Strengthen the Belgian entrepreneural eco system
Fact; in Belgium we count more and more start-ups. But the number of scale-ups is not increasing in proportion. Another fact; most Belgian companies are struggling to go beyond our borders. Some don’t dare, others don’t know where to start, or lack the ambition. The good news is that there are some ‘hidden champions’ among them. These innovative companies have ambition and the capacity to become world players in terms of organization and technology.
No doubt that these companies will be successful in the near future. But what if some coaching could make them reach out for an ever bigger success at a higher pace? Like a very talented soccer team that, with the right coaching, becomes a world champion?
To quote from Itinera (Think Tank report, June 2017) we need the “exemplary function of successful entrepreneurs to boost the ambition of scale-ups”. But also for our economy: “where it’s not the size of the business that is crucial, but the extent to which scale-ups grow rapidly.”
The team that thinks beyond
Under the umbrella of Pulse Foundation, 6 actors supporting the Belgian economy (Agoria, Sirris, imec, EY, DataScouts and Universem) take the challenge of helping Belgium’s most promising scale-ups become world players in their sector. These partners mobilise and bring together the best skills and practices from across the country.
BEyond is for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs. In other words, experienced entrepreneurs who have founded their business, have developed it internationally and became a major player in their sector, bringing their experience, expertise and network to accelerate the growth of promising scaleups.
The aim is that this initiative is part of a solidarity between the different components of the entrepreneurial ecosystem of our country with, as common objective, a sustainable economic development. It implies solidarity between the actors, a responsibility and reciprocity from the granted entrepreneurs.
Names such as Grégoire de Streel, Joke Dehond, Bernard Delvaux and Duco Sickinghe are already committed to BEyond.
We will achieve our goal of a community of scale-ups, mentors, members of an advisory board and partner organisations which develops in the course of time. A community that enriches the Belgian ecosystem and is willing to meet, learn and move forward.