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The Beacon

The Beacon is an independent, non-for profit organization that has been formally set up in December 2019. It has been established by six large organizations, the founding partners of The Beacon: the City of Antwerp, the Port of AntwerpLantisUniversity of AntwerpAgoria and Imec. Their shared ambition: a platform that catalyzes innovation among these six organizations, that strengthens the ties with technology companies, and that has a physical presence in Antwerp.

Fast forward a couple of years and The Beacon has evolved into a dynamic community of innovative companies, all active in digital technologies. Its sectoral focus trimmed down to ports&logistics, industry, mobility and smart cities. Its purpose boiled down to one single ambition: to foster collaboration between all members of its community.

The Beacon believes that to fully untap the power of digital technology, we need collaboration as much as we need innovation. The Beacon unites digital innovators in its Community. It’s a platform where state-of-the-art technology companies meet, connect, collaborate and get inspired. In the physical, as well as in the virtual realm.

Our core business is creating touch points between our members, and hence fostering relations and collaboration.

Meet the team

The Beacon team

Larissa Bleys

Office Manager

From her office on the 5th floor, Larissa's enthusiasm and positive energy radiates throughout the entire clubhouse and community. Whether you're a member or a one-time visitor: Larissa ensures that your experience at The Beacon is smooth and unforgettable.

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Victor Vandermeiren

Community Manager

My name is Victor, and I am the soon-to-be undefeated ping pong champion of The Beacon – if you dare to doubt this, you know you can find me on the 5th floor. Anyone who gets to know me will soon find out that I quote The Lord of the Rings too much - or too little, depending on who you ask. As your Community manager, I'll work closely with and every one of our members to understand the needs of the ecosystem, evaluate the most efficient ways to meet them, collectively leveraging our network and bring together the community for impactful action.

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Abdenbi Mastour

Facility Assistant

Abdenbi "Abden" is the silent worker bee of our clubhouse. He's the one who fuels our residents (with coffee), keeps all meeting rooms and kitchens spotless and operational, and makes sure that everything's set up for your event. You can spot him running through the corridors at the clubhouse, always smiling and joking!

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Michaël Geelhand de Merxem

General Manager

A firm believer in the power of collaboration, openness and unconditional help, You call, I listen. High-energy, with the Mamba Mentality at heart: confidence, focus and relentless efforts will lead The Beacon to exceed expectations.

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The Beacon board

Erica Caluwaerts

Vice-Mayor for Innovation, City of Antwerp

Piet Opstaele

Innovation Lead, Port of Antwerp

Danny Goderis

Head of Digital, Agoria

Silvia Lenaerts

Vice-Rector Research & Development, University of Antwerp

Wim De Waele

Executive Chairman

Ludo Deferm

Executive VP, Imec

Luc Hellemans

CEO, Lantis

Anneleen Vander Elstraeten

Managing Partner, Four & Five

Koen Matthijs

Chief Division Officer, Nemetschek Group