International Missions |The Growth Collective 

The world is your market!


Expand your horizons and discover new markets

Imec.istart, Netwerk Ondernemen, and Start it @KBC are joining forces to support ambitious startups and scale-ups in Flanders. Together, they form the new consortium, “The Growth Collective”, a vibrant ecosystem where innovative entrepreneurs always find the right opportunities.  
The Growth Collective hosts three dynamic missions or programs each year for a minimum of seven ambitious startups and scale-ups. On these missions, you'll connect with local customers, partners, investors, and organizations, and gain valuable insights from fellow Flemish growth companies joining the adventure.  


Upcoming International Mission:  7-11 October 2024, Sweden 

We’re heading to Scandinavia to learn, network, and create new business opportunities with top experts in sales, marketing and ESG as well as leading (impact) investors, startups/scaleups, accelerators and more to help you better prepare your business for expansion into Sweden and Nordic region.

Sweden ranks highly in terms of sustainability and innovation and we’re going to see how your companies can learn from and capitalise on it!   



To view a tentative programme schedule please click here. The programme will be finalised within three weeks of the Mission. If you have any specific requests on companies to meet, places to visit, investors to speak with, please contact our the International Missions Organiser, Andrew Herweg.



Theme of Mission: Sustainability & Growth in Sweden  
When: 7 – 11 October, 2024 
Where: Stockholm and Uppsala   

Why attend?
Fully immerse yourself and challenge your business propositions for the Swedish market. Throughout the week, you will create a new network of contacts and get strategic and actionable insights on how to prepare and/or further expand your business in Sweden. Additionally, during our time abroad, you will be surrounded by likeminded entrepreneurs enabling you to connect, challenge and discuss business opportunities in Sweden but also back in your home market too!   
Participation fee: 2106 EUR ex. VAT. Includes all meetings, learning sessions, group dinners & networking events.

This does not include transport, accommodation, or other expenses you may incur during the Mission.  A 2nd member of your team can join for an additional: 250 EUR fee.  
*Recommended flights, group hotel and furthers details of the Mission will be shared with all registrants in the week of 1 July!  


This mission is geared towards startups and scaleups which:  

  • are active in the sustainability sector (i.e. mobility, renewables, retail, utilities, manufacturing)  
  • have a digital component to their businesses,
  • have the ambition to scale your company internationally and have a clear idea why this specific market is relevant for your company.

Good to know – if Sweden and/or Sustainability isn’t a perfect match for your business, no worries, we will organise three Missions per year focusing on different sectors and regions across Europe and the world!  

Interested to join?

To register your attendance, please fill out the short form via the link below. Please be aware that upon filling out the form, you will be charged the full participation fee whether you attend or cancel at the last minute!  

Still in doubt and would you like to know more about the participation conditions of our international missions? Please contact our the International Missions Organiser, Andrew Herweg.

With the support of VLAIO