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JADS MKB Datalab helps SME companies with implementing data science & AI

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On Friday 26 April 2024, JADS MKB Datalab launched a new round of projects. This time with 6 SMEs. From inspection and certification to roof and facade solutions, from damage insurance to fencing production. A wide range of different companies! JADS MKB Datalab, founded in 2018, has a mission to make data science and AI accessible to SMEs. Although a digital transition can be a big step forward especially for small companies, they often do not immediately see the added value of data science and AI, do not know where to start or do not have the right skills themselves to get started with data. The lab offers accessible solutions. During the kick-off session, the companies were personally introduced and paired with the student consultants.

JADS MKB Datalab has assisted a wide variety of companies over the past six years, for whom it has carried out a diverse range of projects, from fairly simple to highly complex. The number of supported entrepreneurs now stands at 180, but the number of implemented projects is almost double at 330, as many past entrepreneurs come back for more. For master students working for JADS MKB Datalab as an independent consultant, this is proof that every company can get more out of data science and AI.

6 project partners at the same time

Friday 26 April 2024 was the kick-off for a new round of projects with six project partners. The master students, including from JADS Data Science in Business and Entrepreneurship, who will carry out the assignments for the JADS MKB Datalab, will work on interesting delineated projects in which they will help organisations become more data-driven. Companies like Trahecon, TUV Nord, Transact, ZND Nedicom, Zekerheyd and SFS Benelux are taking their (next) step in the field of value creation with Data.

JADS MKB Datalab’s track record: more than 180 SME entrepreneurs helped


The kick-off at the JADS campus was led by Maaike Blok and Virgil Sowirono. During the kick-off, SME Companies introduced themselves and student consultants met


Some of the projects the student consultants will work on together with the JADS MKB Datalab:

  • Automating manual standardised work: such as converting to work orders by colour and depth;
  • Creating a predictive script which predicts whether or not a warranty can be covered;
  • Discovering patterns and variables that are indicators of maintenance and unplanned downtime;
  • Automating current manual dashboard and directly adding quality control to it (dashboarding).

Central kick-off provides additional insight

During a kick-off moment, the companies introduce themselves and their challenges, and the students who will work on the challenges also introduce themselves. The students then make individual agreements about the working method and communication with the company for which they are taking up a challenge. The planning of the eight-week projects is overseen by a professional from the JADS MKB Datalab. These sessions are very inspiring, as it also gives a good idea of what other companies from completely different sectors are working on in terms of value creation from data. The demand of the SME company is central within projects, as students carry out the projects as a side job outside the curriculum. Besides delivering a defined project, students gain practical work experience; such as development of both soft-skills in addition to the hard skills from the course. Naturally, the morning session concluded with a tour around the campus.

A tour of the campus was a welcome conclusion to the morning.

More information

Discover where the opportunities lie for your organization! Find out more on our JADS MKB Datalab page.


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