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Schiedam Partner Profile

Located in the province of Zuid-Holland in the Netherlands, Schiedam is part of the Rotterdam The Hague metropolitan area. It has a historic jenever/gin distillery industry which was replaced by shipbuilding in the early 1900’s as the dominant industry. This has since declined. The city has a population of 78000 and the unemployment rate is 9.7%. 42% of the population has a migrant background.

About the city

About the policy context

The good practice will be transferred within the following policy contexts:

Strengths and Weaknesses



Opportunities and Threats



A description of the Good Practice challenge in the city

The city wants to transform its economy from one, which historically was reliant on ship building to a more diverse business base. To achieve this Schiedam participates in the Next Economy Roadmap programme of the Metropolitan Region. This programme sets out five ‘transitional’ paths of which the following are most relevant to TechRevolution:

Schiedam & TechRevolution

It has significant long-term experience of public-private collaboration and multi stakeholder work. It wants to use TechRevolution to:

The URBACT Local Group (ULG)

The ULG will build on a number of preexisting fora which bring different stakeholders together in different compositions, depending on the topic. They will focus on:

ULG membership will include: Local Business Associations, Innovation Quarter, Metropolitan Region Rotterdam The Hague (MRDH), Province of Zuid-Holland, Delft University of Technology, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Port of Rotterdam, Employment Support Organisation and various stakeholders from the municipality of Schiedam (including Economic development, Business Education and Labour Market, Information Management, Port Development).

Assets for, and barriers to, transfer

It is clear that the city and its stakeholders are absolutely committed to using digital and tech as an enabler through which to grow high value start-ups and jobs within and outside existing industry. The transfer will build on an established culture of community engagement and a long-term, strategic approach to local and regional economic growth. The city also has a new political administration, which is supportive of growing a digital economy. This new political executive will be in office for the next 4 years so it is an excellent opportunity to drive change against a relatively stable political backdrop, particularly where it can also contribute to other political priorities.

The TechRevolution transfer will build on a number of existing projects including the Maritime Innovation Centre in the harbour area, which will focus on the development of a new (virtual and physical) campus to support ‘next education’ in new knowledge-based employment sectors by facilitating links between SME’s and higher education institutions. The transfer is also relevant to the new A20 Zone, which includes innovative economic projects and the planned transformation of an existing ONS building into new workspace for start-ups (due to start 2018). Finally, Schiedam is home to a smaller ‘maker shop’ which has plans to develop a full offer of space and support for local creatives looking to progress from idea to product.

However the city faces a number of ongoing challenges, which may be barriers to transfer:

Practical steps to transfer the GP

Schiedam is interested in using the following techniques to transfer the good practice:

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