Design Academy Eindhoven is the only University of Applied Science (HBO) in the Netherlands that is fully specialised in design. In its 65-year history the academy has developed into an internationally leading school for design. At the same time, the city of Eindhoven has become a magnet for the design world. Around 700 Design Academy students, with over 50 different nationalities, are a daily inspiration for one another at the WitteDame building, a disused Philips factory in the city centre. The academy exerts a considerable attraction on designers. Many of our alumni establish their businesses in Eindhoven; people like Piet Hein Eek, Ad van Berlo, Kiki van Eijk & Joost van Bleiswijk. And the Strijp district, another part of the former Philips factory grounds, has grown into a creative incubator space. The Graduation Show / Dutch Design Week has mushroomed into a formidable event and the region around Eindhoven has been declared World’s Intelligent Community 2011. In short, Eindhoven now has the ideal climate for the creative entrepreneur.