The Factory is a fast-growing startup within EY. We support the growth of promising companies, empower established companies in their innovation process, engage intrapreneurs and connect them with each other to stimulate open innovation.

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Enabling Start-ups & Scale-ups

A young company has to focus on developing a product or service that fits the market perfectly. Our mission is to support your company, no matter which growth stage you’re in. Thanks to our EYnovation program, you stay focused on your business while EY experts take care of - for example - legal, financial and HR matters. We also offer opportunities to pitch to big companies’ C-level and enter a promising network community where collaboration between startups and corporates is stimulated.

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Enabling corporates

Innovation is a necessity for survival. As a startup within EY, we live innovation. Our team is highly qualified to guide you through the maze of new and disruptive technologies, to set up tailored corporate innovation programs and to advise you on innovation methodology. Having over 240.000 professional consultants - eager to help - to your disposal, only proves our case that we are capable to perform to your needs. We organize hackathons, launchpad meetups, co-creation tracks and have a lot more ways to introduce you to the bright minds of our (startup) community.

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Open innovation

The Factory enables both internal and external innovation. Our team applies the lean startup methodology and stimulates open innovation and collaboration between our different stakeholders: EY, startups & scale-ups and corporations.

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Innovation within EY

The Factory is a fast-growing startup within EY, enabling innovators at every level. Together with our EY colleagues, we build an innovative culture within the company that stimulates a mindset of change. We translate business challenges into technical solutions and train the EY workforce in innovative thinking.

Innovation within
corporate clients

We learn from these experiences to enable our clients in their own innovation projects. If possible, we open up the process to our community of startups & scale-ups, whom we help to grow their business via the EYnovation™ program.

Supporting startups & Scale-ups

All of this in an EY-backed environment, fully exposed to its available expertise, tools and huge international network. Collaboration and cross-enablement between corporate clients, startups and EY is what we do best.

Open innovation

Our activities come to life in the EY wavespace™ in Antwerp. This innovation space is specifically designed to facilitate (open) innovation projects and connected to the 19 wavespaces across the world.

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  • Thriving innovation happens at the crossroads of Passion, Talent, and Opportunity.
    Wouter Desmet - Chief Innovation Officier for Western Europe and Maghreb & Founder of The Factory