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Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Are we ready for Industry 4.0?

An afternoon of workshops to hear from experts and share your experiences in innovation and Industry 4.0.

24 October 2017, 2:00PM - 11:00PM, CET

KU Leuven (University of Leuven) and the KPMG Innovation Practice cordially invite you to an exciting conference on innovation to be held on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. In a series of workshops you will have the unique opportunity to discuss topics related to innovation and Industry 4.0 with other experts and professionals and to share your own experiences and perspectives. During the evening session you will hear from a number of leading speakers, who will share their remarkable stories of innovation with you.


  • Workshop 1 New regulations focused on the innovation deduction and IP rights

During this workshop, KPMG experts shed more light on the new fiscal framework for the innovation deduction and the legal framework surrounding intellectual property rights, as applied to software and patents.

  • Workshop 2 'The triple helix of Creativity'

This workshop will provide hands-on exercises, examples and trends from across the start-up scene, education, government and the business worlds, all designed to help you discover your organisations potential to use creativity to bring added value. The Triple Helix model will be explored with an opportunity to examine which components of this model could give your business activities the extra boost you need. This workshop is given by Steve Stevens and Davy Vercruysse.

  • Workshop 3 'Lean office game'

Makigami, is an approach that allows participants to map out the administrative process flow of a client order as it passes through all departments/services. During the Lean office game, participants will use the Makigami that you have developed, to identify how to drastically shorten the administrative process lead time for an order and eliminate administrative errors. This workshop is given by Ignace Martens.

  • Workshop 4 'Giving form to Industry 4.0 in Flanders'

As outlined in the New Industrial Policy, industrial activity will be essential to the regional prosperity  of Flanders by 2050. For this reason, the region needs to make the leap to Industry 4.0. This workshop, moderated by Dirk Vrancken (KPMG), Wim Dewulf (KU Leuven), Bruno Krekels (Flemish Agency for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (VLAIO)) and Leo Van de Loock (VLAIO), lays out this policy in more detail.

  • Workshop 5 'Robotics'

During this workshop, we explore the advantages of implementing more automated steps in any given process. Determining which of your organisations processes can feel the greatest impact can be a challenge. So we will discuss which processes we have seen be most successful and which sectors have yet to take further steps towards an automated future.

  • Workshop 6 'Collaborative innovation'

We often imagine an inventor as a mad scientist alone in their lab, thinking up fantastic things. This is an outdated view. Today innovations require engagement from multiple disciplines to be successfully realized and implemented. What's more, discussions are needed between the various disciplines to bring new insights and innovations. During this workshop, KPMG experts delve deeper into the “what” and “how” of collaborative innovation.


Evening Session

  • 'Holy Trinity Thinking' by Peter Decuypere

Peter Decuypere is an event manager, marketer, philosopher, teacher, keynote speaker and author.  His talks focus on 'Turning (M)E-xperiences into valuable (W)E-xperiences' and effortlessly turns his experiences in the event world into inspiration for other sectors.'

  • Innovation, a flag of many colors' by Koen Debackere

Koen Debackere is a general administrator and professor at KU Leuven university. He will share his views on innovation. Innovation is a term that covers many different aspects. As such, it threatens to become an umbrella term. Based on years of experience with innovation in companies, policy and innovation research, Koen Debackere attempts to shed light on this term with many meanings in order to better frame the hype and reality, as it relates to the way innovation is thought of and managed.

  • 'How technology of today will impact mobility of tomorrow?' by Jeremy Schuermans and Quentin de Clercq

The founders of a young Belgian business with diverse roots, will share how they have taken their vision of mobility to  challenge the giants from the sector and Silicon Valley start-ups.


Practical Information



KU Leuven – Campus Groep T
Andreas Vesaliusstraat 13
3000 Leuven



2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Reception

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Parallel workshops part 1

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Coffee break

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Parallel workshops part 2

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Matchmaking with Conversation Starters (standing buffet)

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.: Evening Session

9:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.: Reception






You can register using the link below. Please indicate on the registration form  the workshops you wish to join. You may attend a maximum of two workshops, or one workshop per time slot, followed by the evening session. It is also possible to participate only in the evening session.

Please note that registration is limited so we recommend you register soon.




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