Through the Topsector Horticulture & Starting Materials, business community, knowledge institutions and government work together to stimulate innovation in the sector. Since 2012, more than 250 research and innovation projects have been funded through the topsector. Around 400 companies are involved in this.

The results of all these studies end up with the R&D departments of the participating companies. Part of the research, however, remains on the shelf and will not be further developed into concrete products, processes or services. Topsector Horticulture & Starting Materials strives to also transfer this accumulated knowledge to the market. Only then is there real innovation for the sector!

Through the program IMPACT 2025, Topsector Horticulture & Starting Materials wants to retrieve ideas and involve new parties to translate (existing) research into concrete applications in practice. For this, the topsector is organizing a series of activities in 2019 and 2020.

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innovation meetups

The societal challenges and technological developments of today have a major IMPACT on the world of tomorrow. A good conversation about these changes in the world of Horticulture & Starting Materials is desperately needed. In four MeetUps, Topsector Horticulture & Starting Materials invites selected stakeholders to discuss these developments and their impact with each other.

For the first three MeetUps, leading inspiring (international) speakers are invited to present them. We will then enter into discussions with each other in order to arrive at new insights, connections and ideas for the way in which horticulture must respond to this.

In the fourth MeetUp we discuss how research in the Horticulture & Starting Materials sector can generate more impact in the horticultural practice. We also choose the researcher of the year with the largest IMPACT. The last MeetUp of this year we will get started to make the connection between startups and business.

More information: go to Innovation MeetUps.


On 10 December 2019, the Topsector Horticulture & Starting Materials will award a prize to a researcher who has achieved an optimal social impact with his or her research within the horticultural sector: the Topsector Horticulture & Starting Materials Research IMPACT Award. 

And which global trends are changing Dutch horticulture? How can horticulture respond to this in a smart way? These questions are central to the White Paper Challenge, which 
Topsector Horticulture & Starting Materials  is organizing for the second time. There's a prize of  € 1.500,- available for the winner. 

The world population is increasing rapidly and with it the demand for sufficient and healthy food. How do you ensure even more efficient food production in the greenhouse to meet this growing demand for food? With this question, 
Topsector Horticulture & Starting Materials challenges startups and scale-ups throughout the Netherlands for te in the Innovation Prize challenge.

More information, go to Challenges & Prizes.


«May 2021»

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Sigrow wint tweede editie van Topsector T&U Innovation Prize

Sigrow wint tweede editie van Topsector T&U Innovation Prize

Op vrijdag 23 oktober was de uitreiking van de tweede Topsector TU Innovation Prize. De jury riep Sigrow (NL) uit als winnaar. Vivent SA (CH) kreeg de meeste stemmen van het publiek voor de publieksprijs. De beide winnaars zijn erin geslaagd om een innovatie te ontwikkelen welke aantoonbaar bijdraagt aan de verdere ontwikkeling van onbemande processen in de tuinbouw. De uitreiking vond plaats tijdens een speciale online inspiratiesessie van RoboCrops. 

Stem op jouw favoriet voor de Topsector T&U Innovation Prize

Stem op jouw favoriet voor de Topsector T&U Innovation Prize

De genomineerden voor de 2e editie van de Topsector T&U Innovation Prize zijn bekend. Zij hebben tijdens het HeroFestival in Den Haag gepitcht voor de jury en nu mag het publiek stemmen op zijn favoriet!  Welke innovatie spreekt jou het meeste aan? Wie heeft de beste oplossing om de onbemande teelt in de glastuinbouw een stap verder te brengen?  Bekijk alle genomineerden op en breng jouw stem uit!



The nominees of the second edition of the Top Sector T&U Innovation Prize have been announced. The jury has selected the following six nominees from among the twenty-six entries: 


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