Accelerator Program brings in Tech Industry Veteran with over 25 Years of Innovation Expertise from Leadership Roles at Bell Labs and Alcatel
mHUB, the nation’s leading incubator for physical product innovation and manufacturing, today announced that industry veteran Thierry Van Landegem has joined the team as Executive Director of the company’s Industrial IoT cohort of the soon-to-launch accelerator for demand-driven hard tech startups.
Van Landegem, with over 25 years in global innovation leadership across multiple industries including telecom, IT, Internet, automotive and manufacturing, will be responsible for the overall management and direction of the Industrial IoT cohort of mHUB’s soon-to-be launched accelerator. Van Landegem’s lauded background launching new corporate product lines, leading corporate venture teams and managing startup incubators will inform his broad market view on commercialization of demand-driven solutions in connected industrial devices and processes.
“Industrial Internet of Things is a key element of the future in manufacturing, but funding for startups in this space underperforms software at a pace of 15 to 1; it’s time we changed that,” said Haven Allen, chief executive officer and co-founder of mHUB. “We’re excited to welcome Thierry to the team. His experience commercializing innovation and keen eye for scalable technology will really drive this program forward.”
Van Landegem comes to mHUB after having served as chief incubation at global automotive solutions provider Metalsa’s MLAB, where he launched several incubations resulting in startups in the mobility and smart manufacturing space. Previously, he served as the chief operating officer and vice president of open innovation at Bell Labs where he successfully led the GreenTouch sustainability consortium rallying 50 organizations to dramatically improve energy efficiency in communication networks. Prior, he set up Alcatel’s venture organization in France spearheading new business creation in telecom’s adjacent markets.
“To move into the next phase of Industry 4.0, we need to focus on digital transformation,” said Van Landegem, executive director, IIoT cohort, mHUB Accelerator Program. “But digitalization is not just centered around software, it’s about building the hard technologies that solve pain points in today’s manufacturing reality. mHUB’s accelerator will focus on solving those hard problems and turn concepts into products and sustainable businesses, surrounding participants with expertise and resources that are unmatched in the U.S.”
mHUB’s new accelerator program, designed as a series of hands-on and technology-specific cohorts, will be launching later this year. The inaugural IIoT cohort will target 10 teams from across the country with industry-aligned technologies. Overall, six cohort programs will launch over the next three and a half years focused on industries primed for innovation, including MedTech, Energy, Smart Mobility, Smart Building and Home, Smart Cities and Automated Vehicle Technology. More information on the program will be released in the coming months.
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mHUB is a leading independent hardtech and manufacturing innovation center that exists to convene the entrepreneurial ecosystem around physical product innovation to ensure that the manufacturing industry continues to accelerate, grow and thrive. The mHUB community includes over 428 active and alumni startups and small businesses supported by a deep talent pool of product designers and developers, entrepreneurs, engineers and manufacturers, corporate leaders, industry experts, mentors and investors. mHUB provides a hyper-resourced environment to entrepreneurs with the goal of commercializing new hardtech innovation that will lead to new businesses, intellectual property, investment, revenue and job creation. Since launching in 2017, the mHUB community has generated more than $430M in revenue, launched more than 1,256 products, hired more than 2,153 employees, and raised nearly $702M in capital.