18 July 2012
Chandler (Quebec), July 18, 2012 – GIMXPORT, an export promotion agency of the Gaspesie and the Magdalen Islands, announced the preliminary results of its mission to Belgium and France, held from June 24th to 29 th; where seven companies of the “Information technology and communications” sector were involved.
The mission began with a visit to Belgium where companies participated in business meetings and networking events organized by the Quebec Government Office in Brussels. This allowed participants to validate the potential of the Belgium market and to explore potential strategic alliances. The delegation members then traveled to Lille in France to attend Futurallia, a worldwide networking event to meet 16 potential business partners, preselected from around the world.
“Participating companies truly enjoyed their mission. Belgium is a technological mecca, and we hope to develop a strategy to further our relations with these companies. In addition, partnerships are to be expected when businesses get involvement with Futurallia Lille 2012” adds Pascale Allain, Export Coordinator, GIMXPORT.
This mission was organized by the Network of Export Commissioners of Quebec (RECOMEX), which GIMXPORT is a member, and was supported by Canada Economic Development (CED) and the ministry of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade (MDEIE), through its Export Quebec program.
Participants are Talking
Upon returning from the mission, several members of the delegation were very satisfied with the experience and look forward to promising results. A few participants commented:
“Our presence at this event allowed us, among other things, to enhance a partnership that emerged during a previous Futurallia with a company from France. The entrepreneurial energy released from the event and the participants inspired ingenious ideas and implemented agreements with competitors and partners. We are also very proud to say that we have greatly expanded our network of international business.” – Martin Duguay, executive director, Jolifish.
“These meetings allowed me to get a good glimpse at the business practices of a few European companies. Belgium was a very big surprise for me. The Belgium technology sector is very dynamic and partnership opportunities are concrete and interesting. Visiting several science parks confirmed that our business model is sustainable and adaptable to European needs. Futurallia also allowed me to discover the needs of companies around the world. Another important aspect is the partnership created between businesses from Quebec. I honestly think it’s a winning formula.” – Alain Cloutier, executive director, Interstation.
“For Gemini 3d, the experience was rewarding and the contacts made during the meetings at Futurallia and in Brussels suggest that agreements for the development of future projects might come forth in upcoming months.” – Nancy Thorne, marketing director, Gemini 3d Inc.
“For Bedecomics, our visit to Brussels was very constructive with several meetings and visits in the comic strip Capital. In addition, the meetings we had at Futurallia Lille went very well and several follow-ups are being made. The majority of people we met were very receptive to our concept. As well, several contacts were made for the deployment and adaptation of our product in Europe.” – Dany Bouffard, director, Bedecomics.
The other regional companies that participated in the mission were: L’île Imagin’Air and les Productions La Semelle Verte.
For more information, please visit: www.GIMXPORT.org