Partnering opportunity

Dutch law enforcement organization is looking for innovative solutions to uncover the revenues and assets of illicit production and sale of synthetic drugs


The Dutch law enforcement organization is looking for SME’s and start-ups from Europe that offer solutions to uncover the revenues and assets of illicit production and sale of synthetic drugs. How can SME’s assist in conducting research into people, systems and organizations that misbehave and cause damage to society. The cooperation would be in the frame of a research or a technical cooperation agreement. This request refers to an innovation challenge published on an open platform.

Technical Specification or Expertise Sought

The organization wants to get in contact with relevant parties for innovative solutions who have the expertise, methods and technologies in order to uncover the revenues and assets of illicit production and sale of synthetic drugs. Relevant disciplines: - Big data analytics - (smart) Mobility - Logistics - Tech & design

Partner sought

Type of partner sought: • SME Role of partner: SME's are invited to share their ideas and propose their solutions. After being selected, the SME will be proposed to participate in the development of a new reporting approach for this organization. Other types of partnership can be offered and discussed with the Dutch law enforcement organization.


Unfortunately, for decades, the Netherlands has been a major player on the world stage of synthetic drugs. Amphetamines (speed) have been manufactured in the Netherlands on a large scale. Other synthetic drugs produced and traded in our country, albeit on a smaller scale, include LSD, GHB and methamphetamines. The Netherlands has a prominent position among the countries with a thriving home-grown drugs industry and market. This comes at a high cost: violence, killing, environmental damage etc. Moreover, an increase in scale and professionalism in production of illicit drugs in our region suggests that involved organized crime groups are heads up in the cat-and-mouse game with the authorities. Academics estimate the synthetic drugs revenue in the Netherlands for the year 2017 to be at least 18.9 billion euros. It is estimated that the revenue for Dutch producers and traders in this phase ranges from a minimum of 3 to 5 billion euros. But this is a conservative estimation and the actual revenue is probably significantly higher. Moreover, this figure excludes the revenue from amphetamines and XTC produced by Dutch criminals abroad, as well as the revenue they generate from non-synthetic drugs. The organization wants to find innovative solutions to conduct research into people, systems and organizations to uncover the revenues and assets. The Dutch organization is open to different types of partnerships such as a research cooperation agreement or a technical cooperation agreement. IMPORTANT: This Technology Request refers to an innovation challenge published on the internet platform. If an organization expresses interest before closing date, it will be guided towards this open innovation platform. After registration participants can browse free through other submissions and engage in discussions. All submissions will get feedback by the company on this open platform. The challenge closes on May 27th, 2019. Mind that posts on this platform are not confidential. Beside open discussions on the platform, the possibilities for sharing of confidential information will be looked into on a case-by-case basis. After that, the firm will select the SME's with whom they would like to look into possibilities for the development of a solution. Once the challenge is closed, expressions of Interest for this technology request will be treated in the traditional way.

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