The people of West Flanders are born entrepreneurs. The many family-run businesses form the backbone of our economy. Just look at the new generation of ‘makers’ that graduate in Kortrijk every year. Or the power of attraction exerted by the Biennale Interieur on designers from all over the world. This creates a unique ecosystem in Kortrijk that promotes local entrepreneurship in the region as a whole.
However, the economy must constantly renew itself. This is the rationale behind Hangar K, the new co-creation hub in Kortrijk Weide. It is the first ecosystem in West Flanders that physically brings all innovative players together under the same roof.
It is a co-creation hub for exponential growth, where starters, entrepreneurs and established businesses can support each other as partners in order to transcend their particular business level. As a work space Hangar K surpasses itself. It is a building, but also a digital platform. It is simultaneously an incubator and accelerator, as well as a catalyst and innovator. Both competence centre and brain centre.
Starters are not only helped out of the starting blocks, but also share a professional tandem with experienced entrepreneurs. Established businesses find room to collaborate there. They jointly formulate specific answers to the increasing demand for innovative applications.