Innovation through a unique collaboration between business and education

Business and education are joining forces within the unique partnership SPARC (Sharing Platform for Applied Research Cooperation). Fontys Hogeschool ICT (FHICT)is pioneering: in the Netherlands, a collaboration like this between business and education did not exist before. The first contracts were signed yesterday during the festive opening of the Fontys ICT InnovationLab at Strijp TQ in Eindhoven.
Maurice van Veghel (CIO Sligro Food Group) and Alex Otten (We are you)

Unique concept

Companies in the Brainport and Midpoint Region can become a member of SPARC. Together with students and employees of FHICT, they participate in research teams at the Fontys ICT InnovationLab. This leads to an open innovation environment in the field of IT. Companies in the area are now lining up to participate in this special form of cooperation. Chairman of SPARC, Alex Otten (Managing Director of We are you): “SPARC is a unique concept. In the Netherlands, but also internationally. Participating in this is an opportunity for all parties involved to innovate. "

Sligro Food Group has been a Partner in Education at Fontys Hogeschool ICT for many years. CIO Maurice van Veghel calls SPARC membership "the next level" in the collaboration with Fontys Hogeschool ICT: "We are looking for the best innovation in the interface of technology and food!"

PSV is also enthusiastic about sharing knowledge and expertise with the educational institution. "With SPARC membership, we hope that Fontys Hogeschool ICT can help us find answers to practical IT issues, so that we can take steps towards achieving our 2030 vision in areas such as performance and fan experience." Luc van Agt, Performance Manager PSV.

ICT Innovation through collaboration

In a changing society, innovation is the only way to keep up. Certainly in the area of ​​ICT, innovation is created through cooperation, co-creation and cooperation. Between companies and training courses. This is done daily at the Fontys ICT InnovationLab. Companies, students and teachers form a community here. There they work together on practice-oriented research questions in the field of ICT. Each company provides three research questions per school year, on which groups of students, together with teachers and employees of the company, unleash their knowledge. The mutual knowledge input, creation and circulation within the Lab ultimately leads to IT innovation.

Innovation District of Eindhoven

SPARC settles in the Innovation District of Eindhoven: Strijp-T. With this they add the term "Educate" to the motto "Make-Create-Innovate".

The Fontys ICT InnovationLab covers 4,000 m2 and is located in the former Philips buildings (TQ4 and TQ5) on the site. A historic and dynamic environment. Not a classical school building, but a creative, hybrid learning and working environment that is surrounded at Strijp-T by all kinds of innovative companies and organizations. A number of companies have now officially become members of SPARC: We are you, Sligro Food Group, Atos, Datastreams.io, PSV, HLB Van Daal, Here Technologies, Ctouch, Simac, Hendrix Genetics, TU / e, GAC Business Solutions, Vion Food Group and IT Workz.