Date: 6/7/2017. Noir Fashion Café in Roermond (for which Aranco made the business plan) has been nominated for the Dutch Retail Experience Awards 2017 as one of the most innovative startups in the Netherlands. This national Award was created in 2012 to draw attention to and encourage progressive retailers and innovative store concepts. The award ceremony will take place on July 9 in Amsterdam. You can vote for Noir in the Most Innovative Start Up Award category via the link below:

https://csat.prestometrics.com/site/TakeEval/2777823

Date: 6/7/2017. Noir Fashion Café in Roermond (for which Aranco made the business plan) has been nominated for the Dutch Retail Experience Awards 2017 as one of the most innovative startups in the Netherlands. This national Award was created in 2012 to draw attention to and encourage progressive retailers and innovative store concepts. The award ceremony will take place on July 9 in Amsterdam. You can vote for Noir in the Most Innovative Start Up Award category via the link below:

https://csat.prestometrics.com/site/TakeEval/2777823

Date: 23-2-2017. On February 23, Aranco employee Wesley Jongen successfully defended his dissertation, entitled “The impact of the long-term care reform in the Netherlands: an accompanying analysis of an ‘ongoing’ reform”, at Maastricht University. 

Date: 1-2-2017. Date: 1-2-2017. As of February 1st, a new employee joined Aranco: Andy Radzimski! Andy introduces himself shortly:

“I grew up in Germany, near Krefeld. Last year I completed my master study Health Care Policy, Innovation and Management at Maastricht University. Within Aranco I’m versatile when it comes to translating innovative ideas into sustainable business models. Because of my health-related background and my interest in health care technology, I am also involved in the field of health care innovations. Moreover, as I live in Aachen I have a great interest in cross-border cooperation in the Euregio”. 

Date: 13-2-2017. After the successful editions of 2013 and 2015, the largest prize for innovation in Limburg is back: the InnovAward. Also this year the competition for SME’s as well as corporates in Limburg will take place. Companies engaged in innovation, preferably in cooperation with other companies, and preferably in relation to: agro & food, logistics, chemistry, materials, medical technology and life sciences, and smart (ICT) services are invited to join and get the opportunity to win a price of € 30,000, -.

On the website www.limburgenco.nl you will find all participatory conditions and the registration procedure (incl. registration form). Even if you do not specifically work in one of the mentioned sectors, but you have an innovative project that allows your company to benefit economically and contributes to the economy of Limburg, you are welcome to compete for the top prize.

Date: 21-12-2016. Recently the CrossRoads2 project started. CrossRoads2 is a project funded by the European Interreg Flanders-Netherlands program. CrossRoads2 aims to encourage cross-border innovation, in particular by SMEs. To this end, CrossRoads 2 provides funding instruments for financial support for feasibility studies and innovation projects.

In the Dutch province of Limburg grants are acquired and accompanied by LIOF. Aranco has been awarded the contract for the project management in this region. The contract has a duration of approximately 2.5 years. About once every three months a tender will be opened. For more information about the project, see: www.crossroads2.eu 

Date: 12-12-2016. The retail field is changing rapidly due to economic and social trends and developments, such as the blurring between sectors and the blurring between online and offline business. As a way of responding to these developments, the initiative has been taken in the Keyport 2020 region (middle part of Limburg) to set up a Retail Innovation Center (RIC), which will officially be launched in Roemond this month. In the past months, Aranco has developed the business plan for the RIC. CEO of Aranco, Arno Knoops, will in the next couple of months fulfill the role of ‘pioneer’ in order to implement the RIC in practice.

The RIC is set up as thé expertise and innovation center for the retail sector and brings together research, innovation and cooperation. The RIC will start in the Keyport 2020 region, but will eventually be rolled out to the rest of Limburg.

The kick-off of the RIC took place on December the 8th. See this short video about the RIC.

Date: 1-11-2016. Aranco is looking for a new employee! Click the following link for the vacancy (in Dutch): https://www.banenrijklimburg.nl/vacatures-limburg/vacature-business-consultant-urmond-3168813-11.html

Date: 19-10-2016. Recently we reported that the contract for the project leadership of the City Deal Eurolab was awarded to Aranco. On October 4th, a work conference on the CityDeal Eurolab took place in the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht. The aim of the conference was to inform attendees about the goals of the CityDeal Eurolab, triggering and motivating attendees to contribute to future Eurolab sessions, and especially going into debate with each other about potential Eurolab cases. During this conference administrators of governments, industry and knowledge institutions from the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany were therefore confronted with concrete examples from daily practice. To this end four pitches were given by Dr. Gunter Schaible (IHK Aachen), John Monsewije & Wim Horsch (SVO | PL), Richard Ramakers (AMIBM) and Ingrid Lieten (Life Tech Valley and former Minister of Innovation in the Flemish Government). Also, policy makers from the national government were present. Bert van Delden, Program Director City showed himself particularly enthusiastic about the positive atmosphere of the work conference.

Click on the following link for a video report of Limburg Economic Development (LED) about Make It Happen: http://ledbrainport2020.nl/nieuws/artikel/3945/citydeal-eurolab-samen-de-slapende-reus-wakker-maken.html 

Date: 14-7-2016. Recently an important City Deal has been initiated by the three key municipalities in South Limburg (Heerlen, Sittard-Geleen and Maastricht) and signed by four Dutch ministries (the Interior, Economic Affairs, Education, and Social Affairs). Furthermore, this City Deal is supported by the Province of Limburg, the Brightlands Campusses and Maastricht University.

The purpose of the City Deal is to create an acceleration in the realization of a Euregional coherent cross-border labor market and knowledge infrastructure in order to firmly support the economic development of the Euroregion. This will be achieved by means of concrete cases directly derived from practice. More specifically, the identified bottlenecks are addressed by Eurolab sessions based on a unique methodology.

Aranco has been awarded the project coordination of the Eurolab City Deal.

The first Eurolab session took place on June 30 at AMIBM (Maastricht Aachen Institute for Biobased Materials).