Brussels, April 27 2023 - To give recognition to an export company, a foreign investor and a startup that make Flanders shine far beyond its borders: such is the aim of the first edition of the Flanders International Business Awards on 20 September 2023. With this new event, FIT underlines the importance of synergies and ecosystem thinking. Registrations for ‘Exporter of the Year’, ‘Foreign Investor of the Year’ and ‘Startup of the Year’ are open until 31 May 2023 on www.flandersinternationalbusinessawards.be.
With the Export Lion Awards (21 editions), which crowned exceptional export companies from Flanders, and the Foreign Investment Trophy (10 editions) for remarkable foreign direct investments in the region, the Flanders International Business Awards have two illustrious predecessors. But from now on FIT wants to honor exporters, investors and startups via one competition, because together they strongly determine the dynamics of Flanders’ economy.
FIT wants to make its one-of-a-kind global network even more accessible to Flanders’ internationalizing business environment. This network identifies synergies and connects Flanders’ ecosystems with ecosystems worldwide in ever-smarter ways.
Starting today, companies can compete for an award by registering in one of the three categories. After registrations close on 31 May 2023, the professional jury will select three nominees with strong international credentials in each category. This means companies with a proven robust strategy and collaborating beyond company walls and borders.
In early September, the nine nominees will defend their candidacy before a final jury of business leaders and economic experts.
Award ceremony on 20 September
The denouement will follow on 20 September in the iconic Skyhall at Brussels Airport during an exciting awards ceremony that has insights, entertainment and inspiration at its core. There, Flanders’ Minister-President Jan Jambon and FIT CEO Joy Donné will announce the Exporter of the Year, Foreign Investor of the Year and Startup of the Year.
The presentation of the Flanders International Business Awards on 20 September takes up a central spot in the Flanders International Business Weeks organized by FIT for the first time. These inspiring weeks are packed with one-on-one meetings, networking opportunities, seminars and other initiatives on internationalization and innovation.
What’s more, the experts and Science & Technology Counselors from FIT’s global network will be coming to Flanders to connect with international entrepreneurs and provide them with tailored advice. FIT is potentially aiming for 4,000 matches in two weeks.
FIT supports and guides Flanders-based export companies to achieve international success. Talented startups receive special attention. With their innovative products, services or technology, they often face a prodigious international future. From abroad, FIT also attracts potential investors who strengthen Flanders’ economic ecosystem.