Scaleup Vlaanderen has developed a broad guidance programme for innovative digital scale-ups, which are on the verge of an (international) growth acceleration. Sirris, Agoria and imec's business accelerator imec.istart joined forces for this unique programme. This translates into an extensive offer and programme for the coming months.

The InsightProducts project focused on supporting companies to improve their product and service offering through a cost-effective approach to relevant and qualitative product data acquisition and use, in view of digital servitisation. In what follows, a short overview of the main project results is provided.

You and your team are improving your SaaS every day, but how smooth is that process? And what do you know about other SaaS companies' devops and operations structure? Let us know: fill in our survey and discover your position and future opportunities for your SaaS devops!

LifeLine is preparing for the commercial release of the first wearable bracelet with satellite transmitter capable of transmitting an SOS message in areas not covered by a mobile phone network. Designed for athletes and adventurers who exercise their passion in remote areas, it is a tool for a range of different security services.

Digital servitisation is a specific type of servitisation. Within this new revenue model, value is created thanks to the digital services that complement a physical product. Smart objects, the use of which is facilitated by associated services, are the most obvious examples. The concept can nevertheless be extended to a complete product proposed in the form of a service. Let’s take a look at the stakes involved in this new way of innovating.

Software providers increasingly need to focus on the optimisation of their services, including the ability to react to customer preferences. Through its flexible framework and algorithms, the ITEA project Flex4Apps creates a full loop that allows companies to offer more complex services while advancing the digital transition. For this unique result the project partners have received the ITEA Award of Excellence during the Online ITEA PO Days 2020.

The digital economy is driven by hyperscale and microcare. It is absolutely essential that we offer scalable online services which take over tasks from consumers and/or business users, while also being user-friendly. We talked about this with Jan Van Steirteghem of BESIX.

With sensors becoming rapidly cheaper, manufacturing companies are expecting their massive sensor deployment to support vital services, such as predictive maintenance, automated supply chain management, operations & usage monitoring. However, billions of connected IoT devices, generating monumental amounts of data do not necessary result in smart systems or products. They do have a direct impact on cost. The InsightProducts project supports companies to improve their product and service offering through a cost-effective approach to relevant and qualitative product data acquisition and use in view of digital servitisation.

We are in the middle of a big shift in the way people use and buy software. The decision making has shifted from the buyer to the user. This strategy is called product-led growth (PLG) and it enables companies to quickly scale in a capital-efficient manner.

The digital economy is driven by hyperscale and microcare. It is absolutely essential that we offer scalable online services which take over tasks from consumers and/or business users, while also being user-friendly. We wanted to know the opinion of decision-makers about this and spoke with Nadja Desmet, founder of Socialemediaburo.be and Someflex and elected 'West-Flemish promising SME of the year'.