Belgium – and Flanders as its northern region – excel in 4 areas:
- Linkages: thanks to Flanders’ deep-rooted cluster policy, the public, private and academic sectors can quickly and efficiently work together, enabling innovation in the region as a whole.
- Corporate investments: as a region, Flanders invested a record amount in R&D and innovation, which inspires companies to do the same.
- Innovative SMEs: Since Flanders and Belgium are known for their start-up scene, particularly in biotechnology and IT, it’s no surprise that we’re pioneers when it comes to stimulating innovation in smaller companies.
- Attractive research systems: Flanders is home to several world-renowned research centers, such as imec, VIB and VITO.