Flanders’ Bike Valley (“The Global Cycling Center”) was established in 2013 as one of the first bottom-up clusters in Flanders. As an Open Innovation Center for the Cycling Industry the cluster was founded by 4 local SME’s (bottom-up) which are lead plants in their sector, together with one knowledge institute: BioRacer (a cycling clothes manufacturer), Lazer Sport (helmets), Ridley Race Productions, Voxdale (a specialist in aerodynamics who engineered and designed for Indycar) and Flanders’ Drive (a knowledge center for the Automotive Industry).
Flanders’ Bike Valley focuses on 6 major topics: Mobility, Sports (involvement of Belgian Cycling Foundation and Belgian Olympic Comittee), Safety and Healthcare, Science & Technology, Industry&Government and Turism.
Although the cluster recently started, the amount of members grew to more than 70 within the last 6 months. This number will still increase in the coming years. More than 50% of the members are other SME’s which come from a diversity of sectors (not only the cycling sector) like electronics, design, ICT, Healthcare,…
Flanders’ Bike Valley organizes partner matching events (often together with other clusters/valleys), is setting-up breakthrough open innovation projects for multiple partners and will also focus on joint internationalisation and incubation in cooperation with BikeVille Incubator (the goal is to set-up a cycling technology incubation center by 2016). Since cycling is anchored in the roots of the Flemish People (as early adopters for new cycling technologies) and all involved Flemish SME’s are globally leading innovators in the cycling world, Flanders’ Bike Valley is seen as a smart specialisation for the Flemish Region.
Our Staff Members
Marc has more than 25 years experience in the bicycle & sporting goods industries and as chairman of Flanders’ Bike Valley he takes also the role as communication & event manager and spokesman for Flanders’ Bike Valley. Marc is chairman of the Board of Directors for Flanders’ Bike Valley.
Bert has extensive knowledge of innovation and project management for breakthrough projects in industry. He will follow-up all projects within Bike Valley and welcomes all new open innovation initiatives and ideas from the biking sector. Mobile: +32 422.214.171.124
Harm is the wind tunnel engineer who is responsible for the wind tunnel testing campaigns. With an MSc. title in Aerospace Engineering he is the aerodynamic expert within Flanders’ Bike Valley.
Nore (+32 472 62 05 66) is one of the first faces of the company you will meet, as she oversees the reception area. She coordinates all communication between companies in our incubator and plays a key role in event management and organization. Nore has an education in psychology.