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Connecting ideas is key in innovation

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Johnny Waterschoot


We believe that connecting ideas is the key to a successful innovation journey. Finding synergies between companies and like-minded entrepreneurs is what we do best. We work side by side with our clients to enable sustainable innovation within the company, leveraging the ecosystem of EY’s network and community of startups & scale-ups.

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What to expect?

The Factory focuses on creating connections between companies and people. We find synergies & let people innovate together. The goal is to create long-term value with short term deliverables:

We enable Innovation within your company

  • Map out the challenges & opportunities in EY wavespace sessions
  • Re-engineering business models
  • Create an innovation journey, using EY’s innovation ecosystem and network
  • Organize innovation workshops for your staff

We set up & facilitate open innovation

  • Startup pitching competitions
  • Startup, technology & innovation scouting
  • Hackathons
  • Co-creation facilitation
EYnovation Vlerick Launchpad Meetup 2018

Launchpad Meetups

Get inspired. Startups pitch their solution and you’ll see opportunities for collaboration.

WDP Launchpad Meetup


Open the door. Share your challenges with others and work on the solution together.

Firestarter Hackathon


Open the door. Share your challenges with others and work on the solution together.

Firestarter Hackathon
Connect and co-create article

Co-creation tracks

Create a solution to your challenge with the right partner.

Connect and Co-create

EY’s innovation services

Open innovation, connecting you with other innovative parties, is just a small piece of the puzzle. It fits within a broad offering of innovation services at EY. We, The Factory, can facilitate any connection, outside and inside of EY, that will result in a sustainable growth path for your company. All these services come together in our innovation centre, EY wavespace™ Antwerp.

EY wavespace
EY Ideation campagin

We eat our own dogfood

The Factory also enables innovation within EY. We set up ideation campaigns, help to realize ideas focusing on sustainable growth, and facilitate innovation workshops to implement an innovation mindset within the firm.

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Where to begin?
Right here.

You started your company’s innovation journey by reading this page. The next step is to schedule an introductory conversation with our Innovation experts, Jan De Clippeleer, or Johnny Waterschoot. If you need more convincing, just watch or read some success cases below!

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The only sustainable path to long-term economic growth is to build an “innovation factory” to create disruptive innovations on a continuous basis.

– Eric Ries

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