Investment climate in bio-based industries in the Netherlands

The nova-Institute conducted a new study on the investment climate in bio-based industries in the Netherlands

The objective of this study was to assess the investment climate for bio-based industries in the Netherlands in comparison to other countries. The main research questions were:

Which reasons move investors to provide money for bio-based entrepreneurs? What are the advantages of the Netherlands as a location for bio-based industries? Which hurdles might prevent investors from placing their funds in the Netherlands and which conditions make other locations potentially more attractive for investing?

The study was conducted from January to May 2014 in the form of interviews with start-ups or other SMEs in the Netherlands, Germany, France and Belgium and was complemented by selected literature. The focus was exclusively on bio-based chemicals and materials, not on food, feed or energy produced from biomass.

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nova-Institut GmbH, press release, 2014-05-25.


Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs
nova-Institut GmbH


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