Kulak attaches great importance to its service to the community, which can take on many forms, ranging from giving advice to establishing spin-off companies.
In order to facilitate the process of knowledge transfer, Kulak appointed two valorisation coordinators, who are the contacts for the different research units
- for research topics in Informatics, Mathematics, Physics, Educational technology and Engineering Sciences: Stefan De Wannemacker
- for research topics in Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biotechnology and Bioengineering Sciences : Charlotte Bruneel
Together with LRD, the knowledge transfer service of KU Leuven Association, they are responsible for establishing contacts between Kulak and regional actors. They assist Kulak researchers in finding partners in companies, hospitals, the social profit sector,.... They are also the first contacts for companies or expertise centres with a concrete research question.
The valorisation coordinators also make it possible for undergraduate students to carry out a research project, either by providing a trainee post in a company or an expertise centre in the region, or in a research unit of Kulak, KU Leuven or a foreign partner university.
Together with the Research Coordinator Hans Deckmyn and the Rectory, in the person of Virginie Coucke, they give shape to the knowledge transfer policy of Kulak as a pillar of its Research policy.
Together with KU Leuven Research and Development, the valorisation coordinators also promote the formation of new research-oriented and innovative companies. Kulak's most important spin-offs are BLCC (Business Language and Communication Centre), Televic Education and AlgoNomics.
- BLCC is the language centre of VOKA West-Vlaanderen, VOKA Halle-Vilvoorde, KU Leuven Kulak and Leuven Research and Development and organizes personal language training for professionals. BLCC is specialized in blended learning and combines face-to-face training with self-teaching through e-learning.
- Established in September 1990 by KU Leuven Kulak and Kamer voor Handel en Nijverheid Kortrijk.
- Development of educational multimedia.
- Established in June 2008, after the merger of Artec and Indie Education.
- Telraam (subsequently Indie Education) was established in 2001 by Bert Wylin (Impulscentre of Educational Innovation Kulak) and Point X.
- Structure-based sequence prediction, derived tools and data bases using its integrated bioinformatics data-mining environment.
- Established in July 1999 by Johan Desmet (IRC Kulak) and Ignace Lasters (Plant Genetic Systems nv).