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Frederik Tibau

Content Director. Former tech journalist gone rogue. Passionate traveller, chronic foodie, confirmed wine lover. Sci-fi geek, music junkie and proud father.



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Bsit and Spott are startup and scale-up of the year!

Posted on 28 February 2019

Bsit has been awarded as ‘Startup of the Year’ during The Big Squeeze (Tech Startup Day) in Brussels. Best scale-up is the interactive shopping specialist Spott. MicroFlavours gets the award for Student Startup of the Year, while e-peas is the most D [...]

2019 The Big Squeeze Awards nominees announced - it's time to vote!

Posted on 01 February 2019 and will be handing out awards to startups that had a remarkable track record last year. Our jury proposes a shortlist in four categories, and it’s up to you, the Belgian startup community, to decide about the winners! [...]

Collibra raises $100 million and surpasses $1 billion valuation

Posted on 29 January 2019

Data governance leader Collibra announced $100 million in series E funding at a post-money valuation of more than $1 billion, bringing the company’s total venture funding to $233 million. [...]

DataCamp raises 25 million

Posted on 18 December 2018

The Belgian scale-up DataCamp raises 25 million dollars and multiplies its financing. [...]

Tech Startup Day is now The Big Squeeze

Posted on 26 November 2018

For its seventh edition, Belgium’s leading startup conference Tech Startup Day is being revamped and changes its name into ‘The Big Squeeze’. Powered by and, the one-day inspiration and networking conference positions itself [...] and Startup Portugal will work closer together, sign Memorandum of Understanding in Lisbon

Posted on 23 October 2018 and Startup Portugal agree to work closer together in the years to come. Both organisations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding during the state visit of their Majesties the Kind and the Queen of the Belgians to Portugal. [...]

Secure Code Warrior raises 3,2 million euro

Posted on 12 September 2018

The Belgian-Australian startup Secure Code Warrior raises 3,2 million euro from Paladin Capital Group and AirTree Ventures. Secure Code Warrior, that is led by the Belgian security experts Pieter Danhieux and Matias Madou, offers an application devel [...]

Teamleader raises 18.5M EUR in Series C funding round

Posted on 17 August 2018

Teamleader, known for its SaaS platform for CRM, project management and invoicing, has closed a Series C funding round of $ 22 million (18,5M EUR). [...]

Chinese telecom billionaire Li Ka-Shing invests in Ghent based scale-up Cloudalize

Posted on 25 July 2018

The Hong Kong VC Horizons Ventures invests 4 million euro in the Belgian scale-up Cloudalize. The Ghent based daas company provides in graphical work environments for architects and designers. [...]

Dobco Medical Systems gets €2.2M funding for international expansion

Posted on 18 July 2018

Fortino Capital has announced the investment of €2.2 million in Dobco Medical Systems, a Belgian software company specializing in online solutions for medical imaging. Fortino Capital will help Dobco Medical Systems’ management with the further devel [...]

Start-up June Energy raises €2.1 million

Posted on 18 July 2018

The two-and-a-half-year-old Antwerp start-up June Energy announces a new capital round of 2.1 million euro. Some 5000 customers already use the technology to switch regularly to a cheaper energy supplier. [...]

Software AG acquires Belgian scale-up TrendMiner

Posted on 13 June 2018

Software AG announced its acquisition of the Belgian data analytics scale-up TrendMiner for an undisclosed amount. Founded in 2008 and based in Hasselt, TrendMiner specializes in visual data analytics for the manufacturing and process industry and wi [...]

Antwerp startup IPee launches products in China

Posted on 08 June 2018

IPee, an Antwerp manufacturer of innovative sensor technology for the sanitary world, launches in China. [...]

eFounders startups raise $120 million in 6 months

Posted on 29 May 2018

What do Front, Aircall, Slite, Station, Forest and Spendesk have in common? All 6 were created by the startup studio eFounders, and all 6 have raised a total of $120M in funding since January. [...]

Meet the 3 winners of the Sustainable Technology for Africa contest

Posted on 07 May 2018

During the ‘Sustainable Technology for Africa’-event in Leuven, three African start-ups (with Belgian links) were crowned. They enjoy further support and receive a social loan up to €100.000. This event was created by Ondernemers voor Ondernemers in [...]

Antwerp Startup Fair links startups to potential customers and talented jobseekers

Posted on 17 April 2018

The City of Antwerp, and partners such as EY, Port of Antwerp, Synergrid and Digipolis join forces to organize the third edition of Antwerp Startup Fair, the job fair for anyone interested in buying from or working for a startup. [...]

Spencer and Twikit are startup and scale-up of the year!

Posted on 15 March 2018

Spencer has been awarded as ‘Startup of the Year’ during Tech Startup Day in Brussels. Best scale-up is 3D software builder Twikit. Becycled gets the award for Student Startup of the Year, while is the most Disruptive Startup. The Tech for Go [...] launches AI-powered job platform

Posted on 15 March 2018 launches a brand-new job platform that intelligently links jobseekers and startups looking for talent. “Being able to attract talent is one of the big difficulties that our startups face”, says Jan Bormans of “With our new jo [...]

2018 Tech Startup Day Awards nominees announced - it's time to vote!

Posted on 12 February 2018

For the third year in a row, will be handing out awards to startups that had a remarkable track record last year. Our jury proposes a shortlist in five categories, and it’s up to you, the Belgian startup community, to decide about the win [...]

LindaCare raises 7 million euro to improve remote patient monitoring

Posted on 30 January 2018

LindaCare, a digital health company specializing in remote patient monitoring solutions for chronic disease management, announced a seven million Euro Series B investment, featuring participation by Philips, together with PMV as new investors. Existi [...]

18-year-old raises €340.000 from prominent Belgian angel investors

Posted on 29 January 2018

Faqbot, creator of a new automated, personalized chatbot platform, has announced a seed round of €340,000 led by influential Belgian business angels. Launched in 2017, Faqbot enables companies to build an automated helper bot - chatbot - quickly, eas [...]

Showpad secures another $25 million to continue global expansion

Posted on 25 January 2018

The Belgian sales and marketing platform Showpad has secured $25 million in additional Series C funding from Insight Venture Partners. The funding will be used for investment in new markets, the expansion of Showpad’s global strategy, and continued p [...]

Van Overtveldt promises €400 million 'super fund' for Belgian tech sector

Posted on 18 January 2018

The Belgian Minister of Finance Johan Van Overtveldt is working on a new government 'super fund' that will invest in Belgian funds that put large amounts of money into local scale-ups. [...]

Xavier Niel invests in universal admin interface Forest Admin

Posted on 15 January 2018

Six months after its launch, Forest Admin has closed a 3 million euro round to accelerate the technological and international development of its admin-as-a-service interface for businesses. The round is co-led by Connect Ventures and Xavier Niel, wit [...]

Qualifio raises 3 million euro from Volta Ventures and SRIW

Posted on 11 January 2018

The Belgian interactive marketing and data collection platform Qualifio raises 3 million euro in a Series A funding round. Investors are Ghent-based Volta Ventures, one of the most active VC funds in Belgium, and SRIW (Société Régionale d’Investissem [...]

BEyond helps promising scale-ups to become global players

Posted on 10 January 2018

Pulse Foundation, together with key partners Agoria, EY, Imec, Sirris, Data Scouts and Universem, launches a new Belgian acceleration program. BEyond aims at tech scale-ups that show the potential and ambition to achieve success at an international l [...] raises €1.25M to conquer the global financial markets

Posted on 09 January 2018, a disruptive model validation service provider, announces a €1.25 million seed funding round led by Volta Ventures. Pamica NV, the investment company of Michel Akkermans, former chairman and CEO of Clear2Pay and FICS, is co-investor. Both [...]

Iconiq Ventures invests another forty million in Collibra

Posted on 28 December 2017

Iconiq Ventures invests another 40 million dollars in the Brussels big data company Collibra, according to Sky News. Collibra is now valued at 325 million. [...]

Fortino Capital invests 20 million euros in MobileXpense

Posted on 28 December 2017

Fortino Capital invests the first 20 million euros from its new Digital Growth Fund in cloud software pioneer MobileXpense. The Brussels-based company is specialized in travel and expense management and already completed more than 1.300 implementatio [...]

Half of Belgian media and entertainment startups don’t grow fast enough

Posted on 20 December 2017

While a growing number of Belgian startups are successful in Belgium and abroad, a study conducted by Telenet and reveals that half of the media and entertainment startups in our country don’t grow fast enough. [...]

OTA Insight announces capital round of $ 20 million

Posted on 14 December 2017

OTA Insight, the data intelligence platform for the hotel industry, has announced a new capital round of $ 20 million in growth financing. The capital round was led by Eight Roads Ventures, alongside F-Prime Capital Partners and previous investors in [...]

Security wearable specialist Ticto raises 1.7 million euro

Posted on 14 December 2017

Ticto, a Belgian pioneer in security wearables, announced the closing of a 1.7 million euros funding round. In combination with the conversion of bonds issued end 2015, this results in a total capital increase of 5.5 million euros. The company plans [...]

AllThingsTalk closes 2 million financing round

Posted on 13 December 2017

AllThingsTalk announces the closing of a financing round of 2 million euro under the lead of Belgian investor Saffelberg Investments, joined by the Cordier family and seasoned entrepreneurs Luc Osselaer, Peter Hinssen, Luc Dooms and Philippe Jadoul. [...]

All you need to know about our Go Global program for 2018!

Posted on 20 November 2017

The success of our recent Go Global campaigns inspired us to go the extra mile for you in 2018, literally. Do you want to know where we're headed? Check this out! [...]

Belgian insuretech scale-up Qover wins German DIAmond award

Posted on 17 November 2017

The Belgian insuretech scale-up Qover won the prestigious DIAmond Award during the DIA Conference in Munich. Qover convinced the jury through a live demonstration of how you can build an insuretech business in just 5 minutes. Different insurance serv [...]

Winwinner gets the support of The CoFoundry

Posted on 20 October 2017

With the help of The CoFoundry WinWinner wants to speed up its growth plans. Further digitalization of the platform should refine and optimize the matchmaking process. [...]

Arkite raises 1.6 million Euro to accelerate its European expansion

Posted on 16 October 2017

Industry 4.0 specialist Arkite announces that it has closed a financing round of 1.6 million Euro to further accelerate its commercial expansion in Europe. [...]

LynxCare raises money and opens office in Silicon Valley

Posted on 10 October 2017

The Leuven based healthcare startup LynxCare raises 1.2 million euro. The young company, that tracks and monitors patients for hospitals, also has someone working in San Francisco. [...]

Showpad opens Chicago office, welcomes former Marketo EVP Jason Holmes as COO

Posted on 04 October 2017

Sales enablement platform Showpad has hired Jason Holmes as President and Chief Operating Officer (COO). Holmes will open and run Showpad’s new Chicago office, which will serve as the company’s North American headquarters. [...] joins forces with FIT to support the internationalization of Flanders’ tech startups

Posted on 03 October 2017 has reached a structural collaboration agreement with Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT), Flanders’ agency for international enterprise. The agreement was signed on 3 October 2017 by Karen Boers, CEO of, and Claire Tillekaerts, [...]

Startups in Israel: “Invent something, and then sell it”

Posted on 28 September 2017

If there’s one place in the world that’s strongly resembles Silicon Valley, it’s must be the area around Tel Aviv. This September, a delegation of 70 Belgian startups and corporates discovered the assets of ‘Silicon Wadi’ during a large-scale mission [...]

“No reason to be ashamed about our Belgian scene”

Posted on 28 September 2017

Now that our mission to Israel is over, it’s time to collect some comments. Was the experience useful for the startups that participated? What did they learn? [...]

Walloon energy saver e-Peas raises 3 million euro

Posted on 21 September 2017

Founded in 2014 and developed within The Faktory, the Walloon energy saver specialist e-Peas has raised three million euro from an impressive bunch of international investors. The capital will enable the startup to launch several new products. [...]

Best Brain wins Antwerp pitch competition at DLD Festival in Tel Aviv

Posted on 06 September 2017

The Israeli healthcare start-up Best Brain wins the Antwerp pitch competition at the DLD Festival in Tel Aviv. BestBrain develops ‘neurofeedback headsets’ which can be used at home without doctor supervision. [...]

Knowledge sharing platform Elium raises €4M from Serena Capital and S.R.I.W.

Posted on 31 August 2017

Elium, the collaborative platform for knowledge-based organisations, announces the closing of a €4 million funding round. The Series A round is led by Serena Capital in collaboration with S.R.I.W, a historical investor who has renewed its trust in El [...]

Belgian startups take a bite out of the Israeli food industry

Posted on 30 August 2017

A group of Belgian startups in food and agritech is travelling to Israel during the first week of September to get to know the local food tech scene, and to work together with some of the biggest food corporations in the world. [...]

How Hong Kong wants to become the San Francisco of China

Posted on 20 July 2017

The start-up scene in Hong Kong is still young and fragile, but local governments have created a new masterplan in which the city could become the San Francisco to Shenzhen’s Silicon Valley in the ‘Bay Area’ of the Pearl River Delta. [...]

Sentiance secures €8 million in funding round led by Volta Ventures

Posted on 27 June 2017

Sentiance has secured €8 million in funding in a round led by Volta Ventures, with co-investor KPN Ventures. All previous investors including Samsung Catalyst Fund, Qbic, Pamica (Michel Akkermans) and the top management participated in the new fundin [...]

Net Futures: what will our society look like in 2027?

Posted on 23 June 2017

What will Europe's digital economy & society look like in 2027? And what will be the key technologies to use? On 28 and 29 June, the Net Futures Conference in The Egg in Brussels addresses these and other questions, at a time when Europe is at the br [...]

6 growth companies officially open their office in StartupVillage

Posted on 01 June 2017

The City of Antwerp has officially opened its new startup hub ‘StartupVillage’ this week. 6 promising Antwerp startups and 1 accelerator take office in the freshly renovated building in de Lange Gasthuisstraat. [...]

“GoGlobal Singapore was one of the most fruitful missions I’ve attended!”

Posted on 24 May 2017

Now that our GoGlobal Mission to Singapore is over, it’s time for some comments. Was the mission useful for the 15 startups that participated? What did they learn? What are the results? [...]

Felix Van de Maele is ICT Personality of the Year

Posted on 15 May 2017

Ceo Felix Van de Maele of the Belgian big data specialist Collibra has been elected as ‘ICT Personality of the Year’ during the Data News Awards in Brussels last Thursday. The award for ICT Personality of the Year is awarded by the editorial team of [...]

Mission to Singapore puts Belgian startups on the map in Asia’s foremost tech hub

Posted on 27 April 2017

We're heading to Singapore for our next GoGlobal Mission! [...]

Level Up Belgium puts the spotlight on our top scale-ups

Posted on 25 April 2017

On 6 and 7 June, a select group of leading international investors will get to know the hottest Belgian tech startups to watch during ‘Level Up Belgium’. Gent BC,, EY and B-Hive are joining forces to make this event a large scale ‘Betech [...]

Swiss VC invests in Brussels based fintech startup The Glue

Posted on 24 March 2017

The Glue, the Brussels based fintech provider that was initiated by Jurgen Ingels, Wim De Waele and Stefan Dierckx, closed a capital increase of 5 million euro led by Swiss and Silicon Valley based Polytech Ecosystem Ventures. [...]

“It’s the unexpected that makes SXSW unique”

Posted on 23 March 2017

“We explore, or we expire”, said astronaut Buzz Aldrin during his keynote at SXSW Interactive in Austin, and there’s no better way to summarize the famous Austin festival. [...]

Small Teaser and UniFly are startup and scale-up of the year!

Posted on 09 March 2017

Small Teaser has been awarded as ‘Startup of the Year’ during Tech Startup Day in Brussels. Best scale-up is the drone management platform UniFly. CitizenLab gets the award for Student Startup of the Year, while Birdee is the most Disruptive Startup. [...]

Pieterjan Bouten: “We need more success stories in Belgium”

Posted on 07 March 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. [...]

King Philippe of Belgium to attend Tech Startup Day

Posted on 06 March 2017

Tech Startup Day, scheduled for March 9th, has the honor to welcome King Philippe of Belgium at the Egg in Brussels. The King will meet young entrepreneurs, academics and investors to discuss the challenges and the opportunities facing the Belgian st [...]

BeCentral is the new digital heart of Belgium

Posted on 14 February 2017

With the inauguration of the BeCentral-hub, our country’s capital just got a new 'digital heart'. [...]

2017 Tech Startup Day Awards nominees announced: time to vote!

Posted on 12 February 2017

Meet the nominees for the Tech Startup Day Awards and cast your vote! [...]

Belgian investors now enjoy tax benefits from crowdfunding investments

Posted on 02 February 2017

Belgians who invest in young companies through crowdfunding enjoy tax benefits as from this week. [...]

Itineris raises additional 10 million euro to conquer American market

Posted on 25 January 2017

The Belgian scale-up Itineris raises another 10 million euro in a follow-up round led by GIMV. The specialist in operational software and services for the utility industry is more ready than ever to conquer the American market. [...]

Volta Ventures leads 400.000-euro funding round in security-startup BitSensor

Posted on 18 January 2017

The Dutch startup BitSensor has raised 400.000 euro in an investment round led by Volta Ventures to further develop their security solution. [...]

Wouter Remaut appointed as new ceo of Co.station

Posted on 15 January 2017


José Zurstrassen quits MyMicroInvest, focusses on LeanSquare

Posted on 12 January 2017

José Zurstrassen is no longer the executive president of crowdfunding platform MyMicroInvest. He’ll be focusing on new projects at Leansquare instead. [...]

NGDATA closes $9.4M Series B round

Posted on 05 January 2017

Customer experience management solutions specialist NGDATA announced that it has closed an additional $9.4M of venture funding, bringing their total Series B round to roughly $20M. Idinvest Partners led the round with participation from existing inve [...]

How Spotify ceo Daniel Ek failed his way to success

Posted on 15 December 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 a [...]

78% of businesses feel threatened by digital startups

Posted on 13 December 2016

78% of businesses believe digital startups will pose a threat to their organization, either now or in the future, according to new research from Dell Technologies. [...]

“Slush is the center of the universe in tech”

Posted on 10 December 2016

About 30 direct leads. That’s what Teamleader brought home from Slush in Helsinki. Together with 14 other startups from all over Europe, the Gent based CRM-specialist inaugurated the first ever Startup Network booth in the Finish [...]

Brussels and Antwerp in top 15 European AI hubs

Posted on 02 December 2016

Brussels and Antwerp are in the top 15 hubs of artificial intelligence talent in Europe, according to a new report from the international venture capital firm Atomico. As Europe is becoming more and more focussed on deep tech, this is a significant e [...]

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

Posted on 17 November 2016


Entrepreneurship is all about failing and getting back on your feet

Posted on 08 November 2016

You can't do business without making a mistake from time to time. That's the key message and Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship (in Dutch: Agentschap Innoveren & Ondernemen) want to get across to the public. [...]