MCA Community

Together we bring innovation to the maritime industry in Europe and beyond.

MCA Community is an ecosystem or a club, focusing on whatever innovations the maritime industry needs and we will get those done together.

What is MCA Community?

Co-creating maritime innovation

MCA Community is an ecosystem where different stakeholders (public, private, research and individuals) are engaged with innovation in the maritime sector. In the MCA Community everyone is brought together and informed in order to define the key areas of interest.

Those areas of interest will be turned into more focused (open) innovation challenges by engaged MCA members and other relevant partners. The open innovation challenges can be presented to a broad spectrum of parties to get input and cooperation.

We will bring the worlds of industry, technology, business and innovation together. Building bridges and making information and knowledge flow.

Focus on action, learn about innovation

The focus of MCA Community is on taking steps forward together and doing projects that combine action with increased insight and learnings.

We offer opportunities to learn about innovation as a mindset and a skillset. By doing concrete projects together, learnings will be taken back to the organizations. Innovation is a team sport requiring cooperation and a common goal. Learning can also take place in a way that students, schools, universities, research facilities and governments, can be invited to the table to contribute their fresh ideas, know-how.

In expectation of the MCA campus, the community can already meet in MCA LABS where everyone involved comes together for specific events or just to casually change ideas while drinking a coffee or playing some pool.

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How does it work?

Interactions and opportunities

MCA Community has an eco-systemic approach: we provide a productive ground for interactions and opportunities. As a part of the ecosystem you can, together with the others, find different wins in different projects.

We offer the opportunity to be involved in projects where there is a business win, a learning, or another gain. Depending on the defined win, we can support the people in their development.


MCA Community works in an independent manner. We are driven by industry demand but at the same time we are enriching and informing the industry to better identify and define areas of interest through interaction with diverse stakeholders like research and government.

We primarily act as a matchmaker and bridgebuilder to bring people and ideas together. We will trigger the community to come up with open innovation challenges and help them build coalitions that are diverse and complete enough to lead to concrete actionable projects.

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Join us and get involved!

There are 3 levels of engagement. How do you want to be a part of MCA community?

Friends of MCA


This is a personal membership to connect to MCA as an individual.

  • Personal membership
  • Stay informed
  • Access to 1 event


1 year

€ 25


Taster membership to see what the community can mean for you.

  • Corporate membership
  • Access to the community
  • All events included


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Together we'll see how the ecosystem works best for you.

  • Industry membership
  • Engage in the community
  • All events included


In order to be able to offer you the best possible proposal tailored to your wishes, please contact our team using the form below.

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Still have some questions?

If you have more questions about MCA Community or about
Maritime Campus Antwerp in general, please contact our team.

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