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how we work

At VRT Sandbox, we work with a unique innovation model. Our process consists of three important phases, which take a certain amount of time depending on the case. Our aim is to handle 12 cases a year.

 
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WHAT'S IN it FOR YOU?

 
 

What makes our Sandbox model interesting for startups and SME’s?

VRT Sandbox offers startups the opportunity to grow and enhance their product.

 
 
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let's collaborate!

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Is your startup ready to boost media innovation
? Because we are! Start a project with
VRT Sandbox and let the magic happen. Don’t hesitate,
let’s meet.


Fill in the form and we’ll get in touch with you
very soon!

 
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our team

Meet the team behind VRT Sandbox

 
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KAREL DE BONDT

INTRAPRENEURSHIP COORDINATOR & MEDIA WORKFLOW INNOVATOR

Karel is a vital force in innovation for Belgian public service broadcaster, VRT, as one of the veterans of VRT Sandbox. 

Acting as a coordinator for intrapreneurship and webvideo innovation, Karel works together with inventors and entrepreneurs within VRT, and helps out the webcontent makers and webstreamers at VRT. Together they try to push the envelope and explore new ways of producing and delivering live content.

Having started originally as a sound engineer, Karel is a specialist in enabling projects where technology, operations and creative content production meet. With an extensive career as a business analyst and relationship manager, Karel has the unique perspective of mediating between technology and TV producers – embracing everything from investment to commissioning.

karel.debondt@vrt.be

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PETER DE PAEPE

HEAD OF STARTUP COLLABORATIONS

Peter De Paepe is Head of startup Collaborations at VRT. With a heart for open-innovation, he sets up collaborations between startups and SME’s and VRT, to boost media innovation. 


Started as reporter, presenter and producer at Radio 2. After 8 years he moved to one of the youth-channel of VRT, Studio Brussels. He presented programs and was final editor. Some time later, Peter became responsible for the DJ-team of MNM, and was responsible for the look and feel of MNM. He guided MNM through some rough sea and helped MNM grow to what is is today: one of the most popular youth-radio stations (focus 16-35y) with a wide divers audience. Last year Peter worked for MNM on a new cloud-based tool Radiomanager, to maximize the workflow for radiostations. These day’s, it’s the standard for all radiostations of VRT. 


Always interested in the way new technologie can improve workflows, and can redefine the way we make content, he became Head of startup Collaborations at VRT Sandbox.

peter.depaepe@vrt.be

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SARAH GEEROMS

PROJECT LEADER VRT SANDBOX INTERNATIONAL

Sarah started her career in the private sector. She learned a lot about human resources, business development, negotiation and networking. About 5 years ago, she returned back to her roots, the social sector, where she was a regional coordinator for the Foundation against Cancer. Sarah's core tasks consisted of coordinating various major events and projects, setting up partnerships with hospitals and local authorities, recruiting and coaching volunteers and so much more.

These are various capabilities that Sarah is currently using during her new challenge at VRT. As an international project coordinator for VRT Sandbox, Sarah contributes to building a European network for media innovation.

sarah.geeroms@vrt.be

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GREGG YOUNG

X REALITY / INTRAPRENEURSHIP

Gregg Young is researcher at VRT Innovation and creative producer at VRT Sandbox. Digital pioneer in audiovisual movie and television production with a focus on immersive storytelling. Lifelong learner and entrepreneur with a DIY attitude. Studied film in Ghent, Brussels and the Beijing Film Academy.

gregg.young@vrt.be