Dutch State Secretary Mona Keijzer to visit the United States of America to enhance innovation

Strenghtening international ties and enhancing innovation between the US and Dutch tech companies and startups. That’s the goal behind the visit of Dutch State Secretary Mona Keijzer and Dutch entrepreneurs and knowledge institutions to the United States January 6-12.

On the agenda: Michigan, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, and San Francisco.

“Dutch innovative entrepreneurs always look for opportunities in the area of knowledge, financing, and partnerships to improve their products or services,” said State Secretary Mona Keijzer. “That’s why our government supports them in seizing opportunities in the United States, which is the biggest investor in our country. We search for potential partnerships or specific markets. CES offers both, as does the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in June, which the United States and the Netherlands are organizing together.”

Michigan: improving the car industry together

The Netherlands and Michigan have strong historic and economic ties. More than 515,000 Michigan residents have Dutch ancestry, and the state exports more than $330 million a year to the Netherlands.

As the home of General Motors and Ford, Michigan is the heart of the car industry in the United States. Dutch entrepreneurs, such as VDL, NXP, TomTom, Technolution, and Prodrive, excel as high-tech suppliers when it comes to the mobility of the future.

On Monday, January 7, State Secretary Keijzer will meet Michigan’s new governor, Gretchen Whitmer. Her predecessor signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with State Secretary Keijzer in April 2018 to innovate the production of car (parts) in both countries by exchanging research and developments on, for example, self-driving cars. Ms. Keijzer will also visit a technology-testing facility in Ann Arbor, one of the projects that emerged from the MoU.

CES: biggest international technology event

With more than 200,000 visitors, CES in Las Vegas is the biggest technology event worldwide. Every year the newest technologies and upcoming innovations are presented. Previous editions of CES showed new versions of the Windows operating system, electric cars, and new technologies for games.

On January 8 and 9, Ms. Keijzer will be present at the official start of the CES and will open the Holland Tech Square together with startup envoy Prince Constantijn and 50 Dutch startups. These startups will pitch their ideas for robotics, E-healthcare, the internet of things, AI, and educational technologies to find potential investors, partners, and customers.

The visit to the US will wrap up in San Francisco on January 10 and 11, when the delegation will visit the Dutch bicycle producer VanMoof, The Vault innovation network for startups, and representatives from Intel and Google.