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EY launches a 1200 sq. ft. innovation center in Antwerp – wavespace - to help companies innovate and transform their businesses for growth opportunities in Belgium and beyond

ANTWERP, 25 OCTOBER 2018 – EY today announces the expansion of its EY wavespace™ network of global growth and innovation centers, with a new innovation center in Antwerp that will help companies innovate and transform their businesses. The EY wavespace™ in Antwerp offers clients access to essential expertise and knowledge of specific technologies such as Cybersecurity and Data & Analytics and emerging technologies such as Robotic Process Automation and Blockchain. It is essential to bring process knowledge, technology and sector developments together in an environment that optimally facilitates discussion about disruption, opportunities and innovation.

EY wavespace™ Antwerp focuses on disruptive technologies and will help clients leverage innovative thinking and focus on open innovation, agile finance, cyber securities, supply chain logistics and intelligent automation. The center seeks to combine EY’s insights in disruptive technologies with deep industry domain knowledge and market experience.

Patrick Rottiers, Country Managing Partner of EY Belgium says: “Belgium is a strategic location in the heart of Europe for our investment in this new wavespace center. We believe that the wavespace will play an enabling role in driving greater digital agility as our country seeks to develop an innovation-driven economy. Our EY wavespace centers, each of which has a particular focus on market-specific technologies and industries, also demonstrates how EY is transforming from a traditional professional services firm to one that is embracing and leading on digital solutions”.

Helping companies to unlock growth with technology and collaboration worldwide

EY wavespace™ Antwerp is seamlessly interconnected with all the global EY wavespace centers to enable global collaborations across the wavespace network. EY now has 18 centers, including among others Silicon Valley, Paris, Shanghai, New York, Madrid and Berlin.

The multi-functional concept of the center in Antwerp encompasses a design studio, a showcase, a lab/incubator and a facilitated workshop environment. In addition to collaborating with start-ups, EY wavespace™ Antwerp will also focus on providing clients a full range of services related to agile finance, supply chain logistics and cybersecurity. The wavespace team supports a broad range of skills necessary to support clients needing support for open innovation, cyber security and SAP. The team also enjoys deep experience in design thinking for start-ups, which will help to facilitate the innovation.

EY wavespace is a place to experience digital innovation

Wavespace makes digital developments tangible by means of showcases and workshops. During these sessions, organizations can experience what new technologies, including data analytics, blockchain or robotics, can mean for their business. With a team of business strategists, designers and data scientists, they work together on concrete solutions for company or sector-specific problems.

In collaborative workspaces, EY brings together multidisciplinary talents, capabilities and insights from all of EY’s service lines, where our clients can work with our people to co-develop practical solutions to real world problems, supported by new technology and connectivity that is aimed to enable new and better ways of thinking and working.

Companies can collaborate with EY at the wavespace centers – ranging from a one-day immersion workshop to longer-term projects – or at “pop up” centers brought to clients’ locations, working with EY professionals to explore solutions, and co-develop new business models and commercial opportunities.