Partnership at Campus Groningen
Avebe’s choice for the Campus was based in part on the prospect of synergy with Groningen University, Hanze University of Applied Sciences and the entrepreneurs present at Campus Groningen. The know-how, the dynamism and the favourable climate for innovation provide Avebe with an ideal breeding ground to continue our own innovations in this northern region. ‘Avebe is driven by knowledge and innovation. We share that motto with Campus Groningen, and this is highlighted by our new establishment. This is a location bursting with dynamism, among young talent and leading companies, and Avebe feels perfectly at home there’, says Gerard ten Bolscher, Managing Director Innovations.
Ideal breeding ground
What innovations can we expect to emerge from the Innovation Centre? The activities that Avebe will be concentrating on at the new innovation centre range from practical to fundamental research. Avebe works on practical solutions for better starch or protein applications for specific recipes and clean label solutions, for example. This includes ingredients with unique properties and no e-numbers, for example. The new innovation centre will also have a role in showcasing these innovations. The building will have a ‘culinary kitchen’, where we can introduce customers, distributors and others to our concepts. The Innovation Centres Atrium (central area) will be used for training courses, events, presentations and workshops for customers, members, students and other stakeholders.
New partnerships at Avebe Innovation Centre Groningen
The part of the Innolab Biobased Economy that has been set up specifically to encourage innovation in the Bio-Economy is also continuing to take shape. The first start-ups wishing to establish themselves here have already expressed an interest, which means that the Innolab is already half-full. “The R&D branch of Avebe and the community at the Campus are already working together. The first spearheads that can be tackled jointly have already been defined and firmed up. The Innolab Biobased Economy is the ideal landing place for these new partnerships. And we’re also there for new companies that focus on this theme,’ says Marnix Pool, Managing Director of the Innolab Biobased Economy.