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Helping promising start-ups and rapidly growing companies to develop sustainable innovations for the chemistry of the future, on an industrial scale. This is the objective of BlueChem, the first incubator in Belgium dedicated to innovation and entrepreneurship in sustainable chemistry and the circular economy, such as the effective use of waste and by-products, process optimisation and the development of renewable chemicals and sustainable products.

BlueChem is a unique partnership between government, industry and knowledge institutions. Their common goal is to guarantee and strengthen the future of the economically-important chemical industry in the region. Sector federation essenscia, is the main shareholder of BlueChem nv. The incubator opens in May 2020 at the climate-neutral business park, Blue Gate Antwerp, located at the heart of one of the largest chemical clusters in the world.

BlueChem offers an ideal infrastructure, customised services and financial support for lab equipment, combined with direct access to knowledge and expertise within an extensive network of international chemical companies, renowned research centres and the five Flemish universities. BlueChem can host around 20 companies and provides the right facilities in the right place to enable ground-breaking ideas to grow from lab experiments into new chemical companies with a strong focus on sustainability.

BlueChem is financially supported by the European and Flemish governments. The EU is investing over €3.4 million through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Flanders is contributing €868,397 via the Hermes Fund and the City of Antwerp is investing €4 million.

More info: www.bluechem.be