Since 2016 VIB and PICS Belgium added a Start-up Award to the competition of the Supply Chain Awards. We want to enable a head start for new companies with innovating ideas in the area of supply chain management. We want to provide market exposure to the award winners and to the nominees, making their innovative supply chain concepts available to other companies cooperating with the supply chain award winners.

Every day entrepreneurs come with new ideas which can affect supply chains in the future. 


Presented by Anthony Viaene

As more companies are turning to logistics in order to extend personalized services, last mile delivery has commonly been a particular focus point to sway customers. Same day delivery, delivery during specific time-slots and delivery tracking are the most popular attractions, but they usually put a lot of strain on operations and can easily drain company resources.

With Dropon, we provide the perfect tool to keep up with rising customer expectations, without having to suffer the costs. We guide our customers every step of the way with the best planning and optimization tools for last-mile deliveries.

Our platform reduces operational costs, adds valuable insights into daily operations and ultimately provides a seamless delivery experience for consumers and distributors alike.

Presented by Alexander Carpentier

Esoptra is on a mission to democratize data access and content sharing. Call it the “last-mile problem in data”: delivering the right content to many stakeholders at the right time, in the right format, on the right device. You can try the foundation of this first-hand. Go to (“Zero App. Zero Account.”), and discover the lowest-friction way to share and collect content: “digital paper bags”. Fast, simple and free! The unique key of a bag can be embedded as a clickable link or attached to an asset as a QR or NFC label. In a business context, customers use these bags across their supply chain to trace food, tag assets or follow up construction projects from design to delivery. Many-to-many collaboration without modifying existing systems. As they reap first results in days, their digital transformation accelerates. Hard to believe? Just go to

Presented by Christiaan Sluijs

With a team of 10 people combining deep in-house blockchain and supply chain expertise, T-Mining has developed several use-cases applying decentralized technologies like blockchain, together with international customers like MSC, PSA, Port of Antwerp. In 2017, we pioneered as first Port in the world applying blockchain. With Secure Container Release, we tokenize the right to pick up a container in the Port of Antwerp, making the release flow more secure and efficient.  In 2018, we developed an end-to-end blockchain document workflow solution supporting Phytosanitary Certificates from New Zealand to the Port of Antwerp, saving time, paper and efforts. With Smart Container Release, we go further by allowing parties in the chain to exchange data without a middleman by using encrypted peer-to-peer messaging to address issues regarding data confidentiality & privacy.

Presented by Johan Smeyers

Arkite’s Human Interface Mate (HIM) transforms workstations into a digital and interactive environment. It is the ultimate Operator Guidance technology.
The HIM provides the employee with real-time picking and assembly instructions through Augmented Reality and warns in case of any error in an forward-looking manner. The smart sensor validates correct execution of picking and assembly tasks and ensures qualitative performance by preventing human errors.
The innovative technology leads the employee error-free through his work and thus contributes not only to increased efficiency, but also improves the flexibility and quality of assembly processes. Manuals, checklists or handwritten protocols are now a thing of the past.
Due to the user-friendly interface of the HIM software, engineers can create a project without programming knowledge.
The HIM is capable of integrating with customer’s ecosystem, such as smart tooling, MES and ERP. These smart integrations enable to include the existing environment of the workstation and secure key aspects of the process.

Presented by Laurent Colanbeen

Interface Terminal Gent (ITG) is a young terminal start-up (°2015) created by the Stukwerkers Group & Masterbulk that is strategically located at the Kluizendok in North Sea Port. This four modal terminal was established as a congestion free solution for both local and international companies to transport their containerized goods in a sustainable way.

Moreover ITG assists and provides in the transformation of their customers’ logistics and supply chain toward a more sustainable and smarter one through the use of multimodal transport solutions -via rail, inland and short sea shipping with first/last mile truck possibilities- and the use of digital real-time applications. Nowadays 50.000 trucks on a yearly basis are being kept off highways for customers like Den Hartogh, Sitra, Eastman Chemical, ArcelorMittal and Chevron.

Its ambition is to become the container hub and terminal operator of choice within North Sea Port known for its international, excellent multi-modal services and driven by continuous attention to Customer satisfaction, Sustainability, Safety, Flexibility and (digital) Innovation.