Our Partners

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  • Flanders DC is the single point of contact for entrepreneurs in the creative economy in Flanders. As a non-profit organization, Flanders DC actively supports creative entrepreneurs who want to build or grow their business, aiming to get more Return on Creativity. Flanders DC is therefore also active internationally bringing creative networks across the globe together.

    Flanders DC is the organizer of the Creativity World Forum, one the world's biggest conferences on creative entrepreneurship with editions in Brazil, Germany, USA, China, India, Denmark and Belgium.

  • Scale-Ups.eu aims to become the top-of-mind time squeezer for scale-ups in Europe. Together, we squeeze time and boost growth for scale-ups, global VCs and a wide network of partners. Scale-Ups.eu connects Europe's most promising scale-ups with our global network of deep pocket investors and fast track collaboration with high-tech companies and research organizations in our network. In addition, we offer our network insights into visionary solutions and revolutionary technologies from entrepreneurs.

  • The Flemish Department of Economy, Science and Innovation was established in 2006 after the Flemish governmental reorganisation within the scope of Better Administrative Policy. The Department of Economy, Science and Innovation (EWI Department) prepares, monitors and evaluates policy in the Economy, Science and Innovation policy area. Our main aim is to develop Flanders into one of the most advanced and prosperous regions in the world. Our driving forces are the promotion of: excellence in scientific research, an attractive and sustainable business climate, and a creative, innovative and entrepreneurial society.

     

Co-OrganizersTop

  • With almost 525.000 residents, Antwerp is the largest city in Flanders. For centuries, leading innovation(s) and ground breaking trends have formed the very heart of the city. Today, Antwerp continues to play a leading role in fostering an ecosystem of open innovation. It’s the ambition of the City of Antwerp to become a European reference for Internet of Things. The city has joined forces with the Port of Antwerp, the research centre imec and the University of Antwerp in order to achieve this ambition. With Our project Capital of Things, Antwerp will be a smart city that embraces eHealth, Industry 4.0, a smart port and a circular economy.

  • Barco NV is a technology company that develops sight, sound, and sharing solutions for the professional market. Its focus is on three core markets: Enterprise, Healthcare and Entertainment.

  • Voka, Flanders' Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is the most representative employers' organization in Flanders. It represents over 18.000 companies in Flanders and Brussels. Thus it represents 69% of the private employment and 65% of the added value in Flanders and 80% of the export. As the most influential network of entrepreneurs, our mission is to create an optimal framework for successful entrepreneurship.

Big Bang PartnersTop

  • Belfius Bank is an autonomous Belgian banking and insurance group wholly owned by the Belgian federal state through the Federal Holding and Investment Company (FHIC). As a local bank, Belfius collects savings deposits and investments via its distribution networks in Belgium.

  • BNP Paribas Fortis is an international bank based in Belgium and is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas. It is the bank for a changing world. A bank managed in all transparency, driven by values of responsibility, humanity, innovation and enthusiasm.

  • Cronos Groep is a diverse group, active in a number of innovative sectors. The company seeks to serve as a catalyst for the development of scientific research on new technologies into business solutions. Founded in 1991, the business evolved from a one-man show to a large group of companies with 4,000 employees, a consolidated turnover of €406 million in 2015 and 7500 customers in the Benelux.

  • Founded in 2004, the Districts of Creativity (DC) Network unites regions around the world to share and develop practices on stimulating creativity in society to foster innovation and prosperity. Its international orientation makes us a unique network of regions that put creativity and innovation high on the agenda. From the USA to China and Scotland to India, the Districts of Creativity network spans the globe and continues to grow.

  • EY provides global services to help you retain the confidence of investors, manage your risk, strengthen your controls and achieve your potential. EY is committed to building a better working world — with increased trust and confidence in business, sustainable growth, development of talent in all its forms, and greater collaboration.

  • Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT) promotes international enterprise in Flanders in a sustainable way as a key factor in the social and economic development of our region. FIT does so by supporting the international activities of Flemish companies and by attracting foreign investors to Flanders. We assist, support and stimulate companies in international business. Flanders Investment & Trade offers tailored advice and guidance. 

  • Gimv is a European investment company with almost four decades’ experience of investing in private companies. Listed on Euronext Brussels since 1997, Gimv manages around 1.6 billion EUR invested in about 50 portfolio companies.

  • Imec is the world-leading R&D and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. As a trusted partner for companies, startups and academia imec brings together brilliant minds from all over the world in a creative and stimulating environment.

  • KBC is an integrated bank-insurer that enables clients to easily turn to KBC at any time for tailor-made bank and insurance products. KBC focuses on six home markets: Belgium, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Ireland and Hungary. In Belgium, KBC ranks globally among the top three financial institutions, with a leading position in some areas, such as investments.

  • Port of Antwerp is home to a global centre uniting maritime and logistical services, industry and trade. Our mission is to bring together employees, customers and stakeholders, to strengthen them and to boost their development. We do this by empowering our employees, facilitating our customers' success and aligning with our stakeholders. Our key drivers are adaptability, innovation and digitalisation. We create sustainable added value and act responsibly towards society.

  • Siemens is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for 170 years. The company is active around the globe, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry.

PartnersTop

  • BESIX Group is a leading Belgian Group, operating in construction, concessions and property development sectors. It profiles itself as a multi-services group, catering for multi-size projects. The Group was founded in 1909, since when it has grown steadily and impressively, achieving revenues of EUR 2.3 billion in 2017. BESIX has about 15,000 employees active in 22 countries on 4 continents. BESIX excels in creating sustainable solutions for a better world. 

  • The Belgian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (BVA) is a professional association representing the venture capital (VC) and private equity (PE) community in Belgium. The BVA represents the industry and facilitates investment activities and promotes entrepreneurship, growth and innovation.

  • Cegeka is an independent technology service provider that guides its customers through digital transformation by functioning as a strategic partner with strong expertise in multi-cloud services. Cegeka’s support for its customers includes software and infrastructure solutions, development and implementation of applications for exponential technologies, outsourcing and IT-consultancy.

  • Cresco has market-leading capabilities and thorough experience in private equity and venture capital, emerging and growth companies, general corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, technology and innovation counseling & entrepreneur and executive guidance.

  • Ghent, the capital of East Flanders in Belgium, offers an unusual mix of compact city intimacy and metropolitan openness. Ghent is a top 10 European port area with a highly competitive industrial production cluster, but also the largest center of higher education in Flanders. Together with Ghent University and other public and private partners, projects and developments like Tech Lane Ghent Science Park are initiated to cater for the needs of innovative companies that want to take advantage of these assets. Ghent has taken a leading position in life sciences, MedTech and AI and is home to an ecosystem that produced Belgium’s only unicorns, and roughly one-third of all tech companies that have raised over 1 million EUR in venture capital.

  • Newtec is specialized in designing, developing and manufacturing equipment and technologies for satellite communications. As a pioneer in the industry, Newtec is dedicated to creating new possibilities for the broadcast, consumer and enterprise VSAT, government and defence, cellular backhaul and trunking and mobility, offshore and maritime markets. 

  • Showpad is the leading Sales Enablement platform. Built for Marketing, loved by Sales.

  • The Bridge ecosystem consists in self-supporting specialized companies that can quickly mobilize the competences and capabilities that you need, when you need them. This enables us to deliver on the promise of open digital innovation at speed.

Communication PartnersTop

  • De Standaard is the biggest quality newspaper in Flanders, delivering reliable news and outstanding journalism for almost 100 years. Thanks to permanent product development and innovations they are still growing, in paper subscriptions and in digital readers. 

  • Studio Brussels is a Dutch-speaking radio station in Belgium, owned by the VRT. The channel is an initiative of the Flemish Government.

  • Agoria means progress through technology. We are paving the way for all technology-inspired companies in Belgium pursuing progress internationally through the development or application of innovations and which, together, represent some 300,000 employees. We are proud that more than 1,800 member companies trust in the three pillars of our services: consulting, business development and the creation of an optimal business environment.

  • With over 1550 members from 446 companies, Beltug is the largest Belgian association of Digital Technology leaders. We aim to tackle the challenges of the connected organisation, covering topics such as software asset management, hybrid IT/cloud, IT security, IoT, smart collaboration, implementation of the GDPR, blockchain, and many more

  • At Bloovi, we provide a blooming vision of the world of tomorrow. With change happening in a heartbeat and technology rapidly transforming our society, we aim to equip our readers and community with the necessary tools and insight to understand the current and future world. To empower them, have them seize opportunities, and have faith in the world of tomorrow. Encourage them to be a game changer, not just a player.

  • Brewhouse is the partner to create a peer-to-peer active network between scale-ups in the tech sector, that allows the scale up to benefit from other scale-up experiences and a network of expertise to accelerate their growth 

  • Co.Station is an inspiring & innovating workplace helping entrepreneurs to structure their business and companies to unleash their creativity.

    At Co.Station we aim at connecting the talents of tomorrow! 

  • EU Startup Services is the leading Europe-wide consultancy exclusively supporting Startups in their path to EU funding leveraging our extensive knowledge of Horizon 2020 and our relations with private investors and VCs.

  • The seven major employers' organisations in Belgium - Brussels Enterprises Commerce & Industry (BECI), Walloon Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIW), Union of the Middle Classes (UCM), Organisation for the Self-Employed and SMEs (UNIZO), Walloon Union of Companies (UWE), Federation of Enterprises (VBO-FEB) and Flanders' Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VOKA), have co-established with n2euro a local platform of the Global Entrepreneurship Network that focuses on stimulating and supporting entrepreneurship in 160 countries.
    GEN Belgium will develop and coordinate the various programs and activities of GEN Global in the country while providing an additional international bridge for the many initiatives that already exist in Belgium.

  • You want to Hack Belgium in a 3-day high-intensity hands-on course on innovation, technology and entrepreneurship? It is Belgium's biggest Open Innovation event of the year. 

    This event is designed to help you create your projects linked to the future of Energy, Food, Mobility, Health, Finance, Media and 6 other societal challenges. 

  • Netwerk Ondernemen stands for “Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs”. We offer 2 programmes: Boost Me and Mentor Me. Boost Me is an intensive growth short track (4 months) consisting out of an expert day, finance day, a local and international GrowthCamp. Mentor Me is our standard programme (2 year) where an experienced entrepreneur becomes your mentor. We help you with all your questions, organize different workshops, 1-on-1 talks with experts,…

    At Netwerk Ondernemen we maintain a people-focused approach. Our mentors can’t invest so we always put your interest first. We go for quality over quantity so that is why we only select a few founders to be accompanied every month.

  • Rockstart, one of Europe’s first multi-vertical startup accelerators, was founded in Amsterdam in 2011 with a goal to provide startups with access to the market, capital, knowledge, and community. Since then Rockstart has become the specialist in building entire ecosystems around specific domains—such as Digital Health, Smart Energy, and Artificial Intelligence. Rockstart is actively building up entrepreneurial infrastructures around the world with its acceleration verticals, as well as early-st

  • The Birdhouse builds bridges between entrepreneurs, helps them to achieve their goals and aims for startup success. Our accelerator supports entrepreneurs by connecting them to the right people in an ambitious framework. We enable co-founders, partners, mentors and investors to join forces and make our impression in the startup ecosystem. We create an open network in which entrepreneurial energy and bold ideas can flourish.

CuratorsTop

  • Achilles strives to make companies grow. We guide your business towards a culture of innovation.

    A culture in which we together develop the best products, brands, and services. Honest and sustainable.
    Our experts create valuable user experiences for current and future generations.

    We can do this through our extensive range of services, such as the preparation of business models, validation of product ideas, styling, prototyping, and engineering from development through to production.

  • B-Hive is a European collaborative innovation fintech platform connecting financial services players and tech start-ups & scale-ups to work on common innovation challenges and leverage on the opportunities offered by the digital transformation for the financial services industry. B-Hive believes in building bridges between important fintech hubs to enable both European and non-European companies to grow and expand.

  • The BlueHealth Innovation Center stimulates innovation and entrepreneurship on the crossroad of technology and healthcare.

  • CREW is a Brussels art company that works on the border of art and science, of performing arts and new technology. As an experimental company, CREW pioneered with immersive performances 2004 in which the audience was immersed in an alternative reality by means of video goggles, headphones and sensors. CREW aims to unlock the theatre experience towards the audiences of the future. CREW has been part of different important European scientific and technological research programs. It has worked with major research institutes like Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, Intel, Max Planck, The Foundry Visionmongers LTD and M.I.T. e.g. in the FP7 EU programmes.

  • EUKA operates as a Flemish drone cluster and wants to support in the acceleration, expansion and deepening of this new drone industry by being a ‘guide’ for the multiple companies and organisations involved.

  • Flanders’ FOOD is a unique, strategy-driven platform that contributes through innovation to a more competitive, innovative and sustainable agro foodindustry. Flanders’ FOOD strengthens the innovation force of the target audience by increasing the scientific and technological knowledge.

  • Flanders Make is the strategic research centre for the manufacturing industry. From their sites all over Flanders, they stimulate open innovation through excellent research. 

    They bring together companies and research institutions, they help realise concrete product and production innovations in the vehicle industry, in mechanical engineering and in production environments.

  • Health House, is a unique "experience center" and takes its visitors on an inspiring and interactive trip through the future of health and care.  Do you want to experience the future of health and care?

  • IoTBE is the Belgian cluster of IoT high-tech companies & startups, research organisations and experts.  Together with Agoria, imec & Howest,  IoTBE promotes the adoption of IoT in both the service & industry sector and the government. By providing innovation platforms like IoTIC & the Open Innovation Verticals, IoTBE brings together all IoT stakeholder within a specific domain in order to stimulate innovation and enterpreneurship.

  • RetailDetail, the leading b2b-retailnetwork in the Benelux, keeps retail professionals up-to-date by means of online & offline publications, retail events, inspiring retail trips and the unique co-creation platform RetailHub, where retailers and their suppliers can experience the future of shopping.

  • Sport Vlaanderen is the Flemish sports administration that supports the Government of Flanders in the preparation and evaluation of its policy. This policy includes the development of grassroots sport as well as high-level sport, the investment in sports accommodations and infrastructure and the financial support to sports organisations. The mission of Sport Vlaanderen is to encourage as many people as possible to take part in sports, preferably on a regular basis and throughout their lives and in the best conditions.

Co-Curating VCsTop

  • Columbia Lake Partners is an experienced team of investors providing growth loans to European technology companies. In prior roles, it has extended credit and managed portfolio relationships of greater than £300 million to over 100 companies such as Showpad, Falcon.io, BrighPearl, Amplience a.o.

  • Fortino Capital invests in digital and applied technology in the Benelux. Fortino Capital is a key player with high growth successes such as Aproplan, Piesync, Bloomon, Teamleader and TrendMiner. Fortino co-curates the Benelux companies for SuperNova.

  • HPE Growth Capital (“HPE”) is focused on growth capital investments in technology companies throughout Northern Europe. Their portfolio companies have grown at an average of 45% annually and since its investments, more than 800 new jobs have been created. HPE co-curates the North European companies for SuperNova.

  • Idinvest Partners is a pan-European private equity manager focused on the low and middle market segments. With over six billion euros under management, the company has expertise in equity investments in buyout deals, as well as primary and secondary investments accross Europe. Portfolio includes: Clear2Pay, BlaBlaCar, Meetic, Deezer and many more. Paris-based Idinvest co-curates the French companies for SuperNova.

  • JVP is Israel's leading $ 1.2 million fund, ranked several times by Preqin as one of ten of the world's most consistent performing VC companies, a "powerhouse" that facilitates 12 IPO listings on NASDAQ and the best curator of tech companies from Israel. SuperNova is proud to invite most promising companies from the high-tech startup nation Israel.

  • Prime Ventures is a leading venture capital and growth equity firm focused on investing in European companies in the technology and related industries. Prime invested in more than 50 companies since it started its operations in 1999 such as ZipDial, Falcon.io, Almotive, DealersDirect, TakeAway.com and Tripaneer. Prime co-curates scale-ups from the Netherlands for SuperNova.

  • Runa Capital is a technology-focused venture capital firm whose investments have created or incubated companies with more than $10B in assets. Runa invests in software applications and infrastructure for the new economy. From Acumatica to Nginx to Zopa, Runa invested in over 60 companies in 12 different countries. Runa co-curates the scale-ups from Eastern Europe for SuperNova.

  • SmartFin Capitalis a lean independent private equity fund targeting smart technologies with a special focus on Financial Technologies. SmartFin Capital has invested in MariaDB, Silverfin, Materialise (NASDAQ: MTLS), among many others. SmartFin co-curates the Benelux companies for SuperNova.

  • Summit Partners has invested in more than 400 companies globally. Summit's portfolio includes a broad range of companies in the technology, healthcare and life sciences sectors and headquartered in North America and Europe. Some of Summit's most notable investments include: McAfee, WebEx, Keystone RV, among many others.

  • Volta Ventures is a venture capital firm that offers seed & early stage VC for internet & software companies in the Benelux. Volta co-curates the Benelux companies for SuperNova.

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