Business Start-up Pack - Belgium


This Start-up Pack has been designed and prepared by our Technology Sector initiative, which includes lawyers with experience in intellectual property, corporate, employment and tax matters.

The purpose of this Start-up Pack is to provide assistance and support to early stage start-ups who are looking to establish their business on a more formal basis. Creating the right legal framework and ensuring that the business is protected at the outset is vital for a start-up to achieve its full potential.

We have drawn from our significant experience in advising companies at all stages in the corporate life cycle to assist start-up companies with understanding some of the key legal issues that are likely to be relevant to them at this stage of their development.

DLA Piper has also been actively involved in and devoted significant resources to the vibrant start-up scene. We have supported several Belgian start-ups in their growth strategy, and have formed partnerships with (an initiative joining together 75+ organizations and service providers dedicated to actively supporting tech entrepreneurs through providing legal advice, coaching, incubation, acceleration, networking opportunities, etc.) and KU Leuven university via the iLinc ICT Law Incubator project.

This Start-up Pack contains the key legal documents that an early stage start-up will need and includes:

  • a step by step guide to setting up a company in Belgium
  • a subscription and shareholders’ agreement
  • an intellectual property assignment agreement
  • a non-disclosure agreement
  • a standard employment contract
  • an intellectual property checklist
  • a tax checklist, and 
  • a checklist of regulatory restrictions. 

The information contained in this Start-up Pack is offered open source and is freely available. It is intended to be shared amongst the start-up community to educate and provide assistance to start-ups to reach their full potential.

Startup pack Belgium 

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