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The Beacon ANT • Antwerp

THE IoT hot-spot!

The Beacon is a partnership between City of Antwerp, Port of Antwerp, University of Antwerp, 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 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 | SEAFAR
The Beacon
SEAFAR develops technology to remotely operate unmanned ships and barges for inland shipping. Based in Antwerp, SEAFAR offers services to ship owners and shipping companies to support next generation projects ...
Co.Station | The Beacon Community | Discover our residents | ENGIE Fabricom
The Beacon
ENGIE Fabricom designs, builds and maintains multi-technical facilities for companies and local authorities. Many of ENGIE Fabricom's solutions improve mobility, safety, distribution systems and the share of renewable energies, as ...
Co.Station | The Beacon Community | Discover our residents | NxtPort
The Beacon
NxtPort is a Data Utility Platform which collects and pools data from various stages in the supply chain. The platform allows better data sharing, hence more transparency, more efficiency, less ...
Co.Station | The Beacon Community | Discover our residents | Rombit
The Beacon
Rombit quickly improves operational efficiency, worker safety and site security. The Internet of Things (IoT) company offers end-to-end solutions for both governments and for the port sector: it connects people, ...

The Beacon team

Co.Station Team
The Beacon Antwerp

Wim de Waele

General Manager

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

Toya Dilles

Village Director

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

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.