About us

Aim for impact

A powerful community with a worldwide network

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Start it Accelerate brings together game-changing entrepreneurs to accelerate their growth and achieve their vision. We’re there for startups in all stages and industries, as long as your business contributes positively to humanity and the world. Our mentors, partners and startups form a rich community providing resources, know-how and inspiration. All without any strings attached.

Our mission

To help startups reach their dreams faster

The largest startup ecosystem in Belgium

Accelerating growth

Startups hit the ground running by addressing their challenges and connecting with experts and mentors who can help them. They then follow a growth path where coaches teach them all the ins and outs of sales, marketing, finance, fundraising, pitching, legal, tech and more. We continuously optimise our program design in co-creation with startups.

Creating connection

With more than 1,000 startups and scale-ups, Start it Accelerate is a hotbed of cross-fertilisation between bright entrepreneurial minds as well as investors, mentors, experts and other accelerators and incubators worldwide.

100% founder-centric

Start it Accelerate is 100% founder centric and focused on the growth of our startups. We don’t ask you for shares or money, and mentors and partners don’t get exclusivity or privileges.

Beyond a traditional accelerator

Thinking, dreaming and growing without borders.

Tap into GAN

Start it Accelerate is part of the Global Accelerator Network (GAN), a network of more than 100 accelerators worldwide. GAN provides startups with new opportunities abroad, and access to over a million dollars in benefits with tech partners.

Anglicise your activities

Collaboration with KBC New York, BelCham New York, BLCC, and KBC London means that startups can expand their market and their network to the United Kingdom and the United States. Often they use the UK as a stepping stone to take the leap across the Atlantic. In both markets they receive practical support as well as free or discounted work and meeting spaces.

Make your mark in Central Europe

Our accelerator helps startups explore the expanding business world of Central Europe. Thanks to Start it @K&H in Hungary and Start it @ČSOB in the Czech Republic, startups in Budapest, Gyor, and Prague can access a dynamic ecosystem with lots of advantages. Startups in Hungary and the Czech Republic benefit from a customised acceleration program and can count on six months of mentorship, expertise, an extensive network, and co-working spaces.

Our team

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Anikó Ivanics

Mentoring Advisor
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Ann Martens

Special Ops
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Aurélien Troonbeeckx

Coach & Community Manager
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Christof Anthonissen

Events & Projects Manager
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Christophe Cieters

Business Coach
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Dirk Lievens

Business Coach & Business Developer

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