Smart City Accelerator

WATT Factory runs a unique Smart City Accelerator. 
Unfortunately the 2020 Programme was cancelled due to COVID-19.
No worries though, we are working hard on a plan for 2021.
The ultimate goal will still be plain and simple: making your startup scalable and investor-ready!

Keep an eye on our social media for more information.

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WATT you see is WATT you get


During in-depth workshops by Vlerick Business School.


At your flex desk and mingle with the WATT Factory community.


The right go-to-market strategy with your private mentor.


Your growth driven by a scalable business model.


With experienced entrepreneurs and like-minded peers.


By exploring the most promising business opportunities with our corporate partners.


At our Showcase closing event with your perfect pitch to potential investors.

YEAH… another Accelerator Programme?

But WATT sets us apart?

The only startup accelerator with a sole focus on Smart Mobility, Energy and Buildings.

Supported by corporate partners with the same vertical focus, such as EDF Luminus, ABB and TomTom.
No ideation but acceleration to achieve a scalable business model and become investor-ready – in just 6 months.

Content contribution and coordination by Vlerick Business School.

Our Focus

Smart Mobility

Solutions that help improve the efficiency, accessibility, safety and quality of transportation of people and goods.

Smart energy

Smart Energy

Solutions for cost-effective, sustainable and secure energy production, distribution and consumption.   

Smart energy

Smart Buildings

Solutions that turn buildings into living organisms: networked, intelligent, sensitive and adaptable

Key Facts

  • 6-month programme (June-December 2019)
  • Up to 15 startups
  • Focus on Smart Mobility, Energy and Buildings
  • About 15 in-depth workshops (supported by Vlerick Business School)
  • Free access to our coworking space, The Beacon workspace (Antwerp) and Oh! Mechelen
  • Private mentoring
  • Open innovation with our corporate partners
  • All-in 1750 EUR participation fee (no equity)

See also our mentors and gamechangers.


  • SMART: You are active in Smart Mobility, Energy or buildings.
  • BEYOND IDEATION: You have at least a Proof of Concept (PoC), ideally a Minimum Viable Product (MVP).
  • TRACTION: You already have initial commercial traction or validation.
  • COMMITMENT: You commit to attending  the entire programme.

Selection Process

  • Submission of the initial application form (taking 1 minute of your time)
  • Once preselected you will be asked to fill out a more comprehensive application form.
  • First screening & selection by WATT Factory
  • Pitching by the final candidates to our Selection Committee including WATT Factory partners and experts
  • Final selection of up to 15 startups

Testimonials from our alumni

Thomas Celen - Zapfloor
Stefaan Aelbrecht - OpenMotics
Torsten & Bjorn Robbens - Saroléa
Jorim Rademaker -
Alexander De Bièvre – Mobit
Jo Pannecoucke – TakeAir
Wouter Kestelyn – D-Centralized
Chris de Guytenaer – BATTmobiel

Ready to boost your business?

Call for applications

April 9 - June 14

Startup selection


Start of Accelerator Programme

July 2

Start of Workshops and Mentoring

July 2 - December 31

WATT Factory Showcase

January 30, 2020


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 business opportunities with the startups participating in the programme. 

In collaboration with

Our strategic partners

Supporting partners

    The programme has allowed us to scale massively, thanks to great mentoring and customer introductions.

    Thomas Celen - CEO Zapfloor

    The WATT Factory Accelerator was the right concept at the right time.

    Stefaan Aelbrecht - OpenMotics

    The personal mentoring and the many workshops about pricing, advertising and marketing have taught me a lot and provided me with a fantastic network.

    Wouter Kestelyn - D-Centralized

    The Watt Factory accelerator programme was fantastic. We got in touch with people who were of great help in realizing our plans to sell and go international.

    Jo Pannecoucke - TakeAir

    We were already considering an investment round before the programme, but we didn’t know how to approach this.

    Alexander De Bièvre - Mobit

    The people were very open about the challenges they were facing, so that we could look for solutions together. I even found two customers.

    Chris De Guytenaer - BATTmobiel


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Vlasgaardstraat 52
9000 Gent

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