EFRO – Europees Fonds voor Regionale Ontwikkeling
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The purpose of the EFRO-project ‘Soft Landing Flanders’, is to make the East-Flanders region even more attractive as an HQ base for young international businesses. The Province of East-Flanders, The City of Ghent and UGent TechTransfer have joined forces to develop new tools to attract international start-ups and scale-ups and offer them optimal support.
Besides a soft landing for international start-ups and scale-ups, the project aspires to have a warm welcoming policy for international talent. As a starting point for future initiatives, the partners investigated the profiles of international talents in the area, their needs, and constraints to successfully find and attract relevant businesses.
Digital Ecosystem by datascouts
In order to help international talents to get accurate information about East-Flanders, they have launched their digital platform, developed by DataScouts, to visualise the East-Flanders ecosystem and allow international organizations to explore and compare the business ecosystem in East-Flanders.
In the digital platform, The Province of East-Flanders, the City of Ghent and UGent TechTransfer are collaborating together and visually mapping the businesses in the Photonics, Pharma & Medtech and Agrotech & Food domains. International start-ups and scale-ups from these sectors can easily get informed and find the added value of operating from East-Flanders for their business.
Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen Policy Officer, Céline Van Den Abeele states that:
Besides a soft landing for international start-ups and scale-ups, the project aspires to have a warm welcoming policy for international talent. As a starting point for future initiatives, the partners investigated the profiles of international talents in the area, their needs, and constraints to successfully attract and integrate international in our region.
Because it is an enormous timeconsuming job to build an ecosystem mapping, it is utmost important to have as much automatisation on board as possible. That is how we found DataScouts, who built our platform.
During the preparation meetings, together with us, DataScouts have build a taxonomy to layout the foundations of the ecosystem mapping. The platform is continuously build in a co-creation approach together with the partners and important stakeholders to be able to capture all necessary input. Which has allowed us to provide extended feedback and user-testing throughout the whole project.
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DataScouts facilitates digital knowledge sharing and collaboration between organisations, individuals and communities.
International start-ups and scale-ups can stay posted about upcoming events, vacancies, product releases & collaboration opportunities and get notified via email.
International start-ups and scale-ups can easily partner with Soft Landing Flanders community of experts and innovators to build collective intelligence and get answers to their questions about East-Flanders region.
International start-ups and scale-ups can navigate through the map on the platform and have an overview of the Academias, Companies, Incubators, Accelerators, Public Agencies and Research Institutes in East-Flanders.