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

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.

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

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