Shaping Economic Development Board

Together towards a digitally innovative region

To create more social and economic value from digital technology, the Drechtsteden region, the Economic Board Drechtsteden and VitrumNet, under the banner of Digital Mainport, want ecosystem parties to work together to increase the innovation power in the region.

EDB strategie


Based on internal and external research, we have structured and fleshed out how different parties in the ecosystem can use digital technology to create social and economic value for the Drechtsteden region. By bringing different parties together from the beginning, we established the ambition of the Digital Mainport. Then, based on document study, workingsessions and interviews with parties inside and outside the region, we structured and further defined the role of the Digital Mainport.


Based on our research, it became clear how various parties from the ecosystem can ensure that value can be created for the region through cooperation. We also established the (digital) preconditions that must be met to be successful.

“Digital Shapers has helped us in an excellent way to lift the digital strategy of the Drechtsteden region to a higher level. Full of fresh energy, a clear structure was established and new opportunities were identified that contribute to our ambition to further strengthen and position the Digital Mainport Drechtsteden. The project was professionally guided, expectations were clear and all stakeholders were involved.”

Maarten Burggraaf – Councillor Economy, Finance and Events at EDB