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Fishing Cactus - Belgium

Fishing Cactus is a video game development studio created in 2008. It is a truly multiplatform, independent studio working on a large variety of systems, from mobile (iPhone, Android, 3DS) to computers (PC, MAC) to consoles (Xbox, Playstation etc.) They use their own technology and are developing their own game engine which gives them a huge advantage while integrating new technology. For example, they are able to rapidly integrate Kinect before it came out and have become one of the technical leaders in that technology usage in Europe. Fishing Cactus work for companies such as Ubisoft, Microsoft, Playfirst, Armorgames and currently have a team of around 30 talented people, with plans to increase that number to 50 within the next couple of years.

The challenges

Laurent Grumiaux, the force behind Fishing Cactus, felt money (not unusually) was the biggest issue and locating relevant information was not easy. As any entrepreneur will tell you, it is good to have some money on the side while not paying one self, but finding the cash to pay that first employee can be a real hurdle, especially in a place like Belgium where the social taxes are rather high. There were other issues as well - like identifying relevant information. While a lot of help existed for start-ups, such as R&D support and budget and business development assistance, understanding how to put it together presented an administrative nightmare at times.

The incubator advantage

Fishing Cactus got a leg-up from their close partnership with LME (La Maison de l’Entreprise) based in Mons. The incubator helped them find a place to start business on the technological campus of Mons and took them by the hand in the first year of business. They also took the company through the start-up process, helping them with business leads and taking them to various networking events such as EBN European events and venture capital meetings. It proved to be of immense help and made a huge difference to the shape of the fledgling company.

Where to find us

Rue Descartes 1 (Initialis Park)
7000 Mons, Hainaut, Belgium

La Maison de l’Entreprise,
SA Parc Scientifique Initialis,
rue Descartes 2,
7000 Mons
Published on 06-06-2012 11:41 by David Tee. 814 page views

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