Startups.be, the one-stop shop for Belgian tech entrepreneurship, and Scale-Ups.eu, the top-of-mind time squeezer for scale-ups in Europe, will work closely together in the years to come. Realizing that they are stronger together and that they can offer greater value for both startups and scale-ups, both organizations have outlined an ambitious joint roadmap for 2019 and beyond.
Startups.be and Scale-Ups.eu have decided to consolidate their efforts from now on. “In a maturing Belgian startup ecosystem, the time has come to bring together supporting initiatives, tech founders & teams with an end-to-end approach”, explains Karen Boers, CEO of Startups.be.
“As more startups are scaling and more scale-ups are aggressively looking for new opportunities, we strategically decided to work closely together so we can deliver greater value for both startups and scale-ups and have a stronger impact on the Belgian tech ecosystem at large”, adds Jurgen Ingels, founder and CEO of Scale-Ups.eu.
“Given the complementarity of the activities and the teams of Startups.be and Scale-Ups.eu, it seemed like the obvious next step to be able to realize even bigger, more impactful projects”, says Karen Boers. “It's with great satisfaction and hope for the future that I witness the ambition level of the joint organizations.”
Jurgen Ingels: “With more bandwidth, a bigger network and more knowledge about the ecosystem, we are poised to put Belgium on the map as a strong tech contender."
Both organizations will integrate their legal entities but continue to operate under their respective names, as they have become strong and established brands in the Belgian and European tech ecosystems.
The Big Squeeze
The roadmap for 2019 is ambitious and promising, with a completely revamped Tech Startup Day 2019 (‘The Big Squeeze’) as a first joint milestone: a one-day inspiration and business networking event that puts the ‘time squeezing’-philosophy for startups and scale-ups into action.
TSD 2019 - ‘The Big Squeeze’ will take place on February 28 in The Egg in Brussels.
A brand new key event powered by Startups.be and Scale-Ups.eu is ‘The Big Score’, that brings 50 of the largest Belgian corporates together with 300 dynamic tech startups. ‘The Big Score’ will be organized in the spring of 2019, with only one clear goal: to enable all players to score deals.
Additionally the successful ‘GoGlobal’ economic missions program will be further expanded - to help Belgian and European startups and scale-ups soft land into new markets all over the world - as well as the data gathering efforts, not only on a Belgian, but also on a European scale. Next GoGlobal missions include programs in Boston & Toronto, Lagos (Nigeria), Talinn, Singapore, Seattle & Vancouver and Hyderabad & Bangalore (India).