hub.brussels Blog The OpenSoon Call for Projects is open!
The OpenSoon Call for Projects is open!

The OpenSoon Call for Projects is open!

Do you have an innovative and sustainable retail project for Brussels? The 2020 edition of the OpenSoon Call for Projects has been launched! The Brussels-Capital Region is granting coaching and financial support of up to €15,000. 

OpenSoon’s objective is to promote the opening of new, original, quality shops that implement sustainable practices and generate momentum in the Brussels-Capital Region’s shopping districts.

Due to the special circumstances surrounding this edition, shops open since 01/01/2021 can also participate in the call for projects this year.

Exception for the first jury: businesses that have been open since 17/08/2020 (closing date of the 2020 edition of Opensoon) will be able to apply to the first jury (submission of applications on 01/03/2021).

Innovative and sustainable retail projects

The Call for Projects has the following objectives:

  • Strengthen retail in Brussels by fostering the introduction of new, solid concepts to the market
  • Support and assist shops which choose innovative and socially and environmentally exemplary economic models
  • Offer financial support to the leaders of high-quality, innovative projects, as well as consulting and strategic and operational support
  • Help provide future shop owners in the Brussels-Capital Region with assistance
  • Pave the way, as of today, for an ambitious retail environment which is customer-oriented and resolutely focused on the future
  • Help meet city dwellers’ expectations with a new retail offering

Financial support and coaching

The winners of the OpenSoon grant will receive:

  • Assistance from hub.brussels consisting of:
    • a coaching phase to develop the best possible project and position it commercially
    • a consulting phase to find the best location to set up your future business.
  • Financial support from the Brussels-Capital Region: a €10,000 allowance for the winners and from 5,000€ to 15,000 if the project shows outstanding sustainability.

Do you want to apply for the OpenSoon Call for Projects?

Find out more about the eligibility conditions, rules and steps to take below! Your file must be sent at the latest by :

  • March 01, 2021 for projects applying to the first jury
  • April 23, 2021 for projects applying to the second jury
  • June 11, 2021 for projects applying to the third jury
  • August 27, 2021 for projects applying to the fourth jury

The application files will be reviewed by a multidisciplinary Advisory Committee.

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