A network of enterprise advisers for SMEs

The Agence pour l’Entreprise & l’Innovation (AEI) builds, drives and leads a unique network of advisers for enterprises, brought together within structures called “operators”.  These Walloon operators as a whole are skilled in innovation development, business creation and enterprise support.

The AEI’s ambition for this network of operators is for it to:

  • make a significant contribution to Wallonia’s economic and social development, supported by the core businesses of its members acting in partnership;
  • offer enterprises and project leaders a visible and clear set of services organised into coherent and efficient sectors, with recognised added value;
  • foster the creation, growth and transmission of enterprises as well as all aspects of innovation, by designing, proposing and implementing a programme of actions within Walloon strategic plans;
  • make Wallonia a region of digital excellence.

Tools and means are developed by the AEI to make this network of operators more efficient:

  • signing agreements with all operators with the aim of implementing coordinated, effective and efficient activities;
  • more accurate determination of target demographics of operators and their core businesses;
  • organisation of operators’ activities into service sectors for faster and broader development of enterprises;
  • professionalisation of enterprise advisers through a tailored training plan;
  • collaboration between the AEI and operators to develop methodologies, share good practices, explore new options, etc.
  • development of a common culture;
  • tracking and evaluation of the network’s overall performance.

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