Coci’s & iLabs

 

Map of clusters and innovation hotspots

The iLabs and COCIs have been working together in ChemieLink. The activities of Chemielink will be handled by Gochem as of the beginning of 2019. Gochem helps entrepreneurs in the chemical industry who want to innovate by finding the locations with the right facilities and equipment.) In the vicinity of a knowledge institution, where the starters can develop a ‘promising concept’ to a scalable product. By providing a company in the iLAB with (among other things) good lab facilities it can operate independently and also develop itself, while the entrepreneur can at the same time go for experiments on expensive equipment, as well as for reflection on new results, easily (former colleagues of ) the knowledge institution. When the next phase is reached and experiments on a larger scale are desired, housing at a COCi location is a logical next step.

 

COCI’s

Individuals and organizations wishing to participate in the Top Sector Chemistry are given the opportunity to also be able to do business by providing the required infrastructure in a low-threshold way locally. In addition, regional and (inter) national sources of financing, technical substantive knowledge, entrepreneurship coaching and business advice are conveniently made accessible to the target group. This with the aim to fulfill the ambition of the Topteam ChemistryNL to take innovation to a higher level. With the establishment of the Centers for Open Chemical Innovation (COCI) and iLabs, ChemistryNL promotes entrepreneurship in chemistry.

 

At present there are seven COCI locations across the Netherlands:

Green Chemistry Campus, Bergen op Zoom

Chemelot, Geleen

Biotech Campus, Delft

Green PAC, Emmen

Pivot Park, Oss

Plant One, Botlek-Rotterdam

S/park, Deventer

 

What is a COCI?

At a COCI location, the young company, which has already realized a considerable turnover and has tied its first customer, will find all the brownfield basic facilities (ie utilities) and environmental permits that are necessary to scale up the production. In the international roll-out of the product, the entrepreneur can use the network of the established chemical multinational (s) at the COCI location, the so-called custodian (s). Once successfully launched in the (international) market, the then ‘matured’ company leaves the COCI location to establish itself elsewhere and thus make room for new businesses.

 

iLabs

An iLab is a physical breeding ground (eg incubator) in the vicinity of a knowledge institution, where the starters can develop a ‘promising concept’ to a scalable product. By providing a company in the iLAB with (among other things) good lab facilities it can operate independently and also develop itself, while the entrepreneur can at the same time go for experiments on expensive equipment, as well as for reflection on new results, easily (former colleagues of ) the knowledge institution. When the next phase is reached and experiments on a larger scale are desired, housing at a COCi location is a logical next step.

 

There are currently 10 iLABs, namely:

 

iLab Nijmegen

iLab Eindhoven

iLab Matrix Innovation Center Amsterdam

iLab Zwolle, part of Green PAC

iLab Delft part of the Biotech Campus Delft

iLab Wageningen

iLab Utrecht, part of the Utrecht Science Park

iLab Innolab Chemie Groningen

iLab High Tech Factory

Green Chemistry Innovation Lab, part of Green Chemistry Campus

 

In addition to these nine, ChemistryNL expects to realize more iLABs. For example, there are discussions with Leiden and Enschede. If these conversations and processes are successful, then every university with a chemistry / chemical technology training (the disposal of) has a hotspot for new business.

 

 

Centers of Expertise and Centers of Innovative Craftsmanship

In HBO Centers of expertise and MBO Centers for innovative craftsmanship, entrepreneurs, scientists, teachers and students work together to promote the quality of technical education. These public-private partnerships seek to connect with the regional knowledge infrastructure by focusing on a strongly represented top sector. (Top) education, applied research and retraining and further training are closely related in order to develop a unique training and knowledge profile.

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