The traditional economic fabric of the city of Eindhoven, resulting from the fact that the city is the birthplace pof the Philips company, is focused on high tech industries and (industrial) design. However, the picture today is much more diverse, as may become clear from the Smart specialisation strategy prepared for the wider region (http://s3platform.jrc.ec.europa.eu/documents/20182/91499/Ris+Southern+NL.pdf/eb5a7447-17f1-417a-8538-9b93cbba9fd4).
Today, the city hosts two co-locations in the context of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT), one on Energy technology and one on ICT, and is partner in the KIC on Healthy ageing.
An important aspect of the Eindhoven economic DNA is the triple helix cooperation which is visible through the Brainport Strategy supported by the Brainport Foundation, bringing together knowledge, industrial and public actors and supported by the Brainport Development Office.
While Eindhoven was one of the early adopters of the ambition to become a smart city, today we have moved on to strive for a Smart Society. With a stronger focus on the participation and engagement of citizens and end-users to improve the quality of life in our city, in the combination of sustainable and innovative technologies and services on themes of lighting, preventive health, climate change, energy neutrality and life long education and skill development.