Supporting promising new developments, ideas and techniques
The various research institutes and companies in Wageningen are full of promising ideas and new techniques to improve the world around us. To help boost these ideas into the world, we as a municipality can work together with the WUR to support these new companies. First, courses on entrepreneurship should become more accessible for anyone with an idea. Secondly, start-up companies often face difficulties at the start because of their high investments and low returns. To give companies the time to grow into a successful company, Connect Wageningen wants to eliminate tax for the first 3 years. Finally, Connect Wageningen will stimulate events that bring together research institutes and the business community.
As Connect Wageningen we believe it is important to strengthen the profiling of, or 'the brand' Wageningen. Doing so will not only contribute to more employment and more facilities, but also makes room for more internships, gives more value to diplomas obtained in Wageningen and/or give companies from Wageningen a stronger position. For example, the municipality is very ambitious in the field of sustainability and invests quite a lot of money into it. The opportunity to link a revenue model here has never been made use of. By profiling Wageningen as 'the place where you can obtain quality knowledge and expertise about climate', we can respond to that.
In Wageningen, approximately € 0.5 million of the € 93 million goes to improving opportunities for businesses, trade and craft. That is 0,5% of the total. Our plans would increase the budget by around € 0.25 million. Which has a low impact on the total budget.