hub heroes

Portraits of a city’s success stories

We team up with hub.brussels, Brussels’ Business Support Agency, and shine a light on 50 of the Region’s start-up success stories driving the capital city’s economic landscape forward. From the eco-conscious manufacturer to the technology-enabled post-production imprint, our 50-strong selection of portraits and interviews plays testament to the Region’s dense and dynamic culture of entrepreneurship.

Marcelle

Marcelle

Romain Bonillo

What would be your two-minute elevator pitch?

After years of greatness in my so-called sunny hometown of Perpignan in the south of France, I decided to shine my way up to the North, first to London and then Brussels where I currently run my project Marcelle.

List three factors that make Brussels’ entrepreneurship landscape unique.

I decided to move to Brussels because of its unique easy-going, feel-good atmosphere and people that made me feel like I was home. This added to the fact the city is currently evolving, offering opportunities and help for business development. And it’s all affordable compared to any other countries in Europe.

The number of times I had to face old-fashioned landlords who would stare at me like I was a pimp suggesting opening an annex of the red-light district within their walls! 

What are the biggest challenges you faced when starting up your business?

  • Finding a commercial space owned by an openminded landlord. The number of times I had to face old-fashioned landlords who would stare at me like I was a pimp suggesting opening an annex of the red-light district within their walls! 
  • Raising funds. I had some savings beforehand, but not enough to finish all the renovations and start my business peacefully. Not to mention the fact that the builders decided to pack up before finishing the renovation works. My little purse was quite empty at this time, so I’m so grateful for hub.brussels giving me a hand! 

How did you benefit from hub.brussels’ expertise in the conception of your business?

The hub.brussels team couldn’t have come at a better moment: my contact from the very get-go was so helpful and motivating that I was able to get my project off the ground!

List a piece of advice you would give to the budding entrepreneur.

Hold on to your dream, never give up and call hub.brussels!

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Do you want to take your idea to the next level like Romain?

Contact hub.brussels!