Brussels, 8 October 2020 – Accelerator programme BEyond and Deloitte have forged a partnership that will greatly increase the chances of international growth for our promising scale-ups. With their combined expertise, BEyond and Deloitte aim to deliver a higher impact on scale-ups to speed up their international breakthrough. The organisations share objectives and a vision for our country’s prosperity. They support Belgium’s scale-up ecosystem with expertise, mentoring, workshops and networks.
An entrepreneurial ecosystem
“The three pillars upon which BEyond rests, “community, connection, confidence”, have not just been pulled out of a hat. Along with its founder, Pulse Foundation, BEyond endeavours to construct a solid ecosystem in which experienced entrepreneurs, scale-ups and the different organisations who support entrepreneurs all work together for our country’s prosperity on the basis of a philanthropic ideal,” explains Marie Martens, BEyond’s programme director. BEyond was established with help from Fonds Baillet Latour, and since then the network has expanded with the support of entrepreneurial families, the Federal Holding and Investment Company (SFPI-FPIM), Linklaters and Universem. Another undeniable asset for this generation of entrepreneurs is Deloitte, with its in-depth knowledge of Belgium’s scale-up ecosystem and extensive multidisciplinary expertise in domains including growth strategy, talent and financing.
Together, BEyond and Deloitte will help to facilitate access to markets, talent and capital for our scale-ups in order to further accelerate their international growth.
“As the market leader in professional service provision, Deloitte has been supporting start-ups and scale-ups in Belgium and abroad for many years with our expertise, network and Technology Fast 50 programme, among other things. By partnering with BEyond, we can further increase our impact and contribute to future economic growth in Belgium”, says Julie Delforge, Partner Audit Services at Deloitte Belgium.
The BEyond programme, set up in 2018 by the Pulse Foundation, aims to make our best scale-ups into world players. The programme goes further than others: it offers support for growth and, as well as providing an initial springboard for the best businesses, it acts on a philanthropic ideal to bring together entrepreneurs, associations, businesses and donor families.
Lasting 18 months, the programme comprises mentoring from internationally renowned entrepreneurs, a bootcamp and workshops about the pillars of growth. The ten BEyonders of 2018 finished the programme in December 2019; 2019’s ten Beyonders will finish at the end of 2020. The third edition of the programme began in September 2020, with nine BEyonders.
About Pulse Foundation
Pulse Foundation is an initiative by entrepreneurial families to foster entrepreneurial spirit and support entrepreneurs. The families firmly believe that entrepreneurship will play a key role in the economy and world of tomorrow. The foundation supports and mentors organisations across the whole of Belgium that promote entrepreneurship.
For more information, interviews or other requests:
Marie Martens – firstname.lastname@example.org / 0491/40.88.73
About Deloitte Technology Fast 50
Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 is a ranking of Belgium’s 50 fastest-growing technology companies, based on revenue growth over the last four years. There are nine awards in the Fast 50 category: fastest growing technology company, Most Sustainable Growth, and one for each industry category (Biotechnology/Pharmaceutical, Energy tech, Communications/Networking, Digital content/Media/Entertainment, Electronic devices/Hardware/Semiconductor, Medical devices, Software, and Fintech). The Rising Star is selected from the ten most promising companies that have been operating for less than four years. Known as post-incubators, Rising Stars have the potential to develop into successful companies that stand out from their competitors. There are two awards in this category: Rising Star and Most Disruptive Innovator. This year’s award recipients will be announced on Thursday 26 November. For more information, visit www.fast50.be.