Do you want to stay informed about what’s happening in the French speaking parts of our country on the startup front? Then you’re in the right place, because as from now, we join forces with Regional IT for the latest on Wallonia and Brussels.  

DW Hub, a new scale-up propeller? 

It was one of the priorities of the Walloon Digital Plan: boosting potential digital (or digital oriented) ‘champions’ that are able to become international leaders, by better leveraging research resources and fueling them with coaching, support and money during 2 or 3 years.

The idea, which somewhat gets its inspiration from what Flanders has been doing for years with iMinds/IMEC, finally got named Digital Wallonia Hub (DW Hub for short) and got off the ground in the beginning of this year.

Two scale-up companies - OncoDNA and Lasea - already got a multi-million financing round.

A jury will issue their decision on 3 or 4 more applicant companies in the next few weeks. The objective is to choose up to 8 companies every year, which will get financing but also access to coaching and dedicated researchers.  

LeanSquare is flying high!  

LeanSquare, the Liège-based accelerator for B2C digital startups, keeps opening up to new shareholders in order to expand their portfolio of thematic activities. 

After NRB and the Wallonia public fund WING, two new high-profile names recently announced having taken a minority equity stake: i.e. BNP Paripas Fortis and Nivelinvest (the WalloonBrabant investment company).

Say hello to NextMoov

NextRide is a Liège-based startup which has been using public transportation open data (TEC, STIB/MIVB, De Lijn, SNCB/NMBS…) to offer a mobile service to passengers. The team now wants to use its experience, aggregating and filtering tools to develop or help others develop real multimodal mobility solutions. 

A new company is born: NextMoov positions itself as the ‘first mobility-dedicated digital agency’ aiming far beyond the public transport operators to encompass car-sharing or bike-sharing operators, carpark operators…

By Brigitte Doucet

Figuring out how to start with fundraising? We’re rolling out investor readiness workshops for Walloon startups!