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Welcome to Utrecht Region – The gateway to Europe

Why RAPID-Health in Utrecht Region?

Utrecht Region is developing fast. With its central location in the Netherlands, lots of greenery, and all sorts of activities and facilities, people are more and more attracted to the region. The expectation is that the number of inhabitants will increase at a rapid pace in the coming years. Opportunities will arise together with this social issue. Knowledge institutions, organizations, and governments seize the opportunity to jointly ensure that happiness and health will be accessible to everyone in the Region. Meanwhile, various networks have emerged and Utrecht Region is on the map, both in the Netherlands and the whole of Europe. 

In fact, Utrecht Region can count itself as the top 3 most progressive European Region of Europe in the Life, Science, and Health domains. We are innovating and transforming in Healthcare and Well-being through our Health Hub Utrecht, a collaboration between more than 50 organizations and institutions (

To achieve our ambitions, the aim is on three themes;
Utrecht Region – The place to kickstart your business

There are many reasons to count why international startups want to settle in Utrecht Region. As mentioned before, the region is unique because of its excellent location, with Schiphol airport at half an hour drive and the largest train station in the Netherlands around the corner. This makes the major European capitals within reach. Therefore, Utrecht Region forms a true gateway to the rest of Europe.

Besides geographical benefits, with Utrecht Region's accessible cooperation between businesses and politics, you are able to build a good relationship with our government here. 

Finally, Utrecht Region – as said before - offers a favorable living environment with a lot of greenery and all facilities of a great city within easy reach.

Be part of our sparkling network

All the knowledge and expertise of healthcare and well-being is collected in the Health Hub Utrecht (HHU). The network is a cooperative network between various organizations and institutions, like organizations that help startups flourish, Medical Hospitals, highly valued Universities and (Local) Governments. Besides digital collaboration, innovators will find physical collaboration at the Utrecht Science Park ( Utrecht Region is not only a cooperation regionally, but also with other prominent innovation partner in the rest of Europe, such as the RegMED XB network ( In order to stimulate international collaboration, Trade & Invest and the Economic Board Utrecht are always searching for great opportunities to enjoy our European Market (

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