Flanders Bike Valley

Belgium: Flemish Region
Bert Celis

Overview

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About us

The Flanders’ Bike Valley Cluster brings together actors in the field of bicycle & cycling sciences and technologies: public research organizations, private companies and specialized service providers in a Quadruple Helix format, including strategic stakeholders. The Cluster is managed by experienced entrepreneurial managers with roots in business development and cycling industries.

As an emerging cluster, the mission of the Flanders’ Bike Valley Cluster is to actively participate in building a successful ecosystem that will attract and retain companies and laboratories that are active in the bicycle & cycling field contributing to boosting innovation, economic performance and employment.

The epicenter of this cycling-ecosystem is based in Flanders where R & D goes together with innovative quick response manufacturing, smart specializations and human centered production. This challenging magnet will attract the most creative and entrepreneurial human capital to create magnitude in the development of a strong valley where anyone wants to work live and life.

The activities of Flanders’ Bike Valley Cluster are therefore articulated around the following objectives:

  • Bring together private and public actors to create mutual trust and encourage the establishment of partnerships and collaborations
  • Support cluster members in their daily R&D, innovation and business challenges 
  • Enhance members’ international visibility and attractiveness
  • Extend the reach of the cluster beyond national borders in order to identify new potential R&D and innovation partners
  • Contribute to the development of a supportive environment able to attract and retain companies and high-level researchers in order to attain scientific excellence in bicycle & cycling related activities.
  • Empower the development of the cycling industries in Flanders
  • Increase and encourage the uptake of new technologies
  • Promote the technological capabilities of private companies and public research in Flanders and thereby enhancing their regional and international visibility
  • Facilitate collaboration between public and private research actors on the national and international level
  • Identify new market possibilities

Facilitate incubation & acceleration infrastructure in cooperation with BikeVille Incubator.

Six operating areas :

  •       Industry & Governments
  •       Sport (federations + athletes)
  •       Recreation & Tourism
  •       Science & Technology
  •       Safety & Health
Formalised strategy
Strategy focus on internationalisation

Cluster composition

  • 53
    Cluster Members
  • 47
    SME's
  • 1
    Large Companies
  • 3
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 2
    Other Ecosystem Actors

Achievements

Acceleration of the speed of inovation for new smart bicycle helmet from 3 years into 9 months starting from idea until introduction on the markets.

Management team

Celis Bert
Cluster Manager

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral Industries
Technology fields
S3 EU priority areas
Cross-sectoral industries
Blue Growth Industries

Services

Support services provided

Other (please specify)

Further information

Internationalisation

- group booth at global leading cycle shows (example : Eurobike Friedrichshafen)

- road shows to present the ecosystem in Taiwan, China, Japan, Australia and USA

- International Sports Innovation Academy with aerodynamic knowledge as specialisation

- International Super Cycling Highway Academy (Smart cities, smart bikes, smart infrastructure)

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes
INTERREG

Name & description

Factory of the Future - (Flanders)

Construction of a "state of the art" low wind speed wind tunnel for aerodynamic optimisation in cycling, skiing, drones, automotive components etc.

Project name

Euregional Bike Valley - GCS Interreg Project

A specific PIV (Particle Image Velocimetry) system was developed for the Bike Valley windtunnel. This PIV system was specifically developed and tested for measurement of (micro)-aerodynamics of bikes, bike components and cycling wear. It was checked wether the system could measure the effects of surface roughness (micro-aerodynamics). 

The consortium created a leading edge PIV-measurement system which hasn’t been used so far worldwide and unique for the cycling sector

The approval that the resolution of measurement is radically improved, by which a new spectrum of product innovations becomes possible

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

Australia
China
Japan
Taiwan
United States

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries

Germany
Italy
Netherlands
Spain

Transnational support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

International support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

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