cross-sectoral connections into opportunities, to utilise them more effectively and so make optimum use of ICT innovations. This will boost the Dutch economy and help overcome the challenges facing society. This takes the shape of cooperation, knowledge sharing and providing financial routes for specific themes.
Working together to create ICT innovations
Topsector ICT has set up various programmes and initiatives, using public-private partnerships with organisations such as the Top Sectors, universities, knowledge institutions, private organisations and start-ups and scale-ups.