BelCham Catalyst

BelCham helps high-growth European start-ups explore and enter the US market through an intense, fast-paced program, designed to help them with challenges ranging from go-to-market strategy and business development to fundraising & pitching in the US.

Through weekly topic-specific workshops, office hours with knowledgeable guest experts, group meetings with fellow founders and personalized introductions, several years of progress are condensed into one month.

Why join?

  • Accelerate understanding of the American business landscape
  • Test and validate expansion plans with the right information & resources
  • Get access to a local network of successful entrepreneurs, investors and prospective clients
  • Be immersed in a collaborative environment of experts, mentors and fellow-founders
  • Create a customized business blueprint to guide international growth

BelCham Catalyst is designed to turn local start-ups into successful, global scale-ups. Sample program here:

Week 1 -Mindset & Leadership|  Learn about the US business culture, dreaming big and failing forward.
Week 2 -Go-to-Market Strategy| Focus on product-market fit, marketing and sales.
Week 3 -Fundraising| Understand the VC landscape and create a winning pitch.
Week 4 -Operations | Run your business effectively and efficiently in the US (immigration, accounting, taxes, hiring and more).

Who should join?

The BelCham Catalyst caters to ambitious, European founders that have established proof of concept with a sound financial situation and are driven by an ambition to take their company to the next level.

“The Catalyst Program is an immersive intro to the US that allows growing businesses to make informed decisions on why, how and when to enter the US market.” – 2018 Summer Catalyst Participant

Our 2018 cohort:

Program in numbers

top tech city in the world

transformative weeks

guidance and mentorship

industry advisors

of former participants felt better equipped to grow their company to the next phase

Program benefits

Perks and benefits | Office Space | Launch Services | Workshops | Office Hours | Speaker Series | Pitch night

Mentorship | Key introduction to local experts, industry leaders & mentors | Peer network

What to expect? 

Access to mentors, experts and other founders who have built or supported successful companies.

Nathan Czubaj
Senior Trainer Dale Carnegie

Dan Klein
Lecturer Stanford D School

Tom Pennings
CEO Onsophic

Paul Kallmes
CEO Lync Labs

Susan Lindner
Founder Emerging Media

Sam Natapoff
President Empire Global Ventures

Sam McAfee
Author StartUp Patterns

Roel Peeters
CEO Roost

Ajay Bam
CEO Vyrill

Thank you to our partners

Our next edition will take place in the fall of 2019 in San Francisco in partnership with KU Leuven and imec.

Contact us

The US holds incredible promise for scale. Are you interested in exploring your business potential in this exciting market? Contact us here.