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Prize 2014

The regional winner of Flanders will receive an incubation package sponsored by the Enterprise Agency Flanders, the organiser Innotek, and the partner iMinds that includes:

  • A EUR 10,000 cash prize to be used at the winner's discretion
  • The chance to apply for admission to the European Space Agency's Business Incubation Centre (ESA BIC) Flanders in Geel or its branch office in Mol
  • EUR 5,000 in incubation services such as business development support and six months of free office space from Innotek (incubators in Geel or Mol) or iMinds (an incubator in Ghent)
The runner-up will receive the following incubation package (also sponsored by Innotek and iMinds):
  • The chance to apply for admission to the European Space Agency's Business Incubation Centre (ESA BIC) Flanders in Geel or its branch office in Mol
  • EUR 5,000 in incubation services such as business development support and six months of free office space from Innotek (incubators in Geel or Mol) or iMinds (an incubator in Ghent)
In addition Septentrio offers an AsterRx-m Kit for the best idea making use of high precision GNSS (worth EUR 3,100)


Region
Flanders

Flanders is a dynamic region of roughly six million people in Western Europe. In addition to a well-developed social market economy and a high standard of living, the region has an impressive track record when it comes to discovery research and innovation across a wide range of disciplines and sectors. Flanders is home to four Strategic Research Centers (IMEC, VIB, VITO, and iMinds), each of them collaborates with the academic and business worlds in their own specific focus area. When you establish your company in Flanders, you can benefit greatly by collaborating through the intermediary Innotek with these centers. They are birthplaces of cutting-edge technologies and the processes that shape tomorrow's society.


Regional Organiser
Innotek

Innotek was established in 1987 as a public-private organisation designed to support incubation, entrepreneurship, and business development. Innotek seeks to create additional high-quality employment by stimulating new commercial activities and encouraging innovation and entrepreneurial undertakings.

The activities of Innotek are based upon two pillars:

  1. Incubation: exploitation of Technology Houses in Geel and Mol
  2. Business development
    • Spin-off creation: transferring valuable non-core businesses into new entities (internally as new business units or externally as standalone companies)
    • New business development: hands-on transformation of new ideas into new businesses
The members of Innotek are private companies, the province of Antwerp, research centres, private banks, educational institutions, and organisations engaged in industrial development and business growth in the region. Further info can be found at www.innotek.be.


Regional Partners
iMinds

iMinds (www.iminds.be/en), a partner of Innotek in ESNC 2013, is an independent research institute that stimulates innovation on information and communication technology (ICT). This research is interdisciplinary and demand-driven, and takes place in close collaboration with both local and international businesses and governments. Its aim is to provide solutions to complex problems and thus help meet society's future challenges.

Flanders is supporting this competition and contributing to its regional prize through the Flanders in Action initiative (ViA - Vlaanderen in Actie).


Winner

2014
Kristoff Van Rattinghe, Laurence Claeys, Johan Criel, Koen Van Vlaenderen
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Contact
Innotek vzw
Mr Luc Peeters
Cipalstraat 3
2440 Geel
Belgium

+32 (0) 14 57 05 73
Email
www.innotek.be

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