Meet the new wave of start-ups and find out about Start it @kbc's ambitious plans in 2017

Meet the new wave of start-ups and find out about Start it @kbc's ambitious plans in 2017



Dear journalist,

Start it @kbc is welcoming its brand-new wave of start-ups and we will be pleased to introduce them to you on 7 February! The teams were chosen from over 150 applications after a stringent selection procedure. Under Start it's wings, they will unfurl their business idea over the coming year.

What are the products and services of the future? How ambitious are the start-ups? And how are they planning to go about it? You can ask them yourself.

You will also find out what plans Start it @kbc has in store for start-up land Belgium for 2017. What has the community learnt after three years? And how does this translate into the updated offer for the start-ups? You will find out all about it in the magnificent setting of an age-old, restored building right in the heart of Brussels.

10.30 am    Welcome
10.45 am    “Start it in 2017” by Lode Uytterschaut and Katrien Dewijngaert, founders of Start it @kbc
11.00 am    Presentation of new wave
11.15 am    “Newbie route 2017” by Mark Herman, founder of sympl and mentor at Start it @kbc
11.25 am    Photo opportunity
11.30 am    Interviews and buffet lunch
12.30 pm    End

Practical details
7 February 2017 | 10.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
KBC – Grand-Place 16 – 1000 Brussels

Parking available in the Grand-Place underground car park. You will receive a free ticket to exit the car park upon leaving the press presentation.

Would you like to join us? If so, be sure to confirm before 3 February by sending an e-mail to or calling +32 468 19 75 07.

See you then!
Start it @kbc & partners

Pressroom Start it @kbc

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 650 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 and local academic partners. 

Start-ups can apply to the programme at any time via the website The selected founders are then invited to pitch their idea to a professional jury at 1 of 2 pitch events per year, after which a new batch of start-ups begin their entrepreneurial journey at Start it @KBC. 

For more information:
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