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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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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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“Slush is the center of the universe in tech”

Posted in Go Global on Dec 10, 2016

About 30 direct leads. That’s what Teamleader brought home from Slush in Helsinki. Together with 14 other startups from all over Europe, the Gent based CRM-specialist inaugurated the first ever Startups.be/European Startup Network booth in the Finish capital.

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After 5 months on the market Doctoranytime got €1M financing

Posted in Startup News on Dec 07, 2016

“We started 5 months ago in Belgium and have already 1000 doctors using our website to find new patients and manage their practice on a daily basis,” says co-founder and CEO Sylvain Niset. Recently the Belgian startup Doctoranytime raised a new €1M funding round from business angels.

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sCool recognised at the CreatiFi awards

Posted in Startup News on Dec 07, 2016

sCool takes home the audience award powered by CreatiFi

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Brussels and Antwerp in top 15 European AI hubs

Posted in Ecosystem on Dec 02, 2016

Brussels and Antwerp are in the top 15 hubs of artificial intelligence talent in Europe, according to a new report from the international venture capital firm Atomico. As Europe is becoming more and more focussed on deep tech, this is a significant evolution.

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How to tackle the dilution and valuation problem

Posted in Fundraising on Dec 01, 2016

Does your mind go blank when someone mentions you the valuation of your startup? Check out our first blog post of our Get Investor Ready series, featuring basic information, advice, and free templates to download.

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Too proud to fail?

Posted in Insights on Nov 28, 2016

Fear of failure is hard-wired into the cultural DNA of the Flemish. ­Although most of the Flemish agree that starting your own business may be a good career decision, successful entrepreneurs are hardly put on a pedestal and rarely shown in the media. Thus, we need a more positive entrepreneurial cu...

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Commission is doing away with the stigma of entrepreneurial failure and gives boost to startups in Europe

Posted in Policy on Nov 23, 2016

More venture capital for startups and doing away with the stigma of entrepreneurial failure: the EU wants to support entrepreneurs to get back on their feet quicker. On Tuesday the Commission unveiled the Start-up and Scale-up Initiative that aims to give Europe's many innovative entrepreneurs every...

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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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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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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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Belgian Startups Delegation is choosing Paris to go global

Posted in Go Global on Dec 09, 2016

Last week Startups.be in partnership with the Innovation Hub brought a delegation of more than 10 Belgian startups to Paris. A wide spectrum of activities allowed us to experience one of Europe's and world’s foremost innovation hubs. We've learned a lot, and we are excited to run through the highlig...

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eFounders raised €5M to build 8 new startups

Posted in Startup News, Funding on Dec 07, 2016

Founded in 2011 by Thibaud Elzière and Quentin Nickmans, eFounders received €5M from 40 entrepreneurs and European family offices in a recent capital round. This capital will enable the Brussels and Parisian startup studio which has already founded 9 startups including Mailjet, Front, Aircall, Ment...

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Virteo raised over €2M

Posted in Startup News, Funding on Dec 06, 2016

The Belgian fintech startup Virteo has raised €2.2M in a new round of financing. The startup intends to use this money to accelerate the commercialization of its home market, expand the capabilities of the platform and to prepare for expansion abroad.

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