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Business Angels invest capital and expertise in Niceberg Studios

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Insights, Funding, Growing on Sep 19, 2017

Fuelled by €300K received from business angels Johnny Kegels and Lieven Stas (BAN Vlaanderen) and the Limburg Investment Company (LRM), Niceberg Studios brings graphic technology to new markets.

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Digital Attraxion launches cross-border acceleration program

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Insights on Sep 18, 2017

Accelerator Digital Attraxion launches a cross-border thematic acceleration program (MoveUp) for digital projects. Here’s the latest from Wallonia and Brussels, courtesy of Regional IT.

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BNP Paribas AM acquired a majority stake in Gambit Financial Solutions

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Growing on Sep 08, 2017

Geoffroy de Schrevel, CEO of Gambit Financial Solutions - “This partnership marks a critical step in our development, with the support of a major financial institution and additional resources to fuel our growth.”

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C-mine Crib incubator adds additional 1600m² to accommodate startups and student entrepreneurs

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem on Sep 04, 2017

Currently, C-mine Crib incubator is home to 50 companies. With additional facilities, this number is expected to double. Anniek Nagels, the chairperson of C-mine Crib, claims, "We aim for 100 companies by 2020!”

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Summer’s big announcement - The Belgian corporate tax reform - What’s in it for startups?

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Insights, Policy on Aug 30, 2017

On 26 July, the Belgian government released plans to significantly reform the Belgian corporate tax regime. While all the details are yet to be released, we can expect profound changes.

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Riiot Labs joins forces with Fluidra and successfully exits The Faktory

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Growing on Aug 17, 2017

The acquisition of Riiot Labs by the Spanish multinational group Fluidra concludes a collaboration that has already begun a few months ago. While for The Faktory, a Liège-based incubator, it’s the first sussesful startup exit.

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Payconiq joins forces with Luxembourg-based Digicash

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Funding, Growing on Aug 11, 2017

By adding Luxembourg to Payconiq’s international footprint, making and receiving payments will become a reality throughout the Benelux. "This is a great example of a Benelux partnership, laying a strong foundation for a European digital future in payments,” believes Duke Prins, CEO of Payconiq.

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bpost takes over Bubble Post

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Funding, Growing on Aug 08, 2017

bpost strengthens its position in the sustainable and cold chain logistics with the acquisition of Bubble Post. No terms of the acquisition were disclosed.

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How Hong Kong wants to become the San Francisco of China

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Go Global, Insights, Going Global on Jul 20, 2017

The start-up scene in Hong Kong is still young and fragile, but local governments have created a new masterplan in which the city could become the San Francisco to Shenzhen’s Silicon Valley in the ‘Bay Area’ of the Pearl River Delta.

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SpotCrowd is among 114 new companies joining the Techstars Worldwide Network

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Going Global on Jul 18, 2017

SpotCrowd joins the Techstars Retail accelerator this summer in Minneapolis for 3 months of boosting their business, capped off by Demo Day on October 11th. "It’s a great honour! We are just the second Belgian startup admitted to Techstars," proudly says SpotCrowd co-founder Roderick Lindner.

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Future Entrepreneurs can go on Erasmus too!

Posted in Ecosystem, Policy, Going Global on Jul 18, 2017

Would you like to set up your own business? Do you want to try yourself as an entrepreneur to see if it is something for you? Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is your chance to make it happen this summer!

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e-learning platform DataCamp secures $4M and goes B2B

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Funding on Jul 14, 2017

With a fresh capital of $4M received from Arthur Ventures, DataCamp is moving more into the business e-learning sphere.

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The challenges & power of fundraising

Posted in Ecosystem, Insights, Experts, Funding, Starting Up, Growing, Fundraising on Sep 19, 2017

An entrepreneur at heart, a startup founder by name and a fundraiser by performance. Does it sound familiar to you? If so, then this article about the challenges and power of fundraising is for you!

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Looking for stories of failed startups? These sites collect them for you!

Posted on Sep 14, 2017

Stories of failed startups used to be scattered across the web, but now these sites are trying to collect them for you.

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Best Brain wins Antwerp pitch competition at DLD Festival in Tel Aviv

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Go Global, Starting Up, Going Global on Sep 06, 2017

The Israeli healthcare start-up Best Brain wins the Antwerp pitch competition at the DLD Festival in Tel Aviv. BestBrain develops ‘neurofeedback headsets’ which can be used at home without doctor supervision.

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Knowledge sharing platform Elium raises €4M from Serena Capital and S.R.I.W.

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Funding on Aug 31, 2017

Elium, the collaborative platform for knowledge-based organisations, announces the closing of a €4 million funding round. The Series A round is led by Serena Capital in collaboration with S.R.I.W, a historical investor who has renewed its trust in Elium (formerly known as Knowledge Plaza).

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Belgian startups take a bite out of the Israeli food industry

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Go Global, Going Global, Growing on Aug 30, 2017

A group of Belgian startups in food and agritech is travelling to Israel during the first week of September to get to know the local food tech scene, and to work together with some of the biggest food corporations in the world.

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Hummingbird Ventures launches new 80-million-euro fund

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

The Belgian vc pioneer Hummingbird Ventures brought together €80 million for a new fund run by Barend Van den Brande. It’s the third time that the archetypical Belgian vc raises money to invest in tech companies.

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Joyn raises €2 million with existing shareholders

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Funding on Aug 11, 2017

According to Frank Bekkers, CEO of Joyn, this capital round, led by KBC, ING and the publishing group Mediahuis, was “planned” in advance. The Brussels-based startup, that counts 1.6 million Belgian users, targets at reaching 3 million by the end of next year.

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Energy startup Opinum secures a new investment

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Funding on Jul 28, 2017

After winning over some strategic partnerships in Belgium, Opinum raises €1 million to back up its international growth. The new capital comes on top of €2 million raised previously and is led by SRIW Environnement, Sambrinvest, Inventures and Bruno Vanderschueren.

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