Start it @KBC joins community of world’s best accelerators and welcomes 41 new startups

Start it @KBC joins community of world’s best accelerators and welcomes 41 new startups

Start it @KBC today welcomes 41 new startups to the fold. This new batch will be taken under the wing of Belgium’s largest accelerator programme, getting all the support they need to develop innovative ideas and transform them into viable and sustainable businesses. The startups also profit from genuine international growth opportunities now that Start it @KBC is also part of GAN, the highly curated, invitation-only community uniting the world’s best accelerators.

Start it @KBC is the only Belgian accelerator to join the GAN which links together 120 startup cities and 85 top accelerator programmes across six continents. As such, GAN is the world’s largest startup network, boasting big names such as TechStars, Startupbootcamp and Numa.

“As Belgium’s largest accelerator, we need to look beyond our borders and forge genuine links with the international startup ecosystem,” says Start it @KBC founder, Lode Uytterschaut. “As part of GAN, we are now in a position to offer our startups a long list of extra benefits - such as introductions at some of the world’s largest big tech companies, while opening the doors to new markets to reinforce their international growth potential.”

“Joining GAN is also beneficial for Start it @KBC itself. Members regularly exchange experiences and share knowledge, which empowers us to be the best accelerator for our startups, all while making a genuine contribution to the Belgian economy,” adds Lode Uytterschaut.

41 new startups at Start it @KBC
Start it @KBC today welcomes 41 new startups to its accelerator programme. The last pitch wave of 2017 attracted business idea submissions from 162 startups. Of those, the following 41 startups were selected by the jury on the basis of an oral presentation and will become part of Start it @KBC next year:

AirShaper, Caldr, Capratio, CrewPlanner, Crimibox, Dazuld, EDSE, Foodcost.be, Fred&Barnes, Gingerwald, GoTennis, Guardway, Hereso, House of projects, Hyperlane, Liso Yachts, Jointechnix, Klær, KnowledgeFlow, Lancr, LiLo, Livana, Metachat, Motiontribe, Nash, Oak Tree Projects, OrthoGrow, Port-WiFi, Pristin Sellier, Quivr, Recovr, Roeku, Smoothy, SO YES, Talkeezy, Urban Harvest, Vintastique, WebMonks, Wenthworth Andrews, WeTasker.

Lode Uytterschaut, founder of Start it @KBC: “This wave is extremely diverse in terms of content, which can only enrich the community as a whole. The jury was unanimous in their evaluation that the quality has gone up even further with this wave. Proof that Belgium has a lot to offer on the world stage in years to come. “

See the press kit for more information about the new startups.

The next pitch wave at Start it @KBC takes place in February 2018. Startups can already submit their business idea over the coming weeks and months via www.startit.be.

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About GAN
GAN is a highly curated community of accelerators, partners, and investors. GAN creates opportunities around the world for startups to access the human and financial capital they need to create and grow their businesses, wherever they are. More information about GAN can be found at gan.co.

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About Start it @KBC

Start it @KBC is Belgium's largest accelerator and supports and promotes entrepreneurs with an innovative idea and scalable business model. The international Start it @KBC community consists of a network of more than 830 startups and scale-ups that share their experiences and expertise.

Start it @KBC was founded in 2014. The accelerator is founder-centric and offers their program completely free of charge. Start it @KBC does not take shares in the startups and only imposes one condition: the joint pursuit of maximum economic and social impact, diversity and sustainability.

The Belgian hubs of Start it @KBC are located in Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent, Hasselt, Kortrijk and Leuven. In addition, Start it @KBC has international offices in Budapest, Gyor and Prague and pied-à-terres in New York, San Francisco and London. Since 2017, Start it @KBC is a member of the exclusive Global Accelerator Network (GAN), which offers the startups additional expansion and sales opportunities abroad, as well as a wealth of benefits from technology partners worldwide.

Start it @KBC has strategic partnerships with large companies to better support startups. Today, strategic partners of Start it @KBC are Accenture, DPG Media, KBC, and Telenet. Since 2019, Start it X also immerses intrapreneurs of corporate companies in the Start it @KBC network.  

Startups who want to participate in the one-year Start it @KBC acceleration program and wish to make free use of mentoring, network, workshops and co-working spaces, can apply throughout the year via the website: www.startit.be

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