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  • Intellectual propertyIntellectual Property is a collection of legal rights that provide control over the availability and use of skills, creativity, resources and technology and gives the owner or his licensee a competitive advantage. To the contrary of what is generally believed, IP is not limited to patent applications. There are many other IP rights, protecting different types of creations. Overview of Intellectual Property rights
    Legal rights What for? How?
    Patents New inventions Application and examination
    Copyright © Original creative or artistic forms Exists automatically
    Trade marks ™/® Distinctive identification of products or services Use and/or registration
    Registered designs External appearance Registration
    Trade secrets Valuable information not known to the public Reasonable efforts to keep secret
      Since IP can be one of the sources of your competitive advantage, it should not be overlooked. It is essential to protect your IP, but also to optimize the exploitation of these rights by others.  However, the process of protecting your IP right is time and resource consuming. Therefore, can support you trough this process. We can :
    • give you a first overview on the aspects you should be  aware of if you want to consolidate this competitive advantage based on IP
    • bring you in contact with of experts who belong to our network
    • help you identify sources of funding to finance your IP.
    For instance, the Brussels Capital Region supports you in the protection of your IP Furthermore, Belgium has a particularly favorable tax regime for companies active in Research and Development activities and protecting their intellectual property. Other resources on the topic :
  • wants to support and foster the internationalization of its members. To that end, the cluster offers a broad range of services:
    • International technological and commercial missions in partnership with Brussels Invest & Export (eg.: Medica, Bio)
    • Help our members to find international partners for technological purposes via the Enterprise Europe Network
    • Facilitate access to European Research Programmes via the National Contact Point
    • Facilitate access to specific regions thanks to our partneships (eg.: Honk Kong Science Parks)
    • Assistance to help our members to get subsidies


      index Brussels invest & export Brussels Invest & Export is the foreign trade and foreign investment department of the Brussels Region Public Service (BRPS). Brussels Invest & Export works on behalf of the economic development of the Brussels-Capital Region by fulfilling a two-fold mission:
    • Helping Brussels companies to expand into international markets
    • Prospecting among foreign companies and assisting them in planning their strategic relocation to the capital of Europe
    • Market information and advice
    • Visit of buyers, international fairs and trade missions. More info
    • Network of commercial attachés More info
    Contact: Ghislain Breydel -   enterprise europe network logo EEN - Enterprise Europe Brussels Network Enterprise Europe Brussels is your business support for entrepreneurship, innovation and internationalization in Europe and beyond. Set up and funded by the European Commission, our network is composed by more than 600 organizations from 54 countries mostly in Europe. The main objective is to support SMEs in their innovation and internationalization projects by providing them value-added services:
    • The Partnership Opportunities Database contains thousands of company profiles looking for business, innovation or research partners
    • International matchmaking events across Europe offer the opportunity to meet potential partners in person
    • Company mission: visit to a focus country with a group of companies. The program includes company meetings and visits, organised by the network’s local partner.
    Contact: Benjamin Carnec – International partnership advisor Health and e-Health   ncp_brussels_0 NCP - National Contact Point Brussels Brussels National Contact Point (NCP Brussels) is a regional initiative whose aim is to help companies, universities, research centres and other stakeholders of the Brussels Capital Region to access EU funding for Research and Innovation. NCP Brussels team can assist and advise you before the project submission, during the project implementation and for the exploitation of the project's results. You have a project idea in the field of Health or e-health and are looking for EU funded Research and Innovation opportunities? There are many EU funding opportunities for companies, researchers, hospitals, health procurers, pharmaceutical companies, aisbls and institutions willing to do research and innovate in the Health and e-health sector. Find out some of the most relevant programmes and initiatives funded by the EU suitable for your RDI project: Contact: Daniela Fazenda – NCP Health  


    Export incentives The Brussels-Capital Region has 5 export incentives available covering the main aspects of seeking out international opportunities:
    • Promotion aimed at foreign markets
    • Canvassing abroad
    • International trade fairs
    • Responding to calls for tender
    • Setting up representative offices outside of the European Union.
    Other useful subsidies
    • Taking a training course in foreign trade
    • Support of a consultant specialising in international trade (feasibility study of your export project or for market research)
    • Recruit a FTP for the promotion and the development of your activities outside the European Union
    Investments Exportbru, a subsidiary of the Brussels Regional Investment Agency, can help you to deal with the financial requirements generated by your export business.
  • Localisation/PermitStarting your project in the health sector, you might need office space, lab space or even an address to register your head office. Different solution exist in Brussels, all targeting different types of needs.

    Incubation facilities

    • Brussels Life Science Incubator (BLSI), located on the UCL campus (Alma) and provides specific accommodation for start-ups: offices, laboratories, logistic facilities,etc.
    • EEBIC (Erasmus European Business & Innovation Centre), located on the ULB campus (Erasmus) offers more than 6.000 m² of premises, from offices to equipped laboratories, and a comprehensive administrative infrastructure which enables start-ups and spin-offs to grow up. The EEBIC team provides managerial advices, from the preparation of a business plan to intellectual property protection, in order to support pioneering projects development.
    • Galactic Innovation Campus offers state-of-the-art bio-tech facilities and expertise. Galactic conducts R&D, piloting and small-scale production on site which creates the right environment for knowledge sharing. Most of the research programmes are done in collaboration with partners from academia and industry. Galactic also offers training and consulting services based on our 20 year know-how. The Campus  welcomes students from around the world to experiment and direct the development of new solutions of tomorrow.(pdf)

    Network of  Brussels Business Centers

    Brussels has a network of 8 Business Centers aiming to support and accompany entrepreneurs by providing :
    • accommodation at competitive prices ( with reception infrastructure)
    • experts in management and business creation
    • a wide range of services dedicated to entrepreneurs.

    Spaces for businesses' focuses mainly on reception facilities for companies including industrial parks, science parks, centers for SMEs and buildings for businesses.

    Urban planning and environment permit analyzes your needs and determines the type of permit to request. We will clarify with you the procedure and the elements necessary to complete the permit application forms. We will also make recommendations to optimize the project and clarify administrative decisions on the subject. For any question, send us an email.
  • FundingDifferent sources of funding to develop your lifetech project are available in the Brussels Capital Region. The first step is to identify what you need to finance. The source of funding to finance a new office may not be the same as the type of financing required to finance an Research & Development project.  In parallel, you should also try to well estimate your financing needs. We strongly advise you to make a complete financial plan based on sound assumptions. You would like to discuss you financial plan with one of our experts? Plan a meeting here. Once  your needs are defined, there are different funding possibilities. You will find an first overview of these below. Moreover, our experts  can help you identify the possibilities that are most appropriated to your project's phase and topic. [columns] [column width="one-half"] [/column] [column width="one-half"] Specific funding for lifetech projects: Starting your project/risk capital or loan: Caring entrepreneurship fund Research funding or starting your project by developing new diagnosis and prevention tools against cancer: Fondation Fournier Majoie Additional useful link: You know other sources of funding that could be relevant for our members? Do not hesitate to contact us (lien vers contact). [1] The list is not exhaustive, for more information, please contact one of our experts. [/column] [/columns]
  • Business and Financial planningDeveloping a business and a financial plan are essentials steps in the creation of your projects. It will help you negotiating with external financiers, bankers, venture capitalists or with the administration. Therefore, it is important that these phase is not to be treated as one of the many administrative steps. A business plan typically includes detailed information about the organization or team attempting to reach the goals. A financial plan contents all relevant financial information about your project. These documents are not static and they evolve along with your project. Therefore, it is very important to update them every time a decision is made that might impact the organization of your project. If  you have no clue on how to begin, here are some links that might help you start: - A word of explanation about the business plan (FR/NL) -  On our partner website, you will find a complete template for your financial and business plans with all explanations.