Support and funding
Launching a start-up in Wallonia is particularly easy thanks to the multiplication of support and financing structures designed to guide young entrepreneurs. Pre-activity grant, business incubator, innovation grant, technological cheques, quality subsidy, employment subsidy, and more, are all measures that will help entrepreneurs in their start-up ("start" aids and subsidies") and development ("acceleration" aids and subsidies) procedures.
Growth accelerator funding
It can often be a real challenge for budding entrepreneurs to find these resources. In Wallonia, they have their own special dedicated tool: WING. This fund, created in the frame of the Digital Wallonia plan, aims to invest in innovative digital start-ups offering true development prospects on the market and a strong potential for growth. It benefits from a budget of €50 million.
Startups.be, the one-stop shop for start-ups
Faced with the many support initiatives for technological entrepreneurship in the country, a platform has been created to bring together the many stakeholders on the Belgian technological stage in order to provide entrepreneurs with the best information available according to their searches. Startups.be currently brings together more than 1,500 start-ups and more than 120 Belgian organisations working for entrepreneurs.
Annual index of the most innovative countries in the world of the German research institute Fraunhofer
2016 innovation scoreboard: Belgium is ranked 7th among the "strong innovators"
Starting a business: Belgium holds 10th place in the global ranking with 4 days needed to start a business (IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2016)