Launch - Brussels spin-out
The Launch programme supports the creation of new companies (spin-offs) in the Brussels-Capital Region in order to economically promote the results of scientific research.
It enables the financing of projects, the objectives of which are:
to study the conditions of the industrial and commercial implementation of the results obtained with a view to the creation of a new economic activity in the Brussels-Capital Region.
to finalise the development of a product, process or innovative service based on the results obtained during earlier research;
Those able to benefit from Launch aid are companies and collective research centres which fulfil the following conditions:
develop all or some of its activities within the territory covered by the Brussels-Capital Region
present a project, the aim of which is to finalise the development of a product, process or innovative service based on the results obtained during earlier research
the project must be supported by a researcher-entrepreneur who holds a high level teaching diploma and by a promoter who is responsible for research in the applicant company or collective research centre
show that the project is likely to lead to economic promotion through the creation of a company
show that the project is likely to have a favourable impact on the economy, employment and/or sustainable development of the Brussels-Capital Region
show one's ability to finance one's share in the project
have fulfilled its obligations in the context of previous support initiatives allocated by the Region.
Type and duration of financial intervention
Financial aid may be allocated as a grant.
It covers a period of two years. This period may be extended by one year.
Rate of financial intervention (maximum)
|Micro enterprise/Small enterprise||
Evaluation of applications
Each admissible project is evaluated by a jury of scientific experts as well as an expert from the economic sector and/or an expert in enterprise creation.
The evaluation is based on the analysis of the documents submitted by the applicant and an interview by the jury.
The evaluation criteria are as follows:
innovative character and scientific quality;
the project's feasibility (technological and scientific risks to overcome, methodology and planning);
the candidate's entrepreneurial spirit (the candidate's ability to undertake all of the tasks needed to launch the spin-off);
the candidate's supervision (research environment, promoter's competences, profiles and involvement of any sponsors);
the economic potential (response to a demand from the targeted sector, feasibility of the promotion plan, value creation and employment in the Brussels-Capital Region).
Universities and higher education institutions may also benefit from Launch aid in order to create a Spin-off. For further information about the conditions of this aid, see the corresponding page here.
Innoviris contact person
Strategic Research Team
Tel: +32 2 600 50 66