Flanders Innovation and Entrepreneurship – Belgium


Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship is the contact point for entrepreneurs in Flanders. We encourage and support innovation and entrepreneurship, and contribute to a favourable business climate. We do this in close collaboration with local actors and supported by our international commitments in EUREKA, E.E.N., Horizon Europe, IPCEI, ERDF and Interreg.

We focus on:

  • Stimulating growth and innovation
    We support businesses through grants so they continue to grow, transform and innovate. Examples include the SME growth subsidy, R&D&I-projects, strategic ecology support (investments) and strategic transformation support (investments and training).
  • Promoting entrepreneurship
    We work together with strong partners that assist SMEs through start, growth and takeover. We also encourage networking focused on growth companies.
  • Supporting clusters
    We support organisations that catalyse cooperation and dynamics within a group of enterprises and knowledge institutions.
  • Improving environmental factors
    We facilitate the development of industrial areas.

By being a one-stop-shop, we build a bridge towards stronger entrepreneurship.

In 2020, VLAIO did contribute to mitigation of the COVID-crisis through specific temporary measures

In numbers (2020):

  • 380 employees
  • 2,6 billion € budget
  • 220 partners

Maarten Sileghem
IWT, Koning Albert II-laan 35, bus 12, 1030 Brussels Belgium