In 2013, Wallonia was selected as a "European creative district" from among 40 candidate regions in Europe. Indeed, the region places innovation and creativity at the heart of its concerns and has set up many stakeholders and initiatives which work to support companies in their innovation approach.
This framework programme, which places creativity and innovation at the heart of the Walloon project, is implemented by operators that organise activities and actions on various scales throughout the entire Walloon territory.
The Enterprise & Innovation Agency (AEI)
The AEI is the operator that offers support and advice services for the economic, technological and digital development of Wallonia. It creates, steers and coordinates a network of advisors at the service of enterprises brought together within structures called "operators". Thus, the AEI favours entrepreneurship, growth, innovation and the digital transition of Wallonia.
Scientific liaison officers
The role of the Wallonia-Brussels International's Scientific Liaison Officers (SLOs) is, in particular, to facilitate collaboration between research and innovation stakeholders, ensure the monitoring of the opportunities and potentials for scientific and technological projects, search for funding for combined projects, etc.
Via the Marshall Plan 4.0, Wallonia wishes to strengthen its policy in favour of enterprise innovation: the development of competitiveness clusters, the renewal of the research strategy and support for industrial promotion.
In concrete terms, a research enterprise or stakeholder may contact the six competitiveness clusters (life sciences, agri-food, transport-logistics, mechanical engineering, aeronautics-space, environmental technologies) in order to submit its projects.
AWEX - Texas A&M partnership
For more than 10 years, Awex has worked with Texas A&M University System near Houston, a leading university in the technological sector in the United States.
This privileged relationship has led to the creation of Owin (Open Worldwide Innovation Network}, a global innovation network, that includes Australian and Chinese partners in addition to the Texan and Walloon partners, for the benefit of Walloon companies.
Innovation stakeholders in Wallonia
www.innovatech.be Innovatech coaches and accompanies project leaders and companies in their technological innovations.
http://www.innovationdata.be/ provides a series of indicators describing the progress made by Belgium and its Regions in the innovation field.
http://cide-socran.be/ Cide-Socran is the support organisation for the creation and development of projects and enterprises that are innovative or demonstrate high growth potential in Wallonia.
https://www.picarre.be/: centre of expertise in Intellectual property for the protection and promotion of your innovations
2016 innovation scoreboard: Belgium is ranked 7th among the "strong innovators"
Annual index of the most innovative countries in the world of the German research institute Fraunhofer
2017 renewable energy report of the REN21 expert network