Network

A plug & play city, connecting in business

A city of networks

Antwerp has been a business hotspot for over five centuries. The result of this never-ending cycle of investment and growth is a mature business network, where partnerhsips and production chains are easy to form. 

This is most clear in the chemicals industry, with Antwerp being the largest cluster in the world for all things chemistry and refinery. But the same goes for our start-up network, with everything from coworking office spaces to business angels networks and a growth-hacking mentality. Diamonds, fashion, retail, logistics, business services, … you’ll find a network tailored to your needs here. Ready for you to take advantage of.

So what are you waiting for?

4th place

in the ranking of
most open economies

51%

higher GDP per capita
than the EU-average

175

FDI Projects

An entrepreneurial spirit

Net growth of number of companies

The net growth of the number of companies (including self-employed persons) in Belgium is high and grows steadily. When comparing with neighbouring countries their growth numbers seem more disperse and fickle.

Table: Net growth of the number of companies (%)

 

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Belgium

0,84

1,67

1,93

2,78

3,02

Germany

-1,18

0,73

0,91

0,41

-0,85

France

5,49

4,64

1,02

2,07

4,78

Luxembourg

3,04

3,47

3,28

2,13

3,78

The Netherlands

6,59

-2,66

17,09

8,1

1,03

United Kingdom

-2,23

-4,57

0,71

1,35

3,5

Source: Eurostat, 3/2016

Survival Rate of starters

Belgium scores top marks in the survival rate of newly established companies.

Table: Survival rate in 2013 of newly established companies after 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 years

 

1 jaar

2 jaar

3 jaar

4 jaar

5 jaar

Belgium

91,07

78,44

71,2

68,89

63

Germany

76,15

57,78

49,96

43,19

38,31

France

81,57

69,88

59,95

53,06

44,22

Luxembourg

88,1

77,63

67,92

60,43

54,43

The Netherlands

94,8

80,75

66,84

58,78

51,95

United Kingdom

92,07

74,67

58,89

50,56

40,96

Source: Eurostat, 10/2017

Starters in Antwerp

The number of starters is growing steadily in Antwerp

For more than five centuries Antwerp has been the largest diamond centre in the world. To remain the world centre for diamonds, the city of Antwerp wants to help the industry to innovate. Take a close look at your company together with an expert and come up with innovative projects with an impact on the whole industry.
Antwerp start-ups Geckomatics and Condugo had the opportunity to participate in UnternehmerTUM. They talk about the benefits of this programme and how it helps start-ups to expand globally.
On Tuesday October 20th, the 5th Antwerp Startup Fair took place, a leading matchmaking event between high potential talent and internships and job openings at tech startups. This year, talent and startups met online for the first time. The city of Antwerp also contributed to the success.