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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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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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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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Jurgen Ingels: “In the age of digital transformation, collaboration is key”

Posted in Ecosystem, Insights, Experts on Jul 06, 2017

In this column, B-Hive founder Jurgen Ingels elaborates on the changes resulting from digital transformation, with a special focus on employee engagement. “It will be a passage into an era of greater time efficiency”, he believes.

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Deloitte Belgium launches Innovation Fund to support 3 Belgian startups in 2017

Posted in Ecosystem, Starting Up, Growing on Jul 05, 2017

Building on complementary innovation initiatives such as the Booster Programme and Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50, as of June Deloitte launches Innovation Fund to support 3 Belgian startups.

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“Data is the new oil” - Here are some of the key findings of Net Futures 2017

Posted in Ecosystem, Insights, Policy on Jul 03, 2017

What will our society look like in 10 years? How will data, algorithms and AI shape our economy? Policywise, what will be the focus points of the EU in the next generation of the Internet? Last week, the European Union took a new step towards addressing these and many more cross-disciplinary issues ...

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Serial entrepreneur Michel Akkermans invests €2 million in IntellectEU

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Funding, Growing on Jun 28, 2017

The new funding secured from Pamica NV, the investment company of Michel Akkermans, should allow IntellectEU to lead the cutting-edge blockchain development and application.

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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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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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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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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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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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Collaborative blogging platform Small Teaser receives €800K

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Funding on Jul 13, 2017

Hasselt-based startup Small Teaser raised €800K in its first capital round from LRM, The Co-Foundry, and several business angels for investing in R&D, marketing and expanding into the US market.

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WSL launches IOT-initiative

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem on Jul 05, 2017

The Liege-based WSL-incubator, dedicated to engineering-minded startups, recently engaged in a new initiative that combines awareness-raising, training and testing activities as well as project development in the field of Internet of Things. Here’s the latest from Wallonia and Brussels, courtesy of ...

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“Investing in pre-seed startups is more like a lottery than a science”

Posted in Ecosystem, Insights, Experts, Funding, Starting Up, Fundraising on Jul 04, 2017

Execution is key for a young startup company that wants to raise money, argues Daan Moreels. In this column, Imec’s entrepreneur in residence gives some golden tips and tricks for young entrepreneurs that want to start a business.

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APICBASE nails €700k in growth capital

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Funding on Jul 03, 2017

The Belgian 'food tech' startup APICBASE received €700.000 in a round led by BAN Vlaanderen. The funding will be used to accelerate growth and invest in European expansion.

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