Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Agentschap Innoveren en Ondernemen - VLAIO) is an agency of the Government of Flanders, Belgium. VLAIO is the contact point for entrepreneurs in Flanders. VLAIO encourages and supports innovation and entrepreneurship, and contributes to a favourable business climate. VLAIO does this in close collaboration with local actors and supported by our international commitments in EUREKA, E.E.N. and H2020. VLAIO focuses on:
- Stimulating growth and innovation
VLAIO supports businesses through grants so they continue to grow, transform and innovate. Examples include the SME growth subsidy, SME innovation- and R&D-projects.
- Promoting entrepreneurship
VLAIO works together with strong partners that assist SMEs through start, growth and takeover. It also encourages networking focused on growth companies.
- Supporting clusters
VLAIO supports organisations that catalyse cooperation and dynamics within a group of enterprises and knowledge institutions.
- Improving environmental factors
We facilitate the development of industrial areas.
VLAIO has also been tasked with the coordination of the regional STEM strategy (STEM Actieplan 2012-2020) in Flanders.