Europe has a long tradition in entrepreneurship and creativity. Starting new businesses and growing existing companies offers the best guarantee of strengthening our economic fabric and our welfare in the current context of an ageing population and growing global competition. Supporting potential, starting and active intra- and entrepreneurs in a suitable way can significantly advance their companies’ chances of success.

Global Entrepreneurship WeekThe 30+ members of Startups.be offer services in several domains and for different phases in the life cycle of start-up companies. The initiative wants to offer entrepreneurs suitable information on which organization is active where and in which domain and deploy joint and complementary activities so as to maximize cross-fertilization. As such an entrepreneur can quickly identify his/her way forward in an often fragmented landscape and make the correct assessment for every need and at any time.

After a successful launch event in April with almost 600 entrepreneurs present, Startups.be is now offering an inspirational event, as part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week, with McKinsey and Peter Hinssen as speakers.


During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.


It is about unleashing ideas and doing what it takes to bring them to life—spotting opportunities, taking risks, solving problems, being creative, building connections and learning from both failure and success. It’s about thinking big and making your mark on the world—doing good while doing well at the same time.


Our Startups.be seminar (15 November @ ING Brussels) is focusing on digital entrepreneurs in Belgium, duly represented by the growing community of Startups.be. It will cover 3 main topics.


Digitalization: opportunity or threat for entrepreneurship ? 

  • Welcome : Freddy Nurski - GEW Belgium Chair, TiE Brussels 
  • Perspectives on entrepreneurship in Belgium: prof. Olivier Witmeur - Solvay Business School  & Jean-Albert Nyssens - Principal McKinsey & Co
  • Entrepreneurship in a Digital Economy: Peter Hinssen - CEO Across Technology  
  • McKinsey Solutions: a case of digital entrepreneurship born in Belgium: Philippe Mauchard, Partner McKinsey Solutions 


The number of seats is limited, so don’t forget to register!