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!
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