The Beacon Antwerp • ANT

THE IoT hot-spot!

The Beacon is a partnership between the City of Antwerp, the Port of Antwerp, the University of Antwerp, the research centre imec and technology federation Agoria, managed by Co.Station.

With a focus on Industry 4.0, logistics and Smart City, this is a place where unique collaboration around IoT and Artificial Intelligence is happening between researchers, startups and industry, all through value creation and open innovation.

The Beacon Partners | An IoT coworking in Antwerp managed by Co.Station
The Beacon Partners | An IoT coworking in Antwerp managed by Co.Station


The Beacon is in the centre of Antwerp and the port, located at the heritage site The Tolhuis where leading maritime companies used to have their home. Surrounded by restaurants and bars this is the place to be with the lively dirstrict’t Eilandje just a stone’s throw away.

With one of the best views at the banks of the Schelde, The Beacon is a very accessible location, reachable by all means of transport.

Sail in, fly in, drive in, bike in or just take the train and tram and walk in!

Sint-Pietersvliet 7, 2000 Antwerp

About The Beacon

At The Beacon, you’ll be able to work, learn and network, and develop tomorrow’s technologies. Far from being just another business centre, The Beacon is an Internet of Things community and the launch pad for your product.

Cooperation, mentoring, shared projects and the valorisation of research into real products and real companies is at the heart of what we do. This is where the players that make up the IoT fabric – platforms, security specialists, connectivity experts, data scientists and many more – jointly develop new applications.

For Whom? Leading technology corporations that seek to involve small IoT business development teams, experts in data platforms, cyber security, hardware, connectivity, big data, or cloud computing, in their activities. Flexible start-ups and scale-ups that develop smart applications and innovative business models to create and capitalise on new value chains for industry, logistics and smart cities.

The Beacon symbolises the link between the city of Antwerp and its port. Leading maritime companies used to have their home here. Today, the city envisions a new future for this heritage site, transforming it into an innovation hub for industry, logistics and smart city.


Office amenities. The Beacon has private offices for Tech corporations, scale-ups, start-ups and researchers. Smaller start-ups may prefer to take one of the 24 available seats in the open co-working space.

Shared facilities. The shared facilities include 16 fully equipped meeting rooms, a board room, a seminar room and an informal open area. The Beacon offers its residents the unique opportunity of becoming part of a thriving IoT ecosystem.

The Beacon Management. The Beacon Management oversees and manages business development and stakeholder engagement within The Beacon. This experienced ecosystem manager crafts ties with international innovation hubs, strengthening The Beacon’s international network and positioning.

The Beacon Business Community. The Beacon business community gives access to a vast network of potential clients, partners and to The Beacon’s stakeholders. You will be able to source project ideas and external expertise through The Beacon Business Community.

You can also…

  • participate in research projects
  • participate in events & workshops
  • get counseling in issues on marketing, legal, HR, finances, scaling,…
  • participate as a preferred partner in The Beacon business community
  • capitalize on the expertise of UA and imec’s researchers on A.I., cloud, 5G, big data,…
  • get counseling on and be involved in subsidized European innovation projects

Our Residents

Co.Station | The Beacon Community | Discover our residents | Orange
The Beacon
Orange Belgium is one of the leading telecommunication operators on the Belgian market, with over 3 million customers, and in Luxembourg through its subsidiary Orange Communications Luxembourg. As a convergent ...
Co.Station | The Beacon Community | Discover our residents | Dockflow
The Beacon
Dockflow reinvents trade for the digital era. Dockflow strives for a transition from traditional supply chains to interconnected sets of agile and dynamic trade networks. Dockflow believes the solution lies ...
Co.Station | The Beacon Community | Discover our residents | Accelleran
The Beacon
Accelleran provides Mobile RAN software and 4G/LTE Small Cell product solutions addressing the real-world challenges of increasing data volumes and 5G applications, calling for hyperdense mobile networks. Accellaran works towards ...
Co.Station | The Beacon Community | Discover our residents | Citymesh
The Beacon
Citymesh, a Belgian telecom operator, specialized in the rollout of large-scale wireless-networks based on WiFi and private LTE). The company developed WiFiLAB, a cloud solution, which makes it possible for ...

The Beacon team

Co.Station Team | Wim de Waele, General Manager at The Beacon Antwerp
The Beacon Antwerp

Wim de Waele

General Manager

Co.Station Team | Wouter Remaut, CEO, Chief Executive Officer at Co.Station

Wouter Remaut

Advisor of the Governance Board

Co.Station Team | Toya Dilles, Village Director at The Beacon Antwerp
The Beacon Antwerp

Toya Dilles

Village Director

Co.Station Team | Beatrice de Mahieu, CIO, Chief Innovation Officer at Co.Station

Béatrice de Mahieu

Open Innovation



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Sint-Pietersvliet 7, 2000 Antwerp

How to get to The Beacon

By tram? Tram number 7 takes you right in front of the entrance (stop ‘Klapdorp’)!

By car? You can park at Parking Scheldekaaien Noord, which is located across The Beacon.

By bike? A bike parking is foreseen at The Beacon. A station of the shared bike service ‘Velo Antwerpen’ is also located just in front of the building.