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Stefaan Heyvaert

Innovation Performance Manager, Ayming

Stefaan Heyvaert is the Innovation Performance Manager at Ayming Belgium.

Stefaan studied Electrical and Electronics Engineering at ULB/VUB, a Master’s Degree which he complemented with a PhD in Applied Physics and Photonics, and finally with an Executive MBA at Vlerick Business School.

Today, Stefaan supervises the Ayming Belgium team of Innovation Performance Consultants, namely by coordinating internal expertise in R&D funding as well as Regional and European grants supporting innovative projects, by reviewing technical aspects and liaising with tax or legal experts and by interacting with Flemish (VLAIO) and European institutions.


How to leverage government incentives to bridge the Valley of Death

Location Einstein B Room Start / end time 2:30 pm to 3:15 pm

MedTech companies, and especially SMEs, face the risk of seeing projects plummet to their untimely passing, in the abyss known as the Valley of Death. This threat is still very real and considerably higher than what we can observe in other industries. There are numerous and diverse opportunities for funding (grants, tax credits, matching funds…) at regional, federal, and EU levels yet few companies (if any) know how to leverage and combine those government incentives which their projects are eligible for.

In this workshop we will present an overview of the different government incentives and their pre-requisites, as well as discuss some of the best practices and pitfalls associated with each one.