From November 21 to 24, the Monaco Economic Board (MEB) was in Amsterdam and The Hague, in the heart of one of the most economically dynamic countries in Europe, after a successful, inspiring and productive visit.
No less than sixteen of its member companies responded to the MEB’s call, for a mission prepared in April during a conference led by Florian Carquillat, Deputy Director of the CCI France Netherlands.
The goal was to respond on a case-by-case basis to the different expectations of Monegasque entrepreneurs. The Embassy of Monaco in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and the European Union, led by H.E. Frederic Labarrère, was very involved throughout the events and very attentive to the success of each company.
The dense and varied program first included the signing of a cooperation agreement between the CCI France Netherlands and the Monaco Economic Board, as a preamble to a complete presentation on the Amsterdam economy by the organisation responsible for attracting investments and partnerships in this region. The trip continued with a very informative visit to the headquarters of Booking.com, one of the most famous Dutch companies in the world, with the recipes that a start-up can use to move from the status of a good idea to become the world leader in accommodation reservations.
The day ended at the historic Heineken headquarters, where targeted meetings were organised with Dutch entrepreneurs selected in advance for their interest in Monegasque companies. The next day took place in The Hague, starting with the Titaan innovation hub, founded by Monaco resident Hendrik Halbe, a true talent incubator concentrating companies capable of making a difference through the originality and solidity of their projects, in close collaboration with a higher management school.
The last two parts of the mission were undoubtedly the strongest, with a visit to Campus at Sea, a public/private institution, focused on the exchange of new technologies linked to the sea, where companies can test their inventions on a real scale in the North Sea. SMEG made a notable contribution, highlighting the Principality’s very advanced know-how in the field of heat pumps.
The Monaco Chamber of Renewable Energy and Ecology also made particularly interesting contacts. Finally, the innovative Monegasque companies Mindus and Dazerolab also had the opportunity to pitch.
The trip ended at the headquarters of TotalEnergies in the Netherlands.
PHOTO: Signature of the memorandum of understanding between the MEB and the CCI France Netherlands by Guillaume Rose, Executive General Director of the MEB and Sylvie Craenen – Director of CCI France Netherlands in the presence of H.E. Frédéric Labarrère, Ambassador of Monaco in Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the European Union.