Belgium has its first incubator dedicated to the creative sector with the launch of Creatis. The entrepreneurship and innovation initiative, backed by ING and KissKissBankBank, and partnered by Google and creative fund St’art Invest, is open to a raft of disciplines, among them animation, music, architecture, fashion, photography, culinary arts, design and the performing arts.
The new incubator, housed in the ING Art Center on Place Royale in Brussels, can support around a dozen start-ups at a time, with a focus on businesses developing innovative, digital-related projects that can be rolled out across Europe and beyond.
Current emerging firms in incubation include BeMuseum, a museum professionals network, app-based multimedia cultural guide Divercities, virtual reality production company Poolpio, which also organises Experience, Belgium’s first VR festival, and Poppositions, an annual assembly of galleries, artist initiatives and project spaces.
In 2015, ING teamed up with KissKissBankBank, as well as with Seedrs, to offer crowdfunding services to entrepreneurs looking for partial financing options. The two firms have since funded a number of projects with companies active in the social economy and the cultural and creative sectors.