NEST'up is a startup acceleration program, member of the Global Accelerator Network, created by Creative Wallonia Engine on the same model as TechStars' American accelerators.
The 6 to 9 finalist teams will be hosted in the AxisParc in Mont-Saint-Guibert, near Louvain-la-Neuve, with a great space designed for collaboration and creativity.
NEST'up will be a very intense and gratifying experience. We will help you to get your business off the ground much faster than if you would do it on your own.
Each team will be coached daily by an entrepreneur who has gone through the hurdles of early entrepreneurship and will help you stay on track.
Interventions and one-on-one sessions will be organized with experts in all sorts of domains from business model innovation to finance going through incorporation and many more. And mentors will share their experience with the teams too.
At the end of the 3-month accelerator program, a big demo session will be the opportunity to impress all the investors in the room and get your product out the door in front of the press.
During the entire program, teams will be followed daily by a team of journalists and video specialists who will tell the story of the entrepreneurs and will shed a light on their adventure and their team. This regular press coverage can only bring positive in terms of market and investment.
Thanks to our partnership with a crowdfunding platform, all 6 to 9 finalist teams will be able to create a crowdfunding campaign. With the visibility of NEST'up in the press, all the conditions will be fulfilled for a successful campaign.
NEST'up, the startup accelerator program, is just the first step of the NEST project. NEST's goal is to develop, in Belgium and in Wallonia, an entrepreneurial ecosystem that is both vibrant and connected with the world. True to this objective, we have a lot of surprises in preparation for all the participants in NEST'up.