“Setting up a business abroad requires a different approach depending on the sector,” comments Claire Tillekaerts, CEO of Flanders Investment & Trade. “To make Flanders even more attractive for foreign investors, we want to make the shift toward tailor-made assistance, and our welcome teams are an important part of that mission.”
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Flanders launches expert Welcome Team for ICT investors
The ICT Welcome Team consists of Flanders-based specialists who know the ins and outs of the local and international ICT markets. The team comes together on ad hoc basis, but also helps foreign investors build networks in Flanders and determine the right market approach in the region.
In addition, FIT will proactively look for and get in touch with foreign companies that aspire to international expansion, after which the ICT Welcome Team investigates if Flanders is the right fit for those ambitions. How? By mapping the region’s capacities or available digital infrastructure, and through analysis of financial possibilities or additional support options.
FIT’s new ICT Welcome Team will initially focus on four industry niches:
- financial technology (fintech);
- smart city technology;
- medical technology and ICT in healthcare.
To give investors in these niches the best possible assistance, the ICT Welcome Team counts on the know-how and expertise of:
- Michel Hofman, coordinator and account manager at FIT;
- Christophe Huygens, prof. computer sciences at Leuven University;
- Peter Sterck, general manager Logistics at KBC Global Services;
- Ares Iagae, account manager IT at Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship;
- Danny Goderis, Executive VP at imec, Flanders’ strategic research center for digital technology and nanotech;
- Erik Van Zuuren, founder of e-governance expert TrustCore.eu;
- Wim Dewaele, CEO at fintech incubator B-Hive;
- Wim Sohier, technology counselor at FIT in San Francisco;
- Ralph Moreau, technology counselor at FIT in Singapore;
- Marc Van Gastel, Head of Department Invest at FIT.