9 Jun 2017

Royal HaskoningDHV in support of its strategic ambition to invest in teams and innovation entered into two new partnerships with strong links to the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft).

The company has become partner of The Green Village that aims to accelerate innovation for a sustainable future. Under this partnership Royal HaskoningDHV is one of the founders of the Co-Creation Centre on the TU Delft Campus which aims to inspire and co-create building and green energy related innovations into real products or services.

Royal HaskoningDHV has also become partner of tech start-up incubator YES!Delft that helps entrepreneurs to build leading technology companies.

Royal HaskoningDHV CEO Erik Oostwegel: "TU Delft and Royal HaskoningDHV together have over 300 years of experience in solving the most complex challenges through technical innovations. Today marks an important milestone in our partnership to bring together the best people and develop radical innovations and digital services that will help resolve future challenges. Partnerships are essential to enhance society.”

Research testbed
The Green Village Managing Director Jaron Weishut: "To accelerate the development and implementation of radical innovations for a sustainable future it takes a joint effort. As a platform we aim to bring together everyone who needs to be involved – scientists and engineers, businesses, the public, and government – at an inspiring place where innovations can be developed, tested and demonstrated. The Co-Creation Centre will be an inspirational experimental building, which acts as an exhibition and event centre as well as a testbed for research and innovation. We're very happy to have Royal HaskoningDHV on board to co-develop the co-creation centre concept."

Jaron Weishut from The Green Village (left) and Erik Oostwegel from Royal HaskoningDHV present the Co-Creation Centre.
Photo: Rolf van Koppen

Upscaling innovations
YES!Delft Managing Director Evert Jaap Lugt: "The partnership with Royal HaskoningDHV opens a great international network full of potential launching customers and projects to implement the technologies and innovations of our start-ups. Together we’ll work on upscaling innovations and creating innovative business models for the future."

Both partnerships were announced during the Delft University of Technology Research Exhibition marking the 175th anniversary of the university on 7 June 2017. "It was a great day to dive into the latest innovations developed by TU Delft and discuss how together we can implement them for the benefit of society," said Erik Oostwegel.

Royal HaskoningDHV and TU Delft have a long-standing relationship which was made official last year by signing a Memorandum of Understanding to work even more closely together and develop initiatives for amongst others research, innovation, (online) education and lifelong learning. Both parties work together on flood resilience, wastewater treatment technologies and self-driving cars to name a few.

Royal HaskoningDHV is also proud partner in the Honours Programme Delft for the best bachelor’s and master’s students looking for a challenge over and above what their curriculum offers.

From left: Prof. Tim van der Hagen (President TU Delft), Erik Oostwegel (CEO Royal HaskoningDHV), Lisette Heuer and Niels Schallenberg (Royal HaskoningDHV), Niels Beerts (YES!Delft) and Evert Jaap Lugt (Managing Director YES!Delft).

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