Flanders Innovation and Entrepreneurship / Hermes Funds (VLAIO)

Who are they?

VLAIOs’ mission is to stimulate and support activities that are focused on innovation and a stronger entrepreneurship in Flanders. It helps Flemish companies and research centers to accomplish their research and development projects and contributes to a favorable business climate by offering financial funding via diverse channels, advice and a network of potential partners in Flanders and abroad.

Also international cooperation becomes more and more important in the innovation process. Therefore, VLAIO also actively focusses on the stimulation of Flemish participation in international projects. They are partner in several international projects with topics that create an added value for the Flemish (innovation) policy. In these projects, they fund research and innovation with national programmes designed for the industrial sector and research organisations as co-participant.

How are they involved in SUSFOOD?
In SUSFOOD, VLAIO is has been actively involved since the start in 2011 and funded 2 projects under SUSFOOD1 (SUNNIVA and CIBUS-FOOD). In the current version SUSFOOD2, VLAIO is not only funder of 2 projects (INPROVE and IMPROVE), but is also task leader of T7.1: Selection of priorities for additional funding activities.
Who is involved: Marianne Claessens and Kirezi Kanobana