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Regional competitiveness index

The ways in which we contribute to a healthier, happier world are as varied as the people who make it happen. We believe that collaboration and inspiration are the gateway to the future. From groundbreaking innovations to heart-warming participations, these are just a few of our stories. Search by category or simply choose ‘all’. 

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Jeffrey Beekman UMC Utrecht
Jeffrey Beekman
Stem cell researcher at UMCU
RCI Stories

UMC - harnessing the power of stem cells

Stem cells are one of Mother Nature’s greatest gifts. Able to restore function after tissue has been damaged, nothing in the natural world can rival the regenerative power of a stem cell. UMCU scientists are using them and organoids to transform modern medicine for better diagnostics, more effective therapies and faster decisions.
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What is it exactly that puts Utrecht ahead of the game? Even more than being a place that supports job creation, economic and personal growth, improved quality of life and sustainable development? We think it’s our welcoming, inclusive attitude and personal approach. Our dedicated teams are here to support all your endeavours and help you feel right at home.

Give your business a boost by setting up shop in the number one most competitive region in Europe. Our Team International will help you establish, relocate, or expand your business to the Heart of Health.

As the leading region for innovation, Utrecht boasts a broad network of enterprising communities. Startup Utrecht Region can help you access the capital injections and talent you need to get your business going.

Ease into your new life with the support of our International Welcome Centre. From helping you obtain your residence permit to familiarising you with life in Utrecht, we’ll help you find your way around.

With a market size well above the European average and outstanding accessibility, Utrecht is the perfect location for your next event. The Utrecht Convention Bureau offers independent advice and connects you with the right partners.


Cycling city in the world with the biggest bicycle parking


World’s best Geography University (Shangai ranking)


Most competitive region in Europe
Best comprehensive wellbeing policy in The Netherlands
Utrecht is building upon the science of the Blue Zones
Utrecht region residents experience good health
of all Dutch Medical & Pharma R&D is based in Utrecht
of jobs in the Utrecht region contribute to a healthy society

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Are you a partner? Share the story of our competitive region

Proud to be an Utrechter? You should be! After all, you’re actively contributing towards making us the most competitive region in Europe. Find everything you need to spread the word about our competitive region in our toolkit, including presentation slides, high res images, PDFs and more.
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