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Info Day for SME Support Organisations (Belgium)

On Wednesday, 25 November, Belgium went live to kick off the fifth EU Open for Business 2020 Info Day!

Connecting over 100 local SME experts, business owners and entrepreneurs, the digital event format provided a prime opportunity to address how Belgian SMEs can access finance, find new business partners and adapt for the future.

The video livestream and session recordings from the Info Day can be found here, and the presentations are available for download below.

 

Programme

09:30 – 10:20

Welcome Address

Barbara Andreani, Coordinator Enterprise Europe Network Belgium, hub.brussels


Overview on EU Programmes & EU Advisory Support

Kristin Schreiber, Director for SME Policy, European Commission

Making EU relevant for businesses and synergies with the national and regional support for SMEs

Didier Kinet, SME Envoy

Lutgart Spaepen, Enterprise Europe Network Flanders

Barbara Andreani, Enterprise Europe Network Brussels

Vincent Van Breusegem, Enterprise Europe Network Wallonia


10:50 – 11:35

EU Partnering Services: Entrepreneurs sharing the secret of success in Europe and beyond

Entrepreneurs and experts present their success stories

SME: Benoit Quevrin, Director, FAAST

Expert: Sabrina Bijlsma, Advisor, hub.brussels

SME: Anne-Christine Gouder, CEO, Wild&Run

Expert: Florine Eloy, Relationship Advisor, CAP Innove

Expert: Pierre Herfurth, Advisor Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs, hub.brussels

Q&A


11:35 – 12:05

Thematic Tables – EU Partnering Services

National experts and entrepreneurs will answer questions and provide first-hand insights on EU partnering support.


13:00 – 14:00

EU Advisory Services: Entrepreneurs sharing the secret of success in Europe and beyond

Entrepreneurs and experts present their success stories

SME: Marine André, CEO, Bee Nature

Expert: Florine Eloy, Relationship Advisor, CAP Innove

SME: Tom Seger, Business Development Manager, Indigo Diabetes

Expert: Lutgart Spaepen, Director, Agentschap Innoveren & Ondernemen

IPR Expert: Annemarie Hautekiet, Account Manager and European IP Helpdesk Ambassador, Agentschap Innoveren & Ondernemen

SOLVIT Expert: Lore Aerts, Attaché DG Europese Zaken en Coördinatie

Q&A


14:00 – 14:30

Thematic Tables – EU Advisory Services

National experts and entrepreneurs will answer questions and provide first-hand insights on EU advisory services.


15:00 – 16:00

How does the Enterprise Europe Network support SMEs with access to finance?

Entrepreneurs and experts present their success stories

SME:Guy Hendrickx, CEO, Avia GIS

Expert: Lutgart Spaepen, Director, Agentschap Innoveren & Ondernemen

SME:Gaël Van Weyenbergh & Maxime Bouillard, Directors, MEOH

Expert: Benjamin Carnec, Innovation and Scale-Up Advisor, hub.brussels

SME: Alain Pajot, Managing Director, Conceptexpo

COSME Expert: Jean-Pierre Di Bartolomeo, CEO, Sowalfin

European Investment Project Portal (EIPP) Expert: Ramona Ocak, Policy Officer, European Commission

Closing Remarks

Patrick De Smedt, Deputy Head of Unit - Business Support Networks, DG GROW, European Commission


16:00 – 16:30

Thematic Tables - EU Finance

National experts and entrepreneurs will answer questions and provide first-hand insights on EU finance support.


 

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