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The Brussels Enterprise Agency: making life easier for entrepreneurs in Brussels : The Brussels Enterprise Agency is the regional partner for everyone wishing to start up or develop an economic activity in the Brussels-Capital Region. It consists of a multidisciplinary team of fifty-plus people, who undergo continuous training and commit themselves each day to meeting the demands and needs of enterprises.
The BEA's tasks: The BEA was created in January 2003 at the initiative of the Ministry of the Economy of the Brussels-Capital Region. Its efforts are based on two pillars:
Providing an immediate response to Brussels entrepreneurs' questions: For anyone wishing to become an entrepreneur in Brussels, there are many questions. Can the enterprise benefit from subsidies? Is there public aid for this project? How can funding be obtained? What formalities must be gone through to create an enterprise? How should one turn to, and with what guarantees? For anyone with a question about their economic activity, the Brussels-Capital Region last year set up an information hotline service: number 1819. A truly regional contact centre for Brussels entrepreneurs, this regional number -exclusively for Brussels entrepreneurs–is operated by the BEA. The 1819 advisors provide a rapid and concrete response to entrepreneurs' questions, steering them towards guidance bodies in Brussels that can help them to make their projects a reality.
Offering more focused coaching for entrepreneurs' projects: The BEA encourages competitiveness among enterprises by means of innovation and internationalisation, and intensively supports certain particularly promising projects and enterprises, or those which have critical importance for the Brussels-Capital Region, especially in fields such as health, medical technology, ITC, environmental technology or eco-construction. The BEA thus focuses a share of its activities on sectors (or enterprises) with the potential for growth, be they defined by the government, or representing particular socio-economic opportunities for the Region. To this end the BEA has at its disposal a team of advisors and experts who analyse the project in detail and provide enterprises with coaching, in particular in:
The BEA also develops specific projects, actions and events in these sectors, and facilitates several enterprise clusters (Software in Brussels, BrusselsLifeTech, Ecobuild, etc.). The Clusters of the BEA aim at fostering the growth and development of the priority sectors of the Brussels-Capital Region by:
The BEA is financed by the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region and is also known as the "Brussels Agentschap voor de Onderneming" (BAO) or "Agence Bruxelloise pour l'Entreprise" (ABE).
To find out more BEA's sites or practical tools: