New York: if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. But we couldn’t have made it without these partners-in-crime!

Be Bold in New York is powered by

iMinds – the digital research and incubation center of Flanders, Belgium – combines the strength of its 900+ researchers at five Flemish universities to conduct strategic and applied research in areas such as ICT, Media and Health. In addition, iMinds supports researchers, young entrepreneurs and start-ups in the successful market introduction of their ideas.

Telenet and Idealabs join forces to support young talent with a strong digital idea. Idealabs contributes a strong methodology and a comprehensive program, whilst Telenet provides a network of coaches, supprting the young entrepreneurs technically and financially. The accelerator program focuses on startups within three categories: Connected Business, Connected Living and Connected Entertainment.

Start it @KBC is the biggest incubator in Belgium, supporting and promoting innovative early stage entrepreneurship. The incubator has hubs in Antwerp, Ghent, Hasselt, Leuven, Kortrijk and Brussels. Thanks to the Founding Partners (Accenture, Flanders DC, Cronos, iMinds, Mobile Vikings, KBC and local knowledge institutions) around 290 start-ups can rely on free accommodation, coaching and networking with the widespread start-up community.

Be Bold in New York is supported by

BelCham helps Belgians and Belgian companies succeed in the US by providing 6 tailored services ranging from immigration support over mentorship to actual office space. BelCham is a government-independent not-for-profit organization, headquartered in the heart of New York, and maintaining chapters and good relations with Atlanta, Miami and The Bay Area.

Bloovi is the fastest growing content platform for the digital industry in Belgium. It provides interesting insights about start-ups, digital marketing, trends and e-commerce. Besides that, we organize a variety of interesting and above all meaningful events. Connecting digital professionals is what we do! is the leading platform for jobs in the creative industry in Belgium. Since 2005 they have assisted more than 1,000 companies in filling more than 4,000 vacancies. The Creative Skills community includes a wide range of profiles ranging from web designers, web developers, front-end developers, account managers, online marketeers to industrial designers, 3D modelers, graphic designers and art directors.

Flanders Investment & Trade is the economic representation of Flanders abroad. The New York office supports Flemish companies in their US operations, and American companies in their European expansion plans.

ieLon is a community website for entrepreneurs, offering them a source of inspiration and insights through content about innovation, growth, interesting interviews, leadership, sales & marketing and whatnot. ieLon launched in September 2015 and has been growing ever since, with currently over 20.000 visitors a month.

Microsoft Innovation Center Vlaanderen vzw aims to stimulate ICT-driven innovation, entrepreneurship & employment in the Flanders’ region. It started over 3 years ago as a public-private partnership between the regional government and a number of private partners consisting of Microsoft, industry players and academic institutions.
All of the startups are focused on healthcare in the broadest sense. This vertical focus resulted in a broad acceptance in the innovation landscape as a thought leader within this domain.

REC provides training programs for digital storytellers. Students at the learn everything about online storytelling with all kinds of media over the course of 8 months. Dedicated workshops and masterclasses reveal all the secrets of telling a great story with the tools available today. Graduates find work as storytellers for companies and brands, start their own story or are staying at the RECheadquarters to join the REC.creators videoteam to work on professional video productions for other organizations.

Uniting startups with incubators & accelerators, startup communities, investors, entrepreneurial experts and public agencies, is the one-stop-shop for Belgian tech entrepreneurship. The non-profit organization provides entrepreneurs access to all of the supporting instruments, programs and activities throughout Belgium. As a community builder, provides the #betech startups with a voice that resonates at all policy levels.


“Looking forward to discussing our business plan with Uncle Sam.”