May 15, 2019

The Belgium-Brazos Valley Friendship Continues

Steve Fullhart

For the second time in three months, representatives from Belgian businesses explored opportunities for their companies in the Brazos Valley.

Made up of mainly small tech companies from the country's Luxembourg province, the delegation which visited May 13-14, 2019 had the chance to interact with business, community and university leaders across the area. The goal, as it is with each group that has come, is to showcase what The Hub of the Texas Triangle has to offer, and to offer them a launch pad from the Brazos Valley to enter the Texas and United States marketplaces.

The Belgian economic development agency IDELUX-AIVE organized the delegation. Locally, the guests were welcomed by Texas A&M Technology Commercialization and the BVEDC, both of which are executive members of the Open Worldwide Innovation Network. OWIN is an association of governments, universities and trade agencies facilitating startups and technology commercialization.

The visit also provided the opportunity for local companies to discuss doing business in Europe utilizing IDELUX's Belgian launch pad.

For the last decade, the collaboration between Belgium and the Brazos Valley has allowed companies to visit and develop business opportunities across the Atlantic.

"It's more like a friendship now," said Fabian Collard, the CEO of IDELUX-AIVE (pictured). "It's a question of trust, of confidence, and we know how to work together. We know the added value of each party, so that's really nice. That's really what we should do more and more."

With its location between four of the biggest metropolitan areas in the country (Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin), along with the research and talent from higher education powerhouse Texas A&M University, the Brazos Valley offers unique and significant advantages not only to American companies, but also to foreign operations looking to expand.

The BVEDC offers its International Gateway program as a rapid, inexpensive U.S. entry opportunity.