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Start it @KBC

Grow your network
Grow your business
Grow your skills

The #1 start-up accelerator in Belgium

Start it @KBC is a unique startup accelerator because we're 100%-no-strings-attached and founder-centric. We support courageous entrepreneurs in making an impact through their passion and ambition.

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A unique one year program to speed up your growth with the support of vast expertise, an enormous global network, an inspiring work space and quality mentorship.

  • Your investment: FREE (no strings attached!)
  • Capacity: 65 selected participants
  • Application deadline: September 19th
  • Duration: 1 year

We are now accepting applications for our Fall cohort!

Get guidance to overcome growing pains.

Get connected to business partners and investors.

Move beyond borders and expand your market.

Why apply?

Our accelerator works with innovative businesses of all industries and all startup & growth phases. We’re looking for enthusiastic & open-minded founders of all backgrounds, genders, ages and nationalities.

No strings attached

Start it @KBC DOES NOT ask for equity, money or expect you to become a customer of our partners. All we ask for is motivation and engagement.

Grow your network

Start it @KBC is the #1 Belgian ecosystem of startups, scale-ups, mentors and experts.

Grow your business

Get guidance on funding, get connected to business partners and get valuable advice from our mentors and experts.

Grow your skills

Sharpen your skills and put them into practice by learning from real experts.

Grow your market

Move beyond borders thanks to our international partners, our hubs in New York and Budapest, as well as the global community through our GAN membership.

Get personalised coaching

We assign a member of our team to you to advise you, to match you to our volunteer mentors and partners, and to guide you through the events, workshops and promotional opportunities that are most relevant to you.

Boost that bootstrapping

You can use our co-working spaces in Antwerp, Brussels, Budapest, Ghent, Gyor, Hasselt, Kortrijk, Leuven, New York & Prague + get over $1 million of perks through GAN.

Get smarter at Start it Academy

Start it Academy is exclusively for those who are taking part in or who have graduated from our accelerator program. The knowledge-packed program includes:

  • Online & in-person workshops, talks and webinars
  • Sector-specific content, tailored to your business
  • Exclusive offers, free or exceptional discounts on partner offers
  • Access to Experts in the Cloud
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Application process

ApplyFill in the application form by the application deadline. Once applications open, we will announce info sessions where you can ask any questions you have about the program.
PitchAfter our review team reads the applications and makes their selections, we invite the whole founder team to pitch for 3 minutes to our jury.
SelectionsAfter pitching, we make our final selections for the program – get ready to accelerate!

Full one-year program

01 BootcampThe new cohort is invited to a mandatory 2-day bootcamp to take part in workshops, mentor mayhem, partner introductions, and get to know the Start it @KBC team better.
02 AccelerateDuring the first 3 months of acceleration we focus on challenging you on what you really need, introduce you to experts and mentors who can help you, and follow up closely on your progress.
03 BoardroomAfter 3 months in the program, you will update the Boardroom on your status and the hurdles you still face. The Board will respond with feedback, connections and hands-on advice.
04 GrowAfter passing the Boardroom, it’s on to the following 9 months of the program! You will expand your network and work with our team to continue growing your business. We’re here for you!
05 BoardroomAfter 9 months in the program, you give the Boardroom another update on how you’re progressing. The Board will help you along with more feedback and support, as long as you are still motivated.
06 MatureOur coaches help you build plans and navigate challenges. Meanwhile our Academy builds your baseline skills through mandatory & optional sessions to master advanced skills as you progress.
07 WorkshopsThroughout the entire year our awesome coaches give next-level workshops on sales, marketing, finance, fundraising, pitching, legal, tech and more, tailored to your startup’s growth phase.
08 GraduateAfter 12 months, it’s time to spread your wings and fly out into the world. As a Start @KBC community member for life, you can still count on our network and get a reduced rate on co-working space.

Let's get to know each other

We love bringing people together. Join us for our events & info sessions!

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What our community says

The pleasant environment full of inspiring people in Start it Hubs pushes you to go one step further and the network of partners seems unlimited!

Wim Pieters, Coördinator Innovatie &
Duurzaamheid, CIRCL

As the huapii team was growing, we realized a great workplace was important for our employees. At Start it Hubs we have our own working space, we are able to meet with other startups and always have access to plenty of meeting rooms. The ability to use the different locations across Belgium for our meetings is also a great asset.

Kristof Stevens,
Chief Growth Officer,

The world may be turned upside down, but for startups that’s just a cue to put even more energy into innovating and finding new solutions.

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Lode Uytterschaut,
CEO Start it X

Frequently asked questions

Start it @KBC 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.