Under the coordination of TUA West, project partners Dockwize, Howest, HZ University of Applied Sciences, OC West and VIVES are building structural cooperation with the field.

SSB wants to help companies innovate and offers a two-part mentoring programme to this end.

On the one hand, innovation projects are being set up with Howest, HZ University of Applied Sciences and VIVES in which companies receive support from a university of applied sciences to develop or optimise a product or service.

In addition, they can go through a valorisation process at Dockwize and OC West to efficiently and successfully implement the innovations that have been developed and grow.

The pathways cover diverse topics in the fields of Agrofood, Energy, Life sciences and health, Logistics, Mechanical Engineering & Mechatronics, New Materials. At sounding board sessions and expert days, experiences are shared in an interregional knowledge network.

Role of KCOI
HZ Knowledge Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation works together with HZ Nexus and Dockwize to support entrepreneurs in Zeeland and Flanders with their questions on new business models, customer insight and impact. For Fysiosoft, for example, it looked at how Fylm can be adopted and implemented faster by healthcare institutions. In another project, the impact of Heerlijk van het erf (fictitious name) - an online platform on which products can be ordered directly from the farmer - is being measured.

Would you like to be kept informed of our progress or would you like to submit your own trajectory for Smart Services Bridge? Then contact our colleague Mariska Polderman.

Research group

HZ Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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