Next Tech 2018

Once again the Brussels-Capital Region launches a new edition of the call for projects The objective? The further implementation of a number of measures from the Next Tech Plan that aims to create a favorable climate for boosting companies that are active in information and communication technologies (ICT).

The official start of the call for projects has been given. You can send in your application until May 30, 2018 at 10pm.

Watch our video to get inspired.

Interested? In need of financial support for your innovative project?
Please note the date of the information session in your diary: April 26, 2018 at 18h in the building of (Chaussée de Charleroi 110,1060 Brussels) and  register by sending an email to 

More information on the website of Brussels Economy and Employment (in Dutch or French). 

2 new calls for projects

As in previous years, numerous projects can apply financial support. Two project calls have already been launched in 2018.

Urban agriculture

Would you like to set up a project in professional urban agriculture and are you still looking for financial support? Submit your application file before 30 March 2018!

The main purpose of this call for projects is to significantly increase the city's self-sufficiency in food supply through innovative, sustainable production that performs well on the environmental and economic level and also creates jobs. This call for projects is part of the broader Good Food Strategy.

Interested? You will find all information here (in French or Dutch).

Be Circular

This call for projects supports innovative projects that want to create or evolve the core business of one (or more) company(s) towards sustainability in a circular economy perspective.

In 2018, projects can be submitted in 3 categories:

  • Launch or development: addressed to Brussels companies for every project of launching or developing an economic activity in the field of the circular economy.
  • Circular construction sites: concerns every project of a construction company that develops innovative solutions to tackle the causes of the production of construction waste instead of the waste generated itself and thereby valorises the human resources that participate in the works.
  • Impact +: is aimed at Brussels companies - in terms of circular projects with a regional scope - with a major ambition in terms of impact on the environment, employment and the development of economic activities.

Projects can be submitted until May 15, 2018.

Interested? You will find all information here (in French or Dutch).

Subsidy Dating : Export

Would you like to receive a subsidy to export?

Brussels Economy and Employment organizes a series of "Subsidy Dating: export"-sessions to answer all your questions about the new subidies for foreign trade!

Until the end of March we offer you a personal appointment every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon in order to:

  • determine which support measures suit your project best,
  • explain the procedure and the deadlines,
  • help you to fill in the application form.

Before making an appointment, check whether your company meets the basic conditions to benefit from export support (in FR and NL only).

Make your appointment (in French or Dutch)

Kick-off be Circular 2018

In 2018, too, Brussels Economy and Employment will support projects, companies and entrepreneurs who dare to make their activities more sustainable with a strong focus on circular economy. Come and get inspired at BEL on the Tour & Taxis site!

You are cordially invited to:
  • meet the “be Circular” companies during three open door evenings on 19, 20 and 21 February;
  • take part in the kick-off of the call for projects “be Circular - be Brussels 2018”on Thursday 22 February.
The program includes the presentation of the call for projects 2018 and the award ceremony for last year’s laureates during a walking dinner. 
This gives you a unique opportunity to meet entrepreneurs who are active in the circular economy and to get to know their innovative projects.
You can find all information about the kick-off, the open door evenings and how to register, on the be Circular website (in French and Dutch).

New aid for foreign trade

In order to meet the expectations of SMEs in the Brussels-Capital Region, the support measures for foreign trade are being reformed. Do you want to go international? Then apply for a premium and benefit from a refund that can lead up to 75% of the costs.

On 1 January 2018, the 5 existing aids were modified and 3 new types of aid were added.

Discover the 8 new support measures:

• Consult the conditions to benefit from these new support measures for exports and download the aid application forms (In French and Dutch only) on

Download the brochure in French or in Dutch.

Happy New Year


Brussels Economy & Employment wishes you a very successful year!

Brussels wins the Eurocities 2017 Award

After the “Regional Innovation Award 2016”, the Brussels Regional Program for Circular Economy (RPCE) has yet again received international recognition. "Be Circular - Be Brussels" just won the Eurocities Award 2017 in the "Innovation" category.  

Brussels Economy and Employment launched eight calls for projects this year, including "Be Circular", which aimed at the development of innovative projects in the Brussels-Capital Region that meet the logic of the circular economy.

This call for projects was a collaboration between Brussels Economy and Employment, Brussels Environment, Innoviris, Impulse and Clean Brussels.

With this new award, the Brussels-Capital Region is confirming its position at the very European top of circular economy policy.

Discover the case study of “Be Circular – Be Brussels”.

Do you know BRUCEFO ?

Brussels Economy and Employment supports the agri-food sector: from a starting single-person business to a multinational. Our laboratory Brucefo offers a wide range of quality food analyses and provides expertly substantiated advice tailored to your company.

BRUCEFO, or in full "Brussels Centre for Food Expertises", carries out high-quality analyses and thus helps you to develop quality products. For example, we determine the exact expiration date, we detect allergens, we adjust your labeling in accordance with the regulations, and much more ...

Make sure to take a look at our webpage for more info!


Boulevard Industriel, 200 in 1070 Anderlecht - 02 800 39 00

Laureates calls for projects 2017

Brussels Economy and Employment launched a total of eight calls for projects this year, with the aim of providing financial support to project managers in order to promote the economy, employment or urban agriculture in the Brussels Region. The calls are now closed and most of the the laureates are largely known in the meantime.

The project call "Sensitization of Youth for Entrepreneurship", for example, aimed at providing young people with the opportunity to gain experience in entrepreneurship. 7 projects were witheld, managed 20 beneficiaries.

Among the laureates was Groupe One, a specialist in sensitization, training and guidance on starting a company in a spirit of sustainable development, and BeStarter, which trains young entrepreneurs and introduces them to the start-up market.

To provide you with an image of what such a project can consist of, we give the floor to these two laureates in a short video (in French and Dutch).

Seminar "Boost your Exportations"

2018 will be a year of major changes for Brussels Invest & Export. A new name, a new agency with broader competences, but with the same ambition to support you in your export activities. Discover our action program for 2018, our various guidance services and the novelties in the field of financial support measures for exports that will take effect on 1 January 2018!

Infoseminar - Tuesday 5 December from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm - In the offices of Brussels Invest&Export located at Chaussée de Charleroi 112, 1060 Brussels (3rd floor).

During this event you can also meet with our responsible geographic zones and our specialists for financial support for export.

Discover the agenda...

Do you know the Sustainable Buildings Guide?

Are you a construction professional in Brussels? Are you planning to (re)build your office building? Then the "Sustainable Buildings Guide" is just the thing for you!

The Guide supports you to integrate all aspects of «sustainable development» (energy, water, mobility, comfort and health, ...) into your projects and was drafted with the help of specialized study agencies.

This guide offers concrete solutions for both new construction and renovation. Curious to see how the guide can help you with your projects tomorrow?

Discover the website: The Sustainable Buildings Guide (in Dutch and French)

New program “Fruits, vegetables and dairy products at school”

Starting from school year 2017-2018, the Brussels Capital Region will launch its own strategy in order to allow schools to distribute fruits, vegetables and dairy products to their students at no cost.

The "Fruit, vegetables and milk products at school”-program appeals to the wider "Good Food Strategy" and targets all students of French and Dutch primary schools in Brussels. The intention is to sensitize the younger generation to a positive way about the importance of balanced nutrition, with the emphasis on local, seasonal and healthy products.

Find out more about this program.

Horeca Brussels 2017 fair at la Bourse

October 23rd from 10 - 17h "Centrale de l’Emploi", in collaboration with the City of Brussels and the "Fédération Horeca", organises its second fair dedicated to the sector of hotels, restaurants and bars at the Bourse, Anspach Boulevard. 

The fair aims at :

• Jobseekers who are interested in a job or education in the catering sector.
• Employers / professionals who want to recruit skilled workers.
• Starters who want more information about financial tools and advice for starting up their business.

The event is free but registration is required on line

On the agenda : Job offers, training, advice, testimonials from young starters, tastings, conferences (support, regulation, ...) there's something for everyone!

Find a private employment agency

Are you looking for a private employment agency approved by the Brussels-Capital Region? Go to our new search engine which allows you to find a private employment agency in just a few clicks.

2016 activity report of the Brussels Regional Public Service

The activity report of the Brussels Regional Public Service gives a clear picture of the daily work in the administration, and explains at the same time  the most important competences of the Brussels capital region.

Simplifying, upgrading, collaborating, facilitating relocations, sharing, supporting and guiding, promoting equal opportunities and diversity, sustainable action: these are the eight themes around which the report was built. The richly illustrated report highlights seventy-seven projects carried out by the Brussels administration in 2016.

New this year is an interactive map of the region, which shows the projects discussed.

Discover the 2016 Activity Report in French and in Dutch.


Call for projects «Next Tech»

This call for projects will run from June 28 until the 1st of September 2017.

This call is intended for any innovative project that contributes to the creation of an environment that promotes the development and growth of companies in the field of information and communication technologies.

July 5th 2017 an information session will be organized with Brussels Economy and Employment.

Registration required via

More information in French or Dutch

Service vouchers

The Brussels-Capital Region promotes employment, training and diversity. The region has modified the regulations with regard to the service vouchers.

From now on service vouchers agencies have to comply with two supplementary conditions in order to obtain an authorization:

  • Every 5 years the agency has to submit a signed copy of the "Brussels diversity charter in the service vouchers sector" to Brussels Economy and Employment.
  • The agency's managers must enjoy full civil and political rights and may not have been recently condemned for an offence in fiscal or social matters or pertaining the regulation concerning service vouchers, nor may they have been a party to a bankruptcy in the past 3 years.

Furthermore your agency will receive a more substantial aid by proving that 60% of the establishment units' service vouchers staff have actually been recruited amongst job seekers and that your agency promotes diversity and training. We would like you to pass on this information to your establishment units.

More information with regard to the authorization requirements and the service vouchers agencies' obligations.

Business Day Brussels Invest & Export

On Wednesday June 28, Brussels Invest & Export offers you the unique opportunity to meet its 34 overseas economic and commercial attachés.

Whether you are planning to prospect a particular market, are following up on a business relationship or would like to inform our attachés of your problems accessing foreign markets: to be able to talk to several economic and commercial attachés in one venue at the same evening is an unbeatable opportunity that you must grab!

To schedule your personal meetings (+-30 minutes) with our attachés, please subscribe via the online form before June 20, 2017.

More information.


Call for projects "Diversity and anti-discrimination"

The call for projects "diversity and anti-discrimination" runs from May 19 to July 15, 2017.

This call aims to encourage realistic and innovative actions to combat discrimination during employment, or that help support and build the diversity in companies, organizations, private and government agencies.

An information session with Brussels Economics and Employment will be held on the 31st of May 2017.
Mandatory registration via

More information (French)
More information (Dutch)

Call for projects "Opensoon" 2017

The new “Opensoon” call for projects runs from May 15 until the 30th of September 2017. This competition aims at future traders who would like to start a business in the Brussels-Capital Region.
The support offered to the selected winners will translate into a free accompaniment combined with a grant for projects that meet the criteria of integrity, originality, quality and circular economy.

More information (French)

More information (Dutch)