StoriesJobs9 May 20246 min

#Jobs: Start it @CBC is looking for a Business Coach & Community Builder

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Start it @CBC (a subsidiary of Start it @KBC) is a start-up accelerator created to support and
stimulate innovative entrepreneurship in Wallonia. We are founder centric. The 12-months program is free of charge for startups and operates with the support of partners and grants. Our mission is to contribute to the development of our national (and local) economy by ensuring that startups grow as fast as possible thanks to the program's support: coaching, mentoring, experts, events, training, networking & much more!

Do you dream of making an impact on the lives of entrepreneurs? Helping them raise funds, build teams, bring new products and services to market, respond to their challenges? We're the right place to do it!

The Start it Community has hubs in Liège, Antwerp, Ghent, Hasselt, Leuven, Courtrai, Brussels, Budapest, Gyor, Prague and a "pied-à-terre" in New York and San Francisco! We are currently working on the opening of a new Hub in Wallonia, this is why we are looking for a new colleague to strengthen the team there.

Location: Hybrid work model

About Start it @KBC
Start it @KBC is at the forefront of supporting and boosting innovative entrepreneurship. As a
key player in the startup ecosystem, we are dedicated to providing impactful resources and
opportunities to entrepreneurs. We want to help founders by creating a powerful network. We
are the largest startup community in Belgium and part of the prestigious Morrow international

Your Mission:

We’re looking for a multitalented profile that will combine 2 key roles in our organisation: Business Coach & Community Builder.
As a Business Coach, you play a vital role in shaping a flourishing entrepreneurial network. You are responsible for delivering high-quality coaching to startups, assuring that they achieve their objectives and reach their fullest potential. Your knowledge will assist founders in defining their goals, monitoring progress, providing motivation, and simplifying intricate processes.
You will offer hours of monthly support for each startup, schedule appointments and align coaching efforts with program milestones.
Boosting networking associations is an essential part of your work. You will connect startups with appropriate mentors and partners and cultivate relationships to aid their development.

As a Business Coach, you are an agent for entrepreneurial prosperity, offering personalised support, establishing networks, and aiding the general expansion of both individual start-ups and the accelerator program as a whole.

As a Community Builder; you support the organization’s efforts of creating a lively and cooperative community of entrepreneurs. Your task is to help develop a space where startups can prosper and network, and to facilitate the smooth running of the hub.

Your main goal is to improve networking opportunities and foster valuable interactions within the community. You also connect with relevant organisations and the local ecosystem of entrepreneurs by ensuring a regular presence and close connection to build the community beyond the location. This includes getting to know other accelerators/ incubators/ co-working spaces, universities, programs...

You will screen potential candidates, especially the ones in the Walloon region and help create awareness about the program in the local ecosystem. You also collect interesting stories about startups, mentors, and the wider ecosystem, in order to provide the Media Circle with valuable content that demonstrates our flourishing community.

Your Profile:

This is not a standard ‘day job’ - our team often changes their working hours to host events for our community in mornings and evenings, and our team brings and inspires passion and dedication towards the Start it @KBC / @CBC mission to improve the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Past experience with startups, innovation and new business models is a plus.

Skills Required:

  • At least 3 years of relationship management experience, or relevant other experience
  • Ideally has worked in an environment of supporting and coaching startups or SME’s,
  • Preference for candidates who also had an entrepreneurial experience
  • Strong organizational and time management skills around many meetings in a day
  • Can offer suggestions to improve our model and adaptable to change - as a ‘startup like’
    organization ourselves, we are still improving and changing
  • Confident in presenting in front of an audience
  • Fluent in French and English
  • Enough ‘people & business’ skills to ask the right questions in order to connect founders to the right mentor/expert.
  • Good good good vibrations!

What's there for me?

We are very excited about this opportunity to grow the team in Wallonia! We offer :

  • A freelance contract
  • A dynamic, entrepreneurial and inspiring work environment
  • Flexibility in organizing your agenda within our hubs in Wallonia
  • Support from the whole Start it X team
  • Grow your network of entrepreneurs and startups
  • Sharing experiences with great colleagues


Surprise us! Send us as much information as possible so we can get to know you; you can send us an email, a fax, a carrier pigeon... with your CV and a few references. An audio file or video is even better, so don't be afraid to get creative!.

For more information or to express your interest, please contact:

Sophie Verhulst - Program Manager & Business Coach -