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In this section you can find an overview of the projects that have been realised in the most recent years.

 Afbeeldingsresultaat voor voka limburg


Match making tool: a collaboration of Voka Limburg and UHasselt

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor match making tool voka uhasseltVoka Limburg, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the province of Limburg, launched a unique online platform for owner-entrepreneurs. This service made it possible for family businesses to easily look for takeover deals, external managers and investors. Moreover, the platform has a unique and scientifically founded matchmaking tool for improving or setting up an Advisory Board.


Wingmen College

Wingmen College is a training program, in collaboration with De Cronos Groep, that inspires and helps young entrepreneurs to convert their own idea into a successful company. 

Wingmen College accepts the challenge to support innovation at an early stage. The aim is to get in touch with enterpreneurial young people at an early stage and to support them optimally in the development of their company. The knowledge of UHasselt and the De Cronos Group network can play a decisive role in the development of their innovative company in the Province of Limburg. 


Stakeholders platform for succession and acquisition 3

Final prolongation of the 'Stakeholdersplatform for succession and acquisition' in collaboration with Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship. In this prolongation, a training session on business succession for accountants was organized.

Furthermore a survey for coaches and advisors was performed. The objective of this project was to draw conclusions from the experiences of the coaches and advisors related to succession and acquisition. 

Both trainings were organised in collaboration with Antwerp Management School and with support of Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship.


Sustainable integration of a non-family CEO within a private family firm

The overall objective of the ESF project is to ensure the continuity of Flemish family firms, thereby contributing to employment in Flanders. The project is in collaboration with VKW Limburg, a major employer organization in Flanders, and intends to support family firms in their succession choice. The focus of this project is the specific succession option “the nonfamily CEO”: under which conditions is a sustainable integration of a non-family CEO within a private family firm possible and how to best manage the integration process? The project aims to guide family firms in their succession process and it offers them a number of tools that facilitate both the CEO and owner in enacting a new role successfully.


Stakeholders platform for succession and acquisition 2

Due to the success, the stakholders platform for succession and acquisition was prolonged. This platform is realised with support of the Enterprise Agency of the Flemish Government (Agentschap Ondernemen). RCEF has executed two projects in collaboration with Antwerp Management School.

A research on the intentions related to succession of entrepreneurs older than 50 years was performed. The results of this research are presented on the 'Week of the succession' (Week van de bedrijfsoverdracht). More information can be found on the following link: http://www.weekvandebedrijfsoverdracht.be/

Secondly, a training on succession specifically for coaches and advisors was put in place. The training was a two day track. One day was devoted to the relational, human aspects. The second day focussed on the technical aspects.

Non-family CEO in a family business: How can it become a success story? 

The book 'Non-family CEO in the family business - How do we obtain a longterm relationship?' can help you to answer this question. It gives practical guidelines for family shareholders and the CEO candidate. It is realised as a collaboration between LPF (Limburg Platform for Family business), UHasselt-KIZOK, Motmans-Van Havermaet en Maastricht University.

Stakeholders platform for succession and acquisition 1

KIZOK received a grant for the preparation of a stakeholder platform for succession and acquisition from the Enterprise Agency of the Flemish Government (Vlaanderen in Actie - Agentschap Ondernemen). Following activities were developed: the organization of three Entrepreneurcafés, the realization of five shortfilms and the organization of three group meetings for students whose parents have their own company.

Corporate governance in the family business

The book 'Corporate Governance in the Family Business - How to decide better and faster?' (in Dutch only) has been written by Prof. Hendriks (UHasselt), Prof. Voordeckers (UHasselt), Prof. Lambrechts (UHasselt) and Dr Maarten Vandewaerde (Ernst & Young) in collaboration with VKW Limburg, more specifically LPF (Limburg Platform for Family businesses).


The book is about good management in a family business, which is not easy in this competitive and fast moving environment. The book is not offering ready-to-use solutions, but it gives the readers a framework in which they can start working. The accompanying tool (lpfscan) supports the readers in this process and can be consulted online.

Is your family business a learning business?

This book guides you towards a learning business by explaining four levers: learning orientation, learning relations, leadership that supports learning, governance supporting learning. The stories of 36 family businesses who collaborated on the investigation explain those levers from a practical point of view. Also the accompanying tool (lpfscan) helps the reader to put this into practice.


The book is published with support of VKW Limburg, more specifically LPF (Limburg Platform for Family businesses). The autors are Prof. Voordekcers (UHasselt) and Prof. Lambrechts (UHasselt).

Radical innovation by family firms

This booklet is a practical guide for innovating family firms. It is written by Dr Huybrechts (Maastricht University), Prof. Hendriks (UHasselt), Dr Hendrikx (PXL), Prof. Lambrechts (UHasselt) and Prof. Voordeckers (UHasselt) in collaboration with VKW Limburg.


The 'hard- and software' of innovation is explained by using twelve pillars. The first three pillars are focussing on the fact that innovation is in the genes (hardware). The other nine pillars are related to the innovation process, the social innovation (software).