SmartEEs Matchmaking Fridays: Health Edition

29 January 2021 @ 09:00 13:00 CET

Together with our partners Minalogic and OES, we are proud to announce a series of online sessions bringing SMEs, Midcaps, Labs and RTOs together around Flexible & Wearable Electronics (FWE) Business Opportunities.

  • Flexible& Wearable Electronics have enormous potential, from healthcare to automotive to textiles, and the business possibilities are endless.
  • Cooperation and networking are essential to get the tech just right, and to bring viable products to (new) markets.
  • In three sessions spread across January and March 2021, we invite you to
    • meet with potential partners through
      • visionary key notes
      • pitching sessions (possibilities as well as challenges)
      • curated matchmaking

New angles, fresh ideas, existing technology.

Members: Apply to pitch your tech or your application!

We’re currently offering spots to pitch to DSP Valley members only. If you think you have a can’t-miss pitch, feel free to get in touch via email: jane.judge[at]dspvalley.com

Health Edition

Flexible & wearable electronics (FWE) in healthcare is a combination with a bright future, in part because of the many combinations of possibilities between the two domains.

Personalized medicine, medical devices, digital medicine, diagnostics, and therapeutics are all robust trends within the healthcare industry. They all promise fertile ground in which to bring the digital and electronic together. By one estimate, the market size for flexible electronics in healthcare will exceed $8.3 billion by 2030.

Whether we’re discussing creating medical devices with flexible electronics inside them, or matching flexible electronic technology to digital applications in the healthcare sector, there are many ways the two sectors offer each other fruitful collaboration.

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Hellow, HaLow!

5 January 2021 @ 13:00 15:00 CET

Why rely on networks like 4G and 5G, where information is stored on others’ servers?  WiFi allows you to control your network, and the WiFi HaLow standard will be more powerful than ever – faster rates, longer range.

DSP Valley is organizing this meeting/workshop in order to discuss business possibilities regarding the up-and-coming new WiFi HaLow standard.

Here’s one example of potential for growth:
DSP Valley academic member Thomas More (hogeschool) is putting together a TETRA project (a VLAIO-funded initiative) to transfer knowledge to companies about the features and possibilities of WiFi HaLow and recently available HaLow chip sets, helping these companies from various sectors to innovate faster and easier. We will combine the project’s academic aims with technology supplies from within the network, to be sure to cover every possible application.

Interested? Want to hear more? We’re organizing an online meeting on Tuesday, 5 Jan 2021 where you can hear all the details and speed date with comparable partners.

meeting agenda

13:00 – 13:10 Introduction and welcome from DSP Valley

13:10 – 14:00 Presentations about WiFi HaLow technology and possibilities

14:00 – 15:00 One-on-one video meetings among participants, facilitated by Conversation Starter technology

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Belgium-Israel Online Meetup: the Healthcare & Life Sciences Edition

17 December 2020 @ 13:00 16:00 CET

This free of charge healthcare & life sciences online meetup will bring together experts, companies and industry leaders from Israel and Belgium. Join and meet representatives from the digital health, medical device and pharma sector, and discuss possible business and/or development collaborations. 

This event is organised by Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT). They assist, free of charge, Israeli companies that are interested in starting, or expanding their activities in Europe by establishing a company in Belgium. They provide information, guidance, advice regarding financial incentives and access to the vast network in Belgium.
If you are considering starting a company in Europe, Belgium has a lot to offer. Get in touch with FIT at telaviv@fitagency.com and learn about the tailor-made assistance package. 

Flanders Investment & Trade can also assist Israeli companies wanting to source products and technology from Flanders. FIT also assists and supports Flemish companies looking for business partners in Israel.

Why participate?

  • Find Israeli business partners and Flemish suppliers during effective one-to-one meetings.
  • Find partners to discuss new technology and innovative solutions.
Free

Flanders Investment &Trade

+32 2 504 87 11

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Smart Cities Vlaanderen: More powerful than ever

Smart Cities Vlaanderen logo

In July, Citylab fully integrated its work for the Innovative Business Network (IBN) Smart Cities Vlaanderen with partner DSP Valley. “After more than a year and a half of successful collaboration with DSP Valley, it is time for this step,” says Citylab director Marc Schepers. “By bringing our business cluster fully under one roof, we will become more effective and create room for further development of Smart Cities Vlaanderen!”   

DSP Valley and Citylab are the driving forces behind the IBN Smart Cities Vlaanderen, which was started more than a year and a half ago with the support of various big names in the tech world. Although still at an early stage as an organization, the cluster has had a promising start, successfully bridging the gap between business and government. Their strength has been converting Smart Cities issues into concrete business cases for companies.

Dieter Therssen (left), CEO of DSP Valley, and Marc Schepers (right), director of Citylab, signing the merger official agreement regarding Smart Cities Vlaanderen.
Dieter Therssen (left), CEO of DSP Valley, and Marc Schepers (right), director of Citylab, signing the official merger agreement.

The two organizations are convinced that they are coming together at the right moment. Schepers declared, “It is now time to connect even more and to continue our cooperation with DSP Valley. That is why we decided to fully shift our co- promotorship to DSP Valley.” 

From his perspective as CEO of DSP Valley, Dieter Therssen emphasizes the need for an encompassing structure. “In Flanders, several initiatives have emerged in the field of smart cities in recent years , but there is not yet an overarching approach across the region. At the same time, the demand from local governments for smart city solutions is increasing exponentially,” he states. 

CEO of Living Tomorrow and president of Smart Cities Vlaanderen, Joachim De Vos agrees that the time for joining forces is ripe as the movement for smart cities gains momentum. This merger between DSP Valley and City Labs is the first step toward an even stronger Smart Cities Vlaanderen consortium.

Flanders Innovation and Entrepreneurship (VLAIO), which financially supports the consortium through its subsidies for IBNs, is also on board. Asked for comment, a spokesperson confirmed, “This evolution makes the position of Smart Cities Vlaanderen more powerful and stable and allows them to support companies even better in the smart cities domain. It will enable the cluster to actively contribute to developing Flanders into a smart region.”

 The integration between Citylab and DSP Valley “enables us to accelerate our role as a matchmaker between companies and local authorities, building business consortia and creating a digital platform in the quadruple helix,” says Peter Vandeurzen, Cluster Manager for Smart Cities Vlaanderen. DSP Valley will further expand and strengthen the cluster from its office at the Corda Campus in Hasselt.

A bundled structure can also be the starting point for jumping from Flanders to Europe in the context of digitization. By coordinating smart cities initiatives, the desired critical mass and strength can be achieved to make Flanders a leading smart region in Europe.

All information about the Smart Cities Vlaanderen community and how to participate can be found on their website.

Contact
info@smartcities.vlaanderen
www.smartcities.vlaanderen

Smart Cities Vlaanderen Cluster
The cluster was founded by a number of steering group members and co-financed by VLAIO. The founding steering committee members are: Living Tomorrow with Joachim De Vos, chairman of the steering group, Nokia, Cronos Group, MyCsN, Tractebel Engie, Mediahuis, Hydroscan, Niko, and AllThingsTalk.

Together for strong, ambitious innovation
More starters, more stayers, more growers: that’s what we aim for! The Innovation & Entrepreneurship Agency and the Innovative Business Networks want to facilitate cooperation between companies, knowledge institutions and governments. Smart Cities Vlaanderen is one of these innovative business networks. Discover the others at the website. #growingstrong #sterkgroeien   

Eclipse Foundation Comes to Europe

We are thrilled at the news that open source software foundation Eclipse Foundation is moving to Brussels!

Eclipse Foundation logo

Innovation and Collaboration

Styling itself “The Platform for Open Innovation and Collaboration,” the Eclipse Foundation is a non-profit organization working to provide a community of and for open source software users and creators. It provides IP management and IT infrastructure while also developing the ecosystem and processes to govern the community.

The Eclipse Foundation provides our global community of individuals and organizations with a mature, scalable, and business-friendly environment for open source software collaboration and innovation. 

-the Eclipse Foundation website

What Eclipse is doing has a strong connection with our work at DSP Valley. Collaborative business development means doing more in common than in isolation. An essential component of this are common foundations to work upon. The platform developed by Eclipse is an excellent example of nurturing such common foundations and creating opportunities to harness collective potential.

A move to Europe

In their press release on May 12, Eclipse outlined their reasons for moving their headquarters to Europe, creating Eclipse Foundation AISBL based in Brussels. Their rationale — and the decision itself — is a great illustration of how Europe and its approach to digitalization is extremely attractive at the moment. This especially with regard to how the European Union is (attempting) balancing technological aspirations and capabilities with societal needs and democratic control.

Contributions from a broad cross-section of European companies and governmental organizations to open source projects will be key to ensuring that these emerging technologies are fit for Europe, designed with consideration for the privacy and security of individuals and organizations, and have environmental impact in mind.

– Eclipse Foundation press release announcing move to Europe

A boon for our ecosystem

This is great news for Europe, and great news for the DSP Valley ecosystem. The foundation is already deeply involved in technology areas such as cloud and edge applications, IoT, artificial intelligence, digital ledger technologies, open processor designs, and many others: a great boost for our members. As we wrote about in March, Europe is actively engaging with how to move forward with AI and data technology. Eclipse will be a strong voice added to the mix of perspectives striving for that perfect balance between technology’s capabilities and societal needs. (See our article here )

Ultimately, Eclipse itself is a testimony to the need for as-open-as-possible collaboration with regard to digital foundations. Given our strong belief in collaborative business development, we’re delighted to welcome their headquarters to our shores.

Check out the details at the Eclipse website, and be sure to read Executive Director Mike Milinkovich’s statement, too.

Breathing with Confidence Thanks to Collaboration

By Jane Judge, DSP Valley
Breathe with Confidence

A small, partly cobble-stoned street in Antwerp’s Berchem neighborhood seems unremarkable enough. On one side, low garages, probably for the apartment buildings on the busier parallel street. On the other side, a newbuild of pleasing dark brick and street-level windows starting at your shoulder. This is the new Yust space (part hotel, part apartments, part co-working event space – but we’ll get to the specifics of what they do a little later).

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