FE19 : ANTWERP on the front line of technology and innovation.


During SINC's event FUTURE ENTREPRENEURSHIP 2019, more than 1K youngsters gathered in the magnificent Queen Elizabeth Hall. Afterwards, TAKEOFFANTWERP_ALLIANCE could have a talk with the 4 keynote speakers. Siard Vandenbosch, founder of The Context Club, hosted this small talks.


TALK 1 _ James Ehrlich

Founder of ReGen Villages

ReGen Villages is engineering and developing self-sustaining communities that can grow their own food and produce their own energy. Paving the way for a sustainable future.


TALK 2 _ Emil Goosen

Co-founder & COO at AquaBattery​

Emil talked about the only electrical storage system that is 100% sustainable.

“𝘖𝘶𝘳 𝘪𝘯𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘰𝘭𝘶𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘪𝘻𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘨𝘺 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘭𝘥, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘧𝘰𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘵𝘩 𝘰𝘧 𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘸𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘨𝘺 𝘵𝘦𝘤𝘩𝘯𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘨𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘭𝘰𝘣𝘦.”


TALK 3 _

Philip Ehrhorn

Co-Inventor of The Great Bubble Barrier​

Every day, human waste from our cities and towns contributes to the plastic soup in the oceans. This pioneer will present his solution for clean oceans in the future. Philip introduced the elegant solution to stop plastic in rivers, without blocking the continuous ship traffic or fish migration in the Netherlands.


TALK 4 _

Vincent Spruyt

Chief Data Scientist at Sentiance​

Vincent is Chief Data Scientist at Sentiance, an Antwerp-based data company. Working with his team, Vincent is developing a machine learning platform to predict human behavior based on data from smartphones. For his achievements, Vincent was selected among Europe’s Innovators Under 35 by MIT Tech Review in 2017.


TALK 5 _

Claude Marinower

Antwerps schepen voor o.a. economie, digitalisering en innovatie.

Na zijn speech in de Elisabethzaal nam Antwerps schepen Claude Marinower de tijd om met Siard in gesprek te gaan over innovatie.


TAKEOFFANTWERP _ALLIANCE An introduction

Combining the strengths of the city of Antwerp, its educational institutions, local companies, organisations and student associations, this local ecosystem aims to inspire, activate and support youngsters on their way to entrepreneurship.

The partners work on a common framework and schedule. This involves mapping out Antwerp’s entire entrepreneurial landscape. Youngsters are able to seek advice at a ‘one-stop shop’ for young entrepreneurs.

Teachers and youth workers are supported in developing entrepreneurial skills within their own working environments. Cooperation possibilities between existing initiatives are also being looked into.

TAKEOFFANTWERP_ALLIANCE is a partnership between the city of Antwerp, the Antwerp University Association (AUHA), Artesis Plantijn University College, Karel de Grote University College, the University of Antwerp, KAVKA youth centre, SINC student association & VOKA, Flanders' Chamber of Commerce and Industry. This project is supported by the ERDF and the Flemish Agency for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

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Pictures by AIKI Photography & PVH Photography


TAKEOFFANTWERP is sinds 2014 een werking én een plek waar studenten hun ondernemingsvaardigheden kunnen ontwikkelen. 

Dit is een initiatief van de Associatie Universiteit & Hogescholen Antwerpen (Universiteit Antwerpen, Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen, Hogere Zeevaartschool Antwerpen en Karel de Grote Hogeschool) samen met de stad Antwerpen, VOKA en SINC.

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