Wouter Desmet
The only place to do great work is at the intersection of Passion, Talent, and Opportunity.

Wouter Desmet

EY WEM Innovation Leader

Passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship. Subsidy expert.

Wouter is the WEM Innovation Leader since December 2017. One of his key objectives is to boost the Innovation culture within the WEM Region and facilitate, co-create and execute tangible projects into this field. Furthermore, he is responsible for supporting and coordinating the development, deployment and management of Global and EMEIA Innovation initiatives for WEM.

Wouter is also the lead for the EY wavespace in Antwerp, founder of The Factory (an innovation initiative based on intrapreneurship and using the lean startup methodology) and responsible partner of EY Subsidia.

Wouter founded Subsideaal in 2003, a consultancy company specialized in Grants and Incentives for R&D projects. Subsideaal merged in 2015 with EY Subsidia and together they became market leader in subsidy consultancy.

Wouter holds a master’s degree in Civil Mechanic Engineering from KU Leuven, Belgium.

How Wouter is building a better working world

As a (co-)founder of several startups, I know how hard and crucial it is to have access to the right experts and network.
Therefore, after joining EY, I made the EY network and expertise easily accessible for startups by launching the EYnovation program. Thanks to the partnership with Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship (VLAIO), we were able to develop tailor-made services and support for the startup community. The feedback and recognition we get from the startups is very inspiring and motivating for our people and enables us to build strong partnerships.

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