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Our commitment

The Reaktor Program is an equity free acceleration program during which you will work intensively with other carefully selected national and international startups to get your startup into the best shape and refine your investment readiness. Each cycle culminates in an Investors Day, when you will pitch your project to a carefully selected, invite-only audience. But the Reaktor doesn’t end on the Investors Day. The Reaktor network (coaches and experts) continue to support you beyond.

 

Everything we do has the single goal of making our founders and startups successful. We are not your typical accelerator program where hundreds of companies are "accelerated" each year. Instead, we work with no more than ten companies per year, doing whatever is necessary -- for as long as necessary -- to ensure that each and every company achieves the operating milestones required for the next round of financing.

 
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What’s in it for you?

 

A tailor-made program focusing on the relevant expertise you need to move forward.

EXPERTS: National and international experts will let you benefit from their hands-on experience by sharing their tips & tricks. Every week a specific expert will come to give a lecture before spending time with each startup to answer their specific problem. Our aim is to better equip you with the skills & tools needed to accelerate your growth and refine your investment readiness.

  • Due diligence (Frank Maene, Managing Partner at Volta Venture)
  • Founders' relationship
  • Technological architecture for scaling up (Jose Manuel Rodriguez, Startup Business Development for Amazon Web Services)
  • Sales, marketing and lean pricing (Omar Mahout, Entrepreneurship Fellow at Sirris)
  • SEO, SEA & Conversion
  • Facebook ads (Alexis Lebedoff, Country Lead Facebook Belgium)
  • Accounting, financial scorecard, reporting
  • Government supports and subsidies (Marc-Antoine Cajot, Founder at MAC & JB)
  • General conditions of sales (GDPR, Legal aspect, etc.)
  • Growth potential
  • International entrepreneurship (Omar Mahout, Entrepreneurship Fellow at Sirris)
  • Team management, recruitment (Corinne Dumont, owner and managing director at Sequoia Participations SA)
  • Governance, Board Management
  • Financial needs, valuation of the startup
  • Investor Mindset (Patrick Polak from Newion Investments)
  • Preparation for a Serie A Pitch (Frank Maene, Managing Partner at Volta Venture)
  • Oral presentation (Sophie Dussart, Expert in communication)

New names every week... Stay tuned! 

INVESTORS: To build a meaningful, eventually very large and profitable company, you need access to capital. We know most private and public investors. We know what they invest in and what gets them excited. In this line, the Reaktor program will culminate in an Investors day, when you will present your startup to a carefully selected, invite-only audience.

COACHES: You’ll get hands-on guidance and support throughout the entire program and beyond. Coaches will challenge your project in the light of what will have been presented by the experts.

NETWORKING: During those four months, a dinner will be hosted once a month with the presence of startup founders, venture capitalists and executives from leading companies.

  • Pierre Rousseau, founder at Yoga Room
  • David Mellet, co-founder at Little food
  • Olivier de Brauwere, founder at Brussels Beer Project
  • Nicolas Steisel, co-founder & CEO at Exki
  • Charles de Groote, co-founder & CEO at Sortlist
  • Corentin Orsini, Expert in strategy and fundraising

Through this intensive program, the Reaktor aims to get you to the point where you’ve built something impressive enough to raise money on a larger scale.

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Is it something for you?

Definitely, if you can tick all of the 3 following boxes:

1)    The Product-Market Fit

a. Your startup should have first revenues and/ or showing customers-users’ growth.
b. Your startup should present the potential to develop a repeatable business (growth potential)
c. Your startup is looking to develop monetization (not just growing an audience)

2)    Funding

a. Your startup has already raised capital (up to 250.000 euros) and aspire to a second/ third round of fundraising (up to 1 M€)
b. Your startup is likely to create leverage with the planned investment
c. Your startup is ready to invest some money (growth hacking campaigns, etc.) and some time (at least 2 days/week)

3)    Team and commitment

a.     Your startup is legally constituted
b.  All co-founders must be full-time dedicated to the startup (no outside work).
c.   You will commit to do what is required to succeed. This includes assigning the right resources to be present at the Creative Spark for the duration of the four-month program.

 

⇒ If you are a highly scalable company with products/ services already on the market and with the potential to achieve traction and raise money, the Reaktor is for you!

 
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How can you apply?

You can apply by clicking the ‘apply now’ button on this page. It will link you to a questionnaire. Finalizing this questionnaire will mean you have officially applied. In any case, you will receive news from us on the next steps.

 

Applications open till February 16th

 

The registration form must be accompanied by a video presentation of the startup in English, where the motivation for participating in the program is explained. This video should be consistent with the assessment criteria for the screening of candidates listed in the following section. One single application per startup will be admitted. If more than one entry is found from any startup, the first entry made will be taken as the valid one

 

The selection process

The selection process will be divided into two phases:

Pre-selection of candidates: Applications will be evaluated by the Program Management Team, which will pre-select a maximum of 15 startups. Each application will be assessed from 0 to 100 points using the following criteria:

 

§  Team: Presence of business & technological knowledge. Diverse, innovative and with strong entrepreneurial mindset.

§  Traction: First revenues and /or users-customers’ growth. Aspiration to become a leader in your sector/industry

§  Potential: Promising and innovative idea that has the potential to disrupt various industries and sectors. Desire to scale and learn.

 

Selection of finalist startups: The preselected teams will be evaluated by the Evaluation Committee, consisting of three members of Creative Wallonia Engine, three coaches, and one member from each of the main partner companies, through ‘pitching’ interviews and group dynamics based on the evaluation criteria defined in this section. In the case of local startups, interviews will be held face to face and, in the case of startups located outside of Belgium via videoconference.

 

We will select between 6 and 8 startups. The exact number is less important than the qualitative considerations. Our aim is to select great startups for whom our programme can make a substantial difference.

Applying is free of cost. Once selected, you will not have to pay a fee for participating at the Reaktor program. You will however bear your own costs and fund all activities of your staff, technology and other resources during the programme.