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.
Big news from north of the border !
Imec.Istart and Novel-T joins forces for Dutch tech start-ups. Through this step, we can also bring the Belgian and Dutch start-up ecosystems closer together, which will create new opportunities on both sides of the border.
Read all about it here.
Congratulations to our partner Imec & Verhaert. Together they entered a partnership to develop a ground-breaking rapid covid test based on breath sampling and accelerated PCR technology.
Read all about it here.
During the opening of the Orange 5G lab in The beacon - Helicus gave an exclusive interview about the importance of 5G for the future of medical drones.
Read the full article here
CIO and Co-founder Tom Daniëls gives his insight about the importance of drone inspection for critical assets.
You can find to full article here.
Great news from Robovison.
They are teaming up with the dredging company Deme to combat river and ocean pollution. A great step towards a more sustainable future.
You can find the link to the case study here
Congratulations to our community members at Seafar. Last week they received the digital innovation award in Hamburg at the world ECDIS day in Hamburg.
Happy anniversary to Sirus, who are celebrating for the first time with 2 digits – it’s been 10 years already and we cannot wait to see you succeed for, at the very least, 10 years more!
It’s time to toast for LinkedCar, who just won Salesforce’s ‘Partner Innovation Award’ for their outstanding innovation of transformative solutions, ultimately delivering customer success.
Fingers crossed for our Rising Star nominee Cinvio, which is now among the 10 finalists chosen by Deloitte. We are keeping our eyes peeled, following your stellar rise – we are over the moon!
And another one! Buzzing about our new third-floor neighbours as Basil joins our growing community.
They say that a good logo speaks louder than words… We are delighted with Flow Pilots’ new style, which matches their evolved identity to a tee. Learn more about their corporate identity here.
Last month Aloxy received the ISO 9001 certification. ISO 9001 sets out the criteria for a quality management system. As a startup it is important to embed the right processes and procedures to maintain the quality levels as we set out to deliver.
Massive shoutout to our superhero Pauline Van Ostaeyen, who was just dominated with Dockflow as a finalist for the first ever Belgian Veuve Clicquot Bold Future Award. Thanks for being an inspiring example for other young women in the industry!
We are welcoming Marple this week – new members at The Beacon and most recent graduates of imec.istart’s class of ’21! Don’t forget to pop by the 8th floor to say hi to our young entrepreneurs.
In addition to the European ATEX and CE, Aloxy has obtained FCC and ISED certification for RF in US and Canada in the beginning of this year, followed by FM approval for Div1Class2 (Explosion proof). Beside this, Aloxy is particularly proud to have passed the ISO9001 certification and expect the certificate shortly.
Meanwhile, Aloxy kept on expanding its team, adding 2 new developers amongst others.
Read the full article on the Aloxy website.
Great news 👉 Voxdale is opening an office in Ghent, a city full of possibilities and ambition, and close to many successful companies. 📌#newlocation #Ghent
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On September 1st Robovision and South Essex Fabricating Inc signed to collaborate 💪
This collaboration will position both companies at the forefront of their industries by combining much-needed high-tech machines backed with AI capabilities to standardize and regulate labor-intensive tasks.
Last Friday, we kicked off our Open Source Bootcamp with 17 new joiners!
Growing as an organization taking up larger projects also means training junior employees to get them up to speed.
That is why we created The Knowledge Center, a training institution for all the employees of Inuits but also external partners.
Every training is created and taught by experts with relevant experience.
Today we have nine different courses for both developers and operations people.
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