A pioneer in science park development, the Université catholique de Louvain created Louvain-la-Neuve Science Park in 1971.
Today, as a force in regional economic development, UCLouvain has two science parks (Louvain-la-Neuve Science Park and Seneffe Science Park) and four business incubators (Centre for Enterprise and Innovation (CEI), Brussels Life Science Incubator (BLSI), Activalis and Le Galien).
The main tenants (minimum 80%) selected and hosted by UCLouvain Science Parks are innovative companies. In addition to offering an ideal location, the Science Park Service supports the development of its resident companies through networking with the UCLouvain Louvain Innovation Network and university-company networking.
The Science Parks welcome a wide-range of innovative companies, from start-ups to multinationals, whether they seek infrastructure, land or space to rent.
Louvain-la-Neuve Science Park
One kilometre from the city centre and university campus, the 231-hectare Louvain-la-Neuve Science Park is home to more than 270 resident companies and 6,430 jobs.
Managed by INESU, UCLouvain’s urban development real estate arm, it's Wallonia's largest and most active science park.
The most represented sectors are life sciences, engineering, fine chemicals, information and communication technologies, and green technologies.
Seneffe Science Park
Created in 1996 on the initiative of UCLouvain with the support of the Walloon Region and the European Union, Seneffe Science Park is home to the Chemical Technology Resource Centre (CERTECH) and the incubator Activalis.
Business and Innovation Centre (CEI)
Created in Louvain-la-Neuve Science Park by UCLouvain in 2004, CEI is an incubator for spin-offs, start-ups and innovative SMEs including 56 resident companies.
It has 4,500 m² of offices, meeting rooms, coworking space, and the Young Entrepreneurs Lab (Yncubator). It supports start-ups and growing SMEs and organises an annual forum for innovative projects via the non-profit organisation Mind&Market.
Brussels Life Science Incubator (BLSI)
BLSI is the university incubator dedicated to life sciences. Located on the UCLouvain Brussels Woluwe campus, it has 2,350 m² of offices and scientific laboratories, and offers personalised support to its 28 companies, which are active in biotechnologies, medical devices and health sector IT solutions.