Finding Capital for New Businesses in Belgium for Expatriates by Wouter Bogaert and Leo Exter

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Expats find it difficult to find funding for their businesses in Brussels. It's difficult - but not impossible; four useful tips are in this presentation.

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Finding Capital for New Businesses in Belgium for Expatriates by Wouter Bogaert and Leo Exter

  1. 1. Finding capital fornew businesses in Belgium Prepared by Wouter Bogaert, Leo Exter<br />
  2. 2. Traditional approach<br />Friends, Fools, Family<br />Business angels<br />And eventually… Venture Capital<br />
  3. 3. Funding isn’t easy for anyone<br /> Don’t waste time hoping it will just happen!<br />
  4. 4. Funding in Belgium will be harder for you <br />Your different mentality and experiences may be difficult to follow for locals <br />You might not have the references that make sense to local investors <br />You might pick up and leave from one day to the next <br />
  5. 5. BUT: Investment is a rational decision. Prove yourself, and it’s possible. <br />
  6. 6. Good news:4 ways to prove yourself<br />
  7. 7. Bootstrap<br />You likely need less <br /> money than you <br /> think <br />Keywords: <br />“lean startup”<br />“minimum viable<br /> product”<br />“shipping” <br />
  8. 8. Earn your stripes<br />Experience<br />Join a startup as <br /> co-founder <br />Business degree from Belgian school<br />Vlerick<br />Solvay<br />
  9. 9. Friends, Fools, Family back home<br />Aim for FFF with business background: they serve as reference <br />
  10. 10. Partner up with a Belgian<br /> Seems obvious, doesn’t it?<br />
  11. 11. It’s tough, but not impossible! <br />Web: www.westartup.eu<br />Email:         wbogaert@gmail.comleo.exter@westartup.eu<br />Twitter: @westartup<br />Facebook: www.facebook.com/westartup<br />

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