Research and technology are big in Flanders. Our companies, research centers and knowledge institutions spawn groundbreaking innovations. When Flanders-based players have an international breakthrough with their innovations, they create growth, jobs and prosperity in our region.
Together with foreign technology players who establish themselves in Flanders, they are responsible for a healthy economic fabric. Boosting the international reputation of innovation from Flanders and supporting local innovation players in their international endeavors is crucial.
It is Flanders’ ambition to be among the most innovative regions in Europe in the following focus domains: Digital Tech, Health Tech and Climate Tech. Each of these technological domains is geared towards finding solutions for the societal and socio-economic challenges of today.
That's why, based on a roadmap, in 2021, FIT, bolstered Flanders’ economic diplomacy by opening additional Science & Technology Offices in innovation hotspots worldwide. Our staff, such as our Science & Technology (S&T) Counselors play an essential role there.
There are 10 Science & Technology Offices worldwide: in New York, Palo Alto, Paris, London, Copenhagen, Munich, Mumbai, Singapore, Guangzhou and Tokyo.
Each Science & Technology Office is responsible for a geographic focus area and emphasizes one or more of our 3 focus domains (Digital Tech, Health Tech and/or Climate Tech).
A strong tech team
Together with our Science & Technology Coordinator, our Science & Technology Counselors play a crucial role in FIT's tech mission. Abroad, they build an extensive network of tech companies, venture capitalists, knowledge and research centers, clusters, incubators, accelerators and so on, while creating connections to Flanders’ ecosystem.
The team also reinforces FIT’s own tech expertise and operations. Part of an extensive foreign network of economic representatives, the team members work closely with the colleagues within their own focus region and in Flanders. In this way they enrich FIT, both in Flanders and abroad, with knowledge and expertise, strengthening FIT to provide even better assistance to businesses.