Digital innovation shapes the future of our economy and society. Not only do we want to increase the digital possibilities of our customers, we also want to have an impact on social and ecological challenges. That is why we are opting for open innovation: we work together with academia, support start-ups and co-create solutions with innovation partners.
Start-ups and scale-ups
We want to be a catalyst for young companies, start-ups and scale-ups by sharing our knowledge, experience and infrastructure and working together on concrete projects. This way we stimulate innovation and boost our digital economy.
Since 2017 Proximus has been a partner of Co.Station, an innovation ecosystem with offices in Ghent, Brussels and Charleroi. Co.Station wants to raise the Belgian technology sector to a higher level by bringing together established companies, start-ups, scale-ups and experts so that they can work together and inspire each other.
Help us innovate
On our ThinkChallenges portal, start-ups and academics can submit their projects and match them with the concrete business, operational and sustainability challenges for which Proximus is looking for a solution. In this way we quickly see whether there is a strategic possibility to collaborate.
Simply place your start-up on our radar this way:
Proximus API Solutions
Proximus API Solutions addresses the new digital challenges of the B2B enterprise market with innovative API-based solutions to help companies with their digital transformation. Any company can use this digital environment connected to an ecosystem of subsidiaries and partners.
Proximus collaborates intensively with universities and colleges. We gain access to innovative solutions and academic insights. In exchange, they can use our data, infrastructure and resources to put their ideas into practice. We have collaborative projects with VUB/ULB, KU Leuven, UCLouvain and UGent in the areas of security, AI, mobile and fixed networks and IoT.
Cybersecurity: capture the flag
Proximus CSIRT has been organizing a 'Capture the Flag' competition for cybersecurity students for several years now. It gives them the opportunity to work on concrete cases in a business context and that way we come into contact with strong candidates to do internships.
We help companies in their digital transformation, to build a strong digital economy and to jointly tackle the social problems in terms of mobility, security, energy and climate. To this end, we invest massively in our networks and infrastructure, and with Proximus Accelerators, our ecosystem of IT experts, we develop solutions and applications that create added value for companies, sectors and the end user.
With this new digital health service, Proximus responds to specific challenges of the current healthcare system: doctors that seek efficiency and supporting tools as they are under high pressure; patients that want to see a doctor in a safe and convenient way; and a healthcare system confronted with a need for sustainable digital innovation.
The digital revolution in education is going through a quick acceleration, partly due to the current health situation. Distance learning, educational software and digital learning methods are more indispensable than ever for schools, if they are to provide the best possible learning environment for their students.
Proximus and Signpost, the country’s market leader for ICT solutions in education, have signed a strategic partnership agreement. In doing this, they are acting upon their ambition to jointly develop an end-to-end solution through all layers of the digital educational environment, from secure Internet access and Wi-Fi, through hardware and software, to digital content and a professional ICT helpdesk.
Smart energy and climate
In the framework of the open innovation initiative IO.Energy, launched by the Belgian ecosystem of energy suppliers, Proximus is helping to develop solutions to radically improve energy efficiency in large buildings.
Smart buildings and venues
Together with leading Belgian construction company BESIX and tech start-up i.Leco specialised in buildings’ energy management, Proximus announced in September 2021 the creation of aug∙e, a smart building application platform.
With the creation aug∙e, BESIX, Proximus and i.Leco are bringing to the market state-of-the-art solutions in the field of smart buildings, which will contribute to making buildings a significant actor in the energy transition. These solutions include the most innovative technologies to improve the energy performance and environmental impact of buildings, facilitate their long-term maintenance, and increase their users’ comfort. The energy transition, and in particular the contribution of buildings to a more sustainable world, is at the heart of the initiative to create aug∙e.
The creation of aug∙e results from a twofold investment. The first one is direct, through a capital contribution and the acquisition of stakes by BESIX and Proximus in i.Leco, a European specialist in the innovative energy management of buildings and local energy communities. The second investment relies on the extensive integration of the legacy and existing technical and technological expertise of the three companies – an illustration of this integration is the transfer of talent from BESIX and Proximus to aug∙e. Ultimately, the current i.Leco platform will naturally be absorbed into Aug∙e.
This entry into the energy sector is fully in line with Proximus' strategy of diversifying into new growth areas such as banking, education and smart buildings through strong partnerships.
Smart cities and safety
In Flanders we are part of the City of Things project, where we work together with the research center imec, academics and many cities to test new network communication solutions. We develop innovative "Smart City" services with citizens and an ecosystem of commercial partners.
Smart mobility and logistics
Our affiliate Be-Mobile is one of the leading “smart mobility” companies. Be-Mobile helps to solve complex mobility problems through parking, tolling and multi-modal mobility solutions. A well-known example is 4411, the app for paid parking and the purchase of bus, tram and train tickets.
Banx is a fully digital, Belgian banking experience, imagined by Proximus, powered by Belfius. Banx raises the bar for digital banking and allows users to monitor the impact of their purchases on the planet. The new banking app aims to encourage users to make more conscious and sustainable choices. Moreover, Banx is a Belgian initiative with a strong local anchorage. Local partners can be discovered in the app, with the aim of bringing together environmentally conscious consumers and local partners to make sustainable banking accessible to all.