Are you operational in Aging & Longevity?

For the new vertical accelerator program, we have defined six major societal challenges within the Aging & Longevity domain together with the Aging experts who will also participate in this program. Are you operational in one of these domains? Then this program is for you!

Why choose our Aging & Longevity accelerator program?

In the Aging & Longevity accelerator program, we offer you a range of additional sector-specific benefits on top of our existing offer:

Incredibly valuable network

In addition to access to more than 100 mentors/advisors from the general program, we offer you access to more than 20 people with experience in Aging & Longevity

Set up a pilot with one of our go-to-market partners

With partners such as Aldea (21 residential care centers) and mutualities, we offer our start-ups the opportunity to set up pilots and immediately test their product or service in the field.

Access to the best target group knowledge

Our Aging & Longevity experts will immerse you with all the need to know knowledge so that you can outline a go-to-market strategy with your start-up based on the right assumptions.

Access to investors active in Aging & Longevity

Through an ever-growing network of business angels and institutional investors operational in Aging & Longevity, we offer your start-up the connections it needs when seeking funding.

Test your assumptions with more than 6000 people from your target group

Thanks to our partner The Aging Group (Bureau50) from the Netherlands, we can offer our start-ups access to a panel of more than 6000 people in Flanders and the Netherlands with ages between 48 and 104 with whom you can test your product/service or business model in organized focus groups during the process.

Funding during the program

Belfius offers all participants 50,000 euros in financing during the program, provided a few minimum conditions are met.

Discover step by step if the Aging & Longevity program is for you

Are you ambitious and have already taken steps?

Every cohort, between 400 and 500 start-ups enroll in our accelerator. A total of 15 will eventually be admitted. The next cohort starts in November 2021 and you can still register until September 22! To let you get the most out of our accelerator program, be sure to check out the selection process below.

What does our program look like now?

Created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs

We offer an intensive program that is tailored to your start-up. With the following components you will work in a goal-oriented way to achieve your targets such as:

  • 1 strong lead mentor who will guide you intensively
  • Tailor-made advisory board with 4 experts
  • Access to additional 1 on 1’s with 125+ strong mentors/advisors
  • Access to our offices in Ghent, Antwerp and Brussels
  • And much more

Where does the program take place?

Discover our locations

  • Since 2020, we organize our program partly in real life, partly virtually. Important moments at the beginning and end of the program are organized physically and we also provide sufficient (physical) networking opportunities throughout the program. The physical events take place alternately over our different physical locations.
  • We have physical locations in Antwerp, Ghent and Brussels at Meetdistrict.
  • Start-ups in our program get access to flex office space, meeting rooms and all other facilities

Birdhouse Antwerp

Located around the corner from Antwerp-Berchem Station, this coworking space is very easily accessible by public transport. Do you prefer to come by car? The exit of the Antwerp Ring is also nearby!

Besides the practical aspect, this coworking space is perfect for working and networking. As icing on the cake, it has a lunch spot and a bar to end the working week on a positive note.

  • Posthofbrug 6/8
  • 2600 Antwerp

Birdhouse Ghent

Working with a view on the Buffalo soccer field? It’s possible in MeetDistrict Ghent! We settled in the middle of this vibrant and modern co-working area, where you will meet a lot of other entrepreneurial minds.

Underneath the office you’ll find a large supermarket for your lunch and groceries. There are direct buses from Gent Sint-Pieters to Ghelamco Arena. And from the underground parking lot you can drive straight to the highway!

  • Ottergemsesteenweg Zuid 808 b300
  • 9000 Ghent

Birdhouse Brussels

This coworking space has everything you need to work in a productive and flexible way. You will have access to all the facilities that this progressive complex, located in the heart of a vibrant neighborhood in Brussels, has to offer.

The area around the office offers numerous dining options. Just like our coworking spaces in Antwerp and Ghent, the one in Brussels is very easy to reach by public transport or by car.

  • Bischoffsheimlaan 15
  • 1000 Brussels

Partnership with Belfius Insurance

Collaboration is the key to success

  • Belfius Insurance is our main partner and finances the accelerator program in order to support entrepreneurship and innovation in Aging & Longevity.
  • They offer the full program for our selected start-ups in the form of a convertible loan (link to page with explanation), in addition, if the minimum conditions are met, the start-ups will receive funding of 50,000 euros in cash.
  • Belfius Insurance has set aside an investment budget of 10 million euros to participate in the subsequent financing of our start-ups after or during the program. This of course only by the start-up’s request.

What does the selection process look like?

In 5 steps to explosive growth

To participate in our accelerator, you go through a few steps. Each step is valuable because you will receive useful feedback that will help your start-up further. So signing up is worth it!

Sign up here to get more information!

1. Register

August 16 to September 22

2. Jury Evaluation

October 11 to 16

3. Due Diligence

October 21 and 22

4. Announcement

October 25

5. Start program

November 8

Facts & Figures about Birdhouse accelerator

+120
Experienced mentors and advisors active in our network
+130
Start-ups mentored since 2016
+40M
Follow up funding
85%
Survival rate