3.9 Start-up funding for young entrepreneurs
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Access to information
Agency Enterprise and Innovation makes sure to provide to students good quality information about the start-up creation, funding opportunities, specific professional guidance in Wallonia. The communication of theses tools is made through education sector. Tools provided are:
- a website with a specific chapter devoted to start-up creation
- entrepreneurship guidance (chat between professional entrepreneurs and a young starter).
Since 2014, the Agency Enterprise and Innovation has implemented and coordinated a regional strategy delocalised in cities having superior education: “the student incubator”. This structure offers students an individual coaching, co-working space, training, networking, information about a start-up funding to students and young graduated with an entrepreneurship project. Students have to apply individually. Once their project is selected, they receive support for 2 years maximum.
Access to capital
There is no specific policy measure to facilitate affordable funding for young entrepreneurs. Once they engage in a start-up creation, they have the possibility to submit to a Walloon grant addressing entrepreneurs of any ages.