Innovation Accelerator Manufacturing Industry

Innovation Accelerator Manufacturing Industry

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I am Drents Ondernemer, NICE and the Smart Industry Hub Noord-Nederland are joining forces with the Drenthe circular frontrunners Vepa and Brink Industrial for manufacturing companies from Drenthe and Hardenberg. Do you have a company in the manufacturing industry, do you want to work on your circular ambitions, implement them faster and trade circularly? Then sign up for the Circular Innovation Accelerator!

We start with inspiration during a Masterclass on 4 November at 14:30. In that first session, Erik Luisman of Vepa and Wido van den Bosch of Brink Industrial and Made Circular By talk about their mission and how they concretely deal with circularity within their company. And how this offers them commercial opportunities. We translate that inspiration into the opportunities for your company on the basis of practical examples.

You will then get to work on making your circular challenge concrete. Independently or together with a number of other attendees and under the guidance of these entrepreneurs and experts from Ik Ben Drents Ondernemer. Think, for example, of: choice of raw materials, the saving of material (costs) and / or better use of residual material by organizing the production process more efficiently with the help of smart technology. Or setting up smart track &trace applications of products or raw materials for circular purposes, the use of sensor technology to improve material properties and extend the lifespan, or finding new circular revenue models.

For all challenges that are picked up during the inspiration session, we define next steps. You can receive further guidance from Ik Ben Drents Ondernemer, NICE and/or the Smart Industry Hub Noord-Nederland to further develop your circular question one-on-one with an advisor or you can follow a (number of) in-depth session(s) together with a number of other companies. The inventors of the eight most concrete ideas are also invited to further develop their idea in an innovation accelerator under the guidance of Vepa and Brink Industrial. Two follow-up sessions are planned for this.

For whom?

This masterclass and the frontrunner sessions are intended for all manufacturing companies from Drenthe and Hardenberg who would like to take steps in smart and circular entrepreneurship.

Why participate?

You will receive help and inspiration in formulating your own circular ambitions. You will benefit from the knowledge and experience of leading manufacturing companies in the region and you will spar with like-minded entrepreneurs. This allows you to expand your network and offer you the opportunity to come up with new circular commercial opportunities. You will come into contact with the specialists of Ik Ben Drents Ondernemer and NICE who can help you further with network contacts, subsidy knowledge and development power.

Program and planning

4 November 14:30 – 17:00h Masterclass Circular Innovation Accelerator

18 November 13.00 – 17.00h Frontrunner session 1

2 December 13.00 – 17.00h Frontrunner session 2


Have you become enthusiastic? Sign up directly by sending an email to Rudmer Heij on


Date And Time

04-11-2021 @ 02:30 PM to
04-11-2021 @ 05:00 PM



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