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Start - Proof of Business

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Start, a new funding tool for business development !

The new Start programme focuses on the technical (proof of concept) and business validation (proof of business) of your future projects and services. Start also gives you the opportunity to present your working hypotheses to professional experts and established CEOs.

Are you active in the ICT, environmental or health sector or even in the chemical industry? Regardless of the sector in which you operate, thanks to Start you can obtain a funding covering 50 to 70% of a work programme budget of 3 to 9 months.


The aim of the new Start programme is twofold :

  • Demonstration of the business relevance associated with the development of a first innovative product/service

  • Demonstration of the successful integration of this product/service within the overall strategy of a company, with the aim of growth and sustainability.

Did you miss our info session? Don't worry, the presentations are available online : 

Presentation of the new Start programme - François Billen, Financial Advisor and responsible for the programme at Innoviris

Presentation of the activities of Be Angels - Claire Munck, CEO</p>

The tools of - Mathilde Lévy, Investment Manager

Presentation of the activities of French-Connect par Stéphanie Sellier, CEO


Your company may benefit from Start aid if it fulfils the following conditions :

  • your project aims to develop a first technologically innovative product/service

  • develop all or some of its activities within the territory covered by the Brussels-Capital Region

  • show that the project is likely to have a favourable impact on the economy, employment and/or sustainable development of the Brussels-Capital Region

  •  justify the incentive effect of the grant on the implementation of the defended work programme

  • show your ability to finance your share in the project

  • have fulfilled its obligations in the context of previous support initiatives allocated by the Region

Fill in the form available in the toolbox on the French of Dutch version of the website before 14 December, 5 PM

The jury will be organized in the week of 21 Janyary 2019. If you have submitted an application that meets the eligibility criteria, you will receive an e-mail with the exact date and time after the deadline of the project call. 

The next project call will be opened in February 2019.


Type of financial intervention

The  financial aid may be allocated as a grant.



Rate of financial intervention (maximum)

The grant covers 50 to 70% of a budget of a maximum of 100,000 euros, for a maximum period of 3 to 9 months. The intervention rate itself depends on the size of the requesting company.


Innoviris contact person


François Billen

Financial Advisor

Industrial Research and Innovation Team

Tel. +32 2 600 50 28