Do you know the way to Ghent?

Rest assured, there are plenty of options to get to WIS23.

One of the ways to reach Ghent is by flying into Brussels Airport, which is located about 60 km away from the city. Once you arrive at the airport, there is a convenient train to Ghent. The journey takes about an hour, and the trains run every 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can hire a taxi or an Uber to get to Ghent from the airport, which will take approximately 45 minutes to an hour depending on traffic, and is the more costly option.

If you are traveling from within Europe, you can take a train to Ghent from several major cities, including Amsterdam, Paris, and London.

There are several train options available, including high-speed trains, which are faster but more expensive, and regular trains, which are slower but more affordable. You can book your train tickets online in advance to save money and ensure a smooth journey.

When it comes to accommodations, Ghent offers a variety of options to suit all budgets and preferences. There are several hotels located in the city center, within walking distance of many of the major attractions. For a more authentic experience, you can also consider staying in one of the many bed and breakfasts or guesthouses in the city. imec has curated a handy list of hotels, which should be booked via your favorite app for the best price. 

If you prefer the convenience of ride-sharing apps, Uber is available in Ghent. However, taxis are also a good option, and you can easily hail one from the city center or book one in advance. Taxis in Ghent are regulated, so you can be assured of a fair and reliable service.

In conclusion, getting to Ghent is easy and convenient, whether you are traveling by plane or train.

Booking your travel in advance can save you money and ensure a stress-free journey. There are several options for accommodations and transportation, so you can choose what works best for you and enjoy exploring this charming city.



Top Ranked Award

Livestream Part 1
World Rankings
24 January 2023

Anyone is welcome to register to attend Part 1, a livestream event announcing the UBI Global World Rankings of Business Incubators & Accelerators 2021-2022. Streaming live with imec and imec.istart
from Ghent, Belgium



In-person Part 2
Networking & Gala
14-17 May 2023

Part 2 is an invitation only, in-person, 4-day event focused on networking, interactive learning, and featuring a gala evening, inspiring speakers, and much more! Hosted by imec and imec.istart in Ghent, Belgium



Two great events
creating impactful collaborations

WIS Part 1 is free online and open to anyone interested in the global innovation ecosystem! WIS Part 2 is a physical event focused on business incubators and accelerators making outstanding contributions to the global innovation ecosystem


imec and imec.istart partner with UBI Global and Global Inovation Studios to announce the World Ranking of Business Incubators and Accelerators 2021-2022

“Impact innovation emerges anywhere around the globe. By connecting to other relevant innovation ecosystems, we can keep up with the fast-paced innovation and support our startups and partners in keeping a global perspective. UBI Global is a pivotal player in building bridges to these global innovation ecosystems, and we are proud to bring these ecosystems together in Belgium at WIS23. Welcome to Ghent!”

-Sven De Cleyn
imec.istart Program Director

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