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Innoviris : Appel Ă  projet Rise – Jeunes Entreprises Innovantes – Session d’information

Posté le dans About MIC Brussels - Proposed services, Help for enterprise creation, Interesting links, Partners, Technology

Jeunes Entreprises Innovantes 2014 – Session d’information.

Date:  8 Mai 2014
14h – 16h 

Afin d’encourager l’innovation au sein des jeunes entreprises technologiques, la Ministre de la RĂ©gion de Bruxelles-Capitale chargĂ©e de la Recherche Scientifique lance la quatriĂšme Ă©dition de l’action « RISE – Jeunes Entreprises Innovantes ».
L’action « RISE - Jeunes Entreprises Innovantes » a pour but de stimuler l’innovation chez les jeunes et petites entreprises, en offrant Ă  la/les plus crĂ©ative(s) d’entre elles la possibilitĂ© de se voir octroyer un financement maximal de 500 000 euros, utile Ă  la mise en Ɠuvre de son/leur “Plan StratĂ©gique d’Innovation”.  Le PSI prĂ©sentĂ© par les jeunes entreprises doit pour cela ĂȘtre constituĂ© d’un programme Ă  caractĂšre global, exposant en dĂ©tails leur vision et leur stratĂ©gie en matiĂšre de RDI. Le PSI doit Ă©galement prĂ©senter leurs projets innovants Ă  moyen et long terme, et mettre en Ă©vidence leur impact favorable sur l’Ă©conomie, l’emploi et l’environnement de la rĂ©gion.

L’action « Jeunes Entreprises Innovantes » s’adresse aux petites entreprises situĂ©es en RĂ©gion de Bruxelles Capitale et crĂ©Ă©es aprĂšs le 1er janvier 2009.

Dans le cadre de cet appel Ă  projets, qui sera lancĂ© courant mai 2014, nous sollicitons votre collaboration afin de relayer l’action « RISE – Jeunes Entreprise Innovantes 2014 » auprĂšs de candidats potentiels. A cet effet vous pouvez dĂšs Ă  prĂ©sent tĂ©lĂ©charger le rĂšglement dĂ©taillĂ© et le formulaire de demande, pour prendre connaissance de cette action. 
Afin de faciliter le relais sur le terrain, Innoviris organise Ă©galement une session d’information Ă  destination de ses partenaires, le jeudi 8 mai de 14h Ă  16h, dans le but de vous prĂ©senter l’action et ses enjeux en dĂ©tail.
Si vous souhaitez y participer, nous vous invitons donc Ă  vous inscrire via ce lien.
Nous espĂ©rons vous compter parmi nous le 8 mai prochain afin de faire de la 4Ăšme édition du Prix Rise – Jeunes Entreprises Innovantes un succes.

Contact :

Nicolas Vautrin
Scientific advisor
nvautrin@innoviris.be

François Billen
Financial Advisor
fbillen@innoviris.be

Innoviris
Rue Engeland 555
1180 Uccle

 

 

ICT 4 Rehab Appathon : Develop online games for children’s rehabilitation on Kinect. 12th & 14th of May at Botkamp

Posté le dans About MIC Brussels - Proposed services, Interesting links, Press & Media, Technology

MIC Brussels, MIC Belgique & ICT 4 REHAB are organizing a game development competition that will take place at the Botkamp on 12th and 14th of May 2014.

We are looking for developers, students and enthusiasts to join the serious gaming App-a-thon competition and receive training and guidance in building serious games dedicated for physical therapy focused to disabled children.

Does it sound complicated? It’s not!

OBJECTIVE OF THE COMPETITION AND TYPES OF GAMES WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

Serious games used for rehabilitation of disabled children are very simple. Commercial games are way too fast and complicated. These children need simple (both, visually and logically) interactive games that can be played immediately without following complex manuals or strategies. For a lot of these children these games are the only way to play computer games. So come to help us build computer games for these children. We will provide you with simple tools for that, together with basic training on how to use them.

To make the game even more fun, you’ll have to use the Kinect for Windows as a controller!
Don’t worry, you don’t need to learn anything special. ICT 4 REHAB has built for you a simple library that allows any developer to take advantage of the Kinect in an easy way!

Some games will also be also selected for the real use by the therapists.

  TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE

FOR ANY QUESTIONS, CONTACT info@mic-brussels.be

MAIN RESOURCES AND TECHNICAL PREREQUISITES:

Main resources:

Material :

We will provide you the Kinect For Windows sensors during the appathon !  

Hands-on sessions technical pre-requisites

  • Familiarity with game development on MS platform or application development with use of C# or C++
  • Bring your own laptop: any device capable of running Visual Studio Express or your favourite IDE
  • Have Visual Studio and the Game engine installed. Our platform supports the following game engines:
    • Microsoft XNA 4.0
    • Unity3D
    • other game engines capable to load .NET libraries and ideally using .NET and C# language
  • Required software:

REWARDS

  • The Microsoft Innovation Center will promote the winners as success story within the Microsoft network
  • And
 the top 3 apps selected by the jury will win cash awards of $ 3000, $ 1500 and $ 500 respectively

  TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE 

FOR ANY QUESTIONS, CONTACT info@mic-brussels.be

CONTEST CONDITIONS

    • Developers retain full ownership of the Intellectual Property rights of their applications
    • The spinoff ICT 4 REHAB will offer visibility to the winners and any developer interested to use and promote their games within their network and to their patients

About the ICT 4 REHAB spinoff

The ICT4REHAB is a research project between two universities (VUB & ULB) and is funded by the INNOVIRIS. Its goal was to design a platform for the advanced rehabilitation that includes serious games as the motivational and the monitoring tool. We designed and developed a software platform for building highly customizable games with respect to sensory devices.  Therapists are enabled to tailor each game for a specific need of each child. This project has recently finished and we are transferring these tools to children’s home in the RehabGoesHome project. The whole developed platform is led towards a spinoff supported and funded by both universities and the Brussels Institute for Research and Innovation – INNOVIRIS.

  TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE

FOR ANY QUESTIONS, CONTACT info@mic-brussels.be

Join the Brussels Women Hackathon on the 26th of April !

Posté le dans About MIC Brussels - Proposed services, Interesting links, Press & Media, Technology


MIC Brussels, Microsoft and Botkamp teams are happy to invite you to the Brussels Windows 8 & Windows Phone 8 Women Hackathon.  

The event will take place on April 26th, from 9:00 to 18:00 at the Botkamp.

Who is it for?

This event is for women interested in developing Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 Apps, at all skill levels: those who have not programmed at all, women who have done some programming, and the best women programmers out there. Iit will be a great weekend to learn, invent and create the future!

Teams or individuals are welcome! Teams can be formed in situ or before the event.

Different coaches will join the Women Hackathon to help you with your application during the competition!

Nice prizes* for the winners: one Dell Latitude 10 – 64 Gb Tablet and Visual Studio Headsets!
*The prizes will be awarded by the jury

The event is situated within the global “International Women’s Hackathon” organized by Microsoft.       

Ticket is free.

We hope to see you there,

The MIC Brussels Management Team
Bruno Wattenbergh, Ben Piquard, Jean-Pierre Rucci and Pénélope Roux. 

 

How I turned my after-squash idea into a booming start-up

Posté le dans Boostcamp, It happened at the MIC, Portraits of start-ups

By: Xavier Jeunejean, Co-founder of Oh-Chef.be 

A handful of common passion. A pinch of mentoring. A good deal of work. These were the ingredients needed to launch Oh-Chef, a new online platform to organize culinary experiences at home by quality chefs!

Back in April 2013, my friend Thierry Lahaye and I were discussing our next start-up project around a drink after a squash. Thierry is a serial entrepreneur and I’ve worked for many years in a restaurant; we were brainstorming ideas to combine our skills for a new service for a common passion: the good food industry!

Our initial idea was to launch an Internet platform to choose, compare and book cooking classes already delivered by third parties, with the goal to become key reference in the sector, and to later offer both recorded and live cooking class videos.

To test our idea, we decided to enroll in the Startup Weekend of Brussels, organized with the support of MIC Brussels (Microsoft Innovation Center Brussels), Impulse, Betagroup, and Solvay Entrepreneurs. Our project Oh-Chef.be was one of the 18 projects selected (out of 40 projects presented). We spent 48 exiting hours working with a team improvised on-site, and with the help from professional coaches. That weekend allowed us to make consumers interviews and to meet the director of a well-known cooking school in Brussels, who gave us a positive feedback on our project. We were even invited by CĂ©line Fremault, Brussels Minister of the Economy, to shoot a cooking class at her office’s kitchen!

At the end of the Brussels Startup Weekend, the conclusion was that people felt the project had some potential, but that our offer could not be profitable as it was. Far from discouraging us, this feedback left us with a strong desire to pursue the project, but in a different form.

The Brussels Startup Weekend also gave us the opportunity to be selected for the Boostcamp of MIC Brussels, with 12 other promising startups. During nearly four months, our Oh-Chef project was challenged by professionals, who also gave us lots of advice and introduced us to many people interested in the project. We had to change and refine our project many times before we reached our final concept: the organization of culinary experiences (cooking classes, cooking shows and dinner parties) at home or at the offices, managed by quality chefs at an affordable budget!

Soon after the end of the Boostcamp, we made the big jump and created the company Oh-Chef on January 6, 2014. Built on Windows Azure cloud platform, the website went live shortly after. As Microsoft BizSpark member, Oh-Chef will continue to benefit from Microsoft’s support and free software for the next three years.

The technology being sorted, our focus is to grow significantly the number of chefs partnering with us and increase our customer base, starting in Brussels and its surroundings.

Check this article and read more about “Transforming Businesses”, at Microsoft Europe’s Website.

IT .NET Job Day @MIC Brussels on April the 1st

Posté le dans Interesting links, Technology, Uncategorized

Willing to meet and interview some junior .Net Developers, during an evening? Come and attend the IT.NET Developer Job Day @MIC Brussels, on April 1st, from 17:00 to 22:00.

Meet a group of Junior .NET Developer soon Microsoft certified. Come and interview them during this IT Job Day evening !

These candidates are taking part in the coaching program organized by Cefora,   Bruxelles Formation and MIC Brussels.

They will pass 3 Microsoft certifications by end of May.

Agenda:

  • Welcome
  • Interviews with candidates (30 minutes each)
  • Networking Drink

If you are a company and you wish to join, please contact

jon@mic-brussels.be

We hope to welcome you on April the 1st.

The MIC Brussels Management Team

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WHEN AND WHERE:

DATE :

1st of April

from 17:00 to 22:00

VENUE :

MIC Brussels

Rue Montoyer 51

1000 Bruxelles

 

CONTACT :

jon@mic-brussels.be

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Persbericht

Posté le dans Boostcamp, Help for enterprise creation, It happened at the MIC, Press & Media


Brussel, 25 maart 2014 –De winnaars het 5e Boostcamp van het Microsoft Innovation Center Brussels (MIC Brussels) zijn bekendgemaakt tijdens de finale die vandaag plaatsvond in MIC Brussels.   
De 3 winnaars werden gekozen op basis van het bedrijfspotentieel, de rijpheid van het project en de kwaliteit van de presentatie. De winnaar van de Grote Prijs werd ook beloond voor het innovatieve karakter van het project.

De drie winnaars zijn:

  • AurĂ©lie Merckx en StĂ©phane Panier voor hun project QwerTeach. (Qwerteach is een website (www.qwerteach.com) die studenten en leraren met elkaar in contact brengt. Er kan zelfs live online les gegeven worden via een virtueel klaslokaal.) dat beloond werd met de Grote Prijs, uitgereikt door CĂ©line Fremault, minister van Economie en Werkgelegenheid van het Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest. De winnaar van de Grote Prijs mocht een Innoviris-prijs ter waarde van € 3.000 in ontvangst nemen uit handen van mevrouw de minister en Katrien Mondt, Algemeen Directrice van Innoviris. Dankzij deze prijs krijgt de winnaar ook een maand gratis coworking bij Betagroup en een halve dag met een Cloud Consultant van RealDolmen.
  • Thomas Helleputte en Gabriel Spinnler voor hun project Trackmaestro. (Trackmaestro is de nieuwe oplossing om de mogelijkheden van muziek ten volle te benutten in uw projecten. Voor een advertentie, een evenement, een korte video of een film, met dit online platform kunt u de kracht va de crowd benutten om de meest gepaste muziek voor uw project te vinden.  Surf naar trackmaestro.com, verstuur uw briefing en laat u verrassen door de originele creaties van muzikanten van over de hele wereld. Bent u muzikant? Stap dan mee in het avontuur op www.trackmaestro.com ). dat beloond werd met de prijs van het Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, uitgereikt door Marc Daem, Directeur van de Afdeling Coordination en Support bij CIRB-CIGB, en Baudouin Urbain, Directeur Public Sector bij Microsoft Belux. De winnaar krijgt dankzij deze prijs niet alleen een maand gratis coworking bij Betagroup, maar ook een halve dag met een Cloud Consultant van RealDolmen en een halve dag met een Branding Consultant, aangeboden door Impulse.
  • WouterVandevelde voor zijn project The Animal Monitoring Platform. (Modulair platform voor de opvolging van dieren en veeteelt dat gegevens (verschaft door sensoren en instrumenten, databanken, manuele invoer op touchscreens) ter beschikking stelt van de verschillende deelnemende partijen (veeartsen, laboratoria, deskundigen) om zo de opvolging, de behandelingen en de inkomsten te verbeteren van landbouwbedrijven die zich toeleggen op veeteelt, met name zuivelbedrijven. Interface en gegevensinzameling, analyse en dashboard, diagnose op afstand en samenwerking.) Dit project won de Prijs van de Experts, overhandigd door Jean-Pierre Rucci, directeur van Innoviris, en Ben Piquard, Directeur van het MIC BelgiĂ«.Dankzij deze prijs krijgt de winnaar ook een maand gratis coworking bij Betagroup en een halve dag met een Cloud Consultant van RealDolmen.

Vandaag, 25 maart, stond bij MIC Brussels volledig in het teken van de jongeren en de vrouwelijke ondernemers in de ICT. Naast de finale en de prijsuitreiking van het Boostcamp organiseerde het MIC voor het eerst ook een initiatie in Kodu (visuele programmeertaal speciaal ontwikkeld om spelletjes te creëren en toegankelijk te zijn voor kinderen) voor een klas van 28 leerlingen uit het 4e leerjaar van de gemeentelijke basisschool van Verrewinkel.  Dit is een proefproject dat het MIC in de komende maanden zal blijven uitwerken voor jongeren in de ICT. De sessie werd georganiseerd in samenwerking met Skool en Intel. 

Diezelfde dag, 25 maart, stond er bij MIC Brussels ook een coachingsessie op het programma voor vrouwelijke bedrijfsleiders & ondernemers in de ICT: de sessie was opgevat als een panel met vrouwelijke bedrijfsleiders in de ICT die meer vertelden over hun ervaringen en de uitdagingen die ze op hun weg vinden: een netwerk uitbouwen, de juiste talenten aantrekken, een bedrijf leiden als vrouw 
 gevolgd door een coachingsessie met de vrouwelijke ondernemers. Deze sessie werd georganiseerd in samenwerking met de vereniging European Network for Women in Leadership (WIL), partner van Microsoft, en de vereniging Women in Business.

De minister kondigde ook een Brussels start-upweekend aan, in samenwerking met MIC Brussels, Software in Brussels, Betagroup en HUB Brussels, dat zal doorgaan op 27, 28 en 29 juni 2014 in HUB Brussels.

“Op drie jaar tijd heeft het MIC Brussels al 5939 mensen verwelkomd, 420 certificaten aan werkzoekenden uitgereikt, 80 starters gecoacht waarvan 35 hun onderneming in Brussel hebben opgestart. Uiteindelijk werden 140 jobs gecreĂ«erd via de Boostcamp, de gratis voorbereidingssessies voor de MIC-certificaten, de coaching van stagiairs georganiseerd door Evoliris, Bruxelles Formation, Cefora en MIC Brussels”, aldus de Minister van Economie, CĂ©line Fremault. Zij voegt hieraan toe: “een programma zoals Boostcamp cĂ«ert unieke mogelijkheden op gebied van innovatie en tewerkstelling. Het past binnen de doelstellingen vastgelegd door de Regering om ICT-sector te steunen die een hoge toegevoegde waarde vormt voor Brussel” zo zei CĂ©line Fremault, Brussels minister van Economie en Werkgelegenheid.

MIC Brussels startte in february 2014 met een gevorderd programma voor start-ups, het “BizSpark Advanced Boostcamp” in samenwerking met Impulse en zijn Clusters. Het is de bedoeling om steun te verlenen aan start-ups in een gevorderd stadium die sneller willen groeien. MIC Brussels ondersteunt zo een groter aantal IT-bedrijven die willen starten en groeien in Brussel. De kandidaten voor dit programma werden geselecteerd door een comitĂ© van experts en krijgen een doorgedreven coaching en een mentoring op hoog niveau, alsook technische ondersteuning bij de ontwikkeling van een prototype. De finale van dit programma vindt plaats op 20 mei in de nieuwe lokalen van het MIC, Montoyerstraat 51 (1000 Brussel).

De MIC’s, een samenwerkingsverband tussen de privĂ©- en de overheidssector, zijn instrumenten voor gewestelijke economische ontwikkeling die tot doel hebben de oprichting van ondernemingen in de technologische sector te vergemakkelijken en de ontwikkeling van deze starters op te volgen. Er zijn momenteel wereldwijd 110 MIC’s, waaronder 30 in Europa.  In BelgiĂ« is er sinds maart 2009 een MIC in Bergen. Twee en een half jaar geleden, in september 2011, opende een MIC in Brussel de deuren en sindsdien werden er 2 nieuwe MIC’s opgericht in Vlaanderen, in Genk en in Kortrijk. Elke maand biedt MIC Brussels activiteiten aan rond coaching van ondernemers en organiseert het netwerkingevenementen zoals de MIC Thursday en technische sessies voor ontwikkelaars over Windows Phone, HTML5 en Cloud Computing (Windows Azure). Sinds januari 2013 ontvangt MIC Brussels regelmatig groepen van stagiairs-ontwikkelaars die stage lopen in de Brusselse kmo’s en start-ups. Zo volgde MIC Brussels in 2014 36 stageprojecten op.

 

 

Communiqué de presse

Posté le dans Boostcamp, Help for enterprise creation, It happened at the MIC, Press & Media

Bruxelles, le 25 mars 2014 – Les laurĂ©ats du 5Ăšme Boostcamp du Microsoft Innovation Center Brussels (MIC Brussels) ont Ă©tĂ© nommĂ©s lors de la finale qui a eu lieu ce jour au MIC Brussels.
Les 3 laurĂ©ats ont Ă©tĂ© distinguĂ©s sur les critĂšres du potentiel business, la maturitĂ© du projet,  ainsi que la qualitĂ© de la prĂ©sentation. Pour le gagnant du Grand Prix, l’innovation du projet a Ă©galement Ă©tĂ© rĂ©compensĂ©e.

Les 3 vainqueurs sont :

  • AurĂ©lie Merckx et StĂ©phane Panier pour leur projet QwerTeach (Qwerteach est un site web (www.qwerteach.com) qui met en contact Ă©lĂšves et professeurs. De plus, il permet de donner des cours en direct, en ligne, via une classe virtuelle) qui s’est vu dĂ©cerner le Grand Prix remis par Madame la Ministre de l’Économie et de l’Emploi de Bruxelles-Capitale, CĂ©line Fremault. Le gagnant du Grand Prix s’est vu dĂ©cerner un Prix Innoviris de 3000€ remis par Madame la Ministre et la Directrice GĂ©nĂ©rale d’Innoviris Katrien Mondt.Le gagnant bĂ©nĂ©ficie Ă©galement Ă  travers de ce prix d’un mois gratuit au Betagroup Coworking et une demi-journĂ©e avec un Consultant Cloud chez RealDolmen. 
  •  Thomas Helleputte et Gabriel Spinnler pour leur projet Trackmaestro (Trackmaestro est la nouvelle solution pour exploiter pleinement le potentiel de la musique dans vos projets. Que ce soit pour une publicitĂ©, un Ă©vĂ©nement, une courte vidĂ©o ou encore un film, cette plateforme en ligne vous permet d’utiliser la puissance du crowd pour trouver la musique la plus adaptĂ©e Ă  votre projet. Rendez-vous dĂšs Ă  prĂ©sent sur trackmaestro.com, envoyer votre briefing et laissez des musiciens du monde entier vous soumettre leurs crĂ©ations originales. Si vous ĂȘtes musicien, rejoignez maintenant l’aventure sur www.trackmaestro.com) et qui a reçu le prix de la RĂ©gion de Bruxelles-Capitale, remis par Marc Daem, Directeur chez CIRB-CIBG du DĂ©partement Coordination et Support, et Baudouin Urbain Directeur Secteur Public chez Microsoft Belux. Le gagnant reçoit Ă©galement Ă  travers ce prix, un mois gratuit au Betagroup Coworking, une demi-journĂ©e avec un Consultant Cloud de RealDolmen et une demi-journĂ©e avec un Consultant Branding, offert par Impulse. 
  • WouterVandevelde pour son projet The Animal Monitoring Platform (La plate-forme modulaire de suivi d’animal et d’Ă©levage met en relation les diffĂ©rentes parties prenantes (vĂ©tĂ©rinaires, laboratoires, spĂ©cialistes) et les donnĂ©es fournies par des capteurs et par des instruments, des bases de donnĂ©es et des saisies manuelles sur Ă©crans tactiles- pour une amĂ©lioration du suivi, des traitements et des revenus des exploitations agricoles tournĂ©es vers l’Ă©levage, notamment les fermes laitiĂšres. Elle se fonde sur trois Ă©lĂ©ments : interfaçage et collecte de donnĂ©es, analyse et dashboard, diagnostic Ă  distance et collaboration.) et qui a reçu le Prix des Experts, remis par Jean-Pierre Rucci Directeur d’Innoviris et Ben Piquard Directeur du MIC Belgique. Le gagnant reçoit Ă  travers ce prix un mois gratuit au Betagroup Coworking et une demi-journĂ©e avec un Consultant Cloud de RealDolmen.

Ce mĂȘme jour, le 25 Mars le MIC Brussels consacrait la journĂ©e au thĂšme de la jeunesse, et aux femmes entrepreneurs dans l’ICT. En plus de la finale et remise des prix du Boostcamp, le MIC a organisĂ© pour la premiĂšre fois une sĂ©ance d’initiation au Kodu (langage de programmation visuel conçu spĂ©cialement pour crĂ©er de jeux, et ĂȘtre accessible aux enfants) pour une classe de 28 Ă©lĂšves de 4Ăšme primaire de l’Ă©cole communale de Verrewinkel. C’est un premier pilote que le MIC continuera Ă  dĂ©velopper Ă  l’attention des jeunes dans l’ICT dans les mois qui viennent. La sĂ©ance a Ă©tĂ© organisĂ©e en partenariat avec Skool BVBA et Intel.  

La mĂȘme journĂ©e du 25 mars, le MIC Brussels a organisĂ© une session de coaching pour les femmes Leader & entrepreneurs dans l’ICT: La sĂ©ance rassemblait un panel de femmes leaders dans l’ICT pour partager leur expĂ©rience et les dĂ©fis qu’elles ont relevĂ©s : construire son rĂ©seau, recruter les bons talents, diriger en tant que femme
. suivie par une sĂ©ance de coaching avec les femmes entrepreneurs. Cette session a Ă©tĂ© organisĂ©e en partenariat avec l’association European Network for Women in Leadership (WIL) partenaire de Microsoft, et l’association Women in Business.

Un startup Weekend Bruxellois, en partenariat avec MIC Brussels, Software in Brussels, Betagroup et HUB Brussels a été annoncée par la Ministre et aura lieu les 27, 28 eta 29 Juin 2014 à HUB Brussels.

« En 3 ans, le MIC Brussels a dĂ©jĂ  accueilli prĂšs de 5939 personnes, dĂ©livrĂ© 420 certifications Ă  des demandeurs d’emploi, coachĂ© 80 startups dont 35 d’entre elles qui ont dĂ©jĂ  dĂ©marrĂ© leur sociĂ©tĂ© Ă  Bruxelles. Au final ce sont 140 emplois qui ont Ă©tĂ© crĂ©Ă©s Ă  travers le Boostcamp, les sessions de PrĂ©paration gratuites aux Certifications du MIC, le coaching de stagiaires organisĂ©s par Evoliris, Bruxelles Formation, Cefora et le MIC Brussels. » a prĂ©cisĂ© la Ministre de l’Economie, CĂ©line Fremault. Et d’ajouter « Un programme tel que ce Boostcamp crĂ©e des opportunitĂ©s uniques en termes d’innovation et d’emploi. Il s’inscrit dans la lignĂ©e des objectifs fixĂ©s par le gouvernement pour soutenir le secteur ICT qui prĂ©sente une haute valeur ajoutĂ©e pour Bruxelles » a expliquĂ© la Ministre bruxelloise de l’ Économie et de l’Emploi CĂ©line Fremault. 

Le MIC Brussels a lancĂ© en fĂ©vrier 2014 un programme de Startups avancĂ© le « BizSpark  Advanced Boostcamp » en partenariat avec Impulse et ses Clusters. L’objectif est de soutenir des startups Ă  un stade plus avancĂ© en besoin d’accĂ©lĂ©ration. Le MIC Brussels apporte ainsi un soutien Ă  un plus grand nombre d’entreprises IT souhaitant dĂ©marrer et s’accĂ©lĂ©rer Ă  Bruxelles. Les candidats Ă  ce programme ont Ă©tĂ© sĂ©lectionnĂ©s par un comitĂ© d’experts et bĂ©nĂ©ficient d’un coaching avancĂ©, et d’un mentoring de haut niveau ainsi que d’ soutien technique au dĂ©veloppement d’un prototype. La finale de ce programme aura lieu le 20 mai dans les nouveaux locaux du MIC, rue Montoyer 51 (1000 Bruxelles).

 CrĂ©Ă©s sous la forme d’une association public-privĂ©e, les “MIC” sont des outils de dĂ©veloppement Ă©conomique rĂ©gionaux, qui ont pour objectif de faciliter la crĂ©ation d’entreprises dans le secteur des technologies, et de suivre le dĂ©veloppement de ces starters. Il existe aujourd’hui 110 MIC dans le monde, dont 30 en Europe.
En Belgique, il existe un MIC Ă  Mons (depuis mars 2009), un MIC Ă  Bruxelles lancĂ© il y a deux ans et demi en septembre 2011, et 2 nouveaux MIC ont Ă©tĂ© crĂ©Ă©s en Flandres Ă  Genk et Kortrijk. Chaque mois, le MIC Brussels propose des activitĂ©s de coaching d’entrepreneurs, de networking comme les MIC’s Thursday ainsi que des sessions techniques pour les dĂ©veloppeurs sur Windows Phone, HTML5 et le Cloud Computing (Windows Azure). Le MIC Brussels accueille rĂ©guliĂšrement depuis janvier 2013, des groupes de stagiaires dĂ©veloppeurs qui font leur stage dans des PME et startups Bruxelloises. Ainsi en 2014, 36 projets de stage ont Ă©tĂ© suivis par le MIC Brussels.

 

 

Laurent Vanbelle: expert of the month, consultant, .Net Architect and trainer on Microsoft technologies

Posté le dans Uncategorized

Bachelor in IT, I have 15 years of experience as a consultant and trainer on Microsoft Technologies.

At the end of my elementary school, a computer entered the door of my house. You all probably remember the name of those “computers”, commodore Vic20 and the commodore 64.

I could make my first step with computer development
 And I’m still busy with development, this is in my DNA!

I remember that I was developing applications for school for my friends to help them in studying courses like Mathematics, French or Geography.

Afterwards, a little bit older, during my further studies, I took part of a Computer Club organized by the school.

In the next weeks, again in cooperation with the MIC Brussels, I will animate workshops about Robotics. We hope with those workshops triggering their interest in new technologies.

It is very important to get young kids familiar with the computers. This is key in their development. Especially for the logic and the specific approach to problems.

On top of this, working with computer help the children to automate the tasks through development. For each age, there is a specific tool. This can be through robotics to bring some fun, or through applications with a screen as interface.

You can find a lot of educational games on the market to help your children to learn while they are playing.

Those games will allow your children to get an initiation to science and develop their imagination.

Today, it is key that the ability to develop is not only accessible to specialists and the senior developer! It must be accessible to all.  In fact, this is as much important as grammar!

 It is the challenge today: in a Digital World, we must provide the keys to the children to be to face this world in their day-to-day life! And more important, they should learn with a lot of fun! Because playing is essential for a child!

Internet is a great technology, but still not free of danger! I thus cooperate with schools to give some workshops to their students to educate them about the dangers of using Internet in an uncontrolled way.

About Laurent Vanbelle:
I started as Developer Analsyt and Trainer for Ezos till 2008. I then moved to Project Manager and Senior Trainer at Vision-Ezos until 2011.

This was then the moment for me to join the cooperative company Neomytic, the center of expertise around Microsoft Technologies. We are located in Mons.

Neomytic is a network of freelance consultants specialized in collaboration, the communication and the enterprise mobility.

I have had multiple roles within Neomytic : Consultant, .Net Architect and Trainer for all technologies around .Net Framework.

Through this Trainer role, I can share my knowledge and experience for IT Professionals, but also for IT beginners or students that want to quickly acquire the right level of Development competency in Microsoft Technologies.

Getting a Microsoft certification is very important! This will not only give the evidence that you master the specific Microsoft competency, but this will also help you to develop your career plan!

Since 2 years now, I give workshops to prepare people in getting Microsoft Certificates. This program is an initiative of the MIC Brussels.

I am working with different public organizations in charge of vocational education and the training authorities. Together, we are able to setup long term classroom program for people searching for a job. During 2012 and 2013, I enjoyed being the coach in Mobile Technologies for all those people.

As you see, in my job, this is not only about having a lot of skills and experience, but more important: this is about sharing this experience to others. There is nothing more grateful that seeing somebody you coached doing a great career!

 

Musestyle, where fashion content meets e-shopping by Cathy Pill & Sarah Levin

Posté le dans Uncategorized

Never afraid of a new challenge, always experimenting with fashion, fashion designer Cathy Pill decides after her brand’s success to enter the fast-paced digital world and create Musestyle in order to solve a problem she witnessed during her styling career – the gap between fashion content and e-shopping. She starts to develop the website concept with her friend, French online marketer Sarah Levin Weinberg, who has built her career in leading groups such as Expedia, Tradedoubler and Monster. Cathy and Sarah’s different paths, skills and experiences are a perfect combination and they know the link between content and e-commerce is one of the biggest challenge of the industry.

After a three-month BoostCamp at the Microsoft Innovation Center brussels during which they receive an intensive coaching and their ideas are constantly challenged, they both learn from valuable experts how to improve their pitching abilities and set up their business model. They proudly win the 3rd MIC Brussels Region Capital Prize, an award which gives them visibility and connections, and definitely opens the door to success. Musestyle is one of the 7th finalist at the US Decoded Fashion competition hosted in Milan that rewards international Fashion tech startups and few months later the website is launched: www.musestyle.com is a visual curation platform powered by style experts where every fashion & beauty product is shoppable – straight from pictures.

The concept is simple: On Musestyle, women discover and shop the latest looks of the finest style leaders, the ‘Muses’, whether IT-girls, fashion editors, top bloggers, models, or stylists. A select group of them are Musestyle’s Contributors who regularly post inspiring fashion pictures on their wall. Musestyle allows instant shopping of fashion and beauty products related to the featured pictures, by redirecting users to the relevant online retailer.
By bringing together top style experts, fashion brands and stores under one online roof, Musestyle positions itself as a high-end inspirational resource, a true time saver for shopping lovers and a great content partner for retailers. More above all, Musestyle aims at revolutionizing the way women shop online and become a major fashion destination.

In few months only Musestyle has managed to collect the finest fashion visual content and work with a great amount of fashion partners:
‱ Contributing Muses include Natalie Kingham (MATCHESFASHION.COM, UK), BĂ©a Ercolini (ELLE, Belgium), Tiany Kiriloff (Belmodo TV), Zanita Morgan (Zanita.com.au , Australia) or Silvano Vangi (Luisa Via Roma, Italy).
‱ Musestyle partners with about 50 leading online stores (NET-A-PORTER, Farfetch, Mytheresa, Luisa Via Roma, Harrods,
MATCHESFASHION.COM , ASOS) promoting more than 5,000 top brands (Kenzo, Chloé, J.Crew, Isabel Marant, Topshop, Reiss).

Our advice for other startups:

  •  Don’t be too innovative to make sure your concept will meet customers, but be innovative enough to offer something your competition doesn’t.
  • A good idea is not enough – what is important to succeed is how you execute and who execute the idea.
  • Know your assets but also your limits, and make sure your team is full of talented people that complement each other in terms of skills and experience.
  • Know your industry and your market – knowing and being connected to the industry key players is key.
  • Never be afraid to share and talk about your concept – there is nothing better than getting constantly challenged and advised by experts but also friends and relatives.
  • Keep always your goal in mind but don’t be afraid to try different paths to reach it.

28/4: Admin Job Day at MIC Brussels

Posté le dans About MIC Brussels - Proposed services, Interesting links

Willing to meet and interview some junior admins, during an evening?

Come and attend the Admin Job Day @MIC Brussels, on April the 28th, from 17:00 to 22:00.

After 5 months of intensive training, 12 Microsoft certified trainees of Bruxelles Formation and specialised on Admin, are ready to join your ranks!

Come and meet and interview them during this job day !

These candidates have taken part in the coaching program organized by Cefora and Bruxelles Formation, and have also benefited from the services and programs of the MIC Brussels.

Agenda:

  • Welcome
  • Experience sharing by potential recruiters
  • Interviews with candidates (30 minutes each)
  • Networking Drink

If you are a company and you wish to join, please contact

jon@mic-brussels.be

We hope to welcome you on April the 28th.

The MIC Brussels Management Team

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WHEN AND WHERE:

DATE :

28th of April

from 17:00 to 22:00

VENUE :

MIC Brussels

Rue Montoyer 51

1000 Bruxelles

 

CONTACT :

jon@mic-brussels.be

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rik Delva Cloud Consultant at Realdolmen and expert of the month

Posté le dans About MIC Brussels - Proposed services, Help for enterprise creation, Partners, Technology, The Voice of the Expert

In my job as a Cloud Consultant for RealDolmen, I talk to lots of organizations about the opportunities of Cloud Computing for their business. I see a lot of difference in speed of Cloud adoption in the enterprises compared to startups. Of course, enterprises usually have plenty of valid reasons for their reserve versus cloud. Just to name one: the legacy of software they have to support.

Startups on the other hand are much more open to cloud. No surprise, since the cloud computing model matches the needs of startups so well.

Let’s take a closer look at some of these needs:

  • Agility: as a startup, you need to be agile: while productizing your idea, you definitely will change minds from time to time. You don’t want to be limited in your ideas by infrastructure or software investments made. But also, time-to-market is very important: in many cases it’s not just a matter of fast-to-market but first-to-market.  So, you don’t want to be impacted by slow hardware purchasing or provisioning processes.
  • Cost efficiency: you want to spend your budget on your product, not on investments in hardware. The pay-per-use model of Windows Azure makes the platform so attractive for startups. I am still impressed by the low figures on every budget calculation I make.
    So Opex instead of Capex, but even then, don’t you want to minimize operational costs? For sure, you do not plan to spend a considerable amount of your budget on IT management and IT resources. Poor enterprises! Many analyst reports speak of figures as high as 80% of their IT budget being spent on operational costs for keeping their legacy software alive. Only 20% can be spent on activities that generate value for the business.
    Not so for startups and the (almost) zero management of PaaS and SaaS makes cloud a best friend again.
  • Scale: of course you all hope to be successful. If you succeed, then you will need a multiple of the datacenter capacity you need now. Cloud can seamlessly scale with your business, so no upgrade or migrations there for you. On the other hand, in the case your idea does not catch up, then scaling down and perhaps even shutting down is also a matter of minutes.  And again, all of this in a pay-per-use formula: you only pay for what you really use.
  • Globality: most startup ideas are not bound or limited by geographical borders. Cloud suppliers offer datacenter capacity around the globe and support your global ambitions out-of-the-box.

Besides being a first-citizen platform for hosting your software, cloud can bring even more value to your business. Cloud unlocks scenario’s that used to be impossible, difficult or too expensive to implement. Windows Azure has building blocks that support e.g. scenarios in the domains of The Internet of Things, Big Data, mobile apps, media and many more. It shouldn’t be surprising that these domains are the playing field of many startups nowadays.

Finally, isn’t it exciting that a small startup can now take advantage of the most professional datacenter capacity in the world, and that at very affordable prices? Oh yes, indeed, in the past, startups were able to meet a certain level of agility and cost efficiency with a server under their desk (or in the garage). Although interesting stories to tell to the grandchildren, I bet you want to offer another kind of SLA to your customers nowadays.

These were just a few examples of how Cloud matches the needs of startups and this may be reason enough for your startup to, at least, think seriously about cloud. Even more, using cloud can give startups the competitive advantage they need to successfully compete large enterprises.

Want to know more about Windows Azure? MIC Brussels can get you up-and-running with Azure boostcamps and inspiration sessions. And last but not least, there’s Microsoft’s BizSpark program, a free program dedicated to support startups by providing them with free software and tools, and a credit of Azure consumption.

Pictawall, the interactive social wall for events by Thomas Paris

Posté le dans Boostcamp, Help for enterprise creation, It happened at the MIC, Startup of the month

Pictawall was born on a beautiful evening of November 2012, during the unforgettable Startup Weekend LiÚge 2012.

Initially, we were planning to build the concept just for fun but as we were testing it on the market, we quickly realized the potential of the project, as some of the leads were already ready to buy the solution. So after the weekend, some of us decided to go for it.

We were driven by that strong belief that people were going to be sharing more and more on social networks, especially during events and that it would be difficult for the events’ organizers to take advantage of it, and we were right. By collecting and displaying in real-time all pictures and videos posted on social networks during an event, we created a very easy tool for event organizers to get the most out of all this sharing. Unlike common Tweet Walls that share what people think, Pictawall shares what people feel. And this is exactly what events’ organizers and brands want; letting their public share their emotions about them and by doing so, create a real-time interaction.

Now, the Pictawall team is composed of Jean-Christophe Cuvelier, web developer, Pieter Ginckels, designer and Thomas Paris (me), business developer and salesman.

Thanks to this powerful team, in less than 6 months we were already broadcasting pictures and videos at the 2013 Tomorrowland Music Festival edition.

In order to secure a repeatable business model, we partnered up with some screens rental companies, event centres and event organizing companies that integrated Pictawall into their portfolio of event animations.

Microsoft Innovation Center Brussels Boostcamp program helped me meet some incredible talented people, each of them expert in their specific domain. The conversations I had with most coaches and the ideas they brought me are worth months of coaching and learning. I recommend it to everyone with an idea who wishes to bring it to the next level. At the end, I was happy to win the Boostcamp Grand Prize and the 3000€ award from Innoviris, not only for the money but also for the amazing press coverage (L’Echo, Datanews, etc.), which brought some very nice leads to hear about us.
Also, we decided to develop our web application on Microsoft’s cloud platform, Azure, because it allows us to be scalable, having an architecture that grows with our needs.

And this is only the beginning, we will be entering the Dutch and British market by January 2014 and we are well determined to bring some Belgian touch to their events ;) !

Last but not least, a little advice to future Boostcampers; surround yourself with the best team for you. If each one is highly motivated by the project and you are able to work together efficiently, eventually you will succeed. Never surround yourself in the beginning with someone having the same skills as yours. It just does not work.

 

 

 

 

 

Inauguration et renouvellement du Microsoft Innovation Center Brussels

Posté le dans It happened at the MIC, Press & Media
Bruxelles, le 21 janvier

Aujourd’hui, le Microsoft Centre situĂ© au 51 rue Montoyer Ă  Bruxelles ouvre officiellement ses portes. ParallĂšlement au Microsoft Executive Briefing Center et au Microsoft Policy Center, le Microsoft Innovation Center Brussels (MIC Brussels) emmĂ©nage dans de nouveaux locaux et bureaux plus spacieux.
 
         MIC Brussels new offices at Rue Montoyer, 51.
 

Le MIC Brussels Ɠuvre de concert avec les autoritĂ©s Ă  la crĂ©ation d’emplois et Ă  l’encouragement du travail des jeunes. Le ministĂšre bruxellois de l’Économie et de l’Emploi et Microsoft collaborent en effet activement dĂ©jĂ  depuis trois ans: Depuis son lancement, il y a deux ans, le MIC Brussels a permis de crĂ©er 30 startups, a aidĂ© 131 personnes Ă  trouver un emploi et a dĂ©livrĂ© 365 certifications.

Renouvellement de la collaboration pour trois ans
Dans son allocution d’inauguration des nouveaux locaux du MIC Brussels, CĂ©line Fremault, Ministre bruxelloise de l’Économie et de l’Emploi, a indiquĂ© que le contrat entre le MIC et la RĂ©gion de Bruxelles-Capitale Ă©tait renouvelĂ©e pour une pĂ©riode de trois ans : De 2014 Ă  2017, le partenariat soutiendra d’autres stages et emplois, contribuera Ă  crĂ©er des startups, dĂ©livrera des certifications et investira aussi dans de nouvelles initiatives innovantes en faveur des femmes et des jeunes dans le secteur des nouvelles technologies. Le partenariat a Ă©tĂ© officiellement signĂ© aujourd’hui par la Ministre CĂ©line Fremault, Brad Smith, General Counsel et Executive Vice President de Microsoft et Baudouin Urbain, Public Sector Director de Microsoft BeLux.

         Céline Fremault, Minister of Economy of the Brussels Capital Region, Brad Smith, Microsoft General Counsel and Executive Vice President Legal and Corporate Affairs, and  Baudouin Urbain, Director Public Sector (GOV, Healthcare & Education) at Microsoft, signing the new 3 years MIC Brussels partnership. 
 

CĂ©line FrĂ©mault, Ministre bruxelloise de l’Économie et de l’Emploi : « Ce partenariat entre Microsoft et la RĂ©gion de Bruxelles-Capitale, MIC Brussels, est et demeure une initiative fondamentale pour soutenir notre investissement en recherche et innovation, visant Ă  faire de Bruxelles l’une des rĂ©gions les plus innovantes en ICT »

YouthSpark
ParallĂšlement, Microsoft continuera Ă  soutenir financiĂšrement l’initiative Youthspark, notamment trois organisations dĂ©diĂ©es aux jeunes : le Forum europĂ©en de la jeunesse (FEJ), Telecentre Europe et Junior Achievement-Young Enterprise (JA-YE). Dans le cadre de l’initiative YouthSpark et des nouvelles prioritĂ©s du MIC Brussels pour les trois prochaines annĂ©es, le MIC et Microsoft organiseront ensemble des camps d’étĂ© pour les jeunes et les entrepreneurs qui prendront place dans les nouveaux locaux du MIC de Bruxelles.

         Céline Fremault, Minister of Economy of the Brussels Capital Region, Brad Smith, Microsoft General Counsel and  Executive Vice President Legal and Corporate Affairs, and Låszló Andor, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, with Microsoft Youth Ambassadors on stage. 
 

À propos du Microsoft Innovation Center

CrĂ©Ă©s sous la forme de partenariats public-privĂ©, les « MIC » sont des outils de dĂ©veloppement Ă©conomique rĂ©gionaux, qui ont pour objectif de faciliter la crĂ©ation d’entreprises dans le secteur des technologies, et de suivre le dĂ©veloppement de startups. Il existe aujourd’hui 110 MIC dans le monde, dont 30 en Europe. En Belgique, il existe un MIC Ă  Mons depuis mars 2009 et 2 nouveaux MIC ont Ă©tĂ© crĂ©Ă©s en Flandre, Ă  Genk et Courtrai. Le MIC Brussels a Ă©tĂ© lancĂ© il y a 2 ans et demi en septembre 2011. Chaque mois, le MIC Brussels propose des activitĂ©s de coaching d’entrepreneurs, des Ă©vĂ©nements de networking comme les MIC’s Thursday ainsi que des sessions techniques pour les dĂ©veloppeurs sur Windows Phone, HTML5 et le Cloud Computing (Windows Azure).

Le MIC Brussels accueille rĂ©guliĂšrement, depuis janvier 2013, des groupes de jeunes dĂ©veloppeurs qui font leur stage dans des PME et startups bruxelloises. Au mois de septembre, le MIC Brussels a lancĂ©, en partenariat avec Evoliris et BECI (la Chambre de Commerce bruxelloise), un programme de Stage IT pour Ă©tudiants bacheliers informatiques demandeurs d’emploi en Ă©cole de promotion sociale. Ces stagiaires reçoivent un coaching approfondi par un Consultant du MIC Brussels, peuvent saisir l’opportunitĂ© d’amĂ©liorer leurs connaissances techniques et gĂ©nĂ©rales ainsi que la possibilitĂ© d’obtenir des certifications Microsoft. Avant mĂȘme la fin de ce stage de 15 semaines, un tiers de ce groupe de stagiaires a dĂ©jĂ  trouvĂ© un emploi.

 
ALREADY IN THE PRESS :
 
Datanews: La RĂ©gion bruxelloise et le Microsoft Innovation Center renouvellent leur collaboration
 
Solutions Magazine: Microsoft Innovation Center Brussels
 Phase deux
 
Euronews: Start-ups shake up tech world
 
Regional-IT: Le MIC Bruxelles élargit ses locaux et ses activités 
 
L’ echo: Le MIC Brussels rempile pour trois ans
 
De Tijd: Steun voor onderzoek
 
Informaticien.be: Inauguration et renouvellement du Microsoft Innovation Center Brussels
 
Bloovi: Microsoft Center opent de deuren in Brussel 

 

 

 

 

Inhuldiging en vernieuwing van Microsoft Innovatiecentrum Brussel

Posté le dans It happened at the MIC, Press & Media

Zaventem, 21 januari

Vandaag opent het Microsoft Center in de Montoyerstraat 51 in Brussel officieel zijn deuren. Naast het Microsoft Executive Briefing Center en het Microsoft Policy Center vindt ook het Microsoft innovatiecentrum (MIC) Brussel hier een nieuwe thuis, met meer kantoorruimte.

         Brussels new offices at Rue Montoyer, 51.
 

Het doel van het MIC bestaat erin samen met de overheid arbeidsplaatsen te creëren en jongeren aan het werk krijgen. Het Brusselse Ministerie van Economie en Tewerkstelling en Microsoft zetten al drie jaar samen hun schouders onder het innovatiecentrum, dat in sinds zijn opstart twee jaar geleden 30 start-ups lanceerde, 131 mensen aan een job hielp en 365 certificaten uitdeelde.

Samenwerking loopt nog minstens drie jaar
Tijdens haar speech tijdens de opening van de nieuwe locatie van het MIC Brussel, bevestigde de Brusselse Minister van Economie CĂ©line Fremault dat het contract tussen het MIC en het Brusselse Gewest voor drie jaar verlengd wordt, van 2014 – 2017. Tijdens de komende drie jaar zal het partnership verder stages en jobs ondersteunen, start-ups en certificaten creĂ«ren en investeren in nieuwe innovatieve initiatieven om vrouwen en jeugd in ICT te ondersteunen. Het partnership werd vandaag op het podium officieel ondertekend door CĂ©line Fremault, Microsofts General Counsel en Executive Vice President Brad Smith, samen met Baudouin Urbain, Public Sector Director bij Microsoft BeLux.


Céline Fremault, Minister of Economy of the Brussels Capital Region, Brad Smith, Microsoft General Counsel and Executive Vice President Legal and Corporate Affairs, and  Baudouin Urbain, Director Public Sector (GOV, Healthcare & Education) at Microsoft, signing the new 3 years MIC Brussels partnership. 
 

CĂ©line FrĂ©mault, Brussels minister van Economie en Tewerkstelling: “Het partnership tussen het Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest en Microsoft, MIC Brussel, is en blijft essentieel om onze investeringen in onderzoek en innovatie te ondersteunen en zo van Brussel een van de meest innovatieve regio’s op het gebied van ICT te maken.”

Youthspark
Mircrosoft zal daarnaast het
Youthspark initiatief verder financieel ondersteunen, met name drie jeugdorganisaties: the European Youth Forum (YFJ), Telecentre Europe en  Junior Achievement-Young Enterprise (JA-YE). In het kader van het YouthSpark initiatief en de nieuwe prioriteiten van het MIC Brussel voor de komende drie jaar, zullen het MIC en Microsoft samen zomerkampen organiseren voor jongeren en ondernemers. Die zullen plaatsvinden in het nieuwe gebouw van het MIC Brussel.

         Céline Fremault, Minister of Economy of the Brussels Capital Region, Brad Smith, Microsoft General Counsel and  Executive Vice President Legal and Corporate Affairs, and Låszló Andor, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, with Microsoft Youth Ambassadors on stage. 
 

Over het Microsoft Innovation Center

De MIC’s, opgericht in de vorm van een publiek-private vereniging, zijn gewestelijke instrumenten voor de economische ontwikkeling en hebben als doel om de oprichting van bedrijven in de technologische sector te vergemakkelijken en de ontwikkeling van deze starters op te volgen. Momenteel zijn er wereldwijd 110 MIC’s, waarvan 30 in Europa. In BelgiĂ« bestaat er sinds maart 2009 een MIC in Bergen en er werden 2 nieuwe MIC’s opgericht in Genk en Kortrijk. Iets meer dan twee jaar geleden, in september 2011, werd het MIC Brussels opgericht. Elke maand biedt het MIC Brussels activiteiten aan rond de coaching van ondernemers en organiseert het netwerkingevenementen zoals de MIC Thursday en praktische sessies voor ontwikkelaars over Windows Phone, HTML5 en Cloud Computing (Windows Azure).

Sinds januari 2013 ontvangt het MIC Brussels regelmatig ontwikkelaars die stage lopen bij kmo’s en Brusselse start-ups. In samenwerking met Evoliris en BECI lanceerde het in september ook een IT-stageprogramma voor werkzoekende bachelors informatica uit een school voor sociale promotie. Ze worden grondig gecoacht door een consultant van het MIC Brussel, krijgen de kans om hun technische vaardigheden en ‘soft skills’ te verbeteren en Microsoft-diploma’s te behalen. Nog voor het einde van het 15 weken durende programma vond een derde al een baan.

 

ALREADY IN THE PRESS :

 
 Datanews: Brussels Gewest en Microsoft Innovation Center hernieuwen samenwerking
 
Solutions Magazine: Microsoft Innovation Center Brussels
 Phase deux
 
Euronews: Start-ups shake up tech world
 
Regional-IT: Le MIC Bruxelles élargit ses locaux et ses activités 
 
L’ echo: Le MIC Brussels rempile pour trois ans
 
De Tijd: Steun voor onderzoek
 
Informaticien.be: Inauguration et renouvellement du Microsoft Innovation Center Brussels
 
Bloovi : Microsoft Center opent de deuren in Brussel