Technology startups are “born global” by definition as they face tough worldwide competition from the day they launch their business. That is not an easy task, but luckily there are many people willing and able to help grow their startups and businesses into success stories. Qualitative support and sound advice can maximize the success rate of these businesses significantly. How it Started Belgium counts a good number of startup supporting and initiatives, making it hard for entrepreneurs to find the appropriate measure or contact at the right point in time. In 2012, it became clear that we needed to join forces more in Belgium to be able to stand a chance in the globalized and fast-changing tech scene. After a couple of successful pilot projects, the mission became clear. To step up to the challenge, 12 seasoned entrepreneurs founded the non-profit organization in March 2013 and many startup supporting organization stepped in, growing the network throughout Belgium and collaboratively developing activities. Startups.be now joins 65+ of such organizations, actively supporting (starting) tech entrepreneurs, through coaching & training, incubation, acceleration, networking & pitching opportunities, expertise in relevant domains or financing. Through this initiative government agencies, federations, cities, knowledge institutions, as well as entrepreneur-for-entrepreneur initiatives and volunteer-driven organizations are joining forces to build the foundation of the next generation knowledge economy. Our Mission We help tech entrepreneurs to be successful by providing quality access to service providers, business partners, customers, and investors. Through our joint network, we connect startups and technology, create critical mass and international exposure and help develop the entrepreneurial climate. Our Goals 1) Offer tech entrepreneurs easy & qualitative access to all of the supporting instruments, activities, programs and activities throughout Belgium. 2) Stimulate collaboration & cross-fertilization between the different startup supporting actors (coaches, mentors, incubators, accelerators, experts, financiers, etc). 3) Coordinate and consolidate an international outreach program for Belgian tech entrepreneurs, in close collaboration with the regional enterprise and import/export agencies.