Case: City of Ghent

The city of Ghent: A vibrant ecosystem enabling new businesses to start and scale in a sustainable way

It is a great time to start a business! The city of Ghent offers a vibrant ecosystem enabling new businesses to start and scale in a sustainable way. The hometown of tech scaleups as Showpad, Engagor, Teamleader and many more is a proof that the pudding is in the eating! The city of Ghent, the universities, emerging accelerators and incubators, supported by financial institutes and corporations as well as a vivid freelancers community and a number of consultancies providing various coaching, mentoring, financial, accounting and legal services provide the fundament for growth!


Challenges

Some of the challenges Ghent was coping with:

  • There are many different players in the ecosystem which are not always connected: universities, accelerators, incubators, government institutions, ... all play their role in the ecosystem.
  • The data was not centralized, everybody has their own dataset, spreadsheet, ...
  • Gent is a real Startup city, but insights for the city of Ghent were mostly based upon static reports
  • The startup environment has great potential, but has to grow towards a real community

 

"We want to integrate data and intelligence of several economic clusters and communities (life sciences, creative industries, digital tech…) that are now often not interconnected" - Brecht Lootens

Solution

  • Firstly Stad Gent made a data exercise and brought together some of the data sources by the help of DataScouts
  • Together with partners such as startups.be and the Startersfabriek, Tech lane they combined datasets
  •  After the public launch, startups could claim their company and add if it's not yet on the map. Enablers (incubators, universities, accelerators) get the chance to put theirselves and their startups on the map
  • By bringing the ecosystem alive, both digital and in workshops (f.e. LevelUp Session), Ghent is transforming their startup landscape into a real startup community

 


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