KBC links its offering to Co-libry, the new platform for home-seekers, and Start it @kbc participant

KBC links its offering to Co-libry, the new platform for home-seekers, and Start it @kbc participant

Given its growing commitment to start-ups KBC has started working with Co-libry, an innovative real estate platform that was launched in February 2017. Co-libry offers personalised assistance during the real estate process, searches for a match to the client's wishes (such as commuting times, proximity to certain facilities and services, etc.) and guides the client through every aspect associated with buying right up to moving into the property (loans, estate agents, telecom services, utilities, etc.). Through this collaboration, visitors to the platform obtain an overview of which KBC bank branches are situated nearest to them and are given the opportunity to get in touch directly with home experts and insurance experts at KBC Live.

Erik Luts, Chief Innovation Officer KBC Group continues: “KBC is committed to actively supporting start-ups, not only by providing them with office space, advice and other useful information. It also sets up collaborative platforms at an early stage to help promising start-ups develop their ideas and bring them to market. The platform developed by Co-libry fits in perfectly with KBC's philosophy. It's a product that augments our existing Press release Page 2 of 2 offering in the area of home advice and, like KBC, Co-libry bases its service on the needs of the client. In addition, the platform provides convenience and ease of use, which are two of our essential conditions when products and services are being developed.”

Co-libry, a start-up housed at Start it @kbc, was jointly set up in July 2016 by Wendy Geeraert, Fréderic Geeraert and Ann Praet. It is a personal, digital real estate portal/guide that assists the visitor in quickly and efficiently finding a home, thanks to the unique combination of a property site, data, financial tools and content. Besides the range of properties provided, Co-libry offers financial tools and tips & tricks that can be used before, during and after the search.

How is the collaboration set up between Co-Libry and KBC?
The Co-libry platform provides users with an overview of which KBC bank branches are situated nearest to them, and gives them the instant option of getting in touch with home experts and insurance experts at KBC Live (https://www.kbc.be/campaigns/kbclive/en/index.html). They can enter their preferences for an appointment and will be contacted within 24 hours to schedule it. They will then receive prompt and personal advice in the way that suits them best.

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Wendy Geeraert Co-founder Co-libry
About Start it @KBC

Start it @KBC supports and promotes entrepreneurs with innovative ideas and scalable business models. As such, it is Belgium’s largest community of start-ups. As a pioneer in Belgium, Start it @KBC aims to have a positive impact on the country’s economy and society. 

 For their first 3 months at Start it @KBC, start-ups join a strong, tailor-made accelerator programme while continuing to profit from top-notch mentorship, diverse expertise, an extensive international network and an inspiring co-working space for a period of 18 months. Start it @KBC continuously adapts its programme in co-creation with its start-ups.  

One of Start it @KBC’s key objectives is to stimulate (international) cross-pollination between more than 700 start-ups and scale-ups but also amongst investors, experienced mentors, experts from a wide variety of domains (technology, sales, legal, marketing, communication, etc.) and other global accelerators and incubators. The community also plays a leading role in promoting diversity and female entrepreneurship. 

Start it @KBC also has a clear international vision. In addition to hubs in Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent, Hasselt, Leuven, Kortrijk and Budapest, the community also includes a presence in New York. As of 2017, Start it @KBC has been a member of the Global Accelerator Network (GAN), a select network of 120 global accelerator programmes, offering extra opportunities for start-ups on the international stage and up to 1 million dollars’ worth of exclusive advantages from technology partners.

Via the Start it @KBC’s Corporate Incubation Program, start-up teams within large companies have also been able to transform innovative ideas into fully-fledged businesses under the guidance of Start it @KBC. 

Start it @KBC began in 2014 as a partnership between AccentureCronos GroepFlanders DCimecjoynKBCMobile VikingsTelenet Kickstart, University of Antwerp and local academic partners. 

Start-ups can apply to the programme at any time via the website www.startit.be. The selected founders are then invited to pitch their idea to a professional jury at two pitch events per year, after which a new batch of start-ups begin their entrepreneurial journey at Start it @KBC. 

For more information: www.startit.be
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