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Supporting startups in their wild ride

Start it @KBC supports the crazy ones in their passion and story. We’re curious to find startups that can make this world a better place. No matter in which market or stage of life. And as such we create a new breed of leaders. Our aim is to make you financially independent, as well as connecting you to our network so you can strengthen your story. Because... if you realize your dream, we realize ours as well.


What’s in it for you?

 

First things first

Start it @KBC is the only no strings attached accelerator:

  • We DO NOT ask equity

  • We DO NOT ask money

  • We DO NOT expect you to become a customer of our partners

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Get bigger and bigger

Grow your Network

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

Grow your Business

Get guidance for funding, connected to business partners and linked with our mentors and experts.

Grow your Skills

Get smarter at the Start it Academy we co-created with startups.

Grow your Market

Get moving thanks to our international partners, our hubs in New York and Budapest and on all continents via the GAN membership.

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Boost that bootstrapping

You can cowork in Antwerp, Brussels, Budapest, Ghent, Hasselt, Kortrijk, Leuven & New York + get over $1mio of perks via the GAN partnership.

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Join da Community

Become a lifelong member of a real founder community.

 

Who are we looking for?

We’re looking for enthousiastic and open minded founders in all shades, genders, ages and nationalities. Start it is a founder centric accelerator, tailored to the needs of motivated, business minded founders.  

Please apply if you have developed or are developing innovative products or services and if you have the ambition, potential and drive to scale your business. We’re there for all startups in all industries, as long as your business contributes positively to humanity and the world.

 

How do you get access to the Start it @KBC community? Take the following steps!

SUBMIT APPLICATION by March 7

Every start-up and scale-up can securely submit the online application form by pushing the "apply now" button at any time. The application will be carefully evaluated if they match the selection criteria for the next Pitch Day. All applicants will receive feedback on their application whether or not they are invited to pitch.

 

PITCH DAY March 28

The most Start it fit teams are invited to meet us in person and pitch their business on Pitch Day. Each presenter has 8 minutes to make her or his case: 3 minutes to present and 5 minutes for a Q & A in front of a board. The same day we give you a decision whether or not their team is selected to join the community with constructive feedback.

 

KICK OFF BOOTCAMP April 4&5

Soon after Pitch Day, the selected teams are invited at a 2-day bootcamp complete with in depth information on the program, workshops, food, drinks & music. Meet the other startups pursuing their dreams - our partners & mentors, and meet your Community Manager who will guide you on your exciting journey at Start it @KBC.

Shiny happy new Startups

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MEET MENTOR #38:

Pieter Capiau

Partner at Cresco

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