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Frits Grotenhuis

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Topsector ICT

The Netherlands is one of the world’s foremost digital economies. Many households have a PC, a tablet and a smartphone as well, and the physical and mobile networks are both highly developed. Almost every single company in the Netherlands works online, and the national Internet servers are among the most secure in the world. This puts us in a strong starting position.

The importance of ICT to the Dutch economy is also increasing all the time. The ICT sector is growing at a lightning pace, and digitalisation is a key driver of economic growth. On top of this, digital innovation plays a prominent role in solving important societal issues. That makes ICT logically one of ten Top Sectors in the Netherlands (Dutch).

Topsector ICT supports the Dutch ICT sector in various ways: by initiating and fostering ICT innovations for the various sectors of the economy, including Topsectors, and by helping to convert cross-sectoral connections into opportunities. By working together, we can help the Netherlands to retain its international position in the area of digital innovation, and boost society’s earning capacity.

The Netherlands as a lead country

Topsector ICT contributes to the economy in various ways: through innovation, by utilising international opportunities, by solving the challenges facing society, by increasing human capital, and by investing in scientific research.

Its agenda identifies five key enabling technologies: Big Data, AI, Blockchain, Future Network Services and Cybersecurity. We combine all the various parties’ strengths and help them to share knowledge and expertise. This way, we can put the Netherlands at the forefront of the digital world.

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Top Team

The Top Team represents Topsector ICT’s executive management, with final responsibility for Topsector ICT.

The Top Team is made up of professionals with a strong track record in the digital economy, business, the public sector or science. As a deliberate choice, the team brings together a variety of different expertises and backgrounds, to maximise the possibilities for boosting cross-sectoral interaction.

Jeannine Peek-Vissers
Figurehead Topsector ICT
Lotte de Bruijn
Ambassador Human Capital Agenda ICT
Jos de Groot
Director of the Digital Economy Directorate
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy
Ben Woldring
Internet entrepreneur
Inald Lagendijk
Figurehead Science Topsector ICT

The Team

Topsector ICT organizes events, fosters public-private partnerships, sends out newsletters with information on matters such as exciting grants and subsidies, and forms coalitions for the principal key enabling technologies. The team is made up of the following experts:

Frits Grotenhuis
Director
Topsector ICT
Jasper Renema
Programme coordinator
Topsector ICT
Marcel Mokveld
Topsector ICT
Marit de Winter
Office Manager
Topsector ICT
Mirelle van Dijk
Communications
Topsector ICT
Moniek Lijster
Programme Developer
Topsector ICT
Tessa Weber
Communications and PR
Topsector ICT
Tijs Koops
Project Manager International Cooperation
Topsector ICT

Goals

The goals of Topsector ICT are to build programmes for public-private partnerships in key enabling technologies, to improve participation in mission-driven programmes and themes and Long-Term Mission-Driven Innovation Programmes (Dutch: Meerjarige Missiegedreven Innovatie Programma’s, or “MMIPs”), and to boost engagement with the public-private partnership programmes among innovative SMEs. Topsector ICT also nurtures commercialisation in the various programmes, realisation of the goals of the Human Capital Agenda (HCA) and further international connections in the public-private partnership programmes.

New developments occur all the time that will have a long-term impact on how competitive the Netherlands can be in ICT matters. Topsector ICT is responsible for identifying those developments before they happen and defining an appropriate strategy.

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