Groningen-Assen region (RGA) is an economic partnership between 2 provinces and 12 municipalities around the cities of Assen and Groningen. RGA asked the Innovatiespotter to make an overview of economically relevant and innovative companies in the region. We made a broad inventory of companies with economic potential and specifically mapped companies around the 9 topsectors and the themes of construction, biobased and circular economy.
The inventory yielded many companies that were previously unknown to regional account managers. They were not found using traditional search methods and do not profile themselves in the region. But no less than 44% of the companies found are involved in more than one sector or theme. This underlines the fact that modern companies are often "hidden" between cross-sectoral activities. RGA sees the added value of the method of the Innovatiespotter for creating regional economic analysis.