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Valentina Ponomariova

Marketeer. Artist with a background in Germanic literature. Slowly converting to the dark side by getting into the startup's world. With a fresh major in Business Management Marketing under my belt!

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Centrica acquires REstore for €70 million

Posted on 07 November 2017

British energy supplier Centrica has acquired Belgian power management startup REstore for €70 million to further expand Centrica’s geographic footprint. [...]

Top 5 facts about the Walloon tech ecosystem

Posted on 26 October 2017

From comprehending the Walloon tech startup players, to portraying the Walloon startup ecosystem at the global level. In the first semester of 2017, The Digital Agency and Startups.be have conducted a profound study to assess the state of the tech ec [...]

9.5 Magnitude is a new Belgian startup builder

Posted on 22 October 2017

9.5 Magnitude is a pre-seed corporate venturing investment platform. It positions itself as co-manager and co-investor of startups that are tailored to the needs of large companies. [...]

Sentiance closes strategic partnership with SoftBank in Japan

Posted on 11 October 2017

Sentiance joins forces with Realize Mobile Communications (RMC), a leading Japanese provider of mobile solutions and a member of the SoftBank Group, to develop joint offerings in the Japanese market. [...]

Alexander De Croo is among finalists for the Startup Nations Award for National Policy Leadership

Posted on 05 October 2017

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Agenda Alexander De Croo has been nominated for the Startup Nations Award for National Policy Leadership. [...]

The Belgian-Slovak startup Tangent Works raises one million euro

Posted on 22 September 2017

The machine learning company with the core expertise in the predictive model building process automatization nails down a €1M investment from Saffelberg, the VC fund of Jos Sluys (ex-Arinso). [...]

Business Angels invest capital and expertise in Niceberg Studios

Posted on 19 September 2017

Fuelled by €300K received from business angels Johnny Kegels and Lieven Stas (BAN Vlaanderen) and the Limburg Investment Company (LRM), Niceberg Studios brings graphic technology to new markets. [...]

The challenges & power of fundraising

Posted on 19 September 2017

An entrepreneur at heart, a startup founder by name and a fundraiser by performance. Does it sound familiar to you? If so, then this article about the challenges and power of fundraising is for you! [...]

BNP Paribas AM acquired a majority stake in Gambit Financial Solutions

Posted on 08 September 2017

Geoffroy de Schrevel, CEO of Gambit Financial Solutions - “This partnership marks a critical step in our development, with the support of a major financial institution and additional resources to fuel our growth.” [...]

C-mine Crib incubator adds additional 1600m² to accommodate startups and student entrepreneurs

Posted on 04 September 2017

Currently, C-mine Crib incubator is home to 50 companies. With additional facilities, this number is expected to double. Anniek Nagels, the chairperson of C-mine Crib, claims, "We aim for 100 companies by 2020!” [...]

Riiot Labs joins forces with Fluidra and successfully exits The Faktory

Posted on 17 August 2017

The acquisition of Riiot Labs by the Spanish multinational group Fluidra concludes a collaboration that has already begun a few months ago. While for The Faktory, a Liège-based incubator, it’s the first sussesful startup exit. [...]

Hummingbird Ventures launches new 80-million-euro fund

Posted on 14 August 2017

The Belgian vc pioneer Hummingbird Ventures brought together €80 million for a new fund run by Barend Van den Brande. It’s the third time that the archetypical Belgian vc raises money to invest in tech companies. [...]

Payconiq joins forces with Luxembourg-based Digicash

Posted on 11 August 2017

By adding Luxembourg to Payconiq’s international footprint, making and receiving payments will become a reality throughout the Benelux. "This is a great example of a Benelux partnership, laying a strong foundation for a European digital future in pay [...]

Joyn raises €2 million with existing shareholders

Posted on 11 August 2017

According to Frank Bekkers, CEO of Joyn, this capital round, led by KBC, ING and the publishing group Mediahuis, was “planned” in advance. The Brussels-based startup, that counts 1.6 million Belgian users, targets at reaching 3 million by the end of [...]

bpost takes over Bubble Post

Posted on 08 August 2017

bpost strengthens its position in the sustainable and cold chain logistics with the acquisition of Bubble Post. No terms of the acquisition were disclosed. [...]

Energy startup Opinum secures a new investment

Posted on 28 July 2017

After winning over some strategic partnerships in Belgium, Opinum raises €1 million to back up its international growth. The new capital comes on top of €2 million raised previously and is led by SRIW Environnement, Sambrinvest, Inventures and Bruno [...]

SpotCrowd is among 114 new companies joining the Techstars Worldwide Network

Posted on 18 July 2017

SpotCrowd joins the Techstars Retail accelerator this summer in Minneapolis for 3 months of boosting their business, capped off by Demo Day on October 11th. "It’s a great honour! We are just the second Belgian startup admitted to Techstars," proudly [...]

Future Entrepreneurs can go on Erasmus too!

Posted on 18 July 2017

Would you like to set up your own business? Do you want to try yourself as an entrepreneur to see if it is something for you? Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is your chance to make it happen this summer! [...]

e-learning platform DataCamp secures $4M and goes B2B

Posted on 14 July 2017

With a fresh capital of $4M received from Arthur Ventures, DataCamp is moving more into the business e-learning sphere. [...]

Collaborative blogging platform Small Teaser receives €800K

Posted on 13 July 2017

Hasselt-based startup Small Teaser raised €800K in its first capital round from LRM, The Co-Foundry, and several business angels for investing in R&D, marketing and expanding into the US market. [...]

Deloitte Belgium launches Innovation Fund to support 3 Belgian startups in 2017

Posted on 05 July 2017

Building on complementary innovation initiatives such as the Booster Programme and Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50, as of June Deloitte launches Innovation Fund to support 3 Belgian startups. [...]

“Data is the new oil” - Here are some of the key findings of Net Futures 2017

Posted on 03 July 2017

What will our society look like in 10 years? How will data, algorithms and AI shape our economy? Policywise, what will be the focus points of the EU in the next generation of the Internet? Last week, the European Union took a new step towards address [...]

APICBASE nails €700k in growth capital

Posted on 03 July 2017

The Belgian 'food tech' startup APICBASE received €700.000 in a round led by BAN Vlaanderen. The funding will be used to accelerate growth and invest in European expansion. [...]

Serial entrepreneur Michel Akkermans invests €2 million in IntellectEU

Posted on 28 June 2017

The new funding secured from Pamica NV, the investment company of Michel Akkermans, should allow IntellectEU to lead the cutting-edge blockchain development and application. [...]

Patrick Polak’s inspiring talk on VCs & the art of fundraising

Posted on 26 June 2017

Sometimes a well-told expert advice is all you need! Last week, Patrick Polak, one of the best VCs in Benelux met entrepreneurs and startups in Brussels and talked about the art and craft of being a VC and fundraising. [...]

AproPLAN secures €5M

Posted on 22 June 2017

The Belgian scale-up AproPLAN, a 2017 Tech Startup Day Awards' nominee, nails a €5M investment. [...]

Sympl raises €1,1M

Posted on 21 June 2017

The new round of funding gives Sympl extra valuable resources to undertake and to transform the future of recruitment. [...]

Proceedix secures €2M in a scale-up funding

Posted on 14 June 2017

The new funding is encouraging commercialization of the Ghent-based startup in the European and US markets. [...]

The why and how of metrics!

Posted on 02 June 2017

Every business runs on metrics. Yesterday, we, together with impulse.brussels, kicked out the 7th investor readiness workshop that addressed the challenges and essentials of metrics and unit economics. Check out the 5 bits of advice from the workshop [...]

Flemish entrepreneurs pitch their idea for VIER

Posted on 01 June 2017

Do you have a great idea that can persuade the most demanding investors? Do you want to raise awareness around your brand, or do you dream of winning the hearts of the Belgian television viewers? This could be your chance, because VIER is looking for [...]

Orange Fab startup accelerator is launched in Belgium

Posted on 30 May 2017

Orange Fab, the Group’s international accelerator network, is now open to startups based in Belgium and Luxembourg. Although the first edition is scheduled to open in September, the call for applications is already rolled out. [...]

EIT Digital and Startup Estonia join forces to boost Estonian startup ecosystem

Posted on 26 May 2017

EIT Digital and Startup Estonia signed a Memorandum of Collaboration to help the Estonian innovation ecosystem develop further during Estonia’s EU presidency and also play an increasingly important role in the international digital landscape. [...]

Storesqure receives €5M to fuel its growth

Posted on 23 May 2017

The Belgian e-commerce platform Storesquare receives €5M in fresh capital from KBC and Roularta to fuel its further growth and to compete with online platforms as Bol.com, Amazon and Alibaba. [...]

NGDATA acquires Eccella to fuel international growth

Posted on 16 May 2017

Ghent-based customer experience management solutions company NGDATA acquires its American competitor Eccella. The acquisition allows NGDATA to rapidly grow its presence in the UK and North America. [...]

Showpad goes interactive after acquiring London-based startup Hickup

Posted on 12 May 2017

With the acquisition of Hickup, which developed mobile sales playbook technology, Showpad goes interactive. Although no terms of the acquisition were disclosed, the amount of the deal is estimated to be in millions. [...]

SettleMint global finalist for Blockchain Challenge Dubai

Posted on 12 May 2017

SettleMint, Leuven-based startup that is just back from Startups.be’s GoGlobal Mission to Singapore, has been selected as one out of 20 startups worldwide for the ‘SDO Blockchain Challenge’. [...]

InsurTech startup Qover raises € 5.5M

Posted on 08 May 2017

Brussels-based startup that in 2016 has already secured € 1.5M in a seed round from BelCube, raises € 5.5M in a Series A round led by Anthemis. [...]

What startups need to know about convertible notes and equity

Posted on 08 May 2017

Once again, we were adding science to the art of fundraising... The new topics we brought up last week included the guiding principles of choosing the right investor, equity and convertible notes. [...]

Telenet is investing in Antwerp-based company Spencer

Posted on 05 May 2017

5 months after its launch, Spencer is securing a Series A round investment. With this participation, Telenet is aiming to bank on other services than telecom. While for Spencer - it will lead to the next phase of its development and growth. [...]

Limburg scale-up Cubigo gets €4M for international expansion

Posted on 26 April 2017

Geert Houben, Co-founder of Cubigo, referred to this investment as "smart money" and emphasized its important role in the company's international growth. [...]

SweepBright & CHILI publish get funding from Volta Ventures

Posted on 12 April 2017

SweepBright gets a €1,5M investment and CHILI publish raises €2,55M in Series A round led by Volta Ventures. [...]

Spotting your dream job at Antwerp Startup Fair

Posted on 03 April 2017

Innovation, opportunities and tenacity were in the air in Antwerp last week... Antwerp Startup Fair opened its doors and gathered under one roof a complementary mix of people interested in investing, buying - or working for startups. [...]

AproPLAN, IOT Factory and Cloudalize gear up expansion in the UK

Posted on 16 March 2017

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 D [...]

Rombit takes over security specialist Sercotec

Posted on 16 March 2017

Antwerp-based tech company Rombit acquires security specialist Sercotec. This acquisition is complementary for both sides and will allow to further create and develop a smart access platform, an integrated solution for access and user monitoring at i [...]

Silverfin picked up $4.5M in Series A funding led by Index Ventures

Posted on 14 March 2017

Silverfin, a startup out of Ghent, secured $4.5M in Series A funding led by Index Ventures. Silverfin will use the investment to accelerate product development, expand the team at its headquarters in Belgium, and will use part of the funds to expand [...]

Sodexo acquires Mechelen-based startup Xpenditure

Posted on 14 March 2017

The French food services and facilities management multinational joins forces with a Flemish expense management startup Xpenditure. [...]

Nomadesk has been sold to UnifiedPost

Posted on 27 February 2017

The digital solutions specialist UnifiedPost has acquired the Belgian Dropbox-competitor Nomadesk. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. [...]

Startup Valuation in a nutshell

Posted on 17 February 2017

It should come as no surprise that valuing a startup takes careful planning. Yesterday, we, together with impulse.brussels, kicked off the second investor readiness workshop that focused on startup valuation and valuation on dilution. [...]

Four-vector workshops by EYnovation

Posted on 16 February 2017

EYnovation is launching workshops to ensure that key startup's processes work in harmony. If you are running a startup, join them and put your business on track! [...]

Medianeut secures €1,5M and changes its name to Nurama

Posted on 13 February 2017

Hasselt-based startup Medianeut got €1,5M in fresh capital under its belt and changed its name to Nurama. [...]

We’re rolling out investor readiness workshops for Walloon startups!

Posted on 10 February 2017

You want to become agile and start raising money? Then don’t miss the fundraising workshops we’re organizing together with Digital Wallonia and Creative Wallonia Engine throughout the Walloon region in the next few months! [...]

Are you ready for fundraising? 5 picks for raising funds you should learn right now

Posted on 09 February 2017

It’s a bit more than 2 weeks ago, when we kicked off our first “fundraising basics” workshop in Brussels. In case you missed it, here's how it went. Enjoy! [...]

NVISO, lex.be and CommuniThings were awarded almost €500K each

Posted on 27 January 2017

Three Brussels-based startups are the new prize-winners of the 6th edition of Rise Innovative Starters awards, initiated and powered by Innoviris. [...]

MuuseLabs and Bloomlife selected as SXSW Accelerator finalists

Posted on 25 January 2017

More than 500 companies from all over the world submitted their web-based products to the 9th annual SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event. Two Belgian startups, MuuseLabs and Bloomlife, are among the finalists! [...]

Gemma Galdon Clavell reveals her story of an "unlikely entrepreneur”

Posted on 24 January 2017

Every week, we share insightful and inspiring Failing Forward keynotes. This time, Gemma Galdon Clavell reveals her story of an "unlikely entrepreneur”. Enjoy! [...]

MolenGeek turns the spotlight on young entrepreneurs in Molenbeek

Posted on 20 January 2017

Situated just across the Brussels canal in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek, MolenGeek is a magnet for everyone, and primarily for young people from the neighborhood who wish to work in tech or become digital entrepreneurs. Last week the MolenGeek project was gra [...]

Silicon Valley billionaires club invests in Belgian startup Collibra

Posted on 18 January 2017

The Belgian data governance specialist Collibra just announced a $50M Series C funding round. Iconiq Capital, the private Silicon Valley venture capital firm of Mark Zuckerberg, Reid Hoffman and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, is leading the round. [...]

Kicking off 2017 at CES in Las Vegas

Posted on 10 January 2017

For 50 years, The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), annually held in Las Vegas, is one of the key shows on the tech calendar. Belgian startups also left their mark on the massive event this year. [...]

Belgian biotech company Univercells receives $12M grant

Posted on 02 January 2017

The grant and a consortium with Batavia Biosciences and Natrix Separations will result in developing a breakthrough vaccine manufacturing platform. “We expect our integrated platform to be a real game-changer for global health,” claims José Castillo, [...]

The top 10 benefits of Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

Posted on 21 December 2016

Why is Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs great for entrepreneurs? We listed top 10 amazing benefits that make this cross-border exchange program an unforgettable experience. [...]

Appiness hit top 20 at K-Startup Grand Challenge Demo Day

Posted on 19 December 2016

The final 20 teams of K-Startup Grand Challenge had amazing pitches in front of the judges, accelerator VCs, and 200+ audience, taking home over $800K in grants and investments. Appiness, a Belgian startup, was one of the winners hitting top 20 durin [...]

After 5 months on the market Doctoranytime got €1M financing

Posted on 07 December 2016

“We started 5 months ago in Belgium and have already 1000 doctors using our website to find new patients and manage their practice on a daily basis,” says co-founder and CEO Sylvain Niset. Recently the Belgian startup Doctoranytime raised a new €1M f [...]

eFounders raised €5M to build 8 new startups

Posted on 07 December 2016

Founded in 2011 by Thibaud Elzière and Quentin Nickmans, eFounders received €5M from 40 entrepreneurs and European family offices in a recent capital round. This capital will enable the Brussels and Parisian startup studio which has already founded [...]

Virteo raised over €2M

Posted on 06 December 2016

The Belgian fintech startup Virteo has raised €2.2M in a new round of financing. The startup intends to use this money to accelerate the commercialization of its home market, expand the capabilities of the platform and to prepare for expansion abroad [...]

Commission is doing away with the stigma of entrepreneurial failure and gives boost to startups in Europe

Posted on 23 November 2016

More venture capital for startups and doing away with the stigma of entrepreneurial failure: the EU wants to support entrepreneurs to get back on their feet quicker. On Tuesday the Commission unveiled the Start-up and Scale-up Initiative that aims to [...]

ScaleUp Europe - a Manifesto for change and empowerment in the Digital Age

Posted on 22 November 2016

The first of its kind in Europe, the Manifesto is intended to serve as a comprehensive roadmap for making Europe not just the best place in the world to start a business, but the best place to grow and to scale up. [...]

Failing Forward 2016: inspiration and action

Posted on 21 November 2016

On November 16th, Failing Forward, an inspiring keynote conference powered by Startups.be and its partners, nailed its fifth edition in a row. The motto “Failure is not contiguous, success is “ was a red thread of the conference leading to truly fasc [...]

Sparkcentral raised $20M to promote its international expansion and to support the rapidly growing corporate customer base

Posted on 18 November 2016

SAN FRANCISCO and HASSELT, November 18, 2016 - Sparkcentral, the leading digital customer communications platform, has got the $ 20 million investment under its belt. The venture round is essential to boost the growth of Sparkcentral in the EMEA regi [...]

Startup Osimis won the Digital Start-up award at KIKK

Posted on 13 November 2016

The KIKK Belfius Awards recognize the most innovative digital startups in Wallonia. From nearly one hundred nominations this year, Osimis, the HealthTech startup, was elected the winner of the "Digital Start-up" award and received a check of €10K for [...]

The new highlight of Teamleader: €10M in Series B funding

Posted on 09 November 2016

2016 is a truly fantastic year for Teamleader. Facts speak louder than words: Tech Startup of the Year, most promising SME in East Flanders and the opening of the new office in Spain. The most recent highlight was announced this week. The company jus [...]

FLAVR granted €450K from Flemish investors

Posted on 03 November 2016

Why not trying food cooked by talented local chefs from your neighbourhood? FLAVR, the Antwerp-based startup, offers an online platform, giving people the opportunity to enjoy delicious and budget-friendly meals made with love by the best local chefs [...]

POM raises €175K only 6 months after its launch

Posted on 02 November 2016

POM, the Brussels-based fintech startup, launched its application that helps to settle payments only 6 months ago. From then on some breaking changes have happened… During the FinTech Belgium Summit 2016, the hot startup has been awarded the «winner [...]

From eco farms to chips and fish resto… The stories of young entrepreneurs

Posted on 01 November 2016

For many, entrepreneurship is a demanding calling, where the rewards for success are varied and great. Learning, beyond doubt, is a part of the entrepreneurial journey. Gain insight into the stories of young entrepreneurs, who nailed on-the-job train [...]

Logistics tech startup SLiCKss raises €1,5M in funding

Posted on 13 October 2016

Logistics tech startup SLiCKss raises €1,5M in funding. The new funds will be used to further develop and commercialize SLiCKss’s vision of bringing enterprise level software to companies of any size and strengthen its top-notch team. [...]

Barefoot raises €1M to empower its five startups

Posted on 07 October 2016

A major investment gained with the support of ING bank will enable the startup studio to develop its five startups. A collaboration of several entrepreneurs, Barefoot aims to professionalize the digital sector in helping businesses toinnovate with [...]

Showpad wins BelCham Entrepreneurship Award

Posted on 23 September 2016

Nailing a perfect pitch and winning over challenges is not new for Showpad. This week the Belgian scale-up was named “The Most Promising Company of the Year” at the 2016 BelCham Entrepreneurship Awards in New York City. Trilled and exited by the h [...]

Sparkcentral sets bigger targets for expanding with New VP to Europe, Middle East, and Africa

Posted on 18 August 2016

Sparkcentral, the leading mobile and social customer engagement platform headquartered in San Francisco, CA and with its EMEA headquarters in Hasselt, Belgium, has set sights on bigger targets. "The timing for this is perfect", believes Christoph Neu [...]

Belgian delegation promoting game industry at Gamescom

Posted on 08 August 2016

From August 17th to 19th, a handpicked batch of game studios from Belgium will hit Gamescom, Cologne. Gamescom, the largest European trade fair for interactive games, will be the ideal scenario to spread the word about the Belgian gaming industry. [...]

Flanders invests €30M in nanotechnology

Posted on 25 July 2016

imecXpand, an investment fund managed by Leuven-based nanotechnology company imec, that is committed to developing nano-enabled solutions in ICT, healthcare and energy that allow people to have a better life in a sustainable society, gets €30M invest [...]

UberPITCH Ride with an Investor in Brussels

Posted on 25 May 2016

Think you have Europe's next big top-notch idea? Don’t put it on the shelf! Believe in it and speak up on the 1st of June… and not just to anyone but to a top investor, who is there for you. Uber has partnered with Volta Ventures to create a unique p [...]

€50 Mio funding and this is only the beginning

Posted on 19 May 2016

Showpad announced they have closed a $50 million funding round led by Insight Venture Partners and assured this is only the beginning. Founded in 2011, Showpad activates the business content worldwide. Besides, it believes that content can only live [...]

Talent management SaaS startup Intuo nails €850,000

Posted on 18 May 2016

Belgian SaaS startup Intuo has raised €850,000 to further develop its 360-degree talent management software. The funding comes from PMV and a number of angel investors from the HR, retail, and petrochemical sectors. Intuo’s slogan sounds rather st [...]

W.IN.G: over 100 projects treated in less than 2 months

Posted on 11 May 2016

W.IN.G (Wallonia Innovation and Growth) is a new investment fund for the Walloon digital start-ups, launched in late February 2016 as a part of the implementation of Digital Wallonia, the digital strategy of the region. The fund is a gateway to many [...]

#BeTech funding Hits €39 M in the first two months of 2016

Posted on 09 March 2016

Over the last two months, the digital Belgian startups and scale ups have been very active in raising capital, according to the data presented by Omar Mohout, Growth Manager at Sirris. The analysis covers European technology companies that have ra [...]