Tech & Innovation Festival

Erwin Verstraelen

Chief Digital & Innovation officer

Port of Antwerp-Bruges

Erwin and his team transform the port into an innovation hub where the market readiness of promising tech such as drones, smart camera’s, autonomous ships and digital twins can be field tested. This requires a healthy inflow of digital talent and the presence of ecosystems.

Co-founder of the Beacon, an ecosystem focusing on Internet of Things use cases, where startups, scaleups, academia and applied research come together. Erwin is also member of the Antwerp Innovation Fund that supports the creation of spinoffs out of the University of Antwerp and guides them during their growth to maturity.

What characterises Erwin is a self-made quote: In life there are problems, challenges and opportunities. That’s actually three times the same thing, only the mindset is different.


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