Newsletter April 2016
IDEA organises the first Vanguard Matchmaking event
IDEA Consult has been supporting the “Vanguard Initiative” (VI) since late 2014. The VI is a network of 30 EU regions designed to accelerate the process of bringing technology to the market in Europe. Some 30 projects were thus identified, presented and discussed at an international ‘matchmaking event’ in Brussels on 25 February 2016.
Consumer panels are an asset in retail studies
IDEA Consult is making increasing use of consumer panels to support retail studies. This approach is proving fruitful and leads to a better bottom-up effect and broader support.
Analysis of the requirements for cultural infrastructure in Wommelgem
IDEA advised the local government in Wommelgem on the construction of a new community centre. Based on an analysis of the area, extensive input from local residents and associations and a set of specifications, the local government will be able to take a well-founded decision.
IDEA advises the Walloon government
Since February 2016, IDEA Consult has been advising the Walloon Social-Economic Council (Conseil Économique et Social de Wallonie – CESW) on the optimal exploitation of the results of research projects. A central concept in this research is the TRL-scale (“Technology Readiness Levels”-scale) which ranks a research project, an invention or innovation on the basis of its distance to commercial development.
Eco-innovation Action Plan
The objective of this work was to review the Eco-innovation Action Plan in the light of the priorities of the new Commission such as the Investment Plan for Europe and the on-going work related to the proposal for a transition towards an EU Circular Economy.
Stage @ IDEA Consult
Two students of Public Administration from the University of Ghent spent nine weeks with the IDEA-team. Both were able to explore topics that are currently confronting social organisations. They presented the results at an IDEA lab.
Youth Employment Initiative’ in Brussels
The rate of youth unemployment in Brussels has been on a significant downwards trend since 2013. IDEA Consult studied the various actions that have been taken under the Youth Employment Initiative, which gave young people in Brussels access to work, traineeships and training.
Together with Value Partners and MONDEA, IDEA Consult forms the IDEA group. A few of the projects by our sister organisations are available on and
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