With a strong culture of open economy and innovation, Brussels ranks among the secrtor's leading regions in Europe: local SMEs innovating in-house while often collaborating with each other, and the 18.8% average success rate of projects involving Brussels with the European research and innovation programme give the capital of Belgium a relatively high score in innovation rankings.
Brussels can also thank its authorities for this enviable position on the European scene. Local government support for entrepreneurship, with dedicated guidance, financing and localisation services, encourages initiatives dedicated to research and development.
Innovation encouraged by local authorities and private sector
All are further stimulated through clusters of businesses, academia and industry in domains of smart specialisation like medical technology, e-health, audiovisual and new media (including VR and AR), sustainable circular construction and other fields focussing on innovation.
With start-up incubators specialising in technology and life sciences, services dedicated to innovating SMEs, business accelerators for green projects and ICT, and a whole range of financial instruments dedicated to boosting development of the innovation industry, it's no surprise Brussels driving forces are inventing the future day after day.
A qualified, creative workforce and a strong scientific tradition
But none of this would matter with the high level of education and creative mindset of its workforce, and its worldwide reputation as a crossroads where leading researchers, expert engineers and theoretical scientists meet from all over Europe and beyond, to collaborate on ambitious projects.
In this regard, the 1927 Solvay Conference, and its historical picture reuniting 17 Nobel Prize winners, serves as a testimony of Brussels's long and passionate tradition of exploring new grounds in the never-ending scientific adventure.