The mission of the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Chicago, open since 1870, is to promote trade and investment between the Netherlands and the Midwest of the Unites States. While we respond to requests from all business areas, our own focus is on 6 areas of innovation of relevance for the Midwest and the Netherlands: smart mobility, smart cities, water, agtech & food, medtech & digital health and startups. American companies looking to expand into the European market can also count on assistance with the setting up of European headquarters, sales offices, research centers or logistics facilities.
As one of the world’s most densely populated countries, the Netherlands has many years of hands-on experience in finding innovative solutions to the challenges of urbanization. Dutch companies are working together with government and knowledge institutes in all facets of smart city development: mobility, resilience, sustainability, healthy living, data and information etc. Cities in the Midwest are facing comparable (but not always similar) challenges. We are looking forward to meetings with smart city experts from across the USA to exchange ideas, to find areas for cooperation and to identify commercial opportunities for companies from the United States and the Netherlands.