We connect you to growth

Startup.Flanders is here to help you use Flanders’ startup ecosystem as a lever for growth. Our team and community can: 

  • set you up with the right people and ecosystem players to speed up your ambitions, 
  • advise you on how to take your next step and scale your startup internationally,
  • provide services and partners that help spur your growth, technological skill and success in Flanders and around the globe. 

We link you to opportunities

Soft-landing programs

Allow us to introduce you to Scaleup Flanders, a hands-on program powered by Agoria, imec.istart and Sirris. It is designed to get your startup on the rails and grow fast into new markets.

Leading events

Being part of the Startup.Flanders community comes with many networking opportunities as we participate in Flanders’ and the world’s main startup and business events.

Innovation programs

Flanders is brimming with innovation programs where startups can co-create or put their innovations to the test in real-life conditions. Let’s get your startup to join in. 

We guide you to support

Grants for international trade & business

As a brand of government agency Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT), Startup.Flanders connects you to various grants and funding options to help your startup conquer international markets from Flanders.

Internationalization starter pack

To assist your company in setting up your very first export activities from Flanders.

EUR 9,000

Brexit subsidy

To help protect your international business activities from the impact of Brexit.

Up to EUR 50,000


For a prospecting trip, trade fair or niche event outside the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein & Norway.

Up to 75% of travel and accommodation costs

Trade fair

For you to participate in a foreign trade fair that holds potential for your company.

Up to EUR 7,500

Niche event

For you to participate in a niche event that’s relevant to your business.

Up to EUR 3,500


For developing & translating your digital international commercial business communications.

Up to EUR 4,500

Prospecting office

To help you set up a prospecting office outside the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein & Norway.

Up to EUR 75,000

Custom project

To help you set up a creative project that supports internationalization.

Up to EUR 18,750

Grants for innovation & entrepreneurship

As a partner of Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT), which powers Startup.Flanders, government agency Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship (VLAIO) stimulates startups with subsidies that enable growth, development and innovation.

SME e-wallet

Financial aid to invest in external training and advisory services that improve the quality of your startup. 

Up to EUR 7,500

SME growth subsidy

For innovation, digitalization, internationalization or sustainable & circular entrepreneurship.

Up to EUR 50,000 per track

Support for innovative starters

Financial support and guidance for pioneering SMEs in Flanders that are less than 2 years old.

Up to EUR 50,000

R&D feasibility study

Support for a feasibility study in preparation for an innovative project.

40 to 50% of the project budget, up to EUR 50,000 per partner

Research project

A grant to expand or enhance your R&D capacities in order to carry out a high-risk innovation project.

25 to 60% of the project budget, min. EUR 100,000

Development project

A grant to develop new or enhanced products, processes and services that can strengthen your business. 

20 to 50% of the project budget, min. EUR 25,000

Baekeland mandate

Support for a PhD project conducted by a PhD student, and a university and company from Flanders.

50 to 80% of the staff and operating costs of the PhD student

Innovation mandate

Subsidizes strategic basic research by a postgraduate in close collaboration with the industry.

50 to 100% of the staff and operating costs of the researcher

European funding for startups

Startup.Flanders can also assist you in using Flanders as your access point to European grants in support of your startup’s ambitions. Some examples:

Horizon Europe

The EU’s key funding program for research and innovation to support the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and boost the EU's competitiveness and growth.

Total budget: EUR 95.5 billion (2021-2027)

InvestEU Program

This EU support program provides long-term funding to boost sustainable investment, innovation and job creation across the EU over the period 2021-2027.

Total budget: EUR 372 billion (2021-2027)

Europe Innovation Council (EIC)

This is the flagship innovation program within Horizon Europe to fund startups' scaling processes, breakthrough technologies and game-changing innovations.


This intergovernmental network gives access to public funding for market-oriented activities in the fields of research, development and innovation.

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