Access to funding is one of the bigger challenges for fast growing technology companies. Scaling without external funding to finance growth is rather an exception, the majority of startups and scalups are cash hungry. But where to find the needed funding?

While today's attention mainly goes to examples by major internet companies such as Google, Amazon or Facebook, data science might be even more relevant in other industrial domains and is definitely relevant for SMEs as well. During our mastercourse we give you the details!

Belgium is in a very favourable position when it comes to ManuTech start-ups and scale-ups. The brand-new study on the ManuTech start-up landscape in Belgium and Europe conducted by Sirris and Agoria shows this is the case. What should we do to make the most of this unique opportunity? You can find all information on this topic in a double interview with Omar Mohout, Entrepreneurship Fellow at Sirris, and Ben Van Roose, Head Manufacturing Industries at Agoria.

“Stop developing software. Develop digital services.” That is the basis of our cookbook with recipes for businesses to develop successful digital services which allow users to do their job faster, easier and better. What can you expect from the book? Here’s a little ‘teaser’ for you.

Data are flooding almost all sectors of our economy. That is why an increasing number of innovations is based on managing and interpreting (available) data, which are collected by various means. Are you eager to find out what data innovation can mean for your company, products, services and technology? Discover it during our new edition of our mastercourse cycle 'Data Innovation beyond the Hype', starting in January 2019.

Is your company cyber-safe? Can you outsmart ever smarter hackers? Icity.brussels will host a meetup on 15 November to help you find out how to best protect your business and learn about the support you can get from the local experts.

After two successful editions, a third edition of the ‘Fleet-based analytics for data-driven operation and maintenance optimisation’ seminar is organised on 13 December. The seminar focuses on the challenges of optimising the operation and maintenance of a fleet of machines by means of data-driven analytics and hybrid modelling strategies.

Anyone wanting to start a disruptive business by offering products such as (scalable) services, must first consider certain things and adapt their approach. A good guide is the way in which start-ups work.

A new book 'Hyperscale and Microcare, The Digital Business Cookbook', will explore what it takes to build winning software products today. It will focus on the idea that one should stop building software, and build digital services instead, effectively combining hyperscale with microcare: the ability to establish an intimate relationship with each and every of your thousands of users.

The revenue model of digital servitisation, in which physical products are enriched with digital services, offers product builders a range of new possibilities, but also presents new challenges. On 12 December Sirris organises an inspiration workshop to provide companies that build physical products and want to explore the possibilities to take the step to smart, connected products with an overview of the inns and outs of digital servitisation and to give them the tools to get started.