Eindhoven is the largest city in the North Brabant province with the population of over 227, 000. The city’s fast economic development started in 1891 when the Philips brothers founded a small factory producing light bulbs, which is now one of the largest brands of electronics in the world. Other hi-tech companies - DAF, NXP Semiconductors, Simac, ASML, etc., have also contributed to its transformation into a technological and industrial center. Around one-third of the country’s all R&D money is spent here. Eindhoven aims to create the environment in which innovation can flourish, with business incubators and accelerators, e.g. Twinning and Catalyst, as well as ultramodern workspaces to support this growth. It has also implemented a series of initiatives, such as Brainport Top Technology Region and Brainport Development, to make this a reality.
In addition, there are facilities to hold large-scale events and conferences: Evolution Eindhoven for 1,200 people in the city, and NH Conference Centre Koningshof and 1931 Congress Centre for 2,000 people each in the province.
The High-Tech Campus Eindhoven is home to over 160 companies and institutions employing more than 11,000 experts in different fields. This unique environment of cross-fertilization accelerates innovation in the region. The campus provides entrepreneurs and researchers with serviced offices and research laboratories for rent, which have state-of-the-art equipment. For instance, its business center Beta offers flexible workspaces for lease and other facilities to small and medium teams. The HighTech Campus Eindhoven is in the center of the wider Brainport Eindhoven area, where the most innovative companies in different sectors rent commercial properties. The city’s two knowledge and innovation communities -Innoenergy, which supports sustainable energy projects, and IET ICT Labs are also based here.
Eindhoven is also a world-famous design city. Its Design Academy and the Industrial Design faculty (Eindhoven University of Technology) have gathered the country’s brightest talents. It also hosts one of the most noticeable industry events in the world: the Dutch Design Week. In October 2018, over 2,500 designers will participate, and almost 300,000 visitors are expected to attend exhibitions, lectures, and other festivities. Interestingly, the Design Academy is located in the Witte Damme complex, which is a renovated Philips lamp factory. The other two buildings next to it are the Admirant, former Philips headquarters and now modern office space for rent, and the redesigned “Pink Baby” - now an art center and a museum.
Eindhoven has many interesting districts. For instance, Woensel-West is known for the largest market in the city - Woenselse Markt and the colorful residential area Volta Galvani. The downtown area is perfect for shopping and dining, with Downtown Gourmet Market and Stratumseind -the longest pub street in the whole country. Emmasingel is another central area, where the Philips museum and the Design Academy are located. Dommel area boasts a historic Villa de Laak with a beautiful garden, the NRE site - now a creative area with design studios, the DAF museum, and Eindhoven Central Station. The Bergen is an old central district with well-preserved buildings, which resembles the Latin Quarter in Paris. Strijp-S used to be a “forbidden city”, open only to Philips employees. Today it is a trendy residential and shopping area with the largest European Enversed V R Center, popular with creative companies for office rent.