“ By joining a business mission, you are privileged to associate with EU Gateway, a well-known brand within the local business environment and a credible reference for your potential local partners. ”

“ Thanks to EU Gateway, we have been able to establish ourselves in the Japanese market. We found more customers and were able to build our distribution network. Sales in Japan now account for 5% of our export. ”

“ The profile of being selected for an EU business mission was a very helpful marketing tool, with good visibility in the local technical media. In addition, we were able to develop new, high quality contacts. ”

“ EU Gateway provides unique entry tickets for the Japanese market. During several consecutive missions, we succeeded to create new business links, enhance existing contacts and refine our business strategy. ”

“ The EU Gateway Programme gives much better contacts than any other exhibition. This is a good platform to understand deeper the business mentality in order to find partners. ”


EU Gateway is an EU-funded initiative helping European SMEs to establish long-lasting business collaborations in difficult markets abroad. EU Gateway participants attend one week in-country business missions and benefit from business support services such as: coaching, logistical and financial support and much more.

During the last EU Gateway cycle (2008-2014), 46 business missions have been organised to Japan and Korea with tangible results for the 1 500 participating companies – 83% found the business mission highly useful to increase their market understanding, 64% established business collaborations, 30% saw their revenue grow following the mission.

Currently, no business missions are being organised under the EU Gateway umbrella. Companies interested in Singapore, Malaysia or Vietnam are invited to participate in the pilot programme EU Business Avenues in Southeast Asia.

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