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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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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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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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BeCentral is the new digital heart of Belgium

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Policy, Starting Up, Growing on Feb 14, 2017

With the inauguration of the BeCentral-hub, our country’s capital just got a new 'digital heart'.

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Digital education as a weapon against radicalization

Posted in Ecosystem, Insights, Policy, Experts on Feb 01, 2017

Katja Schipperheijn (sCool) believes that edtech start-ups can help to prevent radicalization at an early stage, by supporting digital and ‘socially responsible’ education methods.

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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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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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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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The 2nd European Startup Monitor shows how European startups internationalise and cooperate to grow

Posted in Policy on Nov 22, 2016

The German Startups Association and the European Startup Network (ESN) have successfully published the 2nd European Startup Monitor (ESM). It represents 2,515 startups, 6.340 founders and 23.774 employees from 18 different countries including those newly added to the research: Cyprus, Finland, Portu...

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Antwerp Mayor Receives Startup Policy Leadership Award from Global Entrepreneurship Network

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Policy on Nov 17, 2015

The Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), an organization of programs and initiatives that promote entrepreneurial growth, honored Mayor Bart De Wever of Antwerp, Belgium, with the 2015 Startup Nations Award for Local Policy Leadership. De Wever was recognized for his public sector achievement a...

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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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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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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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Belgian investors now enjoy tax benefits from crowdfunding investments

Posted in Startup News, Insights, Policy, Funding, Growing, Fundraising on Feb 02, 2017

Belgians who invest in young companies through crowdfunding enjoy tax benefits as from this week.

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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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