Our mission

Gone are the days when innovation took place within a single company. In today’s fast paced and interconnected world only a handful of companies have the necessary knowledge and resources to do everything themselves. From research, to development, to commercialization.

Today it’s crucial to innovate across borders. Corporates, start-ups, academia and research centres have to join forces to alleviate each other’s weaknesses. The greatest successes are the result of innovation that crosses company, sectorial and geographical boundaries.


An increasing number of companies open up their innovation process.
They cooperate with universities, research centres and other companies and closely monitor the start-up landscape for interesting innovations.

Unfortunately, interactions that bring together different kinds of companies and innovation actors remain rather rare and often happen unplanned. This is especially true for interregional interactions. This is reflected in the fact that fewer Belgian companies cooperate across Belgian regions than across EU member states.

With the Belgian research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Community (BRIEC) the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (FEB) wants to bring together different kinds of companies and innovation actors from all regions and a variety of sectors around six societal challenges to improve the exchange of information and support cooperation.

BRIEC is the place where barriers disappear and people with ideas and experience inspire and support each other to overcome innovation barriers and grow.

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