The Netherlands as a Springboard for Europe: High Tech and Cyber Security Companies

The Netherlands as a Springboard for Europe: High Tech and Cyber Security Companies

October 7, 2019

October 23, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Fairfax County Economic Development Authority
8300 Boone Blvd
Vienna, VA 22182
John Boylan

The Dutch invented Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, the CD, and the DVD. The Netherlands has a rich history of innovation and is ranked No. 4 on the Global Innovation Index.

The Netherlands, as one of the most wired countries in the world, is the hotspot for leading information and communications technology companies. Holland’s state-of-the-art, 100% digital, advanced fiber-optic network and competitive business climate support a strong community of startups and global IT companies. In fact, 60% of Forbes 2000 companies in the IT industry have already established operations in Holland, and there are landing programs to support small, medium and large enterprises to navigate the local business communities.

The cybersecurity market in the Netherlands is growing at a rapid annual pace of some 14.5 percent. Of the 66,000 IT companies in Holland, 3,600 have cybersecurity as their core business and more than 2,500 sell cybersecurity products and services.

Our speaker will provide an introduction on how to use the Netherlands as a springboard for expanding your business in Europe. Panel members will discuss their experiences and challenges. This is a forum where you can ask experts about your challenges and options.


  • Chris van Voorden – Director Foreign Investments At Innovationquarter, Netherlands

  • Ryan Leirvik – Principal at Grimm

  • Renato Turelli – Sr. Assistant Director at NFIA

  • Ulrich Mans – Senior Advisor for Innovation at Science and Technology at the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy

  • Carlos A. Fernandes, Managing Principal/CEO, at Agile Cybersecurity Solutions, LLC

Event Moderator: Jatinder Kaur Khosla, Business Investment Manager for Europe, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority

Event sponsors: InnovationQuarter and Fairfax County Economic Development Authority

7:30 am Registration & Networking
8:00 am Panel discussion
9:00 am Program Ends


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