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Entrepreneurs of 2018!

Racso J – Designer

Start-up credit: € 8.000 – Brussels

Website Racso Jarafa 

Racso J. started as a cook and became artist and designer of his own brand "Bow-Ties by Racso J.". He designs and sells stylish and original bow ties for men, women and children.

He was elected to be the micro-entrepreneur of 2018 in the category “entrepreneurs of all ages”.


Racsoj Bow ties

Online credit application: Start-up credit of $ 8 000 

Cécilia Ntelo-Wa-Leko – Inclusive daycare centre

Invest credit: € 15.000 – Brussels

Zarafa on Facebook

Cécilia has an inclusive day care centre for deaf and non-deaf children called Zarafa Asbl located in Laeken. This crèche was created in response to a demand due to a lack of infrastructure for disabled children. Zarafa ASBL is a place where children with or without disabilities are supervised by a specialized and experienced team.  

She was named the best entrepreneur of the Year 2018 and she won the price of the jury.

crèche inclusive Zarafa ASBL

Online credit application: “Invest” credit of € 15 000

Dogan Ates – Clothes retouching

Start-up credit: € 8.000 – Liège

Currently 27 years old, Dogan became interested in sewing as a teenager. He arrived in Belgium in 2010 and had to wait 5 years before launching his "Couture Star" store in Liege. He offers a wide range of services, he sews, makes alterations to leather, curtains, clothing, etc. Since 2017, he also offers ironing service and he sells leather goods.

He was elected best entrepreneur in the category "Entrepreneur & world citizen" and the award of the public in 2018.

Retouches et coutures

Autres entrepreneus de microStart


AMINATA – Organic drinks

Test credit: € 1.000 – Antwerp

Aminata Organics on Facebook

Aminata is born and raised in Mali. Currently she lives with her husband and two children in Antwerp, where she works at the harbor.

A few years ago, Aminata started making bissap,a Malian drink made from hibiscus, in her kitchen. She had a lot of success with her friends and thus she decided to launch her own organic beverage brand "Aminata Organics".

The €1,000 loan from microStart enabled her to finance the first professional bottling. Now, you can find her juice in several organic markets and in some specialized stores.

Boisons Bio client microStart

Online credit application: Test credit of € 1000


LINDA  – Haircutter

Investment credit: € 15.000  – Eupen

Rue d'Aix la Chapelle, 20

Linda started with a microcredit of 15,000€ and via the “mesure tremplin”. Reoriented by BNP Paribas Fortis, she contacted microStart to applying for a microcredit to take over a hair salon that has been open in Eupen for over 40 years. She could benefit from "mesure tremplin" which allows her to keep her unemployment benefits until she made enough revenues.

Thanks to her positive attitude, microStart decided to grant her the credit with an additional interest-free loan from Funds For Good, a triple support for Linda to start her project in the best possible way.

Coiffeuse client microStart

Online credit application: “Investment credit” of € 15 000



  • BNP Paribas Fortis
  • Adie
  • AG Insurance
  • Europe Investiment Fund
  • Partena Professionnel
  • Securex
  • Actiris
  • VDAB
  • Le Forem
  • ESF
  • Accenture
  • Agentschap Ondernemen
  • Agentschap Innoveren & Ondernemen
  • Commune de Forest
  • JP Morgan
  • Région de Bruxelles Capital
  • Fondation Levi Strauss
  • Région Wallonne
  • Gent
  • PMV
  • Fondation AnBer
  • Wallonie Bruxelles International
  • Fondation Bernheim
  • Youth Business International
  • Funds for goods
  • 1918
  • ING
  • JCDecaux