On the eve of St David's Day, Cyber Wales and the Welsh Government, with support from the Department of International Trade at the British Embassy to Belgium, organised a Trade Mission to Brussels.
Throughout the day, a diverse group of Cyber Wales Cluster members, including 10 companies and 3 universities, were able to make short presentations to potential clients and private partners in Belgium and enjoy several networking opportunities to mingle with the attendees. Participating companies included Pervade Software and John Davies gave an overview Pervade's combined monitoring and compliance tracking platform.
Keynote speakers included Sir Julian King the EU Security Commissioner, Alison Rose the British Ambassador to Belgium, Prof Mark Drakeford AM the Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Alain Courtois the Chief of Contracting at NATO.
The event was attended by representatives of other Global Cyber Ecosystems including The Kosciuszko Institute from Poland, a fellow founding member of the GlobalEPIC (the Ecosystem of ecosystems for Partnerships and Innovation in Cybersecurity), and the Bretagne Cyber Valley from Brittany, France. During the day John Davies, Co-founder & Chair of Cyber Wales signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with B-Hive, a European collaborative innovation fintech platform that brings together major banks, insurers and market infrastructure players.
The day’s programme culminated in a fantastic networking reception at the Residence of the British Ambassador. More than 300 business people from Belgium, France, Brittany & Poland attended the event which featured specially imported Welsh cuisine including Welsh Cakes, Bara Brith and drinks from the Penderyn Distillery including seaweed flavoured gin!