Agoria paves the way for all technologically inspired companies in Belgium that strive for progress based on the development and application of innovations. More than 1,900 strong technology companies are members of Agoria. In a society in which technology contributes towards improving the quality of life, you can count on Agoria to connect everyone who is inspired by technology, increase the success of companies and plan for a sustainable future.
Headquartered in Leuven (Belgium) and with research sites across Belgium, in the Netherlands, Taiwan and the USA, an rep offices in China and Japan, imec leverages its state-of-the-art R&D infrastructure and its team of about 4,000 expert scientists, to drive open innovation across the globe. They unite world-industry leaders, Flanders-based and international companies, start-ups, and academia and knowledge centers, for R&D in nano-electronics and digital technologies, including advanced semiconductor scaling, silicon photonics, smart health, smart energy, smart mobility and smart cities solutions, artificial intelligence, beyond-5G and sensing technologies and more.
Next to its R&D offering, imec also leverages its expertise and large international industry network to support smaller organizations that have limited in-house R&D resources as well as larger companies with their innovation process from initial idea to fully functioning product, from the design of a product or chip, to prototyping, testing and optimizing, and manufacturing.
Finally, imec supports tech start-ups and scale-ups with a tailored offering. The imec.istart program is a business acceleration program that provides tech entrepreneurs with specialized coaching, facilities and overall support to help them grow their businesses, while the imec.scale-ups program focuses on larger innovative tech scale-ups looking to conquer the European market.
Commissioned by the Flemish government, Lantis is building connections that make the city and region flourish. Lantis is responsible for the realisation of the Oosterweel connection, which will increase prosperity and improve the quality of life. Lantis is contributing to this by promoting mobility, including the construction of numerous bicycle connections and multimodal junctions on the city outskirts of Antwerp.
Lantis strives for operational excellence in order to carry out projects as efficiently as possible and deliver quality. Thanks to intensive cooperation with the surrounding area, the organisation works transparently and with a focus on results. Innovation and transformation ensure future-oriented projects with a lasting impact on the dynamics of the region. This is the Lantis way of successfully realising large projects in an urban environment.
Lantis stands for Liveable Antwerp through Innovation and Cooperation and is a public limited company. The day-to-day management is in the hands of the management committee led by managing director Luc Hellemans. David Van Herreweghe chairs the board of directors.
As Europe’s second-largest port and largest integrated chemical cluster, the Port of Antwerp Bruges is a major lifeline for the Belgian economy: annually around 238 million tonnes of international maritime freight are handled. The Port of Antwerp Bruges accounts, directly and indirectly, for a total of around 143.000 jobs and more than €20 billion added value.
Innovation and digitisation enable our mission to be ‘a home port for a sustainable future’ as we aim to flexibly respond to a rapidly evolving maritime market. By supporting The Beacon, we want to ensure that our port platform finds relevant points of contact and vice versa. Furthermore, we want to facilitate the exchange effect created through the ecosystem being built around The Beacon.
The city of Antwerp welcomes businesses, researchers, citizens and city officials to experiment with smart technologies that aim to make urban life more enjoyable and sustainable. Antwerp is a living lab where solutions are tested and co-created with its inhabitants. The city is home to highly innovative businesses and with 171 nationalities that live in Antwerp, it is above all a very diverse, and international city. The Ecosystem in Antwerp is developing rapidly, over the past years the amount of start-ups and scaleups in Antwerp doubled.
Innovative companies are the driving force behind the Antwerp knowledge economy. Their growth is crucial for our future. The City of Antwerp therefore strongly believes in the power of digital networking and is developing an ecosystem for digital innovation in which large and small businesses, startups, scaleups, researchers and capital providers with an interest in the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence can meet each other. Thanks to the cross-pollination that occurs in The Beacon, innovative products are developed that are relevant to Antwerp’s ‘smart city’ ambitions and to our financial stakeholders: industry and logistics.
The University of Antwerp is a research university where pioneering, innovative research is conducted at an international level. Research and education are closely linked, with 20,000 students and 6000 staff spread across our nine faculties. As a driving force in the Antwerp innovation ecosystem, innovation is a constant focus.
The Beacon is the university’s pioneering pre-incubation structure for the domain of Metropolitanism, Smart City, Mobility & Logistics. It houses the IDLab research group and the Design Sciences Hub.
The IDLab research group of the University of Antwerp and imec performs fundamental and applied research on Wireless technologies, Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things. IDLab, headed by prof. Steven Latré, targets the most daunting challenges industry is facing to deliver digital transformation, connecting everything and extracting high value from data. Bringing researchers and industrial partners together at the same location facilitates knowledge transfer and enables the cross-fertilization and co-creation insights on smart cities, IoT and AI towards the industrial partners in The Beacon.
The Design Sciences Hub of the Faculty of Design Sciences is an interdisciplinary innovation and valorization lab. They offer design solutions for urban challenges and wicked problems in the triangle of urban planning, built environment, and urban health.
Amazing news from our community members at Helicus.
Helicus have completed the first long distance remotely controlled flight from the Helicus Command and Control Centre (C2C) at The Beacon
This flight forms the next step in the in-field test program, coupling drones with automated fleet ground control (C2C) enabling economic viable (medical) services by drone.
More about this amazing news here
Our community members at Flowpilots are currently looking for an administrative support profile.
More information here
In this blog Co-founder & CTO of Inuits, Kris Buytaert talks about how you can Introduce CD/CI to engineers teams.
Listen to the full podcast here
We are thrilled to announce that E-bo enterprises have joined The Beacon Community.
e-BO Enterprises develops smart content distribution platforms and delivers network operation services, secure cloud computing solutions and network infrastructure.
Find more about them here
We are thrilled to announce that ADLC has joined The Beacon community.
ADLC wants to solve the inefficiencies that still plague logistics by providing an innovative transportation service using drones.
Find more about them here
We are thrilled to announce that the company Rollo has joined the Beacon Community.
Rollo build and deploy cutting edge applications for a broad area of industries, driven by our vast expertise in Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things applications and supported by a robust foundation of scalable software.
You can find them on the third floor.
You find more information about these innovators here.
exciting news from our community members at Seafar.
Rensendriessen kicked off the new year with the construction of 10 semi-autonomous vessels using Seafar technology.
Nice to see that Seafar is having an impact in the maritime industry and that shipbuilding companies are using their technology.
In this second blogpos ML6 Engineer Ruwan Lambrichts explores how the connexion framework, created by Zalando, facilitates API-first design with Python.
He takes a look at what the advantages are of API-first and compare with the opposite approach of “code-first”. Based on a benchmarking exercise and our values, he dives deeper into why they are helping to maintain connexion.
Read the full blog here
In this Blogpost - ML6 talks about how they foster innovation during the most beautiful period of the year.
Their Machine Learning Engineer Florentijn Degroote talks you through how they make that happen, for four years in a row already!
Read the full blog here
The new CEO, since 6 months, Bart Baeyens and the founder & CTO at Faktion Joeri Van Steen were interviewed together by Bloovi ✨
As they talk about their own personal growth, they also talk about the growth of Faktion & their successful spin-offs Metamaze and Chatlayer by Sinch.
Bart & Joeri explain insights in their background and vision, which also shows the balance between them and how they both found their passion.
Inspiring interview, you can find the full version here
Last weekend our community members at Skyebase were featured in the programme " de markt " on VRT news.
The CEO talked about Crowdlending and how it is helping Skyebase achieve it goals.
Watch the interview here
Exciting news from our community members at Start-ups.be &Scale-ups.eu
Starting this week, they will have a new general manager at the helm, Leen Antheunis.
Congrats to our community members at flow pilot.
Their CEO, Dewi Van De Vyver has been nominated for IT person of the year for the second year in a row
Our Community member Skyebase is featured in the gazet of antwerpen regarding a very interesting topic
You'll find the article here
Our community members at Inuits are looking for a Linux system engineer with a passion for open source and DevOps.
More information here
Exciting news from ML6.
Managing director, Nicolas Deruytter, has been nominated by Computable to become "IT person of the year 2022".
Congrats to our community members for this nomination !
An exciting news form our community members at Citymesh.
From January to March 2022, a special pilot project will run in Bruges and Ghent: smart technology will be used to measure how busy it is in various shopping streets. Citymesh's Footfall AI is one of the solutions that will support the city of Bruges and the city of Ghent in the counting of passers-by.
Read all about the project here.
Great news from our community member, Bagaar.
They are proud to present the second version of Telraam, a home traffic monitoring device they have developed for Transport & Mobility Leuven.
Over 1600 devices of version 1 are active all around Europe and the US. With version 2, they want to offer democratised access to traffic data all across the world.
Read the full case here
Exciting news from our partner Imec today.
Researchers from Leuven's technology Imec are stepping up their work on data vaults under the name SolidLab Flanders. The imec research groups at UGent, VUB and KU Leuven are joining forces for the next four years. The Flemish government is investing 7 million euro for the first two years.
Read the full article here
Good news for our community members at Faktion.
Their AI project has been selected for further development in 2022 for the AMAI campagne.
exciting times ahead !
Read all about it here