TechCrunch Disrupt 2018

Participate in TechCrunch Disrupt 2018 in San Francisco, from Wednesday, September 5 to Friday, September 7, 2018 by filling out this online form here

TechCrunch Disrupt 2018

Participate in TechCrunch Disrupt 2018 in San Francisco, from Wednesday, September 5 to Friday, September 7, 2018 by filling out this online form here

Summer Fancy Food Show - New York - June 30 - July 2, 2018

Summer Fancy Food Show 2018

The Summer Fancy Food Show 2018 will take place in New York on June 30 - July 2, 2018. Hub.brussels / Brussels Invest & Export will be exhibiting at this show alongside AWEX. 4 Brussels-based companies (Artemis, Pipaillon, Sebahat and The Good Chocolate Company) will be among the exhibitors.

 

The largest specialty food & beverage show on the US East Coast, the Summer Fancy Food Show, will take place in New York on June 30 - July 2, 2018. Hub.brussels / Brussels Invest & Export will be exhibiting at this show alongside AWEX. 4 Brussels-based companies (Artemis, Pipaillon, Sebahat and The Good Chocolate Company) will be among  some 2,600 exhibitors at the trade show. For more information regarding this trade show please visit the following website: https://www.specialtyfood.com/shows-events/summer-fancy-food-show/


Brussels Days in New York in May 2018

Brussels Days in New York in May 2018

Brussels Days, a yearly promotion event to show the world what Brussels has to offer, will take place in Washington, DC and New York in May 2018 (May 21-24, 2018).

The event will promote a wide range of aspects of the Brussels-Capital Region: its touristic location, its history, its economy and its relationships with the world.

This year Brussels Days will highlight the following sectors: architecture, fashion and technology.

The Ice Box Challenge, an outdoor installation in Garment District of Manhattan, will educate public of benefits of using hyper efficient Passive House standards of construction, by showcasing two pavilions built using different standards and containing a ton of ice each. The Challenge will begin on April 21, the Car Free Earth Day, and end on May 23, during Brussels Days. Stay tuned for more information!

 


Economic mission to New York - May 2017

Economic mission to New York - May 2017

Economic mission to New York - May 2017

An economic mission to New York headed by State Secretary Ms. Cecile Jodogne took place in New York in May 2017.

In her capacity as Minister of Foreign Trade, Ms. Cecile Jodogne was accompanied by a delegation of 20 Brussels-based companies:

  • 3E
  • A2M
  • By layers / Les Skewies
  • CO2logic
  • Carine Gilson/Maille France
  • Christa Reniers
  • Cliniques Universitaires Saint Luc
  • Editions Souveraine
  • JDS Architecture
  • KateArt
  • LIFE
  • Nemo33/Spirifer
  • Numeca
  • ORG Architecture
  • PRAGMA
  • Product Service
  • PYCO
  • Taxistop
  • Vervloet
  • ZebraBook

Among many activities during this mission were meetings and visits at:

 

  • Office of Sustainability of the NYC Office of the Mayor
  • Brooklyn Borough President's Office
  • Urban Green Council
  • NYSERDA
  • Google
  • Kaufman Astoria Studios
  • Belgian-American Chamber of Commerce

 

as well as several seminars

 

 

 


Connecting Brussels with Silicon Valley - ICT Mission 2016

 

 

 

Connecting Brussels with Silicon Valley, October 24-28, 2016

 

Almost each year, Brussels Invest & Export Office in San Francisco organizes an ICT Mission to introduce Brussels-based companies to the Silicon Valley ecosystem of founders, subject matter experts, and investors. For its 3rd edition, BIE in San Francisco welcomed eight amazing startups - iDklic, Urbantz, Upcall, Facility Lockers, Emixis, Lansrode Capital Management, Pyco Group, and Himeta. – to participate in its ICT Mission Connecting Brussels with Silicon Valley. For startup companies the world over, Silicon Valley conjures up hockey-stick startup growth, vast networking and funding opportunity, and cutting-edge technical innovation. Indeed Silicon Valley is a new territory for Belgian Startups, and an important one: The US has witnessed a tenth-consecutive quarter [since 2014Q1] of more than $10 billion in venture capital invested in a single quarter according to the Q22016 Money Tree Report, and the Silicon Valley region has claimed the top regional spot in dollar amount invested since 1995 according to Regional Aggregate data provided by PwC’s Money Tree Report. The evening before events began, delegation participants met at the historic Tonga Room, established in 1945, in the Fairmont Hotel, to become acquainted and prepare for the start of an intense week-long program in Silicon Valley.

 

Connecting Brussels with Silicon Valley, Stanford University Tour, October 26, 2016

From left to right, front row: Juan Bossicard of Impulse Brussels, Galen Reichbaum of Brussels Invest & Export, Eric Gabrys of Brussels Invest & Export, Marc Daugherty of Brussels Invest & Export, Miriam Taub of iDklic, and Maxime de Caritat of Facility Lockers

From left to right, back row: Michaeal Darchambeau of Urbantz, Olivier Costa of Brussels Invest & Export, Alain Decorte of Lansrode Capital Management, Youri Balcers of Himeta, Philippe Druez of Emixis, Jean-Charles Figoni of iDklic

Text Box: Connecting Brussels with Silicon Valley, Stanford University Tour, October 26, 2016 Text Box: From left to right, front row: Juan Bossicard of Impulse Brussels, Galen Reichbaum of Brussels Invest & Export, Eric Gabrys of Brussels Invest & Export, Marc Daugherty of Brussels Invest & Export, Miriam Taub of iDklic, and Maxime de Caritat of Facility Lockers From left to right, back row: Michaeal Darchambeau of Urbantz, Olivier Costa of Brussels Invest & Export, Alain Decorte of Lansrode Capital Management, Youri Balcers of Himeta, Philippe Druez of Emixis, Jean-Charles Figoni of iDklic         

The next morning, with Henri Vantieghem the Consulate General in Los Angeles and Oliver Costa the Trade and Economic Counsellor to the European Union in attendance, Connecting Brussels with Silicon Valley kicked off. Rick Rasmussen, an expert in entrepreneurship and technology, provided insight into the “secret sauce” that potential investors are looking for when evaluating a business pitch, while Nathan Gold, “the demo coach”, shared effective strategies for story-telling. A team of entrepreneurs-turned-investors - Rick Rasmussen, Jeff Wallace of Global Kinetics, and Naeem Zafar of Concordia Ventures - provided an afternoon of business mentoring on validating each company’s product or service as a fit for the US market, and working with the startup co-founders to fine-tune their business position. Ronald Star, our host for the first two days of our program at the law firm Arnold & Porter, spoke to Belgian Startups about incorporating in the US as it relates to considerations of equity, financing, intellectual property, and compensation incentives. Hopsy, an innovative craft-beer distributor, co-founded by a Belgian Sebastien Tron, presented on how Hopsy has gained tremendous traction within the investor community due to its innovative approach to the traditional supplier-to-consumer distribution model. Having been around for a little over a year and a half, Hopsy boasts an impressive board of advisors and investor list  that has bode it well in developing a HomeTap machine in partnership with Nespresso and KRUPS (Link).

 

Later on, practicalities on immigration, banking, and international taxation were covered by Alcorn Immigration LawJulien Christiaens of Bank of the West, and Rowbotham Partners, respectively. Sophie Alcorn, of Alcorn Immigration Law, highlighted the E-2 Investor Visa among various Visa Pathways to the US. The E-2 Visa is available to treaty countries, of which Belgium is one, and affords a minimum of $100 investment to develop and direct a US company, allows a permit-holder to stay 2 years at a time with indefinite renewal, and spouses may get work permits. Sophie, as well, guided us on a tour of Stanford University her alma mater. During this tour, she spoke of the importance of the rich ecosystem of universities, large corporations, investors, and founders. We also had the opportunity to take in a view of the campus from the Hoover Tower, which consists of an historic library, cast iron church bells manufactured in Belgium, and the emblematic Belgian Gates.

 

 

Later that day, our group visited LinkedIn’s brand new headquarter-campus after its acquisition by Microsoft corporation. Our delegation had a short break during which we got to take the campus bikes for a spin. That afternoon we learned how data science at LinkedIn plays a pivotal role in customer retention, product development, and business growth from our guid Albert Cui

 

 

The next day our group visited The Batchery, a global incubator for seed stage entrepreneurs located in Oakland, where we learned the distinctions between incubators, accelerators, and co-working spaces, as well as had the opportunity to hear from US entrepreneurs Ucella and Shipbird, startup companies similar in many ways to Facility Lockers and Urbantz, respectively, within the fast-growing delivery and logistics sector. 

 

 

As well, a breakfast reception at the collaborative workspace and innovation 

hub, The Vault SF, introduced us to Paul Kallmes a specialist in the global venture capital and intellectual property domain, who provided advice on how to further grow your company while keeping your IP protected. As well, a breakfast reception at the collaborative workspace and innovation hub, The Vault SF, introduced us to Paul Kallmes a specialist in the global venture capital and intellectual property domain, who provided advice on how to further grow your company while keeping your IP protected. 

 

In the second part of the mission, our participants had the opportunity to engage in the American and very-much-silicon-valley-tradition of pitching a business idea to a panel of potential investors. They began with a pitch rehearsal at Foreign Startups Mixer and Pitch Night founded by Pawan Mehra in 2013 with the goal of integrating technology with diversity and cross-cultural connection. Pawan noted, “it was fun hosting your group and meeting the promising entrepreneurs from Brussels”.

 

 

Using the feedback from this event, our Belgian startups polished their pitches for the Belgian Entrepreneurs Pitch Night hosted by Brussels Invest & Export at BelCham | The Belgian American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco’s historic Jackson Square neighborhood. The panel of potential investors during the formal pitch night included Valley stalwarts - Dr. Ronald Weissman of the Band of Angels, David Smith with FirstCapital-US, Radhika Iyengar-Emens CEO of DoubleNova, Jorden Woods president of Silicon Valley Fundraising, and Philippe Jansen a General Manager in nano-technology labs formerly with IMEC and currently with Texas Instruments Kilby Research lab. These panelists asked tough questions and gave honest feedback, ultimately encouraging each company to reflect on how their current business model would have them achieve their business goals within the US Silicon Valley business environment. Michael Darchambeau of Urbantz was selected the winner of the Pitch Event by the investor panelists, and awarded a 2-week office space to l’Atelier at BelCham. The winner of the best presentation was Youri Balcers with Himeta Technologies.

 

 

On the final day of the mission, Belgian startups attended the 500 Startups Pitch Day of David McClure’s 500 Startups, a leading global venture capital seed fund and startup accelerator that manages $200 million in assets, to experience a high-stakes entrepreneurial-investor forum.

 

Throughout the mission, each company met with potential businesses and partners, for example: A pharmacy sales manager with CVS one of the top 4 largest pharmacy retail chains throughout the US; a manager at InstaCart as well as at Good Eggs, both are popular internet-based grocery delivery services in the Bay Area; and, a specialist in the intersection of intellectual property management, venture investment, and foreign start-ups entering the US. The co-founder of Urbantz secured three pilots with US partners, and provided Brussels Invest & Export the following feedback: “I would like to thank you so much for the amazing week we spent together and that you have organized so well. I really would like to keep in touch to connect Urbantz to Silicon Valley. You did a very good job for us. In addition, you are a great time and this is very important”. Indeed, A US business partner in the logistics tech domain, who had met earlier in the week with Urbantz and Facility Lockers, commented that, “[Facility Lockers] and [Urbantz] were strong meetings with bright entrepreneurs”.

 

Text Box: 500 Startups Demo Day – Batch 18

 

On the final evening of the Mission, the delegation met at the downtown Hilton for a Bon Voyage meeting to recap the week’s events before their return to Brussels. The Co-founders of iDklic felt they received important guidance on how to better target their services so as to increase revenues more exponentially, and had the following to share: “thank to both of you for this mission. We learned a lot from this experience in Silicon Valley”; moreover, iDklic co-founders shared that they saw the opportunity that perhaps in the future they will find themselves pitching in front of a large audience such as at 500 Startups. Additionally, Facility Lockers Co-Founder shared his thoughts, “Thanks a lot for the great job and opportunities you created for us”.

 
 

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Winter Fancy Food Show - San Francisco - January 21-23, 2018

The largest specialty food & beverage show on the US West Coast, the Winter Fancy Food Show, will take place in San Francisco, California, from January 22-24, 2018. More information can be found here

 

Please check back here for future information on how to register as part of the delegation to Winter Fancy Food Show 2018 with Brussels Invest & Export


Bio 2018 - Boston - June 4-7, 2018

Largest biotech trade show in the US, BIO gathers every year around 16,000 attendees from other 70 countries. With more than 1,800 exhibitors and 3,500 participating organizations, BIO also hosts over 41,000 partnering meetings.

Connecting Brussels with Silicon Valley - ICT Mission 2016

Connecting Brussels with Silicon Valley, October 24-28, 2016

 

Almost each year, Brussels Invest & Export Office in San Francisco organizes an ICT Mission to introduce Brussels-based companies to the Silicon Valley ecosystem of founders, subject matter experts, and investors. For its 3rd edition, BIE in San Francisco welcomed eight amazing startups - iDklic, Urbantz, Upcall, Facility Lockers, Emixis, Lansrode Capital Management, Pyco Group, and Himeta. – to participate in its ICT Mission Connecting Brussels with Silicon Valley. For startup companies the world over, Silicon Valley conjures up hockey-stick startup growth, vast networking and funding opportunity, and cutting-edge technical innovation. Indeed Silicon Valley is a new territory for Belgian Startups, and an important one: The US has witnessed a tenth-consecutive quarter [since 2014Q1] of more than $10 billion in venture capital invested in a single quarter according to the Q22016 Money Tree Report, and the Silicon Valley region has claimed the top regional spot in dollar amount invested since 1995 according to Regional Aggregate data provided by PwC’s Money Tree Report. The evening before events began, delegation participants met at the historic Tonga Room, established in 1945, in the Fairmont Hotel, to become acquainted and prepare for the start of an intense week-long program in Silicon Valley.

Connecting Brussels with Silicon Valley, Stanford University Tour, October 26, 2016

From left to right, front row: Juan Bossicard of Impulse Brussels, Galen Reichbaum of Brussels Invest & Export, Eric Gabrys of Brussels Invest & Export, Marc Daugherty of Brussels Invest & Export, Miriam Taub of iDklic, and Maxime de Caritat of Facility Lockers

From left to right, back row: Michaeal Darchambeau of Urbantz, Olivier Costa of Brussels Invest & Export, Alain Decorte of Lansrode Capital Management, Youri Balcers of Himeta, Philippe Druez of Emixis, Jean-Charles Figoni of iDklic

Text Box: Connecting Brussels with Silicon Valley, Stanford University Tour, October 26, 2016 Text Box: From left to right, front row: Juan Bossicard of Impulse Brussels, Galen Reichbaum of Brussels Invest & Export, Eric Gabrys of Brussels Invest & Export, Marc Daugherty of Brussels Invest & Export, Miriam Taub of iDklic, and Maxime de Caritat of Facility Lockers From left to right, back row: Michaeal Darchambeau of Urbantz, Olivier Costa of Brussels Invest & Export, Alain Decorte of Lansrode Capital Management, Youri Balcers of Himeta, Philippe Druez of Emixis, Jean-Charles Figoni of iDklic

         

The next morning, with Henri Vantieghem the Consulate General in Los Angeles and Oliver Costa the Trade and Economic Counsellor to the European Union in attendance, Connecting Brussels with Silicon Valley kicked off. Rick Rasmussen, an expert in entrepreneurship and technology, provided insight into the “secret sauce” that potential investors are looking for when evaluating a business pitch, while Nathan Gold, “the demo coach”, shared effective strategies for story-telling. A team of entrepreneurs-turned-investors - Rick Rasmussen, Jeff Wallace of Global Kinetics, and Naeem Zafar of Concordia Ventures - provided an afternoon of business mentoring on validating each company’s product or service as a fit for the US market, and working with the startup co-founders to fine-tune their business position. Ronald Star, our host for the first two days of our program at the law firm Arnold & Porter, spoke to Belgian Startups about incorporating in the US as it relates to considerations of equity, financing, intellectual property, and compensation incentives. Hopsy, an innovative craft-beer distributor, co-founded by a Belgian Sebastien Tron, presented on how Hopsy has gained tremendous traction within the investor community due to its innovative approach to the traditional supplier-to-consumer distribution model. Having been around for a little over a year and a half, Hopsy boasts an impressive board of advisors and investor list  that has bode it well in developing a HomeTap machine in partnership with Nespresso and KRUPS (Link).

               

 

Later on, practicalities on immigration, banking, and international taxation were covered by Alcorn Immigration Law, Julien Christiaens of Bank of the West, and Rowbotham Partners, respectively. Sophie Alcorn, of Alcorn Immigration Law, highlighted the E-2 Investor Visa among various Visa Pathways to the US. The E-2 Visa is available to treaty countries, of which Belgium is one, and affords a minimum of $100 investment to develop and direct a US company, allows a permit-holder to stay 2 years at a time with indefinite renewal, and spouses may get work permits. Sophie, as well, guided us on a tour of Stanford University her alma mater. During this tour, she spoke of the importance of the rich ecosystem of universities, large corporations, investors, and founders. We also had the opportunity to take in a view of the campus from the Hoover Tower, which consists of an historic library, cast iron church bells manufactured in Belgium, and the emblematic Belgian Gates.

 

Later that day, our group visited LinkedIn’s brand new headquarter-campus after its acquisition by Microsoft corporation. Our delegation had a short break during which we got to take the campus bikes for a spin. That afternoon we learned how data science at LinkedIn plays a pivotal role in customer retention, product development, and business growth from our guid Albert Cui

 

The next day our group visited The Batchery, a global incubator for seed stage entrepreneurs located in Oakland, where we learned the distinctions between incubators, accelerators, and co-working spaces, as well as had the opportunity to hear from US entrepreneurs Ucella and Shipbird, startup companies similar in many ways to Facility Lockers and Urbantz, respectively, within the fast-growing delivery and logistics sector. 

 

 

 

 

As well, a breakfast reception at the collaborative workspace and innovation hub, The Vault SF, introduced us to Paul Kallmes a specialist in the global venture capital and intellectual property domain, who provided advice on how to further grow your company while keeping your IP protected. As well, a breakfast reception at the collaborative workspace and innovation hub, The Vault SF, introduced us to Paul Kallmes a specialist in the global venture capital and intellectual property domain, who provided advice on how to further grow your company while keeping your IP protected.

 

 

 

 

In the second part of the mission, our participants had the opportunity to engage in the American and very-much-silicon-valley-tradition of pitching a business idea to a panel of potential investors. They began with a pitch rehearsal at Foreign Startups Mixer and Pitch Night founded by Pawan Mehra in 2013 with the goal of integrating technology with diversity and cross-cultural connection. Pawan noted, “it was fun hosting your group and meeting the promising entrepreneurs from Brussels”.

 

Using the feedback from this event, our Belgian startups polished their pitches for the Belgian Entrepreneurs Pitch Night hosted by Brussels Invest & Export at BelCham | The Belgian American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco’s historic Jackson Square neighborhood. The panel of potential investors during the formal pitch night included Valley stalwarts - Dr. Ronald Weissman of the Band of Angels, David Smith with FirstCapital-US, Radhika Iyengar-Emens CEO of DoubleNova, Jorden Woods president of Silicon Valley Fundraising, and Philippe Jansen a General Manager in nano-technology labs formerly with IMEC and currently with Texas Instruments Kilby Research lab. These panelists asked tough questions and gave honest feedback, ultimately encouraging each company to reflect on how their current business model would have them achieve their business goals within the US Silicon Valley business environment. Michael Darchambeau of Urbantz was selected the winner of the Pitch Event by the investor panelists, and awarded a 2-week office space to l’Atelier at BelCham. The winner of the best presentation was Youri Balcers with Himeta Technologies.

 

 

On the final day of the mission, Belgian startups attended the 500 Startups Pitch Day of David McClure’s 500 Startups, a leading global venture capital seed fund and startup accelerator that manages $200 million in assets, to experience a high-stakes entrepreneurial-investor forum.

Text Box: 500 Startups Demo Day – Batch 18

           

Throughout the mission, each company met with potential businesses and partners, for example: A pharmacy sales manager with CVS one of the top 4 largest pharmacy retail chains throughout the US; a manager at InstaCart as well as at Good Eggs, both are popular internet-based grocery delivery services in the Bay Area; and, a specialist in the intersection of intellectual property management, venture investment, and foreign start-ups entering the US. The co-founder of Urbantz secured three pilots with US partners, and provided Brussels Invest & Export the following feedback: “I would like to thank you so much for the amazing week we spent together and that you have organized so well. I really would like to keep in touch to connect Urbantz to Silicon Valley. You did a very good job for us. In addition, you are a great time and this is very important”. Indeed, A US business partner in the logistics tech domain, who had met earlier in the week with Urbantz and Facility Lockers, commented that, “[Facility Lockers] and [Urbantz] were strong meetings with bright entrepreneurs”.

On the final evening of the Mission, the delegation met at the downtown Hilton for a Bon Voyage meeting to recap the week’s events before their return to Brussels. The Co-founders of iDklic felt they received important guidance on how to better target their services so as to increase revenues more exponentially, and had the following to share: “thank to both of you for this mission. We learned a lot from this experience in Silicon Valley”; moreover, iDklic co-founders shared that they saw the opportunity that perhaps in the future they will find themselves pitching in front of a large audience such as at 500 Startups. Additionally, Facility Lockers Co-Founder shared his thoughts, “Thanks a lot for the great job and opportunities you created for us”.

 
 

Bio 2016 - San Diego, CA - June 19-22, 2017

 

For more information on the BIO 2017 Conference please see here

 

Learn about last year's Clinical Trial Luncheon in our Testimonials here

 

Please check back here for future information on how to register as part of the delegation to BIO 2017 with Brussels Invest & Export

 

 

 

 


Connecting Brussels with Silicon Valley - October 2016

 

 

Connecting Brussels with Silicon Valley

 

Brussels Invest & Export offers an intense week-long program in Silicon Valley, California, from Monday October 24 through Friday, October 28. The program is an immersive experience in the innovation and business culture of Silicon Valley. You will come away with a clear sense of how your product/service(s) fit within the US Market and how to forge ahead for business growth and success in the US. Participants will meet with Angel Investors, Startup Founders, and Subject Matter Experts in entrepreneurship, public relations, digital marketing, and early-stage venture funding. You will have the opportunity to pitch your business idea to a panel of angel investors during a dedicated Pitch Event. Gain first-hand insight into what funders are looking for when a startup pitches their business idea. Educate yourself on how to negotiate a funding proposal from a US Venture Fund or Angel Investment Group. You will learn from subject matter experts about the trends and best-practices around marketing your company, creating a customer following, and beating out your competitors. Network with like-minded entrepreneurs who have started a successful company in Silicon Valley. Practical considerations on how to set up business operations will also be covered (banking, incorporating a business, work visas, employees and hiring).  Individual B2B Meetings will be set-up for each company attending the program. As well, the group will tour Stanford University, startup incubators like The Vault or Plug & Play, attend sector-specific networking events, and a Pitch Day at David McClure’s 500 Startups, a leading global venture capital seed fund and startup accelerator that manages $200 million in assets.

 

 


Belgian teenage artist in LA for performance

Grand Opening on July 31, 2015

Catherine Bernard, a 17 year old Belgian artist came to Los Angeles to create a beautiful giant mural at the French-American school Ecole Claire Fontaine, 352 Westminster Avenue in Venice Los Angeles USA . The mural is about French-speaking countries and the idea of a common French language. The grand opening is on July 31st! The young artist intends to create 1 mural at French-speaking schools every year, and on every continent.
 
 

ICT Mission, Silicon Valley/San Francisco, October 27-31, 2014

October 27 to October 31, 2014 will mark the timeframe of the second Belgian ICT Mission to take place in the San Francisco Bay Area/Silicon Valley. Participating Brussels-based companies can expect a diverse and extensive program. Highlights will include corporate visits of Silicon Valley icons such as Google and Facebook as well as up and coming Tech startups like Twindom. Companies will also have the opportunity to visit some of the very successful Bay Area incubators. To add to the corporate meetings, customized B-2-B meetings will be organized based on the participating companies' requests and profiles. In order to provide further inspiration and insight into the Bay Area startup spirit, a "Belgian Entrepreneurs Night" networking event will take place allowing participants to get in touch with successful Belgian entrepreneurs in the Bay area (e.g. Radionomy, Odoo, AdsWizz, Checkster, Voxbone). A Tech Pitch Night will further allow companies to position themselves and attract potential investors/partners, an event that will be preceded by individual coaching sessions in order to guarantee its success. In addition, companies have the opportunity to take part in the "TechMatch Europe-Silicon Valley" program which will match Europe's top tech startups with the direct needs of Silicon Valley corporations and corporate investors. Finally, a number of local experts will offer workshops and seminars on topics such as visa regulations, crowd funding, and questions like how to operate in the US or how to approach potential customers. 
 
If you are interested in participating, please register here.

ICT mission to New York and Montreal - June 2014

An economic mission of 15 Brussels-based software companies to New York and Montreal took place June 9-13, 2014. In New York it consisted of the following activities : a tour of Google, a visit of the Cloud Expo, presentations by Holland&Knight and New York Technology Council, B2B meetings, a seminar at Insight Venture Partners and visits of two New York incubators – WeWork and Atelier.

ICT Mission "Connecting Brussels with the Silicon Valley" - November 26-30, 2012

The ICT Mission in November 2012 represented the first Economic Mission organized by Brussels Brussels Invest & Export, together with the cluster Software in Brussels, during which 12 Brussels-based companies spent one week in Silicon Valley attending ICT related company visits, B2B meetings, and seminars.
 

BIO 2014 - San Diego, California - June 23-26, 2014

Brussels Invest & Export, Brussels Enterprise Agency, Brussels Lifetech Cluster and several biomedical Brussels-based companies participate at this important trade show every year.
 

BIO 2013 in Chicago - April 22-25, 2013

Brussels Invest & Export, Brussels Enterprise Agency, Brussels Lifetech Cluster and 9 Brussels-based companies participated at this important trade show.
 

Belgian Tech Pitch Night - June 6, 2013

The Belgian Tech Pitch Night at SF New Tech gave 9 Belgian companies, among them 3 from Brussels, a platform to pitch and show off their new technologies and latest developments. SF New Tech's mission is to help start-ups get noticed, raise money, and establish valuable industry connections in Silicon Valley and beyond.
 
Videos of the Belgian Tech Pitch Night can be found here:

Belgian Entrepreneurs' Night - June 5, 2013

The Belgian Entrepreneurs' Night event aimed to gather the Belgian entrepreneur community located in the Bay Area to share some of their success stories with the Prince and the official delegation. The Economic mission participants companies could learn from their peers regarding the experience of setting up their business in the Bay area/Silicon Valley.

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