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José Zurstrassen quits MyMicroInvest, focusses on LeanSquare

Posted in Startup News on Jan 12, 2017

José Zurstrassen is no longer the executive president of crowdfunding platform MyMicroInvest. He’ll be focusing on new projects at Leansquare instead.

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Kicking off 2017 at CES in Las Vegas

Posted in Go Global on Jan 10, 2017

For 50 years, The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), annually held in Las Vegas, is one of the key shows on the tech calendar. Belgian startups also left their mark on the massive event this year.

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NGDATA closes $9.4M Series B round

Posted in Startup News, Funding on Jan 05, 2017

Customer experience management solutions specialist NGDATA announced that it has closed an additional $9.4M of venture funding, bringing their total Series B round to roughly $20M. Idinvest Partners led the round with participation from existing investors including Pamica, SmartFin Capital, Capricor...

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Startups.be goes fundraising in 2017

Posted in Fundraising on Jan 04, 2017

Some things are more important than money, but if you want to take your startup to the next level, you need as much 'fuel' as you can get. With that in mind, we're organizing fundraising workshops all over Belgium in the next few months. Join us and become an expert!

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Belgian biotech company Univercells receives $12M grant

Posted in Startup News, Funding on Jan 02, 2017

The grant and a consortium with Batavia Biosciences and Natrix Separations will result in developing a breakthrough vaccine manufacturing platform. “We expect our integrated platform to be a real game-changer for global health,” claims José Castillo, CTO and co-founder of Univercells.

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Investment in a start-up via a crowdfunding platform or a start-up fund

Posted in Policy on Dec 23, 2016

On December 15th in 2016, the Belgian Parliament has adopted a new legislation with view on regulating the “alternative funding services” and developing and introducing a financial framework for alternative funding platforms (crowdfunding platform), funding vehicles and start-up funds.This law will ...

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The top 10 benefits of Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

Posted in Startup News on Dec 21, 2016

Why is Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs great for entrepreneurs? We listed top 10 amazing benefits that make this cross-border exchange program an unforgettable experience.

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Time-defying app Chestnote picks up €650,000 funding

Posted in Startup News, Funding on Dec 18, 2016

Time-traveling may still be out of reach, but Chestnote is breaking the time barrier in a different way. The promising startup has just secured capital to boost its slow-messaging service and take it to the next level.

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How Spotify ceo Daniel Ek failed his way to success

Posted in Insights on Dec 15, 2016

Spotify’s misjudgment about the impact of mobile could have driven the company out of business in 2013. At Slush, founder and ceo Daniel Ek spoke freely about the mistakes he made over the last decade. “Making mistakes is ok, if you make them quick and cheap.”

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Belgian tech ecosystem: our 2016 picks

Posted in Ecosystem on Dec 14, 2016

Belgian startup year through our eyes: over 550 events and more than 205 calls, 90+ articles about the ecosystem and 13 destinations visited by entrepreneurs in our Go Global campaigns. Also, a record-breaking audience for Tech Startup Day and Failing Forward growth from a conference to a powerful m...

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78% of businesses feel threatened by digital startups

Posted in Startup News on Dec 13, 2016

78% of businesses believe digital startups will pose a threat to their organization, either now or in the future, according to new research from Dell Technologies.

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Startup hubs converging towards a truly unified European startup ecosystem

Posted in Insights on Dec 13, 2016

Karen Boers, co-founder & CEO Startups.be & European Startup Network, argues power movements are key for startups to be heard.

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Jurgen Ingels: “Fundraising is like a mating process”

Posted in Insights, Fundraising on Jan 11, 2017

The fundraising process is very similar to the mating behavior of animals, stresses B-Hive founder Jurgen Ingels, who’s writing a book about the topic. In his first column for Startups.be, Ingels elaborates on the rules to be followed and the steps to be taken. “Fundraising is an art that can be lea...

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Jef Colruyt urges Failing Forward crowd to dream big and be passionate

Posted in Failing Forward on Jan 10, 2017

Missed a Failing Forward keynote? No worries! Listen to Jef Colruyt and learn his three-step plan to success!

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nanoGrid raises secures €600.000 for next grow phase

Posted in Startup News, Funding on Jan 05, 2017

Business Angels Network Flanders boosts the energy specialist company

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5 things you need to know about the Belgian HealthTech landscape in 2017

Posted in Insights on Jan 03, 2017

The HealthTech sector in Belgium is on the cusp of maturity: countless new players are standing at the gates, health is the fastest-growing startup scene and health care itself is the site of immense challenges in Belgium, for which new products and services will be vital. Just like a startup - Belg...

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Acceleration in Europe: Trends and Insights

Posted in Policy on Dec 26, 2016

As 2017 approaches, here is a round-up of insights and trends proposed by top accelerators in the European landscape.

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Tax shelter for startups: What’s new?

Posted in Policy on Dec 23, 2016

Entrepreneurs are instrumental in creating jobs and boosting the economy, but in the current financial ecosystem, they often struggle to access the financing needed to fund their business model. On December 15th in 2016, a new law was adopted by the Belgian Parliament setting out the rules for the a...

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Appiness hit top 20 at K-Startup Grand Challenge Demo Day

Posted in Startup News on Dec 19, 2016

The final 20 teams of K-Startup Grand Challenge had amazing pitches in front of the judges, accelerator VCs, and 200+ audience, taking home over $800K in grants and investments. Appiness, a Belgian startup, was one of the winners hitting top 20 during the K-Startup Grand Challenge Demo Day.

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What’s the key to a startup's success?

Posted in Go Global on Dec 15, 2016

Lately we together with a squad of Belgian startups were off to Parisian startup ecosystem. In 4 days' time we visited some unique places and met amazing people. One of the top highlights was our meeting with Nicolas Van Rymenant, founder of Menu Next Door, who shared his insights on success, startu...

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