Antwerp has a very strong economic backbone for startups to leverage, with the second largest port in Europe and the second largest oil and chemical cluster in the world.
The city of Antwerp, the region of Flanders and IMEC are collaborating to make Antwerp and it's port a smart city living lab to help startups test and commercialize their products. Since 2014, more than 120 smart city projects in Belgium worth around $1.1 billion have been financed by the European Investment Bank and Belfius. The Beacon, an innovation hub for IoT and AI, was launched in 2018 with a focus on Industry 4.0, logistics, and Smart Cities.
Why you should invest in Antwerp
Reasons to move your startup to Antwerp
Organizations can deduct up to 85% of their net innovation income from their taxable base. The Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship agency provides structural funding of up to 60%.
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