Michel Vanavermaete has been appointed Innovation Hub Director (CLC West) as of May 2018. Michel has extensive experience in financing and public support to innovation and industrial R&D. After graduating with a degree in Information Technology in 1986, he started his career within an IT Start Up company developing Belgian accountancy and tax management systems. He continued is carrier as IT Director in a large US advertising and Communication company. In 1999, Michel joined the EUREKA Secretariat (mother organization of Joint EU-EUREKA Eurostars Innovative SME support programme), Contributing to its design, he was appointed as Director of the Eurostars Programme. With a long experience in managing public funding for innovation and the development of innovation strategy and innovation hubs in Companies, He also acquired expertise in support and selection of Start Ups.