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ISE Innovation Conference - Postponed

Mar 2020
Time: 12:30pm
Zonnekemeers, Oud-Sint Jan, Bruges, BE, 8000

(Event postponed)

The ISE Project is organising an innovation summit in Bruges where successful, well-known companies will share their stories, insights into innovation and tips for business growth. Join businesses from different sectors and the different ISE partner regions (Kent, Hauts-de-France, East Flanders, West Flanders and the SW of the Netherlands) for an inspirational day!

Programme outline:



Tuesday 24 March 2020 (UK Partners & Companies Only for Travel)


07:40 UK delegates meet at Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, Ashford Business Point, Waterbrook Avenue Sevington TN24 0LH

07:50 UK delegates depart Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce for Eurotunnel crossing

08:20 Check-In at Eurotunnel

09:20 Eurotunnel Crossing to Calais

11:00 Arrival in Calais & coach transfer to Oud-Sint Jan, Zonnekemeers, 8000 Bruges

12:30 Arrival at Oud-Sint Jan, Bruges

12:30 Registration & Buffet Lunch (All ISE Delegates)

13:15 Welcome - Voka West-Flanders & POM West-Flanders

13:30 ISE Project Overview - Tudor Price - Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce

13:45 Welcome - Mark Andries - VLAIO (Flemish Agency for Innovation and Entrepreneurship)

14:00 Showcasing Innovation Success
Six inspirational company pitches from different industry sectors detailing the innovation process of their most successful product or service.

A panel of Innovation experts from Flemish universities will then discuss the key features of each innovation.

Pitch 1 - 
ArcelorMittal - Wim Van Der Sticht (CTO)
Pitch 2 - Cargill - (speaker name tbc)
Pitch 3 - Philip Morris International - Kevin Van Boven (Country Manager Netherlands)

15:00 Feedback on pitches from academic experts

15:30 Coffee & Networking

Pitch 4 - 
Beaulieu International Group - Pol Lombaert (R&D Director)
Pitch 5 - Decathlon - Céline Lamidel (Waterproof Component Offer Manager)
Pitch 6 - P&G - André Convents (Innovation Manager) & Charlotte Greant (The Growcery)  

17:00 Feedback on pitches from academic experts

17:30 Conclusions & wrap-up                     

17:45 Break-out session & networking – a chance to meet with companies from other countries and sectors

18:00 Refreshments & small evening meal

19:30 End of Programme & Depart (UK Delegates)

21:00  Arrival & Check-in at Eurotunnel

21:50 Eurotunnel Crossing

21:30 Arrival in Folkestone
(local time)       

22:00  Approx. time of arrival at Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, Ashford

Free coach travel will be provided for companies travelling from Kent (departing Ashford around 07:30 and returning around 22:00)

Intended for: Companies from the ISE regions with an appetite for innovation and internationalisation


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