Outlook for 2016
The most active sectors in the Belgian VC/PE scene are the digital business and life sciences and healthcare sectors. It is expected that this will continue in 2016. This year, we have seen start-ups turning much more often to crowdfunding, which is used not only to attract initial funding but also (and even more) as a marketing tool to attract larger investors.
FinTech is also clearly gaining momentum in Belgium, with FinTech-specific accelerators being set up. We expect the FinTech sector to further grow in 2016, especially with the presence of business angels with a professional background in the FinTech sector looking for investment opportunities.
Key deals in 2015
OC Brussels acted on the following VC/PE deals in 2015:
- For one of the owners of Engagor, a Belgian digital business company active in social media management and monitoring, in relation to the sale of Engagor to Clarabridge.
- For Takeda Ventures in relation to a EUR 3 million series A investment in Belgian biotech company Univercells.
- For the Belgian biotech company Apitope in relation to its EUR 12 million series B funding.
We are currently working for start-up Licheez in relation to a crowdfunding project.