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Belgium Startup Ecosystem Overview

Country Rankings
Regional Ranking
11th
0
in Western Europe
Global Ranking
22nd
+
1
worldwide
Population
11.7
million

top industries
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Social & Leisure
#13 worldwide
Marketing & Sales icon
Marketing & Sales
#16 worldwide
Health icon
Health
#21 worldwide

notable startups
startup iconTwoo
startup iconCrazy Games
startup iconItsme

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ecosystem description

The Belgium Startup Ecosystem is a regional Leader in innovation, ranked at number 22 globally, and shows a positive momentum 1 spots since 2021. Belgium also ranks at number 11 for startups in Western Europe.

There are 12 cities ranked in the top 1,000 in Belgium and the top ranked city in Belgium is Brussels at 59 globally. Brussels is followed by Ghent at 149 and Antwerp at 255.

Belgium is an ideal place to locate for Social & Leisure, Marketing & Sales and Health startups. As the most popular industries in the country, there is a sample of 203 Social & Leisure startups in Belgium, 79 Marketing & Sales startups in Belgium and 46 Health startups in Belgium, on the StartupBlink Map.

On the StartupBlink Global Startup Ecosystem Map there is a sample of 532 startups in Belgium, 17 accelerators in Belgium, 29 coworking spaces in Belgium, 10 organizations in Belgium and no leaders in Belgium.

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We are a team of driven finance experts who speak the language of the entrepreneur. Together, we will compile a well-founded dossier and make use of our direct contacts at financiers. We look for the best deal and relieve you of all your worries throughout the process until the money has been deposited in your account. Read more
biotope is an initiative of VIB, one of the world’s premier life sciences institutes and the driving force behind the Flemish biotech ecosystem. As part of our incubator program, you’ll gain access to VIB’s expertise, resources, and support to help you build your business Read more
Imec.istart, imec’s open accelerator program, offers tech startups pre-seed funding and tailored support to succeed and grow globally. Since 2011, we have invested in more than 250 companies. Every year, we select around 30 high-potential startups to join our 12-month program in Belgium. Read more
The Medical Solutions Accelerator gives you access to a unique mix of state-of-the-art technology with breakthrough product innovation services and input from end-users and medical experts in a clinical setting. In addition, we help you find funding and investment opportunities.  Read more
BlueChem is the first incubator for sustainable chemistry in Belgium and the ideal location for start-ups and growth companies to innovate, grow and succeed. Open innovation and the exchange of knowledge between industry, academia and government make BlueChem the place to be for pioneering innovations and cutting-edge research and development. Read more
Netwerk Ondernemen provides intensive growth trajectories to support scale-ups in their acceleration in funding, internationalization, HR, etc.. The network provides mentoring, in which an experienced entrepreneur (mentor) takes on a young growth company (founder) for two years. Read more
The Beacon is an independent, non-for profit organization in Antwerp and has 6 founding partners: the City of Antwerp, Port of Antwerp, Lantis, University of Antwerp, Agoria and Imec. Their shared ambition: a platform that catalyzes innovation and strengthens the ties with technology companies. The Beacon unites digital innovators in its Community. Read more
Blue Health Innovation Center stimulates the digital Transformation of Healthcare Read more
Digital Attraxion is a digital startup accelerator working in close collaboration: - Upstream: with the economic agencies that support entrepreneurs in the creation of their activity; - Downstream: with the VCs in the preparation of the startups first funding round. Read more
Ubiz is a biz dev accelerator based in Brussels. We focus on early stage tech startups eager to develop themselves on European and/or African markets. Read more
Ubiz is a tailored acceleration program for early stage tech startup having already traction. With starting sessions every month, expect 1-to-1 mentorship from highly qualitative individuals and a tailored Ubiz program to you.<br />Ubiz focuses on business development and fundraising. This accelerator is dedicated to a few verticals including sustainable development tech, food and beverage, blockchain, logistics... Market wise, our program is open to European & African startups. More info ? Apply on our website Read more
imec.istart Accelerator and first investor for tech start ups, offers in-depth coaching, facilities and support for (future) entrepreneurs Read more
The Birdhouse is a 6 month long intensive programme with coaching sessions by 30 experienced mentors, workshops by experts in marketing, sales, finance... and office space in Ghent and Antwerp.<br />It's 100% free and at 0% equity. Read more
The EIT Digital Challenge is the network's contest to reach out, identify and support the best digital start-ups in Europe, that are focused on fast growth of their business in the EU and worldwide. <br /><br />Startups can apply in one of five strategic categories:<br />Digital Industry<br />Digital Cities<br />Digital Wellbeing<br />Digital Infrastructure<br />Digital Finance<br /><br />The best teams in each category will be invited to pitch in front of expert juries to get access to EIT Digital’s pan-European innovation network with more than 130 partners that bring together Europe’s leading corporations, SMEs, startups, universities and research institutes in the field of digital technology. The winners in each category will also receive €50,000 in cash. Read more
Think with people is your critical soundboard for all entrepreneurs or people aspiring entrepreneurship. Above all is a group of people who love sharing the experience, knowledge and network to help entrepreneurs take a next step. Read more
Co.Station empowers scale-ups. Read more
Start it supports start ups in early ideation phase and beyond. We offer free space, free facilities, free wifi, coffee, events, advice, mentorship, domain expertise on all kinds of topics, a stunning network and a dazzling startup community. Read more
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Top Cities for Startups in Belgium Ranked by StartupBlink

StartupBlink ranks the startup ecosystems of 100 countries and 1,000 cities. Download our latest Global Ecosystem Report.
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Global Rank & ChangeTotal ScoreQuantity ScoreQuality ScoreBusiness Score
1st
0
59th
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13
10.534
1.51
5.77
3.26
2nd
0
149th
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9
5.160
0.56
1.89
2.72
3rd
0
255th
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18
2.902
0.35
0.33
2.22
4th
0
327th
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16
1.678
0.15
0.25
1.28
5th
new
384th
new
1.302
0.03
0.27
1.00
6th
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1
406th
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16
1.159
0.09
0.18
0.89
7th
new
553rd
new
0.587
0.03
0.11
0.45
8th
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1
590th
+
257
0.517
0.04
0.08
0.40
9th
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3
598th
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55
0.507
0.05
0.07
0.39
10th
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2
773rd
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72
0.296
0.03
0.04
0.23
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