One of the cornerstones of any type of innovation ecosystem is institutions of knowledge. Universities and federations provide the ecosystem with the academic insight and expertise to support its members throughout their journey. Given that co.mobility follows the principles of Design Thinking, it is extremely important that ideas and prototypes aren’t based on assumptions, but rather data and facts. On the one hand, these expert interventions can ensure that the solutions developed in the ecosystem have a basis with reality. On the other hand, we are looking for mobility solutions that are accessible, durable, inclusive, economically viable. Neutral institutions of knowledge can help steer the direction of use cases to achieve just that.

Without further ado, we are proud to introduce you to some of our Knowledge Partners already.

 

AGORIA

Agoria paves the way for all technology-inspired companies in Belgium that improve our quality of life through the development and application of technological innovations. “Improving quality of life”, that’s our goal! From our specific position and using our know-how and network, we help create the context that reinforces the perfect match between ‘entrepreneurial ambition’ and ‘technology’, for the benefit of four elements that concern each of us: people, planet, society & industry.

Why they joined the co.mobility ecosystem?

Agoria’s goal is to strive for a better quality of life. Very often, technology can contribute to solving societal challenges. We believe that technology from our Belgian companies can contribute to better, more intelligent and more sustainable mobility. That is why Agoria gladly supports the initiative of co.station to create new and innovative mobility solutions by building ecosystems and through co-creation. This fully fits with Agoria’s strategy to connect companies with each other and with other stakeholders with the aim to help our Belgian technology companies grow.

Agoria is represented by Jean-Marc Timmermans, Business Group Leader – Transport & Mobility Technologies | Amélie Cardyn, Business Group Leader – Mobility Solutions

https://www.agoria.be/

 

Beci

Beci (Brussels Enterprises Commerce & Industry) was born out of a partnership between the Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Enterprises in Brussels. Beci represents 2/3 of the employment in Brussels and more than 35,000 companies. Beci is active in three areas:

1) Representation: Beci stands up for individual and common interests wherever decisions are made;

2) Networking: thanks to events, connections (including Chambers of Commerce) and prospecting tools, Beci helps companies establish relationships, establish contacts and expand their network;

3) Guidance: Beci supports companies in their creation, development, transfer, and in their international development.

Why they joined the co.mobility ecosystem?

Beci has been active in mobility since 2015. First with the HUB Mobility, the mobility think tank and then with MO (2018) the Urban Mobility Movement, a 100% action and solution oriented Do Tank. Mobility issues have evolved significantly in recent years, with new challenges directly impacting businesses and human resources. The only way to counter this problem is through collective intelligence. This is the philosophy on which Co.Mobility is built and is an extension of Beci’s philosophy. Beci’s participation as a knowledge partner is therefore evident.

Beci is represented by Ischa Lambrechts, Business Innovation Coordinator & Mobility Advisor at BECI, Chairman Mobility Commission of the Social & Economic council of the Brussels Capital Region

https://www.beci.be 

 

MOBI

MOBI is the research leader in electro-mobility, socio-economic evaluations for sustainable mobility and logistics. With our multidisciplinary team, we support and study the transition towards a more sustainable urban mobility and logistics system with the goal to achieve concrete and long-lasting positive socio-economic and environmental impacts. Our strength resides from our unique combination of environmental, socio-economic and technical competences, together with tools developed for the sustainable transport sector. Our research focuses on five domains: electric & autonomous vehicle technology, battery innovation, sustainable logistics, urban mobility and sustainable energy communities.

Why they joined the co.mobility ecosystem?

MOBI supports Co.Station as the Mobility Ecosystem Challenge stimulates the development of new mobility solutions. With the expertise we have built in sustainable mobility and logistics, we want to bring in the ecosystem the latest concepts developed by the research. The hackathon concept developed in this challenge is also a format that we very much appreciate. We are using this approach with our students in the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. We are looking forward to see what will come out from this process!

Mobi is represented by Philippe Lebeau, Teaching and Research Assistant in the field of sustainable logistics | Prof. Dr. Imre Keserú: Urban Mobility Team Leader for MOBI research group

https://mobi.research.vub.be/

 

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

The Leuven Mobility Research Centre, L-Mob, brings together and integrates complementary expertise on mobility, infrastructure, logistics and environment. Within this broad domain, L-Mob focuses on smart mobility: optimization of operational traffic and logistic processes using real-time data; optimization of logistics from a company perspective; development, pricing and financing of infrastructure; land-use mobility interaction; innovative mobility services; optimization of public transport; and mobility indicators and monitoring.

L-Mob brings together and integrates expertise, maintains relations with the industry and governmental stakeholders, and represents KU Leuven within interuniversity research programs on mobility and logistics in Flanders and abroad.

Why they joined the co.mobility ecosystem?

L-Mob as an inter-disciplinary research center recognizes the importance of cross fertilization among the start-ups, scale-ups, corporates, universities and federations members of the ecosystem. Co-creative approaches allow an interdisciplinary view on technological innovation, which helps to balance economic, societal and environmental needs. We very much appreciate the principle of keeping mobility about the wellbeing of people, as is reflected in the challenges addressed. L-mob has ongoing research in many of the challenges and sees the co.mobility ecosystem as an excellent opportunity to bring some of its research results closer to practice.

KUL is represented by Reginald Dewil, Assistant Professor Decision making in Industry 4.0 | Therese Steenberghen, Professor Division of Geography and Tourism

https://set.kuleuven.be/l-mob

 

University of Antwerp

The department of Transport and Regional Economics (TPR) at the University of Antwerp is an international center of excellence for fundamental and applied academic research in transport economics, logistics and regional economics. Its mission is to improve transport and logistics for our society and the business community. Its research results in theories, applications and instruments to enhance existing academic knowledge, transport policy and supply chain environments. Therefore TPR conducts innovative and multi-disciplinary research within an international context. TPR pursues results that are academically sound, economically viable and supporting sustainable development. It values a critical and independent approach and an open communication.

Why they joined the co.mobility ecosystem?

Project research plays a key role in gaining up-to-date scientific knowledge, which is close to reality. TPR is involved in different projects, in which there is already cooperation with many of the founders involved in co.mobility. Moreover, the initiative the founders and Co.Station to develop the innovative ecosystem Co.mobility is perfectly in line with TPR’s main research topics, including amongst others the assessment of infrastructure projects, interaction between transport and physical planning, and urban studies and regional economics. Therefore, TPR fully supports this project and is looking forward to contribute with its expert knowledge on sustainable mobility and logistics.

University of Antwerp is represented by Katrien De Langhe, Doctor-assistant at the Department of Transport and Regional Economics | Ann Verhetsel, Professor at the Department of Transport and Regional Economics | Elnert Coenegrachts, PhD-Researcher at Department of Transport and Regional | Prof. dr. Thierry Vanelslander, Research Professor Department of Transport and Regional

https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/

 

Union Wallonne des entreprises

The Mobility Unit of the Union Wallonne des Entreprises (UWE) has guided private companies and business parks since 2002 in their reflections, approaches and actions relating to the sustainable management of their mobility.

Why they joined the co.mobility ecosystem?

For the Mobility Unit of the Union Wallonne des Entreprises (UWE) participating in the co.mobility project is obvious. Mobility has never been as important a concern as in recent years in companies. Many of them are already taking action to facilitate and improve the travel conditions of their staff members. Because there is not one solution to mobility problems but a multitude of solutions, we must work on their readability, their complementarity and their integration to strengthen their use! This is why we want to support the process as Knowledge Partner.

UWE is represented by Benoît Minet, Coordinator at Cellule Mobilité de l’Union Wallonne des Entreprises | Béatrice Schobbens, Advisor at Cellule Mobilité de l’Union Wallonne des Entreprises | Colette Pierard, Advisor at Cellule Mobilité de l’Union Wallonne des
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