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High Tech in the Leuven Innovation Region

The Leuven Innovation region is a hotspot for technological development and high-tech entrepreneurship. This favorable climate for knowledge-driven entrepreneurship has resulted in a dense network of high-tech companies.

World leaders in the Leuven Innovation Region

Leuven has all the necessary assets for innovative, high-tech entrepreneurship through leading knowledge institutions, company clusters in several science parks and a unique partnership of both financiers and institutes for technology transfer. The presence of world leaders like imec, Materialise and Siemens allows Leuven to excel particularly in nanotechnology, mechatronics, intelligent systems, ICT and cleantech.

A cleanroom in the imec premises at the Leuven headquarters
© imec - A cleanroom in the imec premises at the Leuven headquarters

imec, the technological jewel in the crown of Leuven

imec is the world-leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. The combination of their widely acclaimed leadership in microchip technology and profound software and ICT expertise is what makes them unique.

By leveraging their world-class infrastructure and local and global ecosystem of partners across a multitude of industries, imec creates groundbreaking innovation in healthcare, smart cities and mobility, logistics and manufacturing, energy and education.

imec is headquartered in Leuven and brings together 3,500 brilliant minds from over 70 nationalities. It has also R&D groups in the Netherlands, Taiwan, USA, China and offices in India and Japan.

© Materialise

Materialise, world leader in 3D printing

Headquartered in Leuven, with branches worldwide, Materialise has combined the largest group of software developers in the industry with one of the largest 3D printing facilities in the world.

Since more than 30 years, Materialise has leveraged their experience to create a range of software solutions and 3D printing services, which together form a backbone for the 3D printing industry.

Their open and flexible platforms enable players in industries such as healthcare, automotive, aerospace, art and design, and consumer goods, to build innovative 3D printing applications that make the world a better and healthier place.

Comate develops from A to Z in all kinds of industries

Comate's engineers and designers invent and develop high-tech, mechatronic, mechanical or electronic products and machinery from idea to production.

The company does not develop anything for itself, but does so on behalf of third parties, including many other companies from the Leuven Innovation Region.

In this way, Comate focuses on companies from the health tech, industry and machinery and product development sectors. It is one of the fastest growing scale-ups in the region.

Guardsquare helps keep your mobile apps safe

The majority of mobile apps do not have adequate security built-in, leaving them open to threats like reverse engineering, IP theft, fraudulent app clones or fakes, and even reputational and financial damage. This is where Guardsquare comes in.

A few years ago Guardsquare was an uncut diamond, today it is growing faster than ever. In recent years, revenue has doubled every two years, while investing in multiple international collaborations. The company secures more than 4 billion mobile apps with its technology.

The AB InBev headquarters, where the famous Stella Artois is brewed
© Toerisme Leuven - The AB InBev headquarters, where the famous Stella Artois is brewed

An overload of high-tech innovation in the region

There are more than 300 high-tech companies located in the Leuven Innovation Region, not rarely spin-offs from KU Leuven and imec.

World players in their genre like CommScope (network technology), Siemens (Digital Industries Software) and Amplexor (digital platforms) all have their headquarters or a very important branch in the Leuven Innovation Region. The home of Stella Artois, one of the most popular beers in the world, is in Leuven at the AB InBev Headquarters.

And we have not even begun to list the pioneers in economic niche markets such as THEO Technologies, XenomatiX, Qaelum, Octinion, KLA Tencor, Terumo, Cronos Group, Camco, and many, many more. All of these world players are to be found in our members' section of the website.

How can we help?

The Leuven MindGate team is at your disposal for any questions about the Leuven Innovation Region. Do you want to invest, work or study in the region? We can help you find your way.

We also facilitate collaboration and innovation between companies, knowledge institutes and government within the Leuven Innovation Region, and we are happy to guide any of these stakeholders towards innovation.