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With an art deco City Hall complete with belfry and carillon chiming fragments of Belgian folk songs, Charleroi sits in the Walloon province of Hainaut. Its charming St Christopher's Church is decked out with a large golf-leaf mosaic and its Museum of Fine Arts showcases 19th and 20th Century Belgian painters. This is the city where Napoleon happened to stay for a few days in 1815 just before the Battle of Waterloo. A bustling town with about 201,593 people, it is the 5th most populated city in Belgium with a history that began in 1666. The locals are referred to as "Caroloregiens" or simply "Carolos" for short. It is an historical town with structures dating from the Roman era, so there is plenty to keep the history buff smiling and now that coworking has appeared in the streets, the creative souls of the city will be wearing big grins also.
Charleroi is in the heart of the coal basin and due to the widespread loss in industrial power in the area since the 1970s it has suffered immensely with some of the highest unemployment and poverty rates in Europe. From the early 2000s its economy diversified to include telecommunications, transportation and health care. Charleroi is no tech hub per se, but it does have its fair share of creative and tech savvy souls. Belgium is home to a developing startup scene with its capital Brussels becoming a booming hub for entrepreneurs. Initiatives such as Health Tech, Fintech hackathons and Startupweekend are putting the country into the global scene.
Belgium's government has stepped up by providing various innovation grants, funding for accelerators plus tax incentives and even government investments. If you look beyond the Belgians penchant for munching on waffles, the country has a significant number of creative souls starting up and scaling up, as they grab venture capital that rocketed into the big millions in 2018. With its highly educated population and tech savvy youth, Belgium's tech scene is optimistic about the country's prospects. Coworking venues are providing one more source in its ecosystem where innovative minds can gather in collaborative bliss.