Earlier this week we officially launched the Microsoft Innovation Center (MIC) project together with Walloon Minister of economy Jean-Claude Marcourt and announced March 4th 2009 as the opening date and start of operations. The MIC in Mons will be part of a worldwide extensive network of Innovation centers that aim at developing and stimulating the local IT economy and employment, and impact relationship with local governments, SMBs and start-ups. The 2 focus axes of the Belgian MIC will be innovative technology on one side and e-health from a business perspective. The MIC is a public private collaboration (ASBL/VZW) created by l’Agence wallonne à l’exportation (AWEX), La Maison de l’Entreprise, Le Forem, L’agence Wallonne des Télécommunications (AWT), Microsoft and the Walloon Government. The initial investment to create the MIC and operate it for the first 3 years is being done 50/50 by Microsoft and the government.
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