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Growing robust, nutritious potatoes with disease-free seeds

Contaminated potatoes, expensive pesticides and low crop yields are all things of the past thanks to Netherlands company, Solynta. Their hybrid breeding technique replaces the common potato-tuber with ‘true seeds’.

Upcycled sleeping bags for the less fortunate

Dutch humanitarian start-up Sheltersuit upcycles sleeping bags to help refugees and the homeless cope with harsh weather conditions. The firm was part of a group of six Dutch innovative companies that represented the Netherlands at the SXSW festival in the US.

Welcome to the new NL Branding platform

Following the introduction of the new positioning strategy of the Netherlands, this online platform is being developed to support users of this new strategy.

Sustainable hamburgers made from … crickets?!

Global demand for food is set to outpace the available food production capacity, while destroying the climate goals. It is important to provide enough food and upgrade the capacity, while keeping an eye on sustainability. Dutch company De Krekerij thinks that using insects as a sustainable meat substitute can contribute to food security and while creating a circular planet together.

Connecting the world by rail

Many exporting countries choose the Netherlands as one of the gateways into and out of Europe and the rest of the world – by road, air and sea. Although these modes of transportation create a significant amount of CO2 gasses, rail has become a sustainable alternative for cargo transport. Almost 85% of all rail freight in the Netherlands is international. And a further 2 direct cargo rail links to China were added recently.

Special partnership makes female entrepreneurs less vulnerable

Selling shea nuts they gathered themselves is how many women in Mali and Burkina Faso earn a living. It's a precarious, season-dependent livelihood – but thanks to a public-private partnership (PPP), a Facility for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Food Security (FDOV) programme sponsored by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, more and more female entrepreneurs in these countries have additional sources of income.

Air-cleaning bicycles

The air around us is becoming dirtier, especially in the world’s larger cities. At the same time we have to deal with massive traffic congestion. Dutch entrepreneurs want to collaborate with governments, students and companies to make a smog free city and get people out their cars and use greener forms of transportation.