Proximus reinforces Co.Station’s governance to boost Belgian digital ecosystem
Co.Station, the Belgian community which brings together some 2,000 entrepreneurs, startups, scaleups, corporates, investors and influencers, has announced the arrival of a new shareholder, the operator Proximus, alongside BNP Paribas Fortis, SD Worx and USG.
Proximus – the leading provider of telephony, Internet, television and network-based ICT services in Belgium – has been collaborating with Co.Station since September 2016. Innovation is an important aspect of the growth strategy at Proximus. Proximus opted for Open Innovation without hesitation, working with external parties to jointly develop the products of tomorrow by co-creating, opening its assets, and developing new market dynamics through the creation of new ecosystems. Today, in its new role as shareholder, Proximus is stepping up its commitment to Co.Station and will build stronger bridges for its community of digital startups and scaleups.
“Proximus wants to play a catalyst role in stimulating entrepreneurship and helping new digital companies in Belgium innovate and grow. As a founding partner of Co.Station Ghent, we realized how much we share Co.Station’s values and ambitions. Becoming a shareholder was the logical next step,” said Dominque Leroy, Proximus Chief Executive Officer.
Co.Station is a pillar of innovation in Belgium thanks to its cross-corporate shareholder structure, solid track record in management at the Ghent and Brussels sites, and proven experience in delivering innovation programs.
“Proximus’ appointment as a shareholder will help us capitalize on new opportunities and deliver more value to our community,” explained Wouter Remaut, CEO of Co.Station Belgium. “It will further reinforce Co.Station’s role as the natural bridge between corporate and startups.”
“BNP Paribas Fortis, together with SD Worx and USG, are pleased to welcome Proximus among its ranks”, added Olivier Peeters, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Co.Station. “Its arrival offers a major opportunity for our community to engage and benefit from the strategic, human, technology and market presence of Belgium’s number one telecom operator.”
Co.station’s goal is to be a leader in Belgium for scaling up Tech Businesses.
With an extensive national community of startups, scaleups and corporates, a comprehensive international network of experts, and a local presence – with villages in Ghent and Brussels – Co.Station is the natural bridge between corporates and startups.
The cross-corporate shareholder structure (BNP Paribas Fortis, SD Worx, Proximus and USG), proven track record in management of startup villages and coworking spaces, and extensive experience in delivering innovation programs represent some of the key differentiators of Co.Station.
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Proximus Group is a telecommunications and ICT company operating in the Belgian and international markets, servicing residential, enterprise and public customers. Proximus’ ambition is to become a digital service provider, connecting everyone and everything so people live better and work smarter. Through its best-quality integrated fixed and mobile networks, Proximus provides access anywhere and anytime to digital services and easy-to-use solutions, as well as to a broad offering of multimedia content. Proximus transforms technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Cloud and Security into solutions with positive impact on people and society. With 13,633 employees, all engaged to offer customers a superior experience, the Proximus Group generated an underlying turnover of EUR 5,871 million end-2016.
Proximus (Euronext Brussels: PROX) is also active in Luxembourg through its affiliates Telindus Luxembourg and Tango, and in the Netherlands through Telindus Netherlands. Its subsidiary BICS offers best-in-class international wholesale solutions for voice and mobile data service providers worldwide.
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