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Brussels Enterprise Agency - Belgium





The Brussels Enterprise Agency is a merger of the two main economic institutions (Technopol and Ecobru) in a single organization. At the BEA the Brussels SME’s, start-ups, self-employed persons, as well as foreign investors will find the answers to all their questions concerning the creation or development of an economic or innovative activity in the Brussels-Capital Region. It is the first-line contact for enterprises in Brussels, a guide and a platform for access to other institutions in Brussels directed to enterprises as it combines and optimizes their services for the benefit of entrepreneurs’ projects.

Their budget for 2003 is €3.7 million

The Brussels Enterprise Agency is structured around four pillars or departments, offering a panoply of very concrete services.

Economy and Starters

  • information and advice on public aid and on public and private services available in the Brussels-Capital Region
  • useful economic, legal, statistical and regulatory information that helps enterprises with the creation and expansion of an activity
  • guidance through the Brussels institutional landscape; identification of the institutional or private sources of information that will make the entrepreneurs’ project a success.
  • assistance on “crucial” files for the Brussels Region (social or economic)

Innovative Technology & Projects

  • Identification of technology needs
  • Technological validation of projects
  • Analysis of business plans
  • Search for financing sources and available public aid
  • Promotion of intercompany partnership and alliances.
  • Strategic information in order to help the Brussels companies develop their activities (market, technologies, competitors, patents, intellectual property rights...)
  • Guidance and assistance to the sources of technological expertise (research centers, universities etc..).

Five areas of activity are the focus of particular attention: new information and communication technologies (NICT), urban industries, food processing, health and environment.

Town Planning and Environment

  • information and advice on the many urban planning and environmental regulations which govern most economic activities
  • step by step guidance through all procedures involving municipal or regional administrations
  • information on public aid available in this area
  • information on professionals that can resolve environmental problems.

International Relations

  • information about, introduction into and access to European research and innovation programs and funding opportunities (National Contact Point for the EU’s 6th Research and Development Framework Program; NCP Innovation)
  • identification of European partners with technical skills or know-how via the world’s largest technology export/import network (BIRC – Brussels Innovation Relay Centre).
  • Introduction of Brussels companies in transnational network-partnerships.
  • identification and attraction of foreign investors who wish to or might be persuaded to set up in the Brussels-Capital region (www.investinbrussels.com).

35 people.

Jacques Evrard
The Brussels Entreprise Agency (BEA),
Rue Gabrielle Petit, 4 Box 12, 1080 Brussels, Belgium
tel.+32 2 422 00 25, fax +32 2 422 00 43
Website: www.bea.irisnet.be
Website foreign investors: www.investinbrussels.com


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