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100 Belgian tech start-ups visit Paris high-tech industry

Brussels, 28 June 2017 – One hundred Belgian tech start-ups travelled to Paris on the Thalys high-speed train this morning. This event, organised by Co.Station, BECI, Brussels Creative and BNP Paribas Fortis, brings tech entrepreneurs together to network and learn from each other. Cities increasingly act as a magnet for innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. Via the visit to Paris, one of the most important centres for innovation in the European Union, the ties between the participating firms from Brussels and Paris have become even closer.

Cities and innovation

Cities play a central role when it comes to innovation. In Brussels and Ghent Co.Station, as one of the largest Belgian start-up and scale-up communities, is actively looking for ways to bring tech entrepreneurs and large companies into contact with each other. Co.Station supports tech entrepreneurs in every area – marketing, sales, business development, … – to give them the opportunity to grow their company into a successful business.

Didier Gosuin, Minister of the Economy in Brussels Capital Region, accompanied the Belgian start-ups during their trip to Paris. “The digital sector plays a prominent role in the implementation of the Brussels Capital Region’s economic policy. And there is a good reason for that. The sector accounts for 7.6% of GDP. By finding out what exists abroad in terms of coaching and support for companies operating in the tech sector, we can further optimise the solutions that we are rolling-out in Brussels.  At the beginning of this year, we set off on the road to the digital economy with the launch of the Next Tech Plan, a plan containing 20 concrete measures to give a boost to the development of new firms in the tech sector.”

“The Brussels Region is the largest Smart City in Belgium. Brussels is not just the economic but also the digital driving force of our country. One-third of all start-ups are launched in Brussels. This trip to Paris is a great opportunity to learn more from our large neighbour. But we can also show with pride when we go abroad that Brussels is home to a lot of digital creativity. It is important for us to be able to create digital ecosystems together with other European cities and thanks to this trip, we also want to facilitate ‘new market opportunities”, says Brussels State Secretary for Digitisation Bianca Debaets, who was also on the trip to Paris.

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About Co.Station
Co.Station aims to develop the digital ecosystem in Belgium by stimulating the spirit of enterprise, providing the tools to favour innovation and growth, and facilitating exchanges between corporates and the start-up/scale-up community.

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About BNP PARIBAS FORTIS
As the bank for a changing world, BNP Paribas Fortis is a genuine catalyst for innovation. As a founding partner of Co.Station, we support and advise young entrepreneurs in their development. That is the reason for our enthusiastic support for this Innovation Train which brings Belgian start-ups and scale-ups into contact with the cream of the French innovation ecosystem.

About BECI

BECI (www.beci.be) is located at 500 Avenue Louise, also known under the name “Brussels House of Entrepreneurs”. BECI  represents thousands of businesses, upholds their interests and offers them numerous services for managing their businesses better.

About Brussels Creative

Brussels Creative (www.brusselscreative.be) is a platform for the Brussels based creative and cultural ecosystem including political bodies, academics and businesses. We believe that creativity and innovation will fuel the growth of our economy and that, by focusing on cross-overs, we will drive disruption, energize our society and increase our socio-economic impact.  With over 35 organizations onboard, our main mission is to build bridges between our stakeholders but also with European Institutions and other cities in Europe (notably as a member of the Creative Ring – www.creativering.eu).