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Collaborate with TNO as an SME entrepreneur in innovation projects

TNO wishes to boost innovation in subjects that are relevant to your company and to society. We focus on subjects that contribute to a digital, healthy, safe and sustainable society. That is why we connect people and knowledge to create innovations that increase the competitiveness of SMEs and sustainably enhance society's well-being.

WHAT CAN TNO DO FOR SME ENTREPRENEURS?

TNO helps small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to innovate successfully and actively supports entrepreneurs with knowledge and expertise of technology in relation to users, market and vision.

TNO can help with:

  • specific R&D technology-related issues
  • finding the right partners
  • sharing relevant knowledge

TNO participates in various domestic and international partnerships in which we like to involve entrepreneurs.

TNO INNOVATION PLATFORM

The TNO Innovation Platform (Dutch website) contains a current range of projects and activities in which you can participate immediately. It is also the place to ask questions when looking for specific knowledge relating to R&D and innovation. We will be happy to help you with, for example, an expert session or a referral in our network. You can turn to us for domestic and international projects, purchasing knowledge licences, using state-of-the-art facilities and participating in interesting knowledge sessions.

FIELD LABS

TNO actively disseminates knowledge to SMEs in the following partnerships, also known as fieldlabs.

DUTCH OPTICS CENTRE

The Dutch Optics Centre (Dutch website) operates as a platform where businesses, branch organisations and knowledge institutions work together on the development and/or production of high-tech optical and opto-mechanical products.

SMART CONNECTED SUPPLIER NETWORK

The Smart Connected Supplier Network (SCSN) fieldlab is an initiative of HTSM, Brainport Industries, software suppliers and TNO to support the high-tech manufacturing industry in digitalising the chain. 

FLEXIBLE MANUFACTURING FIELDLAB

The Flexible Manufacturing fieldlab parties work together to demonstrate the possibilities offered by digitalisation and robotics. 

BUILDING AND TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION CENTRE (BTIC)

Public authorities, knowledge institutions and market players in the building and technology sector join forces to create long-term knowledge programmes. Read more about BTIC (in Dutch).

VOLTACHEM

VoltaChem is an industry-driven Shared Innovation Programme for the electrification of the chemical industry initiated by TNO and the Chemicals Top Sector. Read more about VoltaChem.

START-UPS & SCALE-UPS

TNO helps your start-up by offering our technical expertise, our excellent research and our modern facilities. We have experts in almost every field. TNO's aim is to help Dutch entrepreneurs develop their products and their business.

Do you have a start-up or scale-up and need research, consultancy or experimental facilities? TNO is the largest organisation for applied research in the Netherlands with experts in dozens of disciplines. From building innovations to child health, from sustainable transport to strategic analyses and from circular economy to space instrumentation. TNO does it all! Contact us or read on for more information about the services we offer and the current start-up initiatives we are involved in.

PARTNERS

Creating innovations requires collaboration, and that is possible only with partners. In order to support you as an SME entrepreneur even better in innovation projects, we cooperate with various organisations:

  • MKB Nederland (SME Netherlands) and TNO underline with their cooperation the importance of innovation for the development of SMEs.
  • MKB Servicedesk and TNO and have joined forces to support companies in their innovation.
  • The Chamber of Commerce and TNO cooperate in innovation-oriented knowledge transfer to SMEs.
  • RVO (Netherlands Enterprise Agency) cooperates with TNO in finding a sound financing scheme for its SME relations.

We also cooperate frequently with universities, knowledge institutions and public authorities.

Are you working on innovation and do you have an R&D issue that TNO can help you with?

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