OUR MISSION

 

B-Hive aims to build a strong international fintech ecosystem where knowledge, contacts, resources and technology can be shared. Along with our partners, we pursue the mission of helping our members in their efforts to deal with the impact of digital technology on the financial system. We believe that building bridges between important fintech hubs and the Eurozone enables both European and non-European companies to grow and expand.

 

THE GREATER BRUSSELS AREA: THE SMARTEST GATEWAY TO EUROPE

 
 

THE CAPITAL OF EUROPE

Belgium is a country of natural-born diplomats. For ages, Belgium has been considered neutral terrain. Belgium’s status as a neutral player has seen the greater Brussels area become the seat of almost all of Europe’s institutions: from the European Parliament to the European Commission, from NATO to the permanent seat of the President of the European Council. Belgium is considered to be a country built on compromises, a country of enablers and of honest brokers. Belgium is open minded, pragmatic and collaborative.

 

A second big advantage of the greater Brussels area is the presence of its critical infrastructure. Institutional infrastructure such as NATO, the European Commission and the European Parliament are crucial in today’s testing economic, political and geo-strategic times. Being close to where the laws are drawn up opens up several advantages. Furthermore, Brussels also hosts critical physical infrastructure in the financial sphere: be it Bank of New York Mellon for custody, Euroclear for clearing and settlement or SWIFT for financial messaging services.

 

cENTRAL LOCATION - HIGHLY CONNECTED

 
 

 

The greater Brussels area is centrally located within Europe. Amsterdam, London and Paris are less than 2 hours by plane, train or car. Eurostar and Thalys have their central hubs in Brussels. Not being Frankfurt and not being Paris - hence being neutral terrain - gives Brussels an extra advantage as a central gateway to the European Union and the Eurozone.

 

Open economy in the heart of Europe
 

 
 

Gateway to 500 million European consumers -  75%+ of the EU GDP

Located in the heart of one of the wealthiest and most developed regions in the world, Belgium has always played the role of a test market for foreign companies. In fact, a staggering 80% of Europe’s purchasing power lies within a radius of 500 miles (± 800 km) from Brussels. The blue banana: Belgium is situated at the center of the "blue banana," a corridor of urbanization often considered to be the economic backbone of Western Europe, with its 111+ million customers.

According to the latest WTO data, Belgium is the 10th largest exporting country in the world. The region builds on a very strong reputation of being an honest broker in its relationships with counterparts and is famously renowned for the quality of its diplomacy. Furthermore, Belgium is a world-class open economy, whose multi-cultural roots inherently welcome collaboration rather than confrontation.
 

The place to be and to grow

 

Belgium is multilingual and multicultural – with more than 38% of its inhabitants speaking English as a first, second or third language – further facilitating the integration of foreign nationals. Furthermore, we can find the ideal work/life balance of attractive features. 

Life

- 140 000 EU foreigners live in Brussels

- Cost of living is lower than in most of the other EU capitals

- Wide range of international schools

- High quality of the healthcare system

 Business

- No permissions needed to set up a company

- 100% foreign ownership is possible

- No limitations on repatriation of capital and benefits

-  Approximate incorporation fee (for a SA/NV): 1 500 €
      

Testimonials

B-Hive has been an instrumental part of our journey into Europe. B-Hive is a fun and sociable space to work and the team is a great sounding board for many day-to-day issues. But what we have found most valuable is the real commitment to helping companies network. B-Hive has introduced us not just to clients, but also to investors and employees; all of which make a real difference in the growth of any business, but are absolutely critical when expanding into a new market.
— David Newman, Delio Wealth

ARTICLES

De Tijd - Minder papierwerk bij de bank door blockchain

Summary: Some major bank players, including BNP Paribas Fortis, KBC, Belfius and AG, are building a joint platform to facilitate the registration of new customers. It is the first concrete action of B-Hive. It will be named Trust-Hive

Date: 28/06/2017

 

Knack - Nieuw initiatief Scale-ups.eu moet techbedrijven aan geschikt personeel helpen

Summary: B-Hive launches Scale-ups.eu, an initiative to help grow Fintech companies.

Date: 08/06/17

 

Pymnts.com - Tech Center: EU’s capital city grows tech Reputation

Summary: Belgium’s capital city is becoming known for more than just housing major international institutions like EU Parliament, EU Commission and NATO. The region is also home to an active and fast-growing startup scene. 

Date: 10/02/2017

 

Invest in Brussels - Belgian Government support to fintech startups

Summary: The Belgian Government has in pumped €2 million into‘B-Hive’ fintech platform, which provides networking and know-how exchange facilities to startups.

Date: 25/01/2017

 

Data News - Eggsplore reçoit un soutien gouvernemental et devient B-Hive

Summary: The federal government has allocated € 2 million to make Brussels the center of companies developing new technologies for the financial sector (fintech). To achieve its objective the government will invest in the platform Eggsplore, that will is changing its name to B-Hive. 

Date: 10/01/2017