Antwerp is brimming with innovative entrepreneurial talent and has become a real hotspot for startups and growth companies. For instance, the City has more than 500 startups, dozens of growth companies netting 500,000 euros in capital, many incubators, accelerators and other startup initiatives. The City supports such private initiatives and even gives startups a bit of a boost. With Dunden for example, where startups, large companies, mentors and investors meet together to discuss business, in the heart of the city.
Eager to develop this ecosystem for digital innovation, the City of Antwerp offers funding, business locations, individual coaching and matchmaking to technological start-ups and creative entrepreneurs. The City acts in constant synergy with the private sector.
The Beacon: join the community
The Beacon brings together companies working on digital innovation. Today, it is a community of more than 100 large and small companies and research institutions. The Beacon fosters collaboration between these companies by providing 9.300m² meeting and working space and by organizing events, activities, matchmaking and by facilitating joint innovation projects. The result is a fertile setting in which tech pioneers are inspired, where they can learn from each other and where collaboration is heavily stimulated.
The Beacon is an independent organization, founded by Agoria, Imec, Lantis, Port of Antwerp-Bruges, City of Antwerp and University of Antwerp.