Are you ready to take the next step with your start-up? Then it’s a great idea to join Birdhouse’s accelerator program. With us you will work for four months under intensive supervision on explosive growth! Is that all? Nope. Below you can read another 5 excellent reasons to sign up now for the next cohort, which starts at the end of August 2020. By the way, did we mention that the registration deadline is on June 7?
#1 Boost your knowledge and get personal guidance
During our accelerator program you can sharpen your knowledge in different areas. We organise Focus Days, for example, during which we zoom in on specific topics such as Business Strategy, Marketing, Sales and Leadership. During these intensive and educational sessions Keynote speakers and trainers from the highest divisions of the start-up and scale-up world share their knowledge and insights on their specific expertise. In addition, you will receive individual support at our Training Days where you will develop deliverables such as a financial plan, marketing plan and an irresistible sales pitch. You can get started right away!
Besides boosting your knowledge, we also support your growth as a founder. There are a lot of new challenges coming your way and it is therefore important to keep your focus. Our personal coach is there for you when you need it.
#2 Get financial support and a €50,000 bullet loan
We’ll guide you through the capital raising process from start to finish. Because yes, money is needed to scale up. We will help you draw up a watertight financial plan and connect you to the right investors and funds. To convince them, we develop an impressive pitch together, which we work out in detail and practice. Eventually we negotiate the terms to raise the necessary capital.
Bullet Loan: making quick moves
As a participant of our accelerator you are entitled to the Bullet Loan of €50,000 that we make available together with Belfius. This way you can quickly take the first steps in your growth. The loan has a very low interest rate and you only have to pay it back after 3 years. Also nice: you don’t have to personally guarantee it!
Birdhouse-Belfius fund for promising start-ups
We have also made available a fund of EUR 10 million in cooperation with Belfius. By doing so, we give the crème de la crème of the Flemish start-up scene an extra boost. Our participating start-ups have the exclusive privilege of pitching for it! In addition to traditional capital rounds, this is a powerful additional capital option for Birdhouse’s most promising start-ups.
#3 35+ reputable mentors provide you with advice
You read it correctly: during your entire journey at Birdhouse you can call on the expertise of more than 35 mentors! They are all seasoned entrepreneurs and professionals with extensive experience in various sectors. Two of them strengthen your team as a dedicated counselor and confidant. They are carefully matched to your start-up and are always ready to share their knowledge.
In addition, they make their network available and ensure that you maintain your focus at all times. Do you need advice on a very specific domain? Chances are that one of our 35 mentors can help you further!
#4 Meet your future invaluable network
It is not only the mentors you can count as your network when you participate in our accelerator. You’ll also come into contact with a wide range of professionals who will mean a lot to your start-up. Think about investors, who may help you get capital in the future so you can scale further. Or our partners Belfius, EY and Loeyens & Loeff, who are ready to provide you with financial and/or legal advice.
You’ll also meet dozens of like-minded entrepreneurs who are in the same boat as you, or have already been there. Because in addition to your fellow participants, you will also get to know our alumni. All perfect partners in crime to exchange experiences and knowledge with!
#5 A place of your own in one of our coworking spaces
As a participant of our accelerator, you work at your own place in our fully equipped coworking spaces in Ghent (nine o’clock!) or Antwerp (because the rest is parking, right?)! Here you’ll work alongside other participating startups and our close-knit group of Birdhouse alumni.
Open arms: the Birdhouse team
In the offices, the Birdhouse team is always there to support you in various areas. Our Office Managers are happy to act as your sounding board and are also your first point of contact in the office. In addition, you can always contact our Program Manager with questions about the program. Furthermore, together with our colleagues at Birdhouse Services, we have expertise in the fields of business, marketing, sales, finance, content and more. So feel free to ask us for advice!
Ready to grow?
Register for the next cohort of our accelerator program starting in August 2020!