How can Flemish companies use water more wisely? In June 2014, VITO and the Flemish Knowledge Centre Water (Vlakwa) launched an open call for Flemish SMEs to tender concepts for efficient water management. In 2015, seven consortia will receive grants and guidance to turn innovative water projects into marketable products.
With this call, VITO and Vlakwa want to give SMEs a chance to demonstrate their sustainable water technologies, products or concepts in an accessible way, and introduce them to the market.
A jury judged the submitted projects. Seven projects were accepted and will receive a grant from Vlakwa and VITO SME. The seven consortia each consist of at least one innovation provider and one company that will use their innovation. They will now continue to develop their innovative water applications and demonstrate them, so other companies in their sector can see the advantages and use them. The winning consortia will spread their knowledge by publishing articles in journals or organising lectures or events. After the probation period, which lasts a year, the products will be evaluated with the aim of successfully introducing them to the market.
In 2014, VITO and Vlakwa launched their fourth call. VITO and Vlakwa coordinate these calls and judge the submitted projects along with a jury. Moreover, they offer the successful SMEs high-quality testing facilities to test their water technology. Their goal: successfully launch the innovative water technologies as valuable business concepts.