Leuven and Brussels among Europe’s top ICT hubs

Summary

Leuven and the Brussels-Capital Region have been identified by the European Commission as top ICT hubs in Europe

Leuven at number 11

Both Brussels and Leuven have been included on a new European Commission list that identifies Europe’s top 34 ICT hubs. Leuven finished in 11th place, and the Brussels-Capital Region in 24th. Leuven also received a special mention as one of the smaller-sized regions that are performing very strongly. Regions in Munich, London and Paris occupied the first three spots, respectively.

The new ranking demonstrates where digital technologies thrive and examines the factors contributing to this success. Key ingredients were found to be access to top universities and research centres plus funding opportunities such as venture capital.

“This is proof that digital success comes through a willingness to invest and an open mind-set for innovation and planning,” stated Neelie Kroes, vice-president of the European Commission and the commissioner responsible for the digital agenda. “Europe needs to build these values today to be a global leader in technology.”

The findings will be used in future European policymaking and specifically strengthen the Euripidis project, which focuses on ICT innovation policy and on transferring the best research ideas to the market.

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