Opening international doors
There’s no denying that Flanders’ startup ecosystem is doing great in terms of both growth and internationalization. According to a recent report, the region’s ecosystem even ranks among Europe’s strongest-growing startup hubs over the past five years. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Japan’s start-ups are also becoming ever more successful and increasingly looking to make connections with other innovative companies both at home and abroad.
But while the two economies are highly complementary when it comes to innovation and internationalization opportunities, there was still room to bring the two business environments closer together and open even more international doors for startups from both ecosystems.