Conferences and fairs


Sign & Print Expo 2019, The Netherlands

The Thrive-project is represented by projectcoordinator Stivako at the Dutch Sign & Print Expo in Gorinchem, The Netherlands. This two year fair attracts many entrepreneurs and employees from The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Also a lot of Dutch schools , students and teachers visits this fair. The fair is held from Tuesday the 26th till Thursday the 28th of March. At this fair information of the project will be dissiminated to the target-groups.With 200 exhibitors, Sign & Print Expo is the trade fair where future innovations and trends in the field of visual communication are presented. This event replaces the Graphic Trade Fair & Trade Fair Sign and communicates new knowledge based on the many new features.
Stay up to date with creative innovations and solutions in the field of visual communication, experience our new experiences on the exhibition floor, expand your network and build unique collaborations.

Thrive at "VIGC Verbindt 2018"

At the VIGC Verbindt 2018 event, which took place on December 4th 2018 in Ghent, the Thrive! project was present with a banner. The theme of the event was Inspiration Through Creation so that Thrive project suited very well. The banner was present in the room where the networking and catering took place, so all of the more than 300 visitors passed by. Our project partners of Artevelde University College were present to respond to questions of the visitors.

Information workshop at Dataline and Stivako

On October the 9th 2018 Stivako in cooperation with Dienstencentrum and Dataline organizes a meeting. In the meeting the Thriveproject and its research will be introduced. The three partners have seen that graphic media companies need to optimize internal cooperation. Because of the possibilities of providing information, but certainly also by paying attention to the people who have to work with these systems. Customers' needs are becoming increasingly complex, not so much in the order package, but in the complexity of composition and execution. From orders that may cost 'nothing' to online order portals to complete 'unburdening' of communication productions. Customer contact also increases and this needs to be managed.


Information workshop Schools at Stivako

On 21 June, Stivako will organize an information meeting at our institute at Schiphol-Rijk on the Thrive project and its content, including the upcoming development and testing of learning materials.
We would like to invite you to attend. You can easily register by contacting us via telephone 003120-5435688 or via email: You can of course participate with several people.


Thrive information day at Stivako

On june 24th 2018 an information event on the developments in the creative industry will be organized. We will start with a central meeting on the results of the research in the Thrive project on the development in the creative industry , the concequenses these developments have on 5 company-types and the competences of management and workforce of these companies in the future.


Project THRIVE! at the Visual Media Conference 2018

The Visual Media Conference in Leeds, UK is one of the premier events for the creative industries in the UK and is in its 5th year. Conceived by CDi Yorkshire , it is now run by the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF) through its special interest group CDi (Creative Digital Industries) with the support and help of, amongst others, HP Indigo, design consultancy Jaywing and specialist printer ProCo.
The conference, with its accompanying exhibition, attracted nearly 400 registrations from all corners of the creative industry – design, digital marketing, sign and display, packaging, augmented and virtual reality – together with representatives of education. The event was held at Leeds Business School.
THRIVE! was represented by its UK partner, Mike Hopkins of Hill Top Consulting, who, armed with a pull display and summary project leaflets, took the opportunity to talk to students, printers, marketing agencies and educationalists all whom showed great interest in the project and its aims to produce training materials for entrepreneurs and budding entrepreneurs. Many of the successful businesses attending were started by young entrepreneurs and have grown into some of the region’s premier creative businesses.
Follow up discussions are planned with a number of contacts interested in taking part in the validation of project materials.

Thrive at Egin Annual conference

Barcelona, 20th of March 2018, at the first day of the conference Frank den Hartog will present the results till now of the Thrive-project. Besides the results of the  research of the BUW and Nyta/Hilltop the project aim and the deliverables will be presented. Also a Kahoot-quiz will be  playes with as subject the female entrepreneurial skills. The EGIN conference will be organized at the office of the  "Catalunyan Employer's Association" 'Gremi de la Indústria i la Comunicació Gràfica de Catalunya', also called 'The Guild'.


Work-meeting on female entrepreneurs in Barcelona February 2018

In the Thriveproject one of the target groups is female entrepreneurs. In Barcelona representatives of Escola Antoni Alguero and Stivako had a meeting to make an overview of competences especially for female entrepreneurs and where they differ from male entrepreneurs. A set of learning and training material focussed  on this target group will be developed by both partners.


Thrive present at Vakdag Print & Sign

The Vakdag Print & Sign is a one day fair focussed on the print and signworld. Vakdag Print & Sign 2018 on the 6th of February in Nieuwegein, The Netherlands was for all parties a big success. At the fair/congress the entrepreneurs and the management of printmedia and sign companies were present. 


Meeting on Entrepreneurial skills and data in Ghent Belgium, January 2018

During the meeting at the Artevelde University College Ghent (AHS) the subject was entrepreneurship and the several aspects of data. Christel De Maeyer is a specialist working on learning material on this issue. Data is a core subject of doing business. In the EU the new privacy rules become valid in May 2018. In social media there are a lot of developments around data and privacy. The USA and Europe thinks different on this subject. And also Big data collection and use of it is a motor in developing new business.

EGIN Autumn Seminar 2017 

Hosted by Artevelde University Collegein Ghent, Belgium. Theme of the conference: INSPIRE/SHARE KNOWLEDGE /FACILITATE 

Goal: creating a dialogue between media pro’s / educational programmes throughout a dedicated high level conference. Highlighting the 360 °storytelling coverage principle and the consequences on nowadays skill sets.

Day 1, November 9 will have lots of interesting keynotes, discussions and an interactive close down by Hans Bourlon (BE), CEO of Studio 100, a media-production company with a 360º approach to family entertainment combining a mix of global and local brands. This seminar is hosted by Fredo De Smet, VRT Sandbox.

Day 2, November 10 opening by Rense van der Heide: brainstorm sessions and assignments during this second day with working groups on different topics discussed on day 1
(to improve the way you brand your institution/service/…) .

During the conference the Thrive!project will be presented by Rense van der Heide general secratary of EGIN.


Stivako customerday

At the Stivako customerday on the 20th of June 2017,  the Thrive!-project was presented in a workshop. The theme of strategy, leadership and company profile was presented and the participating entrepreneurs or representatives of company management were introduced in this subject in an interactive programme.


EGIN Annual conference 2017

The Annual conference 2017 was organized on April 6 and 7 in Viena Austria. The conference venue is  The Höhere Graphische Bundes-Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt in Wien. The Trive project was presented at the annual conference.


Grafische Vakbeurs & Vakbeurs Sign

The project Thrive! was presented at the Grafische Vakbeurs & Vakbeurs Sign in Gorinchem, The Netherlands. This fair was organized from the 14th till the 16th of March 2017. During this exhibition, two creative industries presented  the latest trends, developments and innovations. Several entrepreneurs and companies showed intrest in the project presented at the Stivako stand at the fair.