Brussels wins Regional Innovation Award
The award for regional innovation is organized by the Assembly of European Regions (AER) and distinguishes the European regional authorities and their partners who stimulate, promote and implement innovation. The prize encourages best practices by showing how regions can contribute to regional economic welfare.
The circular economy aims to drastically reduce the waste of resources while reducing the impact on our environment and increasing prosperity.
Brussels played its trump card by adopting the Regional Program for Circular Economy as early as March 2016. This program consists of 111 measures that provide Brussels and its population with the necessary means to accelerate the transition from "to mine-produce-consume-throw away" to "repair-produce-consume-reuse".
Laureates of the call for projects to combat discrimination
Early this year, the minister of Employment launched a call for "innovative projects to combat discrimination and promote diversity and equality in employment." More than 40 project sponsors submitted their candidacy.
The files have now been analyzed and the jury has chosen 12. The subsidy budget of € 745,000 will be divided among the winners based on the needs of each project.
The 12 initiatives that were retained are:
#OPENJOBTESTING (Collectif contre l'islamophobie en Belgique / MRAX), "Job Coaching UCM" (UCM national), "Brux'Elles" (Pour la Solidarité), BXL Diversity Booster (PAX Christi Wallonie-Bruxelles), "Diwan Awards" (Divers-City), "Recruitment on the basis of competence '(commune of Koekelberg), "Brugcoach voor vormingscentrum Molenbeek "(Groep Intro vzw), Réseau Employeurs Travailleurs (Mission locale pour l'emploi de Forest)," Inclusief werken in de praktijk" (ELLA), "Coaching des handicapés chercheurs d'emploi handicapés" (Diversicom), "Pacte"(ULB / METICES), "Coach'Me " (CGSLB).
This call for projects will be repeated in 2017.
Recently, the websites of Brussels Economy Employment and Brussels Invest & Export have become fully responsive. This means it does no longer matter whether you are surfing with a PC, laptop or smartphone: the new websites automatically adapt to the screen size of the device you are using.
The second major change is the new URL of the websites. The suffix ".irisnet.be" has disappeared and was replaced by ".brussels". From now on the URLs to remember are: www.economy-employment.brussels and www.invest-export.brussels.
News on service vouchers
Discover the "Brussels Young Exporters Program" and "Import-Export Assistants"
Wanted : hackatons !
- You represent a non-profit organisation or a formal association, situated in the Brussels-Capital Region and active in the area of IT.
- You plan to organise a hackathon within the Brussels-Capital Region between 1 October and 31 December 2016.
- The hackathon will aim to contribute towards solving one of society's problems by enabling collaboration between programmers, all kinds of developers, and project managers, with a view to creating a software project.
- You can submit your grant application with the Brussels Regional Public Service, before 15/09/2016.
Small Business Act: 77 specific measures for SME's and self-employed
The SBA aims to create a business friendly environment, to improve access to financing, to focus on diversity, to improve relations between SME's and the Brussels capital region and to support businesses through societal evolutions.The plan is the fruit of months of consultation with the various economic operators and the public services that are active on that domain.
Eating healthy from early age on!
Tourist accomodation : deadline of 23/07/2016
Tourist accommodation: in force as of 24/04/2016
Brussels Invest & Export network at the service of your company
These contact days offer you an excellent occasion to initiate or fine-tune an export project with the attaché established in the country you're targeting: this attaché has the expertise to advise you and to facilitate your export proceedings.
Call for projects
All information about the calls for projects (in French or in Dutch)
Info sessions about the tourist accommodation
Free evening info sessions organised by Bed and Brussels
- Operators and future operators of homestay accommodation: 20 April 2016: no more places available
- Owners of (furnished) tourist residences: 11 May 2016
- Operators and future operators of homestay accommodation: 30 May 2016
- Owners of (furnished) tourist residences: 9 June 2016
Service vouchers: want to start up this activity?
The next training is to take place on 7 June 2016 To take part in the training (the language used for the training is still to be determined), please submit the registration form before 25 May.
More information (in French).
Entrepreneurship Fair 2016
To gain free entry to the fair, please register.
More information can be found at www.entreprendreondernemen.be
Facultative subsidies - calls for projects
Facultative subsidies: eight thematic calls for projects will be launched in 2016 !
rue du Progrès/Vooruitgangsstraat 80, 1035 Brussels.
Brussels Business Days : Entrepreneurs have the floor !
Since the beginning of February, a dialogue between Didier GOSUIN, the Minister of Economy, and the Brussels entrepreneurs is taking place on social networks.
These exchanges will provide input for thematic workshops. Register now for the Brussels Business Days: you will be able to express your practical needs there.
Consult our website to discover the event programme.