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Belgian insuretech scale-up Qover wins German DIAmond award

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Go Global, Insights, Going Global, Growing on Nov 17, 2017

The Belgian insuretech scale-up Qover won the prestigious DIAmond Award during the DIA Conference in Munich. Qover convinced the jury through a live demonstration of how you can build an insuretech business in just 5 minutes. Different insurance services are available in open API’s that can be integ...

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Centrica acquires REstore for €70 million

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Insights, Funding, Growing, Fundraising on Nov 07, 2017

British energy supplier Centrica has acquired Belgian power management startup REstore for €70 million to further expand Centrica’s geographic footprint.

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9.5 Magnitude is a new Belgian startup builder

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Insights, Funding, Starting Up, Going Global, Growing on Oct 22, 2017

9.5 Magnitude is a pre-seed corporate venturing investment platform. It positions itself as co-manager and co-investor of startups that are tailored to the needs of large companies.

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Arkite raises 1.6 million Euro to accelerate its European expansion

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Go Global, Funding, Growing, Fundraising on Oct 16, 2017

Industry 4.0 specialist Arkite announces that it has closed a financing round of 1.6 million Euro to further accelerate its commercial expansion in Europe.

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Sentiance closes strategic partnership with SoftBank in Japan

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Insights, Funding, Going Global, Growing on Oct 11, 2017

Sentiance joins forces with Realize Mobile Communications (RMC), a leading Japanese provider of mobile solutions and a member of the SoftBank Group, to develop joint offerings in the Japanese market.

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Alexander De Croo is among finalists for the Startup Nations Award for National Policy Leadership

Posted in Ecosystem, Insights, Policy, Experts on Oct 05, 2017

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Agenda Alexander De Croo has been nominated for the Startup Nations Award for National Policy Leadership.

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Showpad opens Chicago office, welcomes former Marketo EVP Jason Holmes as COO

Posted in Startup News, Go Global, Going Global, Growing on Oct 04, 2017

Sales enablement platform Showpad has hired Jason Holmes as President and Chief Operating Officer (COO). Holmes will open and run Showpad’s new Chicago office, which will serve as the company’s North American headquarters.

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Startups in Israel: “Invent something, and then sell it”

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Go Global, Insights, Experts, Going Global on Sep 28, 2017

If there’s one place in the world that’s strongly resembles Silicon Valley, it’s must be the area around Tel Aviv. This September, a delegation of 70 Belgian startups and corporates discovered the assets of ‘Silicon Wadi’ during a large-scale mission organized by the City of Antwerp, Startups.be, Fl...

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Will startups be hit by the copyright torpedo?

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Insights, Policy on Sep 28, 2017

4.5 million jobs are created by the startup sector. This sector is under threat from the Copyright Directive. How can we improve and adapt European copyright law to match the development of new technologies? Here is what the European startup community has to say.

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"Growing fast is like sex in the 50's"

Posted in Insights, Experts, Starting Up, Growing, Fundraising on Sep 25, 2017

Our society has missed out on an astonishing number of large companies, because, at a certain stage in their growth process, they weren’t able to overcome their growing pains. Why do so few companies succeed in overcoming these hurdles?

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The Belgian-Slovak startup Tangent Works raises one million euro

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Funding, Growing on Sep 22, 2017

The machine learning company with the core expertise in the predictive model building process automatization nails down a €1M investment from Saffelberg, the VC fund of Jos Sluys (ex-Arinso).

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Walloon energy saver e-Peas raises 3 million euro

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Funding, Starting Up, Going Global, Growing, Fundraising on Sep 21, 2017

Founded in 2014 and developed within The Faktory, the Walloon energy saver specialist e-Peas has raised three million euro from an impressive bunch of international investors. The capital will enable the startup to launch several new products.

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France Digitale joins the European Startup Network

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Insights, Policy, Growing on Nov 16, 2017

The European Startup Network (ESN) has joined forces with one of the most important startup ecosystems in Europe, France. France Digitale, an independent non-profit organisation will represent the French ecosystem in the network.

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Top 5 facts about the Walloon tech ecosystem

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Policy, Experts, Starting Up, Going Global, Growing, Fundraising on Oct 26, 2017

From comprehending the Walloon tech startup players, to portraying the Walloon startup ecosystem at the global level. In the first semester of 2017, The Digital Agency and Startups.be have conducted a profound study to assess the state of the tech ecosystem in the Walloon region.

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Winwinner gets the support of The CoFoundry

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Go Global, Funding, Growing, Fundraising on Oct 20, 2017

With the help of The CoFoundry WinWinner wants to speed up its growth plans. Further digitalization of the platform should refine and optimize the matchmaking process.

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Sensolus raises €2.75 million to grow beyond European borders

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Go Global, Funding, Going Global, Growing, Fundraising on Oct 13, 2017

The Ghent-based IoT startup Sensolus announced that Capricorn ICT Arkiv and Quest for Growth invested about €2.75 million in the business. The funding round was also joined by an unnamed angel investor with expertise in international market expansion.

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LynxCare raises money and opens office in Silicon Valley

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Go Global, Funding, Starting Up, Going Global, Fundraising on Oct 10, 2017

The Leuven based healthcare startup LynxCare raises 1.2 million euro. The young company, that tracks and monitors patients for hospitals, also has someone working in San Francisco.

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Ten ways for startup founders to make the most out of Web Summit and Slush

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Go Global, Insights, Experts, Going Global on Oct 04, 2017

Before you attend larger-than-life events such as WebSummit and Slush, a good preparation is crucial! Here are ten ways to make the most out of your visit.

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Startups.be joins forces with FIT to support the internationalization of Flanders’ tech startups

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Go Global, Policy, Experts, Going Global on Oct 03, 2017

Startups.be has reached a structural collaboration agreement with Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT), Flanders’ agency for international enterprise. The agreement was signed on 3 October 2017 by Karen Boers, CEO of Startups.be, and Claire Tillekaerts, CEO at FIT, during an official ceremony at the Ho...

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“No reason to be ashamed about our Belgian scene”

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Go Global, Insights, Experts, Going Global on Sep 28, 2017

Now that our mission to Israel is over, it’s time to collect some comments. Was the experience useful for the startups that participated? What did they learn?

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