Innovation Ecosystems

By nurturing open innovation ecosystems, we get companies of all shapes and sizes to work together on use-cases that tackle societal topics.

The challenges our society and its citizens face today are too complex for just one company to solve. An innovation ecosystem stimulates knowledge sharing, boost innovation and can result in marketable solutions.


The way an ecosystem works goes as follows:

Founding Partners

invest in the ecosystem. In return, they determine its objective and thematics on which it will work,

Active members

(Corporates, startups, and incubators) in the ecosystem collaborate during the ideation and prototyping phase on the use-cases,

Influencer members

provide the ecosystem with knowledge, technology, infrastructure or other resources,

Investors and subsides

provide the ecosystem with extra funds.



3 Formats of multi-party innovation

Based on our unique methodology.



Thematic ∙ Ecosystem

Co.Station brings together different actors within an ecosystem-based on societal thematics (food, building, mobility,…). All participants, recruited by Co.Station, are positioned at different places in the value chain. The main goal of the Thematic Ecosystems is to aim for a lasting impact for a large part of society.



Company ∙ Ecosystem

When the need and innovation pain of the organization is very specific, or when the company wants to be at the centre of a specific ecosystem (Teclos, Banks, Airports,…), Co.Station recommends the Company Ecosystem. Co.Station will operate as the neutral operator and facilitator for a certain number of recommended or proposed Active Members, in order to solve the company’s predefined innovation challenges.



Peers ∙ Ecosystem

The Peers Ecosystem is the perfect multi-party innovation solution when a particular consortium of companies (pre-aligned or not) wants to collaborate together; wanting to create or accelerate a common project (eg. corporates investing in a startup); or align internationally with peers on a common engagement (eg. water preservation in Europe).

Our Methodology

Our signature methodlogy guides the entire ecosystem throughout 4 different phases:

Step 1 | Ideation

During this first phase, facilitated for all subscribed members of the Ecosystem, the participants will validate use case problem statements and ideas. They will finish the ideation phase with the first set of validated hypotheses and the first validation of a feasible business model for each use case.

Step 2 | Prototyping

Working in an agile way, where small groups of the ecosystem partners work together to build a part of or a complete use case during several development cycles focused on technology, and value creation validation.

Step 3 | Demonstration

Once the technology and the consumer value is proven, a large scale test will be started. A demonstration where the new product or service is delivered to the market under specific conditions for a period of 12 to 18 months.

Step 4 | Implementation

Once the technology is proven, regulation is ready and market traction is validated, the implementation of the new product or service will be supported.

By nurturing open innovation ecosystems, we get companies of all sizes to work together on complex business & societal topics. It stimulates knowledge sharing, boost innovation & can result in marketable solutions.

Our ecosystems

Where ideas become prototypes.



The IO.Energy Ecosystem is built to facilitate the development of new energy services by market parties to drive the power system towards consumer centricity.

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co.mobility’s goal is to deliver solutions that improve mobility in Belgium, which are accessible, durable, intermodal and economically viable, to answer citizen’s needs.

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Co.Station launched co.responsibility to co-create, together with 20 companies cross-industry, future proof solutions for people & business beyond Covid-19.

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Co.Food, is fighting for resilient & regenerative food solutions that can go toe-to-toe with our faster ever changing world and consumers. By connecting market players in the food & beverage industry, we want to provide answers to Belgium’s and European food challenges!

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With co.building, we want to co-create sustainable building solutions. We need buildings that support quality of life, promote health, safety and comfort while being sustainable from their development until the end of their life cycle.

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Co.Health contributes to shaping the future of healthcare and wellbeing by co-creating citizen-centric solutions in an open innovation ecosystem. We are working towards a future where silos are broken, journeys are simplified & where the citizen can play a bigger role in their present & future of health.

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Ready to work together to solve complex business & societal challenges?