Helping promising start-ups and ambitious growth companies at home and abroad to develop sustainable innovations for the chemistry of the future, to accelerate, to bring products to market faster and reach their full commercial potential as quickly as possible.
This is the objective of BlueChem, the first incubator in Belgium that focuses specifically on innovation and entrepreneurship in sustainable chemistry.

The incubator focuses on four key areas in the field of sustainable chemistry: circularity and resource efficiency, biobased value chains, process intensification and transformation, advanced sustainable products.

BlueChem 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 and the circular economy.

The incubator offers a mix of ready-to-use and customisable labs, as well as private offices and flexible workplaces that can be used by startups, SMEs, large companies, research centres and knowledge institutions alike. Thanks to the flexible plug-and-play model of the customisable labs, tenants are free to set them up according to their needs. Additionally, the BlueChem Kickstart Fund from the City of Antwerp gives financial support to companies to help equip their lab space.

BlueChem has several meeting rooms, a large boardroom and an event space. It is equipped with special storage areas for chemicals, solvents, gas cylinders, nitrogen tanks, etc. The incubator also has extensive common amenities such as sanitary facilities, showers, kitchens and a central dining area. There is a bicycle parking facility and a public car parking on site.

On top of state-of-the-art infrastructure, BlueChem provides a variety of supporting services, guidance, advice and financial support. It provides direct access to knowledge and expertise through its extensive network of international chemical companies, renowned research centres and all five Flemish universities. CATALISTI, the spearhead cluster for the chemical and plastics industry in Flanders, plays an active role at BlueChem to detect, start up and assist promising innovation projects.

BlueChem stimulates the valorisation of scientific research and gives start-ups, spin-offs, innovative projects and young innovative companies the greatest possible chance of success.

BlueChem is a unique public-private partnership between industry, research centres and government with the joint ambition to strengthen the future of sustainable chemistry in Flanders. Shareholders are essenscia (Federation for Chemistry and Life Sciences Industries), city of Antwerp, Development authority of the province of Antwerp and VITO (independent Flemish research organisation in the area of cleantech and sustainable development). The incubator is located at Blue Gate Antwerp, an innovative and circular business park at the heart of the largest chemical cluster in Europe.

BlueChem is supported by the European and Flemish governments.

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