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The database is the world’s first matchmaking tool for scientists and industry

ScienceFinder Techleap

The leading Dutch start-up platform, Dutch universities and the national technology institute TNO have launched the ScienceFinder. The database, built in collaboration with IDfuse, is a matchmaking tool for scientists and industry and is the first of its kind worldwide.

Making Dutch scientific research accessible to industry

At launch, ScienceFinder has around 422,224 publications, 120,797 projects and 456 startups, making scientific research and academic networks accessible to partners from the business community and government.

ScienceFinder is a joint initiative of, Holland’s four Technical Universities (Delft, Eindhoven, Twente and Wageningen), TNO, NWO-TTO and the association of universities in the Netherlands VSNU with support from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy.

The ScienceFinder makes it clear to business and government partners where relevant knowledge is present within the knowledge institutions. It thus contributes to cooperation between business and knowledge institutions.

Supporting cooperation between industry and knowledge institutions

The ScienceFinder allows the user to easily search a database for relevant information about research activities in the Netherlands. For example, if you search for ‘artificial intelligence’ you will get an overview of the state of affairs in this area with an overview of activities per university.

Mapping breakthrough technologies in the Netherlands

The ScienceFinder can also be used to analyze breakthrough technologies, such as: where are the scientists actively developing proof of concepts for a certain technology? From this, heat maps can be generated around themes such as quantum computing, blockchain, hydrogen or artificial intelligence. The heatmaps can be about purely scientific quality (publications) on, for example, be more focused on the distance to the market (take-off grants, innovation credit, cooperation with the business community). It provides the business community and the government with information about relevant research groups. will also use the ScienceFinder as a basis of knowledge to create and publish reports on Knowledge Transfer.

The Netherlands can lead in emerging technologies

With the ScienceFinder, is taking a step forward in collaboration in the field of emerging technologies. In this way it can keep pace with countries such as the United States, China, Germany and France, which invest heavilty in marketing scientific knowledge.

Accelerating and embedding innovation

Nils Beers, CEO said: “With the ScienceFinder we not only prioritize the commercialization of technology and scientific knowledge, but we also accelerate the much-needed embedding of technologies in the Dutch ecosystem. This is necessary to keep our country relevant on a global stage, to keep it as beautiful as it is today and to prevent us from using solutions exclusively built by other countries.”

Knowledge contributes to society and economy

Pieter Duisenberg, chairman of VSNU: “The ScienceFinder is living proof that the knowledge from Dutch universities contributes to our society and economy. We want to further strengthen our knowledge transfer in the Netherlands. The ScienceFinder plays a crucial role in this by making scientific research accessible to partners from industry and government.”

About is a Dutch non-profit publicly funded organization helping to quantify and accelerate the tech ecosystem of the Netherlands. Its aim is to empower people and their tech companies to scale with programs and initiatives for improving access to capital, market and talent.


6 March 2020

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