Bridging the tech and social sectors to foster innovation for social change

    Start & Code is an international program across Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands that bridges tech and social issues, through a tech accelerator dedicated to digital startups that intend to hire people and a training program for youth and migrants to learn code.

  • 3 days, 3 countries, 3 events

    To celebrate the end of the 1st year of the Start&Code program, we gathered all the partners who contribute to the development and the success of this cross-border initiative.

    Kyril Courbouin

    SCO of France and Benelux, J.P Morgan

    « At a time when the global economy has become more complex than ever, some of the most urgent challenges facing communities are the needs for increased economic opportunity, mobility and more widely shared prosperity. We’re delighted that, through our foundation, we are able to work with organisations like Le Comptoir to bring together strong partners, innovative ideas and new technologies to create a positive social impact in the communities where our employees live and work. Through Start&Code we can use our international reach to bring together new tech businesses and young people with the strong desire to work.”

  • WHY ?

    Rising immigration

    A great opportunity for Europe

    More than 1 million people have joined Europe over the last 2 years.


    All over the continent, migrants and refugees are willing to settle in European countries and start a new life. Since this situation is unprecedented, urgent and long term actions have to be implemented at an international level in order to give opportunities to these populations.


    Unemployment issues

    Among youth and migrants

    Unemployment rate among the 15-24 years old in Belgium, Luxembourg and in the Netherlandsis higher than for the average population (between 9,6% and 22%).


    Moreover, in those three countries, unemployment rate is much higher for the foreign-born than that of the native-born. Those inequalities mostly come from a lack of skills and diplomas.

    Lack of digital skills

    Across all industries

    Around three companies out of four consider the lack of digital skills as a hurdle to their digital transformation.


    Currently, 700,000 IT professionals are lacking across all industries and an additional 150,000 IT experts will be needed every year.


    Around 80% of companies say they observe a "skills shortage" in IT.




    After one year of action, Start & Code has shown great results