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Sentiance secures €8 million in funding round led by Volta Ventures

Posted in Startup News, Funding on Jun 27, 2017

Sentiance has secured €8 million in funding in a round led by Volta Ventures, with co-investor KPN Ventures. All previous investors including Samsung Catalyst Fund, Qbic, Pamica (Michel Akkermans) and the top management participated in the new funding round. The investment will be used to execute on...

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Net Futures: what will our society look like in 2027?

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Insights, Policy on Jun 23, 2017

What will Europe's digital economy & society look like in 2027? And what will be the key technologies to use? On 28 and 29 June, the Net Futures Conference in The Egg in Brussels addresses these and other questions, at a time when Europe is at the brink of entering the fourth industrial revolution.

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Sympl raises €1,1M

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Insights, Funding, Growing on Jun 21, 2017

The new round of funding gives Sympl extra valuable resources to undertake and to transform the future of recruitment.

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4 questions you should ask yourself when you are thinking of raising capital for your business

Posted in Ecosystem, Insights, Policy, Fundraising on Jun 15, 2017

Raising capital is a hot topic in Belgium, and with good reason. It is highly important and often very challenging for entrepreneurs. The experts of VGD audit, tax & accountancy give their insights in how to navigate across investment opportunities.

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The why and how of metrics!

Posted in Ecosystem, Insights, Fundraising on Jun 02, 2017

Every business runs on metrics. Yesterday, we, together with impulse.brussels, kicked out the 7th investor readiness workshop that addressed the challenges and essentials of metrics and unit economics. Check out the 5 bits of advice from the workshop.

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Flemish entrepreneurs pitch their idea for VIER

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Experts, Funding, Growing on Jun 01, 2017

Do you have a great idea that can persuade the most demanding investors? Do you want to raise awareness around your brand, or do you dream of winning the hearts of the Belgian television viewers? This could be your chance, because VIER is looking for Flemish entrepreneurs who want to participate in ...

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EIT Digital and Startup Estonia join forces to boost Estonian startup ecosystem

Posted in Ecosystem, Policy on May 26, 2017

EIT Digital and Startup Estonia signed a Memorandum of Collaboration to help the Estonian innovation ecosystem develop further during Estonia’s EU presidency and also play an increasingly important role in the international digital landscape.

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GoGlobal: A hands-on look into Asian markets

Posted in Go Global, Going Global on May 24, 2017

In early May, we headed to Singapore with 15 Belgian startups to explore business opportunities and get first-hand insight into the region. Check out our findings!

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Capturing shareholder agreement & tax shelter

Posted in Insights, Policy, Experts, Fundraising on May 23, 2017

When a shareholder agreement is written well, people on both sides of the table benefit! That's why, at our investor readiness track last week, we together with expert lawyers from Beyond Law Firm focused on different aspects of the shareholder agreement and the tax shelter.

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Storesqure receives €5M to fuel its growth

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Funding, Growing on May 23, 2017

The Belgian e-commerce platform Storesquare receives €5M in fresh capital from KBC and Roularta to fuel its further growth and to compete with online platforms as Bol.com, Amazon and Alibaba.

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How it took Noël Slangen forever to get rid of his company

Posted in Failing Forward on May 16, 2017

Haven't been to a Faalfolie night yet? It's about time you do! See what previous Failing Forward faalfolie-evenings had to offer and which are still coming up.

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What the best startup founders understand about building a killer scale-up

Posted in Insights on May 16, 2017

This month Teamleader, one of the earliest investments of Duco Sickinghe, turned five. While discussing about scaling-up in Europe with founder and CEO Jeroen De Wit at Teamleader’s anniversary event ‘Work Smarter‘ a couple of days ago, the former Telenet top executive came up with a few observation...

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Patrick Polak’s inspiring talk on VCs & the art of fundraising

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Insights, Experts, Fundraising on Jun 26, 2017

Sometimes a well-told expert advice is all you need! Last week, Patrick Polak, one of the best VCs in Benelux met entrepreneurs and startups in Brussels and talked about the art and craft of being a VC and fundraising.

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AproPLAN secures €5M

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

The Belgian scale-up AproPLAN, a 2017 Tech Startup Day Awards' nominee, nails a €5M investment.

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Discover Israel - the Silicon Valley in your backyard

Posted in Go Global, Insights, Going Global on Jun 19, 2017

Israel is a high-technology powerhouse and this is no coincidence: with respect to Venture Capital, it is the second-best place in the world to be after Silicon Valley. From September 3rd to 7th, Startups.be will take a delegation of startups in Digital Innovation and Cleantech to this entrepreneuri...

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Proceedix secures €2M in a scale-up funding

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Funding, Growing on Jun 14, 2017

The new funding is encouraging commercialization of the Ghent-based startup in the European and US markets.

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6 growth companies officially open their office in StartupVillage

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem on Jun 01, 2017

The City of Antwerp has officially opened its new startup hub ‘StartupVillage’ this week. 6 promising Antwerp startups and 1 accelerator take office in the freshly renovated building in de Lange Gasthuisstraat.

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Orange Fab startup accelerator is launched in Belgium

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Growing on May 30, 2017

Orange Fab, the Group’s international accelerator network, is now open to startups based in Belgium and Luxembourg. Although the first edition is scheduled to open in September, the call for applications is already rolled out.

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“GoGlobal Singapore was one of the most fruitful missions I’ve attended!”

Posted in Go Global on May 24, 2017

Now that our GoGlobal Mission to Singapore is over, it’s time for some comments. Was the mission useful for the 15 startups that participated? What did they learn? What are the results?

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Bye Nest'up, say hello to Startup Camp!

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Insights, Starting Up on May 24, 2017

Heir to the NEST'up acceleration program, the new Startup Camp program has been launched in 4 ecosystems in Wallonia (Liège, Mons, Namur and Louvain-la-Neuve). “It is not in 3 months that you are able to provide validated answers to all the questions that arise at a startup”, acknowledges Benoit Lip...

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