Three Belgian Digital companies wishing to expand their businesses to the UK have won the chance to meet potential partners and venture capitalists in London after impressing a panel of British digital experts and venture capitalists at this year’s Digital Pitching Forum run by the UK Department for International Trade, Brussels.

Belgian winners that gear up expansion in the UK are: AproPLAN, IOT Factory and Cloudalize.

Picture: AproPLAN a Brussels-based construction app. Source: Dept.Int.Trade BEL

Picture: IOT Factory, a Brussels-based start-up combining a state of the art Internet of Things (IOT) platform and a start-up studio. Source: Dept.Int.Trade BEL

Picture: Cloudalize, a Ghent-based company, allowing anyone to deploy complete virtual workspaces through a self-service web-portal. Source: Dept.Int.Trade BEL

These three fought off fierce competition from others and faced tough questions from the judges: Neil Ward, previously Vice President and General Manager for Skype; Thibaut Thevissen, who pursues investment opportunities in technology businesses for Francisco Partners; Tony Hughes - Digital Content Specialist for the UK Department for International Trade; Sophie Beyers who leads Brussels’ Foreign Direct Investment department and Ruz Chishty of Thirdround Ventures, who is an expert in business development, crowd funding and international expansion.

British Ambassador to Belgium, Alison Rose said: “Thank you to all the companies and panellists for taking part and making it such an exciting event, I wish AproPLAN, IOT Factory and Cloudalize all the best for the next steps in their business. I am delighted that there is such a high degree of interest in setting up in the UK. I look forward to meeting other innovative Belgian digital companies at the next Digital Pitching Forum in 2018."

In total 25 companies applied and ten were shortlisted to pitch their ideas. Benny Willens, CEO of Cloudalize said the following after the event:

“Winning the prize for best scale-up is testament to the effort, hard work and dedication of the entire Cloudalize team over these last few years. The new contacts we made at the UK Digital Pitching Forum, an event with a very effective and enjoyable format, are tremendously valuable in both accelerating our UK expansion plans and tackling the scaling challenges ahead of us.”