Give me a place to stand

“Give me a place to stand, and a lever long enough, and I will move the world.” – Archimedes, ( bloody ages ago )

Good old Archimedes, always trying to move something. 10 out of 10 for effort, but he would probably have had a lot more success if he’d had a little help from his friends.

Most startups think that they will move the world in some way. But getting out of the starting blocks can be difficult. Sharing the load and passing on tips is essential to the startup community, especially for those nascent ideas that are rapidly forming into products, teams and companies. We’re often obsessed with events and networking in the startup community, but there’s no better way to increase the interchange of knowledge than to actually sit down, work, laugh and eat alongside each other in a shared place.

On Tuesday, the Microsoft Innovation Center Brussels ( MIC Brussels ), officially opened the doors of their new Brussels HQ from where amongst other things, they run the Boostcamp Entrepreneur Coaching program ( disclosure, I am paid to coach at Boostcamp ). The move coincides with the extension of MIC’s partnership with the Brussels Region for a further 3 years. The opportunity that this new building offers startups by providing space for accelerator programmes, technical training and co-ordination of technical internships is a welcome addition to the scene.

Minister of Economy of Brussels-Capital Region Céline Fremault, General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Microsoft Corporation Brad Smith, and the EU Commissioner of employment, social affairs and inclusion László Andor. Signing for another 3 years of MIC Part of the brand new space
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Minister of Economy of Brussels-Capital Region Céline Fremault, General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Microsoft Corporation Brad Smith, and the EU Commissioner of employment, social affairs and inclusion László Andor.

Places like MIC, Betacowork, ICAB and Idea / Coffelabs all offer a home to startups at all stages of their lives and are bringing about the kind of startup activity we all hope to see increase in Belgium. They offer a place to sit, “do the work”, find suppliers and team mates, laugh and eat together and simply move forward by osmosis and observing people around us who are where we want to be.

Andrew and I originally started Tech Brew as our small contribution to highlight some of the great startups here in Belgium to the wider world. We know from feedback though that a lot of you listening are also in the Belgian tech startup scene and we hope you find this a digital place where you can learn from the experience of others.

We have a few interviews in the bag and so we’ll start sharing again next weekend and get your February off to a great start.