BeCircular Annual Meeting 2018
As a pioneer in circular economy, the Brussels-Capital Region is organizing the "#beCircular Annual Meeting" this year on 24 October in BEL at the Tour & Taxis site.
The program includes a conference open to all actors in circular economy, as well as various project visits that focus on areas such as construction, new economic models, sustainable food (Good Food), land and waste (zero waste), urban logistics, trade and design.
The circular economy offers opportunities that many entrepreneurs already took with both hands. So get inspired by innovative companies and practical examples and discover new markets.
Entrepreneurship Fair 2.0
On Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 October, the fair "Entreprendre/Ondernemen 2.0" welcomes the Belgian business world in Tour & Taxis for the 15th time.
At this exhibition - which joins the event "Digital First" - you will receive an answer to all your entrepreneurial questions from over 200 partners. You can also participate in 140 conferences and workshops during these two days.
Brussels Economy and Employment will be present at the collective stand of the Brussels-Capital Region (Shed 2-3 – stand nr 87) where the "Department of Business Support" will familiarize you with their wide range of subsidies.
Urban agriculture and the periphery
The demand for local and organic food increases every year, but current production in the Brussels region itself is insufficient to meet this demand. That is why the Good Food strategy also focuses on farmers and horticulturists from the periphery with the aim of encouraging them to sell their products on the Brussels market.
The agriculture team of Brussels Economy and Employment is working together with (among others) the Steunpunt Korte Keten, which has the same objective. The first concrete result of this collaboration is a networking moment / speed dating for farmers from the periphery, Brussels farmers and potential Brussels buyers.
Meet agricultural Short Chain entrepreneurs and taste the unique taste of their sustainable farm products during the 'Short chain speed dating and degustation: Brussel Lust' on October 15 in Schaerbeek and on October 22 in Forest.
After registration you will be brought into contact with the producers of the types of products you prefer. Register before the end of September via email@example.com.
Give your opinion
Barometer for Brussels based self-employed and SMEs
The Chamber of the Middle Class of the Economic and Social Council for the Brussels-Capital Region is once again calling on all Brussels self-employed, entrepreneurs, traders and liberal professions to make their voices heard.
The new barometer offers you the opportunity to give your opinion on the Brussels economic situation, to share your vision on the future and the current state of your company.
Take part in the barometer ! (in French or Dutch)
Economic outlook 2018-2023
The Federal Planning Bureau has published the new regional economic prospects 2018-2023 in collaboration with the BISA and the statistical institutions of Wallonia and Flanders.
How will the economy and employment in the Brussels-Capital Region evolve in the coming years? Which trends are visible in the labor market, in households or within public finances?
All detailed results of these projections can be found in the report on the website of the Brussels Institute for Statistics and Analysis (BISA). You can also download the press release with the main conclusions.
Brussels Capital Region at agricultural fair of Libramont
Brussels Economy and Employment was present with its own stand at the Libramont Fair on Saturday July 28 and thus ensured the very first participation of the Brussels-Capital Region. The theme "Who will feed our cities tomorrow?" was the perfect occasion to put Brussels urban agriculture, the Good Food Strategy and the agricultural producers themselves in the spotlight.
The 'show cooking corner', where a chef prepared surprising meals with products obtained from Brussels urban agriculture was a hit. The public was invited to taste immediately and reacted very enthousiastic.
However, the real stars were Ferme Nos Pilifs, BIGH, Les Champignons de Bxl, Eclo and Urban Harvest who were present to propagate their passion for agriculture in an urban context and to present their products to the general public. These 5 producers supported by the Region are engaged in urban agriculture in open ground, in cellars and on roofs, with techniques such as hydroponics, insect breeding, vertical agriculture ...
The stand was perfect to promote the Brussels GoodFood strategy, that is the ambitious goal of the Region to produce 30% of our fruit and vegetables locally by 2035.
The participation of Brussels Economy and Employment to the Agricultural Fair of Libramont was a success. The visit of three ministers and the broad media coverage is proof of that.
Tourist accomodation: mandatory registration
Are you considering offering accommodation via Airbnb or another booking site? You need to know that accommodation hire between one night and 90 days per client has been regulated since April 2016.
Before beginning to operate tourist accommodation in the Brussels-Capital Region, you need to register your accommodation with our administration.
Discover the procedure that should be adhered to before offering vacation rental, temporarily letting a room within your own residence, opening a hotel or offering any other type of tourist accommodation.
4 new calls for projects
Four new project calls were launched in May.
Be Digital is a new project call aiming at providing answers to the challenges involved in the digital switchover, as well as developing digital entrepreneurship in the Brussels Region.
These challenges include:
- the awareness of young people for science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM).
- the development of digital tools related to the challenges of the digital transformation of cultural and creative industries, the aging of the population, the upgrading of the STEAM professions and sales opportunities.
What can you get? Financial support from the Region, assistance from all services offering support to companies (on request), and the success of your project.
The project carriers can submit their project until 13th July 2018.
You would like to know more? An information session will take place in Coop.brussels on 14th June 2018 at 3pm. Registration is required via mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The project call "Brussels innovative social enterprises and collaborative platforms" is intended for all enterprises, self-employed and non-profit organisations developing social economy activities in the Brussels-Capital Region and that meet one of the five following project types:
- Starters: innovative projects
- Scaling up: upscaling
- Combining strengths between companies
- Formalisation of informal economy
- Collaborative platforms
What can you get? You can receive a specific financial support of up to 80,000 €.
Closing date for project call: 25/07/2018 before midnight.
Information sessions: on 31st May 2018 at Brussels Economy and Employment and on 11th June 2018 at COOPCITY. Compulsory registration via email@example.com.
Brussels Small Business Act
- Raising awareness for the transfer or takeover of companies
- Entrepreneur co-operatives and shared enterprises
- Guidance and support for social entrepreneurship
- Active prevention of companies in difficulty
- Information and support for entrepreneurs with a diverse background
The 4 selection criteria for assessment are: the quality and relevance of the project, the expertise and experience of the project carrier, the scope, the expected results and the costs of the project. You can receive financial support and the success of your project will be put in the spotlight. This call for projects ends on 6 July 2018.
Interested? On 13 June 2018, there will be an information session at Minister Gosuin's Cabinet at 2 pm: compulsory registration via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diversity and anti-discrimination
This call for projects aims at actions that combat discrimination in employment and /or support diversity in the Brussels-Capital Region. It is addressed to all private associations and local authorities that want to develop projects in this sense. The reward is a financial support of at least € 5000 for your project. The competition jury will draw up a ranking of the projects that best meet the following 6 criteria: the agreement with the regional objectives regarding diversity, the technical-budgetary credibility of the project, its innovative character, the impact on the employment of the target groups in the Brussels Region, combating multiple and overlapping forms of discrimination, and the quality of possible partnerships.
How to participate? Projects must be submitted by midnight on 1 July 2018 via email to email@example.com.
An information session with Brussel sEconomy and Employment will be organized on May 30, 2018 at 10 am (salle Atomium - Rue du Progrès, 80/1). Registration via mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Launch of the call for projects "Open Soon 2018"
The 2018 edition of the project call "Opensoon" was launched on May 2nd. This call aims to increase the number of new, original, high-quality shops in the Brussels-Capital Region in order to ensure well-developed trade districts.
This project call is a collaboration between Brussels Economy and Employment and hub.brussels and is aimed at future shopkeepers/traders who want to start a commercial activity in the Brussels region.
It is a competition formula whereby a multidisciplinary advisory committee will assess the projects on 3 selection criteria: financial viabilty, originality and quality. Good to know: a circular, sustainable project will give rise to a higher subsidy!
What can you obtain?
- Guidance that consists of:
- a coaching phase in order to achieve your best project and position it commercially;
- a consultancy phase to find the most suitable place for your activity;
- Financial support of up to € 15,000
How do you respond to the call for projects?
Contact hub.brussels via email@example.com.
Next Tech 2018
Once again the Brussels-Capital Region launches a new edition of the call for projects NextTech.brussels. 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 Hub.brussels (Chaussée de Charleroi 110,1060 Brussels) and register by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 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.
The richly illustrated report highlights the most important projects carried out by the Brussels administration in 2017.
2 new calls for projects - march
As in previous years, numerous projects can apply financial support. Two project calls have already been launched in 2018.
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.
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.
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).
Kick-off be Circular 2018
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.
This gives you a unique opportunity to meet entrepreneurs who are active in the circular economy and to get to know their innovative projects.
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 www.primesexport.brussels.
Happy New 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.
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 ...
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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.