Start it @kbc: three years of Belgian start-up culture

Start it @kbc: three years of Belgian start-up culture

Demo Day on 30 November: 14 top pitches, 2 awards!

Three years ago, Start it @kbc gave our country a hefty injection of innovative entrepreneurship; the establishment of the nation's largest start-up community brought about a seismic shift in Belgian start-up culture. At Demo Day on 30 November, we will be looking on the past few years as well as to the future. Take a look behind the scenes of the community events, watch 14 promising start-ups and scale-ups give their business pitches, and attend the presentation of two business awards.

14 pitches
Convince a critical audience of 300 captains of industry, investors and entrepreneurs of an innovative business idea in just three minutes... This is the challenge set for 14 Belgian start-ups in the Start it @kbc hub in Antwerp on 30 November. At the very first Demo Day, and in true Silicon Valley style, they will showcase the courage, innovative thinking and public-speaking skills that they that have made their own within just a short period of time.

Two Awards
Two Belgian start-ups will be presented with an award at Demo Day.

The start-up chosen by the audience as being the best pitcher will go home with the Eddy de Nys Award, named after the Cronos CFO who was involved with Start it @kbc from the very beginning and who passed away last year.

Meanwhile Start it @kbc founders Lode Uytterschaut and Katrien Dewijngaert will be presenting the very first Start it @kbc Award. This award pays tribute to the entrepreneur who made the most progress during the Demo Day preparations and who showed the most passion and commitment.

Three years of start-up-culture in figures
Katrien Dewijngaert and Lode Uytterschaut will also take you behind the start-up scenes and tell you about three years of incubator work in Belgium. What is their vision on the start-up landscape? And what should the community expect in 2017?

18:30     Welcome with G&Ts and appetizers
19:00     Pitch competition
20:30     Presentation of the Eddy De Nys Award by Dirk Deroost, Commercial Director at Cronos
               Presentation of the Start it @kbc Award by Katrien and Lode, founders of Start it @kbc
20:40     Three years of start-up culture in figures
20:50     Stand-up buffet
22:00     End

Where and when?
30 November 2016
KBC Tower –- Schoenmarkt 35 – 2000 Antwerp (3rd floor)

Click here for more information about Start it @kbc and an overview of all participating start-ups.

Want to take an exclusive look back at three years of Belgian start-up culture?
Eager to witness the pitching skills of 14 high-potential start-ups and scale-ups?

Be sure to confirm your attendance at Demo Day before 25 November by sending an e-mail to


Contact us
Saar Dietvorst Perscontact, Start it @kbc
Start it @kbc
Saar Dietvorst Perscontact, Start it @kbc
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 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 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:
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