Start it @CBC
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The #1 start-up accelerator in Belgium has arrived in Liège!
Belgium’s largest startup ecosystem is meeting Wallonian startups where they are to create more opportunities for growth.
Start it @CBC is a one-year program to help entrepreneurs in Wallonia achieve their business goals. We help startups and scale-ups in all sectors do some serious scaling and increase their chances of success.
- Your investment: FREE (no strings attached!)
- Capacity: 10 selected participants
- Application deadline: September 18th!
- Duration: 1 year
We are now accepting applications for our Fall cohort!
Applications are open!
Enjoy the same benefits as in the Start it @KBC program (but with a local touch)
Benefit from the know-how of local partners adapted to Wallonia’s business landscape
Make new connections at the historic La Grande Poste, a creative hub in the heart of Liège
Frequently asked questions
The differences are very small and will only benefit you, the founder. You get to enjoy all thesame benefits as in the Start it @KBC program, but with a local touch.
Apart from the general workshops, events and coaching sessions, you will benefit from the know-how of local partners adapted to Wallonia’s business landscape.
Start it CBC is an intensive, challenging and founder-centric one-year acceleration program, built by startups for startups. We ask that you take part in the full program from beginning to end, along the timeline shown above.
In a word: NOTHING! That's right: no money, no shares, no special rights for mentors or partners. We are the one and only no-strings-attached startup accelerator in Belgium.
We’re there for startups in all industries, at all stages of growth. From ideation to scale-up, we will support your company.
No. We prefer English as this is the common language within our accelerator program. Meetings with your business coach or mentor can be in the language of your choice but overall program communication as well as academy sessions will be in English.
Innovative for us means that there is something that will give you a cutting edge. This something can be a design, business model, technology, or another business asset that is not used in Belgium for that specific market, audience, problem, or solution.
- It can be an innovation in the context of product, technology, business model
- A development of products, services, (production) processes, new to your market;
- A new technology or methodology first applied in your market.
- A new business model as the first to be applied in your market.
It has to be new enough to have the potential to kill competition if played right, or at least conquer a chunk of the market. The startup may have to apply an iterative process of validation, building, testing.
The deadline for applications is February 6th 2023 at midnight. Starting from the 7th of February, a review team will start reading all the files and scoring them on 'our' criteria (completeness of file, innovation, scalability, "program fit", team,...). The review team will select a maximum of 150 people to be invited for Pitchday. Around February 20th/21st, you can expect an invitation or a feedback mail from us.
Pitchdays will take place on February 28th and March 1st and will be organised partly via Zoom, partly live in our office in Antwerp. You get 3 minutes for your presentation, followed by a 12-minute question round from the jury. After these 15 minutes, you leave the room and the jury gets another 5 minutes for discussion and feedback.
You do not have to block an entire day, we will assign you a time slot on one of the 2 days (but it is wise to block both days already in your calendar now because we can’t be sure we will be able to switch you to another slot if necessary)
No, you can't. We want to get to know your company, but we also want to get to know the person behind the company, to feel your energy, enthusiasm, and drive,... We can't get that from slides. Plus, looking at aprox. 150 pitch decks gets a bit boring after a while, to be honest...
The Start it @CBC team, our partners, our mentors and everybody present in a jury or board room, has signed an NDA. Your secrets are safe with us!
It is possible, but know that it is going to be difficult. We want you to be committed to your startup 200% and at the first official update (3 months into the program, at the Boardroom session), we will expect you to have reached a certain level. And then you will have to jump… + mandatory academy sessions/OKRs, community events, ...
Being the only no-strings-attached startup accelerator on the Belgian market also means that we don't invest in 'our' startups ourselves. We will however show you how to get funding and how to get the right fin mix for your specific needs.
We have a lot of partners that we can refer you to for all your questions (accounting, legal, financial,...). Check out the partner page on our website for more info. Important: it is not obligatory to become a client/customer of one of our partners.