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Pieterjan Bouten: “We need more success stories in Belgium”

Posted in Insights on Mar 07, 2017

“The Belgian tech ecosystem is becoming stronger every year, but we could use some more success stories”, explains co-CEO Pieterjan Bouten from Showpad a couple of days before Tech Startup Day.

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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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No!

Posted in Insights, Fundraising on Jan 18, 2017

“Never let a ‘no’ discourage you”, insists Frank Maene, managing partner of the Belgian investment fund Volta Ventures. “The world belongs to those who persevere.”

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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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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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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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A new legal regime for “not too disruptive” collaborative platforms

Posted in Insights on Feb 03, 2017

The global market of collaborative economy is expected to rise up to 335 billion in 2025! Let's get down to Belgium! Would the new legal regime by the Belgian government meet both objectives of regulating the collaborative economy while not restraining its huge potential? Time will tell.

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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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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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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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