Innovation Hub start-up & scale-up

Since 2014, the BNP Paribas Fortis Innovation Hub has been helping and advising both start-ups and scale-ups, by targeting specific needs in five key sectors. This means that a team of innovative Relationship Managers is able to effectively support growth in Belgium and abroad.

Your bank for better innovation

Is innovation the driving force behind your business project? Then you need a banking partner who speaks the language of innovation. Our Innovation Hub understands start-ups and scale-ups and is by your side to help you write your success story!

With you every step of the way

At every step of your start-up’s life cycle, an Innovation Hub Relationship Manager will help you define your growth strategy and successfully complete the scaling and international development phases. 

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Our 5 key innovation sectors

  • Life Sciences: Biotech, Health Tech, MedTech, PharmaTech
  • ICT & Digital: AI, VR, IoT, Big Data, Cloud, Gaming, etc.
  • FinTech: InsurTech, Blockchain, payments, etc.
  • Green & Clean Tech: Low Carbon Tech, renewable energy, circularity, materials, etc.
  • Agri Food Tech: Urban agriculture, fertilisers, FoodTech, Data, etc.

Active in another sector? Discover our global offer for Starters.

Our starters approach

How can you drive innovation?

The Innovation Hub of BNP Paribas Fortis is there for you, your company and its growth.

A network and its connections

To find investors or financing and initiate partnerships with large enterprises.


By leveraging the national, international and network connections of BNP Paribas Fortis, including Imec.start, imec.xpand, biotope by VIB, etc., as well as our solutions in Corporate Finance and Private Equity, such as for Aerospacelab ou ForsVC.

Our Private Equity

A bridge to the world

To support your growth and expansion into new European, American and Asian markets.


By benefiting from the expertise of our Trade Development team and by taking advantage of BNP Paribas’ global network of connections.

Going beyond our borders

A centre of expertise in sustainability

To help you benefit from our real commitment to sustainability.


Biotech, agrifood tech, low-carbon technologies, etc.

Innovation is essential to be more sustainable. That's why we’ve developed specific know-how that your Relationship Manager can put at your disposal.

Operate sustainability

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