Non-profit think tank the Intelligent Community Forum went as far as recommending Eindhoven’s tech centre as being “the world’s smartest region.” In a recent study conducted by the Financial Times, they found that Eindhoven is the third city of the future in Europe after London and Helsinki. Not only that, Forbes magazine named Eindhoven as “by far the most inventive city in the world”.
Eindhoven attracts those keen to start SMEs and work permits for non-EU citizens can obtained in 4-6 weeks, and migrant visas for highly skilled workers are available. It’s a tech city in an entrepreneurial country - at the centre of Europe, most other European cities are just an hour away by flight, and the Netherlands media generally showers positive attention on all the benefits of being an entrepreneur.
Unsurprisingly, there are plenty of support groups for entrepreneurs looking to relocate to the Netherlands. The Eindhoven Start-ups Foundation has more than 350 members and was founded with the aim of developing a start-up city that “drives economic and innovation growth and creates a positive, high-impact change for the local community.”
It’s time to look beyond the traditional tech start-up cities of Berlin, Copenhagen and Dublin, and see where the next promising location could be for start-ups. In the next instalment of the EU Hotspots series, we look at Budapest.