About the impact
of a changing world
at horticulture &
starting materials


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.

About the impact of a changing world at horticulture & starting materials

About the impact of a changing world at horticulture & starting materials


Register now for the Topsector T&U Innovation Prize 2023

In 2023, the fifth edition of the Top Sector Horticulture & Propagation Materials (T&U) #IMPACT2025 Innovation Prize will take place. In this fifth anniversary edition, the theme of health will take centre stage; special innovations that promote healthier eating and…


Innovation MeetUp ‘The Future of Crop Protection’

Challenges and opportunities On November 1st, 2022, 140 professionals from the horticultural industry met at the World Horti Center to discuss the innovations that are needed to make crop protection future-proof. By 2030, the EU wants the use of plant…


Vertigo Technologies wins the 2022 Topsector T&U Innovation Prize

On Thursday 23 June, the fourth Topsector T&U Innovation Prize was awarded. The jury declared Vertigo Technologies the winner, while Planthunters was conferred the audience award. Both winners succeeded in developing an innovative product or service that contributes demonstrably to…