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10 Startups To Watch In Brussels

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With a rich pool of talent and expertise in everything from health tech to food tech, it’s no surprise Brussels is a buzzing hub of entrepreneurship. During the past few years, business incubators and accelerators have been established at a fast rate in the European capital. Brussels also counts with a growing network of VCs, angel investors, mentors and community-based initiatives to empower start-ups and scale ups and help them flourish in the city and beyond. Moreover, its strategic location and cosmopolitan population have turned the Belgian capital into an excellent market for entrepreneurs to test products on a tech-savvy audience at a small scale, making it easier to ultimately develop a global reach. (Author: Gabriela Fernández / Startups.be)

APPTWEAK

Last year, the specialist in ‘app store optimisation’ scored $500,000 in seed capital to boost its product by adding more languages and new features. This tech startup empowers developers and marketers to increase their app rankings and app users. Its showpiece? A powerful, easy-to use and multilingual keyword tool to help find and monitor the best keywords. AppTweak already has companies like LinkedIn, Samsung, Zalando, Etsy and other big names using its solutions. – See more at apptweak.com

BOOK2MEET

Book2Meet is the largest online marketplace for meeting spaces in Europe. This unique platform gives you the opportunity to compare in real-time all the offers and book a meeting room in just a few clicks. Fast, flexible and totally free for its users, our goal is to make your life easier. In September 2015, the startup raised €2 million to boost its presence across Europe. – See more at book2meet.com

COLLIBRA

Delivered through a cloud-based or on-premise solution, Collibra is the trusted data authority that provides data stewardship, data governance and data management for the enterprise business user. Collibra automates data governance and management processes by providing business-focused applications where collaboration and ease-of-use come first. Last year, the company raised €20.5 million and made the big move to New York, leaving its legal headquarters in Brussels. – See more at collibra.com

EDEBEX

In 2015, this fintech startup secured €3M to continue its fast-paced growth and boost its expansion in Europe. Edebex is an online marketplace allowing businesses to sell or buy invoices to investors.  By selling commercial debt, SMEs reduce their working capital needs, decrease financial cost and increase their investment’s capacities. – See more at edebex.com

LINDACARE

This software company specialises in the field of tele-monitoring solutions for chronic disease patients. The initial focus of LindaCare are patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) and cardiac arrhythmia, equipped with Cardiac Implanted Electronic Devices (CIED) for Cardiac Rhythm Management (CRM). After closing a €1.5M A-round of venture capital investment in December 2015, this young startup is now initiating the European go-to-market for the OnePulse™ product in countries like Germany and Spain. – See more at lindacare.com

MENU NEXT DOOR

Menu Next Door is the new experience of take away. Although food delivery industry seems saturated, this company invites users to rely upon their community to prepare delicious meals for an affordable price. This social approach to food gathers both foodies longing for homemade dishes and people who like to cook. The company is also active in Paris and London and earlier this year raised €1.75 million from Index Ventures, Local Globe, Kima Ventures and TheFamily. – See more at menunextdoor.be

REAL IMPACT ANALYTICS

After pocketing €12M in a first round of funding in June, the innovative telecom big data startup is ready to challenge the industry giants with its wide catalogue applications. As one of the fastest growing European startups, the company has more than doubled in revenue and team size (now 120+) every year on average since its inception in 2009. RIA provides guided and predictive analytics through proprietary software, and also offers data monetization and data for social good apps. – See more at realimpactanalytics.com 

TAKE EAT EASY

Take Eat Easy is one of the raising stars in the Belgian entrepreneurial ecosystem. Besides taking home the “Scale up of the Year” award at the last edition of Tech Startup Day, the company recently raised 6M€ from Rocket Internet, Piton Capital and DN Capital (April 2015). The main reason behind its success lies in the quality of its service that satisfies the high end restaurant segment. Indeed, Take Eat Easy provides them a cutting edge website that ensures the best buying experience for their online customers and also ensures a reliable delivery service using exclusively bike couriers. – See more at takeeateasy.be

Note: a few days after the publication of our magazine, Take Eat Easy ceased trading.

TEXTMASTER

This startup offers a platform for content translation, copywriting and proofreading. Back in 2015, Textmaster secured a $5 million round of funding, adding to the approximately $3 million previously raised since its creation.The lead investor is Serena Capital, along with existing backer Alven Capital. TextMaster counts with over 5,000 customers in 80 countries, having as its current focus Europe, especially Germany and the UK. – See more at textmaster.com

WOORANK

At the core of WooRank it is focus on providing small businesses, online marketers and SEOs a solution to optimize, promote and measure their websites in an automated, instant and simple way. In January 2016, WooRank was one of the winners of Rise Innovative Starters program and took home €500.000 to keep improving its services. – See more at woorank.com


This article was first published in SILICON

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