we do

DAE Studios is a Belgium-based spin off from the Howest University of Applied Sciences initiated by the program Digital Arts & Entertainment.

Our main focus is to incubate and accelerate start-ups in the applied and entertainment game development business with the help of our existing community, extensive network and stakeholders.

DAE Studios Ecosystem Visualisation

We support

the local game technology ecosystem

Our ambition is to establish a cross-pollinating community of start-ups, researchers and educational programs in order to generate international attraction for established game development studios. DAE Studios aims to boost the gaming industry by offering two programs.


Each year, we offer students and alumni a unique 2 games a month incubator program in which they are getting coached in the art of fast game prototyping all while getting to know the sector during weekly inspiration and expert sessions thanks to our many partners.


We help individuals and/or teams with a great business idea kickstart their company via our accelerator program. As a priviliged party, the start-up will land their first work for hire contracts and/or investments.

2 games a month incubator

6 months Desk & Coffee at Hangar K

Expert sessions

Familiarize with commercial setting

No financial commitments

No startup – no problem


Business coaching & startup support

12 months Desk & Coffee at Hangar K

Your first work for hire projects

Participation at relevant events

Priviliged partner in DAE network

Support in writing subsidy applications​


We innovate

businesses with game technology

Many companies face challenges for which game technology might offer a solution. For example:

      • Virtual Reality for training or visualisation purposes
      • Gamified applications for sensitizing employees or customers
      • Augmented reality as a promotional or informative medium

In cooperation with one of the best educational programs on game development worldwide – Digital Arts & Entertainment- we can set up an innovation track in close collaboration with your company in which we test this technology on your case. If research is required, we can rely on the expertise of DAE-Research. When this case proves to be successful, it could lead to the creation of a startup company which can develop these innovative applications within a viable business model. Inspiration – Realization – Valorization.

DAE Studios Applied Tech business innovation with Game Technology


What's happening

in our community

Game Sprint 4 – 1 game mechanic

The last three weeks have been done a little differently than before! For the first week, the participants had an “inspiration week” where they could

Game Sprint 3

Game Sprint 3 – Existing Stories

Recently, the participants concluded their third Game Sprint and it has been quite the ride for them! The theme this time around was “existing stories”


Don't hesitate to contact us!

Michiel Houwen

Michiel Houwen


Nelson Mandelaplein 2, 8500 Kortrijk – Belgium