The success of our recent Go Global campaigns inspired us to go the extra mile for you in 2018, quite literally. Do you want to know where we're headed? Check out the program we're setting up with the support of Pulse FoundationFlanders Investment & Trade, Brussels Invest & Export and Awex!

  • 20-24 March 2018: Nairobi, Kenia

Focus: Fintech, cleantech, agritech

From 20 to 24 March 2018, and Close the Gap join forces to organize a truly unique mission to Kenya, one of the most entrepreneurial countries in Africa, with a startup scene that attracts developers and investors from all over the world. We’re very happy to announce that Minister for Digital Agenda Alexander De Croo will join our very first campaign to the Silicon Savannah! Don't miss out on this Go Global mission!

  • April 2018: Lausanne

Focus: Fashion-tech

Few companies realize that Switzerland is one of the most important tech hubs in the world. In Lausanne, the École Polytechnique Fédérale (EPFL) is an undisputed world leader in customized materials and in computer technology for textiles. Get to know one of the most important fashion-tech hotspots in the world, and mingle with entrepreneurs who bring the fashion scenes of Belgium and Switzerland closer together!

  • 9- 11 April 2018: Dubai

Focus: tbc

While the markets in the Middle East are flourishing, Dubai has become the epicenter of it all. If you want to explore the opportunities that arise in Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Jordan, Oman and East-Africa, Dubai definitely is the place to be. More and more Belgian startups and scale-ups recognize the importance of Dubai as one of the world’s most important economical hubs. What are you waiting for? Sign up now!

  • 9-13 July 2018: Hong Kong / Shenzhen / Rise Conference

 Focus: IOT / health / fintech

The startup landscape in Hong Kong is still young, but the city is heating up its scene as it feels Shenzhen breathing down its neck, the tech megalopolis of about 20 million people that’s just across the border with China. Do you want to discover the fast-growing Shenzhen and Hong Kong tech ecosystems, attend Asia’s most important startup conference (Rise Conference), and - while doing so - meet all the important players in the local communities? Drop us a line and let us know!

  • September 2018: Israel 

Focus: Cybersecurity

If there’s one place in the world that’s strongly resembles Silicon Valley, it’s must be the area around Tel Aviv. After our successful mission this September, we’re returning to Israel next year! Learn about the energizing combination of a positive attitude and a ‘no nonsense’-mentality, and explore the local B2B-oriented scale-up scene. Book your spot!

  • October 2018: Boston / Toronto

 Focus: Artificial Intelligence, Health

Though all eyes focus on established tech havens like San Francisco and New York, Boston has been fostering and nurturing a tech ecosystem well worth its long winters. The pace of venture capital investment is rising strongly in the city, with life sciences and intelligent systems as the main drivers. In combination with a visit to Canada’s main tech city Toronto, we’ll provide you with a mission that more than worthy of your attention.

  • November 2018: Berlin

Focus: fintech, IOT

Now that Berlin had become one of Europe’s most important tech hubs, a mission to the capital of Germany cannot be missing on our list. A visit to Berlin is always an eye opener, for startups and corporates alike. 

  • December 2018:  Amsterdam 

 Focus: tbc

As quite a few of our startups and scale-ups look at the Netherlands when they want to go abroad, a mission to the Startup Delta and to Amsterdam has become more relevant than ever. Watch this space for a full fledged program that caters to your needs! Be part of this Go Global delegation!