Brussels Invest & Export supports award ceremonies which honour the expertise and dynamism of Brussels entrepreneurs.
Brussels Mercurius Awards
Organised jointly by Brussels Invest & Export and BECI, the Brussels Mercurius Awards reward and encourage Brussels-based companies which perform exceptionally well on foreign markets.
These Brussels-based export awards help underline the great importance of exports for developing the economy and employment in the Brussels-Capital Region.
The jury, made up of experts drawn from Brussels' business community, awards two prizes, i.e. a Brussels Mercurius Award in the category of goods and a Brussels Mercurius Award in the category of services.
The event was first held in 2012 and more than 350 people attended the ceremony.
Video of the 2012 event
Winners, Goods category: Maille-France
Maille France is an haute couture lingerie company founded more than 20 years ago by the designer Carine Gilson. Her brand "Carine Gilson Lingerie Couture" is internationally renowned, with boutiques in London, Paris and Brussels.
Video : Maille France profile
Winner, Services category : 3E
Founded in 1999, 3E is a consultancy offering renewable energy and energy efficiency consultancy services and software. The company, run by Geert Palmers, works on photovoltaic and wind energy projects across the world.
Video : 3E profile
Alongside the winners, two companies were nominated in each category:
Numeca : Digital fluid dynamics simulation software systems
Vervloet : Decorative ironmongery and metalwork
Art & Build : Architecture, town planning and design office
Gevers : Creation, active management, continuance, protection and use of patents, trademarks, drawings and models, domain names and copyrights
Since it was set up in 2008, Brussels Invest & Export has supported the Fernand Baudin Prize
for the most beautiful books published in Brussels and Wallonia. Each year, it rewards those works which stand out due to their originality and the beauty of their design: a product of the combined work of their publishers, graphic designers and printers.
This prize is a valuable tool for exposure and marketing beyond our borders for the winning books.
The Artisan Showcase
competition honours artisan trades in Belgium by awarding several prizes. Since 2011, an export prize has been awarded by each regional agency to support a project abroad or turn it into reality.
The Brussels Invest & Export 2012 prize was awarded to the Brussels stringed instrument maker Thomas Bertrand.
At the annual La Cambre fashion show, the Brussels Invest & Export prize rewards a 4th or 5th year student with a €2,000 bursary. This prize is designed to encourage them to undertake an international internship at a major fashion house. The 2012 prize was awarded to Anaïs Lalu.