Why are female coders so rare in Belgium?

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🇫🇷 This article was originally published in French on October 18th 2018.

A lot has happened to me in the last five years. I have, in turn, gone from being unemployed to being a student, then from student to student-entrepreneur, only to finally dare becoming a full-time entrepreneur. Since then, my startup has exceeded one million downloads in just 1 year, a first fundraising is approaching fast and the future is looking bright. One aspect, however, has never really changed. …


Pourquoi les codeuses sont-elles si rares en Belgique ?

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🇬🇧 This essay is also available in English.

Beaucoup de choses ont changé pour moi ces cinq dernières années. Je suis, tour à tour, passé du statut de chômeur à celui d’étudiant, puis d’étudiant à étudiant-entrepreneur, pour enfin oser devenir Startupeur à plein temps. Depuis, ma startup a dépassé le million de téléchargements en 1 an, une première levée de fonds s’approche à grands pas et l’avenir semble plutôt prometteur. Un aspect, cependant, n’a jamais vraiment changé. …


Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecom and Postal Services

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Photo by Nadia Aimé

In the context of my upcoming essay on the topic of women in tech in Belgium, I had the chance to interview Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo.

Among the topics we discussed on top of that are the Belgian telecom market, the inertia of the school system, politicians thinking as entrepreneurs and of course, AI.

Our exchange was entirely in English, and the whole interview is available as a podcast on Brussels’s #1 podcast platform: J’aime Bien Quand Tu Parles.

Guillaume Hachez: Alexander De Croo, welcome to the show! …


Why Belgians aren’t entrepreneurs

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When I got back from my trip to Silicon Valley, I had to tell my parents about my decision to permanently interrupt my studies to focus on my startup. Their reaction was unequivocal: they were terrified. Why is it that even when all indicators of success are met, entrepreneurship is still considered frightening in Belgium?

Let us first take a look at the company creation rate in Belgium . It immediately sticks out that the number is extremely low (3.6%), much lower than in neighboring countries.


Pourquoi les Belges ne sont pas entrepreneurs

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Au retour de mon excursion à la Silicon Valley, j’ai dû annoncer à mes parents ma décision d’interrompre définitivement mes études pour me concentrer sur ma startup. Leur réaction fut sans équivoque : ils avaient la chair de poule. Pourquoi, même quand tous les indicateurs de succès sont réunis, l’entrepreneuriat fait-il peur en Belgique ? C’est la question sur laquelle je vais m’attarder aujourd’hui.

Sur la totalité des entreprises en Belgique, observons d’abord la proportion de nouvelles entreprises. Il saute immédiatement aux yeux que le pourcentage est très faible (3,6%), bien plus que dans les pays voisins.

Guillaume Hachez

@GuiHachez on Twitter — @QuickLyric founder & Android developer. Entrepreneur at heart.

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