AI hubs

AI network: a joint approach. The AI hubs act as a point of contact for companies and knowledge institutions that want to work with Artificial Intelligence.
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AI hubs

The Netherlands AI Coalition has chosen to set up a single nationwide AI network that functions as one coherent whole. The AI hubs formed to that end in the various regions of the Netherlands play an important role in linking with local businesses, knowledge institutions and other organisations that work with artificial intelligence and getting them involved. This strengthens existing cooperative links and builds further on those foundations. This is all being done so that technological developments, innovation, social embedding and economic developments can be accelerated.

Amsterdam AI hub

The Amsterdam AI hub represents the scientific and innovation ecosystem of Amsterdam with her programme ‘AI Technology for people’, working closely with international networks such as ELLIS and CLAIRE. The ICAI head office in Amsterdam also means that the region has good links to the nationwide network of companies, industry and service sectors. The approach centres on three themes that all have a major impact on our daily lives and the socioeconomic development of the region: AI for Health, AI for Business Innovation and AI for Citizens. The AI hub is strong in high-end research in AI technology, AI applications and research into the social, ethical and legal aspects. Amsterdam is in the lead in the health-related domains, with Smart Health Amsterdam, the network for data-driven and AI-driven innovation in the Amsterdam life sciences and health sectors, FinTech, the service industry (retail and business), the creative sector and the public domain. You can find more information on the Amsterdam AI hub website.

Brainport AI hub

The Brainport AI hub brings together the regional commercial sector, educational institutions and centres of expertise, governmental authorities and public organisations in Brabant to reinforce AI activities and to get them to fit together better. The aim is to expand upon existing cooperative links in fields where AI overlaps with research and innovation, educational development for professionals and students, social challenges and common support for start-ups, scale-ups and SMEs. The unique combination of high-quality technical expertise and traditional system-oriented thinking means that the AI hub plays a key role in new AI solutions and applications in high-tech industry, mobility, medical technology and welfare. You can find more information on the Brainport AI hub website.

Brightlands AI hub

The Brightlands AI hub is an alliance of companies, centres of expertise and other organisations. It brings together the most important AI expertise in Limburg, with the Brightlands Smart Services Campus in Heerlen at its core. The AI hub applies its high-quality knowledge of AI and data science to areas such as public services, public safety, sustainable industry, health and the healthcare sector, paying plenty of attention to the social, ethical and legal impacts of these developments and innovating together across boundaries with the aim of accelerating developments in response to the social and economic needs of the region and elsewhere. Examples include tasks associated with sustainable prosperity and the human dimension of the digital transition, as well as encouraging the development of talented individuals and the innovative strength of start-ups and SME businesses. You can find more information on the Brightlands AI hub website.

Central Netherlands AI hub

The Central Netherlands AI hub is the link between the commercial sector and knowledge-based institutions. Its key objectives are sharing high-quality knowledge, cooperating and making AI accessible to the commercial sector as a whole, ranging from those in the vanguard of AI to new start-ups and SMEs. The AI hub focuses primarily on culture and media, mobility, energy and sustainability, the built-up environment, health and the healthcare sector. You can find more information on the Central Netherlands AI hub website.

Northern Netherlands AI hub

The Northern Netherlands AI hub focuses on developing AI applications for agriculture, industry, energy, maritime, safety, health and mobility. It fits in with existing ecosystems in the northern Netherlands and initiates cross-sector AI projects, driven by the needs of businesses in various sectors. Three themes are emphasized: data sharing, investing in knowledge about digitization and AI (human capital), and developing autonomous systems. Efforts are made to maintain a balance between the public and private sectors. Higher scientific education, colleges, centres of expertise and vocational educational institutions in the north are represented in every project. You can find more information on the Northern Netherlands AI hub website.

Eastern Netherlands AI hub

The Eastern Netherlands AI hub is for businesses, knowledge institutions and government authorities in the region that already work or want to work with AI. It focuses primarily on AI applications for health, nutrition, energy, industry and education – themes that the region is strong in, have a positive effect on people and the environment, and where there are economic opportunities. The AI hub provides a picture of the partners, projects and funding possibilities and helps create the right connections.You can find more information on the Eastern Netherlands AI hub website.

South Holland AI hub

The South Holland AI hub is a contact forum and a single point of contact for organisations in Zuid-Holland that want to work with AI. It focuses on integrated AI knowledge development and innovation. Special attention is paid in particular to supporting and structuring areas where the region is strong in AI, such as peace, law and order, ports and maritime, energy and sustainability, health and healthcare, and technical industries. You can find more information on the South Holland AI hub website.


Building blocks

The NL AIC collaborates on the necessary common knowledge and expertise, resulting in five themes, also called building blocks. Those are important for a robust impact in economic and social sectors.


AI is a generic technology that is ultimately applicable in all sectors. For the development of knowledge and experience in the use of AI in the Netherlands, it is essential to focus on specific industries that are relevant to our country. These industries can achieve excellent results, and knowledge and experience that can be leveraged for application in other sectors.

Become a participant

The Netherlands AI Coalition is convinced that active collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders is essential to stimulate and connect initiatives in Artificial Intelligence. Within fields of expertise and with other stakeholders in the ecosystem to achieve the most significant result possible in the development and application of AI in the Netherlands. Representatives from the business community (large, small, start-up), government, research and educational institutions and civil society organisations can participate.
Interested? For more information, see the page about participation.