Recognized as an example of innovation, potential, growth and success in the Belgian economy, Odoo has been chosen by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) to illustrate the 315 billion euro investment plan jointly launched by the two institutions to foster business competitiveness.

As the recipient of both private and public funding in the form of cash investments and government initiatives, we were identified as a great choice to host a European delegation. The opinion of a young entrepreneur like our founder Fabien Pinckaers is vital in the framework of a project that aims to invest in the future of new businesses, and that is so dear to EU Commission President Jean-Claude Junkers.

It’s the early afternoon of Tuesday May 26th when the first journalists arrive at the atypical location chosen for the event. All the employees at Odoo’s HQ, a modernized farm in Grand Rosière with a lingering rustic charm, are, as usual, working at their desks. However, this time they’re wearing our characteristic bright purple Odoo polo shirts for the special occasion and with a little more pride.

The silence of the courtyard, the countryside feeling, the wind gently grazing the leaves of the garden trees strikes the journalists. “It’s so quiet here, one would never guess that the Vice-President of the European Commission is supposed to arrive in a few minutes” one says.

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