Let's build together the future of healthcare

The BlueHealth Innovation Center supported by Microsoft stimulates innovation and entrepreneurship on the crossroads of technology and healthcare.

The BlueHealth Innovation Center (BHIC) is a unique combination of top players (local governments, companies, research centers and care institutions) who share the same common goal. Our mission is to support the digital transformation of healthcare through digital innovation. We specifically stimulate young entrepreneurship in HealthTech.

We coach students, start-ups and care professionals in the development of innovative digital projects, be it in cure, care or prevention.

Every day we guide people from idea to sustainable business.

  • Focus on innovation and entrepreneurship
  • The partner for HealthTech startups
  • Strong network in healthcare

Meet the BHIC team

Ilse Robberechts

Ilse Robberechts

Communications & Office Manager

In 2012 I have started at MIC Flanders. What a beautiful way we have already traveled together! Now I am very proud to be part of a strong BHIC team . Communicating, coordinating and organizing are important in my life. At work and at home I am the person who likes to organize activities, communicate and bring people together. Let's connect!

Frederik Horemans

Frederik Horemans

Regional Manager Genk

As region manager at BHIC with expertise in Healthtech and Biotech, I am often the first point of contact for standups and startups. I gladly help them both in terms of content and business. In this way the digital transformation of Healthcare within Flanders will be stimulated. Networking, making the right contacts and facilitating opportunities for startups are for me the ingredients of a successful day! Do you want to be part of this fascinating network, do not hesitate to contact me!

Kim Luyckx

Kim Luyckx

Regional Manager Antwerp

After 7 years of scientific research and 8 years as an IT project manager at a university hospital, I joined BlueHealth in 2020 as Regional Manager for Antwerp. I experienced first-hand how challenging and fun it is to use data and technology for healthcare innovation, advised researchers and aspiring entrepreneurs and collaborated in multidisciplinary strategic projects. I am happy to take up this role at BlueHealth Innovation Center!

Maarten Van Gorp

Maarten Van Gorp

Regional Manager Gent

A background in physiotherapy, studying a Masters in Entrepreneurship in Australia, and an inspiring year as community manager at Durf Ondernemen UGent, have led to a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship in healthcare. As regional manager at BHIC in Ghent, I’m thrilled to be able to build a thriving ecosystem in Ghent in close cooperation with the local stakeholders. I’ll be the first point of contact and for anyone in Ghent interested in innovating in healthcare. Don’t hesitate to contact me, and I’m looking forward to put Ghent on the map as a true HealthTech hub!

Tom Braekeleirs

Tom Braekeleirs

Director

As a creative centipede I am responsible for the daily management of the non-profit organization. After a career of more than 15 years in the IT world, entrepreneurial blood began to flow. This led, among other things, to the creation of a number of initiatives and to being more involved in the startup landscape as a coach and mentor. Since the end of 2015 I have managed the BlueHealth Innovation Center (then Microsoft Innovation Center Flanders) together with a fantastic team. Personally, I am mainly busy with guiding ideation sessions, pitch trainings and turning business plans inside out.

THE FUTURE BELONGS TO THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN THE BEAUTY OF THEIR DREAMS.

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT