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The Faktory graced by the visit of the King and the Queen

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His Royal Highness King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium recently paid a royal visit to The Faktory’s second startup incubator in Verviers, a municipality located in the province of Liège.

Focused on startups, employment and the future of young apprentices, the royal couple met with several organizations, schools and international companies situated in this city dubbed as the Wallonia’s ‘Water Capital’, such as Télé-Service ASBL, IFAPME, Chocolatier Darcis as well as incubator and seed investor, The Faktory.

Economy and education of the future generation are subject matters that the king advocates frequently and the visit permitted the king to directly address his concern regarding new technology and employment. When asked if new technology will negatively impact jobs, Pierre L’Hoest, ex-CEO of the publicly traded EVS and now President of The Faktory, reassured that the world is in constant change and the future will be held by those who have the courage to go beyond the norms to bring about progress and prosperity of the community through transformation.

At The Faktory’s premises along Rue Jardon, some of the Faktory’s startups showcased their disruptive innovations such as Riiot Labs, an intelligent pool analyzer, HLO, interactive music apps and Fleye, one of the safest drones in the world. Till date, The Faktory have selected with scrutiny and incubated 11 projects under its wings from the 250 submitted projects.

Simon Alexandre, General Manager and Partner of The Faktory, remarked, “We are really honored by the presence of His Majesty and The Queen as it is very gratifying for The Faktory and in particular for its entrepreneurs to receive the recognition and encouragement from our sovereigns. It is a memorable event that will forever be ingrained in their hearts and minds. It is definitely a privileged moral booster.”

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Meet Riiot Labs in Lyon, France at Piscine Global 2016

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If you are a professional in the swimming pool industry, do not miss this chance to meet Riiot Labs at Piscine Global (stand 5A69), Eurexpo Lyon France.

Piscine Global is the unmissable event for architects and pool professionals where more than 1000 international brands are presented and nearly 100 innovations will be showcased for the first time. It is the place for businesses in the pool and spa industry to network and build relationships with leading manufacturers, suppliers and other professionals of the industry. 

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La Faktory devient partenaire Sigfox en Belgique

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L’accélérateur et fonds de financement liégeois The Faktory a conclu une convention avec la start-up française Sigfox.

Objectif: servir de relais, point de contact et source d’informations pour les jeunes pousses locales qui développent des solutions basées sur Sigfox, technologie “Ultra Narrow Band” (UNB), bas débit/basse consommation, destinée aux communications M2M et IoT (Internet des Objets).

http://www.regional-it.be/2016/05/25/la-faktory-devient-partenaire-sigfox-en-belgique/

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Riiot Labs and The Faktory at Connected Conference Paris

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downloadConnected Conference – Where Industry & Internet Meet – is a 3-day expo & conference dedicated to bringing together the Industrial & Internet sector.

As partner of Connected Conference 2016, we have the pleasure to offer a FREE “ALL ACCESS” INVITATION  to attend the event.

Please contact us for the promotional code and then register on http://connectedconference.co/register. Limited invitation and on first-come-first-serve basis.

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The Faktory and Fleye to showcase at CES 2016

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PrintHighly expected after Christmas, the annually held International Consumer Electronics Show (CES®) in Las Vegas is the gathering place for innovators and high-tech startups of breakthrough technologies since 1967. If you remember VCRs, Compact Disc Players, Microsoft Xbox and  Plasma TV, it is the global stage where next-generation innovations like these have been introduced to the market.

This year, some 3600 exhibiting companies and 150k visitors from 150 countries will attend the show and conferences where a myriad of new technologies from healthcare science to self-driving cars will be discussed and explored.

Unmanned Systems Marketplace is an area opened only a year ago and has more than doubled its participants this year. One of them is Fleye, a one-of-its-kind personal flying robot. Established as the world’s safest drone, Fleye is disrupting the usual quadcopter drone aspect thanks to its fully enclosed design, with the look, weight and size of a soccer ball. Fleye is equipped with a HD camera, can be controlled intuitively with a smartphone app but is also programmable  thanks to its open API and SDK. Its recent campaign on Kickstarter launched on the 4th of December 2015 has gained over 430 backers with an achieved objective and has since been covered by the press all over the world.

Incorporated in January 2015, Fleye is one of the incubated startups of The Faktory, a private seed investor, accelerator and incubator based in Belgium. With a team of experts in the fields of hardware and software engineering, business development, finance and marketing, The Faktory hones technology business ideas of disruptive nature that has the potential of leading a niche market and invests between 250k€ to 2M€ per startup.

Today, The Faktory has incubated a total of 9 startups, two of which will be presented at CES 2016: Fleye and Foobot. This makes up 25% of the startups represented from Belgium and Luxembourg combined. Foobot is a connected indoor air analyzer that measures CO, CO2, PM, VOC, Temperature and Humidity with a machine learning capability.

The Faktory team together with the founders of Fleye and Foobot will showcase their products and meet potential partners during the 5-day event commencing January 5th. For contact, please write to simon.alexandre@thefaktory.com.

About The Faktory

The Faktory is a private Tech Startup Accelerator and Seed Investment Firm initiated by Pierre L’Hoest, the award-winning Belgian serial entrepreneur who is known for co-founding EVS, a well-known TV slow motion technology.

Established in late 2013, The Faktory recruits and creates business ideas based on disruptive technology that enables new products to take worldwide leadership in niche markets. Based in Liège, the firm is currently incubating startups in the areas of Internet of Things and connected devices, drones, video games, applications, electronic energy harvester and microprocessor, wellness and leisure technologies.

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Simon ALEXANDRE
simon.alexandre@thefaktory.com
+32 (0)479 81 27 36

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Internet of Things – Market Panoramic View

by Nicolas Biet
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The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the expansion of the Internet to things/objects and places in the physical world.

The connected objects are physical objects that include technologies enabling communication, sensing the environment and performing various actions.

The IoT is a network of networks which allows, through unified and standardized electronic identification systems and mobile wireless devices, to identify directly and without ambiguity digital entities and physical objects and thus to recover, transfer, store, and process without interruption between the physical and virtual worlds.

This document highlights the market overview of the IoT, figures and trends, players, segments and conclusion from our Financial and Market Advisor, Nicolas Biet.

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Pierre L’Hoest mikt op een nieuwe EVS met The Faktory

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8 May 2014

Met EVS, de Luikse wereldleider in vertraagde televisiebeelden, mocht Pierre L’Hoest al proeven van het succes. Nu wil hij andere Belgische en buitenlandse ondernemers helpen om hun dromen in vervulling te laten komen.

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