Useful Links

1. IRIS Book Partners

The IRIS book project has been supported by the IRIS Book partners which are organizations that support Entrepreneurship and economic development in different ways. Many of them have played an important role in the IRIS development and should be excellent contacts for other entrepreneurs.

  • IRIS, one of the most inspiring Belgian success story in the field of Artificial Intelligence. More information on http://www.irislink.com
  • Bird & Bird, legal counsel with strong expertise in Intellectual Property. More information on http://www.twobirds.com
  • Cercle du Lac, the business circle of Louvain-La-Neuve, where entrepreneurs meet. More information on http://www.cercledulac.be
  • Citizen Entrepreneurs, a French non profit association which promotes entrepreneurial behavior and supports recognition of entrepreneurs. More information on http://www.citizen-entrepreneurs.com
  • Clifford Chance, legal counsel with strong expertise in Merge & Acquisition operations and international business contracts. More information on http://www.cliffordchance.com
  • CNP, one the most active Belgian investment company, with a long term strategic vision. More information on http://www.cnp.be
  • Degroof Petercam, a famous Belgian investment banker which was co-leader for the IRIS IPO in 1999. More information on http://www.degroofpetercam.com
  • Delen Private Bank, is a member of the Ackermans & van Haaren group, specialized in asset management for private clients. More information on http://www.delen.be
  • DG06, is the Technology Development department of the General Direction of economy and supports many innovation projects in the form of grants of cash advances. More information on https://recherche-technologie.wallonie.be
  • E-Capital is a leading independent mid market private equity house and supports many growth companies for leverage buy-out, Buy and Build or equity investment. More information on http://www.e-capital.be
  • EY, is a leading audit firm that helps mid-size or stock listed companies to step-by-step improve the quality to their process and reporting . More information on http://www.ey.com/be
  • Guberna, is the leading organization promoting corporate governance for instance through a comprehensive set of training modules. More information on http://www.guberna.be
  • QBIC, is a Venture Capital fund investing in spin-offs of several Belgian Universities (UGent, UAntwerpen, VUB, Vito, ULiège). More information on http://www.qbic.be
  • Steven Sarlet, is a recognized European Patent Attorney that helps innovative companies to file quality patents on world-wide basis.  He currently works at NLO  More information on www.linkedin.com.com/in/stevensarlet
  • UWE, is the employer’s organization of the Walloon region that aims obtain from government and authorities the best possible framework. More information on http://www.uwe.be
  • Yncubator, is an incubator for student-entrepreneurs located in Louvain-La-Neuve. It supports the young people in the first stages of creation of their company through training and coaching. More information on http://www.yncubator.be

2. Looking for incubators in Belgium…

In Belgium, we have a good number of excellent incubators that can welcome and help young or confirmed entrepreneurs. The assets are usually: an inspiring place, a network of entrepreneurs, coaches and experts, the easy access to number of trainings, the possibility to get some personalized coaching.  Each incubator has its own specificity and it is useful to understand their specificities to make the right selection.

Here are some links to interesting incubators that I can personally recommend:

  • Incubators for young entrepreneurs:
    • Bruxelles: Start.Lab, (www.startlab.be) , contact Catherine Blondiau, Directrice on her mobile: +32474884094
    • Liège: VentureLab (www.venturelab.be), contact Sophie Joris, Directrice on her mobile: +32486478979
    • Louvain-La-Neuve: Yncubator (www.yncubator.be), contact Sophie Neu, Directrice on her mobile: +32471996339
  • Incubators:
    • Brussels: Microsoft Innovation Center Brussels (www.mic-brussels.be), contact Cécile Jabaudon, Operational Directors on her mobile : +32476680877
    • Liège: The Faktory (www.thefaktory.be), a very interesting place for entrepreneurs with in IOT projects, contact Simon Alexandre, Director on his mobile: +32479812736
    • Louvain-La-Neuve: CEI Louvain (www.ceilln.be), contact Jean-Marc-Simoens,  CEO on his phone: +3210392200
    • Nivelles: CAP Innove (www.capinnove.be), contact Eric Legrand, Conseiller en croissance d’entreprise, by e-mail: eric.legrand@capinnove.be or by phone: +32492730878 or contact Guy Bouckaert – Directeur Général by e-mail : guy.bouckaert@capinnove.be