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The complexity of modern cities calls for new methods of collaboration. The challenges at hand need to be tackled in a co-creative framework. A smart city needs smart citizens to lead the way towards a sustainable future which will be technology enabled, though definitely human centered.

Founders

WATT Factory combines the expertise and enthusiasm of five experienced entrepreneurs motivated by sustainability and innovation.

Jonas Dhaenens, CEO Intelligent

I believe it’s important as a technology company CEO to support others in their entrepreneurship plans. Besides creating a strong local community, developing a vast international network with the same focus is a priority.

Jonas Dhaenens, CEO Intelligent
Nicolas Béarelle, CEO Re-Vive

The climate change and smart cities domains are both hot and future-proof while covering so many subjects.

Nicolas Béarelle, CEO Re-Vive
Walter Mastelinck, Founder & ex-CEO Transics

I am eager to commit my 25 years as an entrepreneur and CEO at Transics in order to develop entrepreneurial projects in Smart Cities & Climate to achieve exponential growth together.

Walter Mastelinck, Founder & ex-CEO Transics
Alex De Witte, Real Estate Entrepreneur

I value the re-purposing of empty buildings, it’s appealing to bring new life to rather outdated areas of the city and create new dynamics.

Alex De Witte, Real Estate Entrepreneur
Stephan Bostoen, Serial Entrepreneur

This project helps entrepreneurs through mentoring and knowledge. As a serial entrepreneur, my experience has found this to be very useful.

Stephan Bostoen, Serial Entrepreneur

Partners

Our accelerator programme would not be possible without our partners. They play a vital role in our Smart City ecosystem. In addition, our corporate partners will not only act as mentors, but explore joint business opportunities with the startups participating in the programme. 

Our corporate partners

  • Within our verticals: EDF Luminus, ABB, TomTom, EIT InnoEnergy
    • Access to technologies, products and services: Amazon, Microsoft, Combell
    • Access to expertise and services: EY, Cresco

Our strategic partners

  • Agentschap Innoveren & Ondernemen, City of Ghent, UGent, Vlerick Business School


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