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Smart Ports Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development

Priority Axis

Technological and Social Innovation

Specific objective

Framework Conditions for Innovation

Lead partner

Antwerp Management School

Date de début


Date de fin


Project budget

4 154 162

ERDF amount

2 457 654

ERDF rate


    À propos

    Common challenge

    Global competitiveness is putting pressures on Western European ports to be more efficient and innovative. Especially in large and complex port environments there are numerous opportunities for efficiency gains in the logistic chain. Simultaneously, new advances in data science and the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are enabling more efficient ways to communicate and integrate entire supply chains. High-tech start-ups and SMEs are leading the way in these technological developments. Currently, port environments do not fully take advantage of data science / IoT technologies. Further, high-tech start-ups / SMEs often struggle with professionalization of their technological ideas and business activities. As a result, performance of the Western European ports is hampered. Similarly, the full development potential of high-tech start-ups and SMEs and their subsequent economic contributions are not realised.

    Main Achievements

    Towards its overall aim of creating the ecosystem conditions for accelerated smart port innovation in the 2 Seas area, SPEED is increasingly creating an impact and generating spontaneous interest in the European - and global - smart port community. Even despite Covid, our network is growing, as is the interest in the innovation portal from WP1, the smart port webinars, the smart port maturity model and ecosystem audit methodology from WP 3B. Meanwhile, work packages 2 and 3A are gearing up to introduce the technical and business model tool kits for smart port entrepreneurs they have been developing en we're looking forward to finally organize the twice postponed smart port conference in September 2021.

    Beyond the deliverables promised, the project's activities are also stimulating follow-up innovation and research projects. As a testament of our impact on moving the innovation mindset in ports: after the ports of Portsmouth and Antwerp, we're now also in full prepration of 2 more open innovation challenges for monetary prizes with ports outside the consortium: Zeebrugge and Northsea Ports.

    Yet, despite these promising results and the optimism being built towards innovation among the consortium and the smart port stakeholders it engages with, SPEED's mission builds on the frequency and intenstiy of engagement with the stakeholders. So, in this sense the project's activities have been substantially impacted by the inability to meet physically in 2020, especially with regard to how intense we would like to engage with the target groups.
    Especially the more intensive support foreseen in the development stage and after, in piloting and delivery, are heavily impacted and will require that constraints on physical interaction are relaxed in 2021.

    As an indirect consequence, reaching the 950 users of the innovation support throughout the innovation project lifecycle is becoming challenging, yet the introduction of the tool kit (O4), the smart port conference (D 5.4.1) are expected to be significant drivers of recrtuiùent and engagement. Hopefully a relaxation of Covid measures against physical meetings should also provide more engagement opportunities, as especially the more intensive engagement events (hackathons & physical meetings) always cause a spike in registrations.



    Universiteit Antwerpen

    Université de Lille

    Stichting Katholieke Universiteit Brabant

    WSX Enterprise

    University of Bournemouth

    Portsmouth City Council


    CITC-EuraRFID Centre d'innovations des technologies sans contact

    Haven van Moerdijk

    Poole Harbours Commissioners

    Portland Port Limited

    Borough of Poole


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    Thème: PortsSupport to innovation
    Type: Method/service
    Target: Business support centres and agencies


    Thème: PortsSupport to innovation
    Type: Strategy/action plan
    Target: Ports


    Thème: PortsSupport to innovation
    Type: Network
    Target: Local, regional and national authorities