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  1. Start-ups with growth ambitions

    Young Belgian scale-ups consider the world their playground

    Young Belgian companies with ambitions to grow set the bar for growth higher and higher. These scale-ups do not shy away from taking the step to sell aboard, where they generate nearly 30 percent of their total turnover. They are growing smart and are doing so primarily through less risk and hybrid ways for growth, such as licences and strategic alliances. Finally, the average salary that the founders pay themselves has remained constant in the last three years. These are the most significant conclusions of the third edition of the Rising Star Monitor. This annual survey by the Vlerick Business School and Deloitte Belgium provides insight into the trends and challenges for young Belgian companies with growth potential.

  2. Start-up financing

    Financing a start-up is more complicated than you might imagine

    Co-authors Professor Sophie Manigart and Professor Miguel Meuleman explain why the handbook 'Entrepreneurial Finance, The Art and Science of Growing Ventures' is required reading for anyone who wants to know or learn more about the financing of start-ups in Europe.

  3. M&A Monitor - acquisition prices at absolute peak

    Acquisition prices in Belgium reach absolute record heights

    The Belgian mergers and acquisitions market gradually seems to be reaching its peak. It is not just the number of transactions but also the selling prices which rose for the fifth year in a row in 2017. The highest valuations are found in the real estate sector followed by pharmaceuticals, technology and healthcare. The demand is greater than the supply and competition is increasing. In addition, more and more foreign players are showing an interest in Belgian companies. In view of the anticipated further growth in 2018, there is a danger of overheating. These are the main conclusions of the M&A Monitor, an annual survey which involves over 150 Belgian mergers and acquisitions experts and advisers.

  4. Rising Star Monitor

    Can Belgian start-ups conquer the world?

    Half of the organisations surveyed in the Rising Star Monitor, a report on the trends and challenges for young, high potential ventures in Belgium, intend to grow, but not always at very high speed. A second major finding refers to the fact that founders often forget to enter into a proper shareholder agreement, which is worrying as one in four founders leaves their company within the first three years. To support high-potential ventures in their path to rapid growth, attention should be paid to attracting potential employees in a more professional manner and providing existing employees with more feedback and a clearly defined career path.

  5. Web shop

    How to convince your online customers as a newcomer?

    A growing number of established companies are turning to e-commerce as an additional sales channel. Plenty of smaller start-ups, however, choose to set up only an online shop, without investing in physical points of sale. How can you convince first-time consumers to buy your products or services online, as an unfamiliar vendor? Are all kinds of guarantees sufficient? Or should you consider investing in a customer review module?

  6. Ten frequent mistakes when buying a small business

    Buying a business - what not to do

    Rather than start a new company from scratch, entrepreneurs often choose to buy a small business instead. But many people underestimate how complex and time consuming this process can be. Our white paper sets out ten frequent mistakes people make when buying a small business.

  7. Family businesses and private equity

    “A Trojan horse? No thanks!”

    Many family businesses aren't making full use of the potential of private equity. Is it because they fear what they don't know? Or are they worried that bringing a financial investor on board will be like inviting in a Trojan horse? A ‘meeting of minds’ between Professors Sophie Manigart and Miguel Meuleman, Dr. Jeroen Neckebrouck and Koen Dejonckheere, the CEO of investment company Gimv.

  8. Belgian High Growth Monitor

    Growth companies remain the driving force behind the Belgian economy

    Although they form a small minority of all Belgian companies with at least 10 employees, high-growth companies are making their mark on both employment and economic growth in Belgium. This is evident from the 'Belgian High Growth Monitor', an annual study by Professor Hans Crijns and researcher Yannick Dillen into the evolution and characteristics of Belgian growth companies.

  9. White paper: What every entrepreneur should know about growth

    What every entrepreneur should know about growth

    Vlerick business experts work across all sectors and with businesses at many different stages of growth. They are renowned in the fields of finance, strategy, entrepreneurship, people and reward management, and many more. In this paper our 6 Vlerick experts each give one key insight for growing your business.

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