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 SMEs, 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.
- information about, introduction into and access to European research and innovation programs and funding opportunities (National Contact Point for the EUs 6th Research and Development Framework Program; NCP Innovation)
- identification of European partners with technical skills or know-how via the worlds 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).
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 foreign investors: www.investinbrussels.com