WBDM organises promotion actions and advises companies and designers in their export process, whether active in fashion, product design, furniture design, textile design, environmental design, communication design, social design or food design.
Other supports exist for entrepreneurs who want to structure and launch their activity. WBDM will direct you to the different types of assistance that is available in Wallonia and the Brussels-Capital Region for fashion and design.
ASSISTANCE FOR PROTOTYPES
Every design starts with a concept and the elaboration of a first sample. The various grants of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation will provide support for your research, the feasibility study of your project and the elaboration of your prototype.
Protecting your designs is crucial. There are several ways of avoiding counterfeit. Picarré, the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property, as well as the Belgian Office for Intellectual Property allow you to register and protect your brand, your designs and your models with patents and copyright.
LAUNCHING YOUR COMPANY/PROJECT
In Wallonia and Brussels various bodies help you launch your project with grants, training or even coaching sessions. WBDM has grouped the available assistance for you in function of your place of business.
PROMOTING YOUR ACTIVITIES
Various bodies encourage the promotion of your work according to your activities. WBDM will direct you to the right body and put you into contact with all the platforms so you can promote yourself in Belgium as well as abroad, in the design and fashion world.
FUNDING YOUR ACTIVITIES
Besides the various grants that are available for the launch of your project St’Art also allows you to finance the development of your activities with an investment fund of 10 million euros that has been earmarked for creative companies.
COLLABORATIONS BETWEEN DESIGNERS AND COMPANIES
The relations between designers and companies are crucial but are often underestimated. Various bodies will put you in touch with the right manufacturers to help you develop your projects and in certain cases even offer you the option of becoming one of their consultants.
PREPARING FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Incorporating an international dimension in the development of your project may soon prove useful and necessary. Firstly, because the possibilities on the domestic market are limited. Secondly, because your visibility abroad will significantly contribute to brand awareness. WBDM assists you with the preparations and provides personal coaching for your international development.
AN INTERNATIONAL PRESENCE
WBDM gives you the possibility to participate in various activities that will help establish your brand on the international market. Activities organised by our organisation, international trade fairs or international competitions… Find out which options are available!