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Spotting your dream job at Antwerp Startup Fair

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Insights on Apr 03, 2017

Innovation, opportunities and tenacity were in the air in Antwerp last week... Antwerp Startup Fair opened its doors and gathered under one roof a complementary mix of people interested in investing, buying - or working for startups.

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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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De Wever: “Antwerp should become the European Capital of Things”

Posted in Insights on Nov 17, 2016

<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>“Startups are well positioned to come up with solutions to the challenges cities face”, explains Bart De Wever, whose city was given international recognition for its policy towards start-up companies. The weekend ahead will see the Mayor of Antwerp pass on th...

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8 Essential legal tips for your Startup

Posted in Ecosystem, Insights, Starting Up on Sep 16, 2015

We all know the situation: you have spotted the perfect business opportunity, performed customer and market research and built a prototype. But then the legal related issues pop up .You suddenly realise that you have to tackle that detail you had overlooked: the legal aspects! From business structur...

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Thumbs up for the Belgian federal Open Data strategy

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Insights, Policy on Jul 24, 2015

The adoption of an open data strategy has been given green light following the proposal of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Digital Agenda and Telecoms Alexander De Croo. This is a crucial step in strengthening the Belgian digital ecosystem and the evolution towards a leaner, more effici...

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Antwerp Startup Fair 2017 reviewed by its startups

Posted in Startup News, Ecosystem, Insights on Mar 29, 2017

Startups.be and partners organised another edition of the Antwerp Startup Fair. Here is what the attending startups said about the event!

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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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