Exciting news for the local entrepreneurs! On May 20th & 21st a delegation of 100+ investors will arrive in Leuven, Antwerp and Rotterdam seeking for Benelux promising technology companies.

Within the framework of the Benelux Tech Tour, leading European Venture Capital firms will look for the next wave of entrepreneurial high-flyers in the region. Registrations are open until March 15th!

Highlights of the Benelux Tech Tour  75 company presentations by CEOs, discussion panels, keynotes, one-to-one meetings and top level networking including a Gala Dinner.  Of those presenting 50 are emerging companies and 25 are growth companies.  Presenting companies represent a cross-section of sectors: ICT, Healthtech and Cleantech  Companies are nominated, screened and then invited to apply by the experienced Selection Committee, who are all investors themselves.  100+ investors will attend the event, a mix of both European and International investment firms. Delegates registered so far represent over 100Bn in funds under management.

Many companies that have presented at previous 2 Benelux Tech Tours have either been acquired or raised more significant funding.

Over $242.2M has been raised by the following companies:

The Selection Process

The Benelux Tech Tour provides an opportunity for investors who are interested in the region to see the top 75 investment opportunities in one place. Our expert Selection Committee is responsible for choosing the final companies in a process that spans a few months. Delegates can be assured that the hard work is already done for them by experienced peers in their industry. Selection Committee members include senior representatives of the following investment firms:

Benelux Tech Tour Venture Academy for Emerging Companies

Emerging companies will be invited to a full day preparation session in month prior to the event. Selected companies will have the chance to present their pitch to a panel of expert reviewers made up of investors, industry experts and advisors. This session is extremely valuable in helping entrepreneurs refine their pitch before the event based on feedback from the panel. There will also be a number of short sessions on how to prepare for funding, working with term sheets and advice on working with Venture Capitalists.

CEO Masterclass for Growth Companies

We do our utmost to help the final 25 growth stage companies to prepare a water-tight presentation and to further aspects of their business plan. This session will be run in the month leading up to the event and will consist of:  90 minute sessions led by experts in Legal, Finance, Logistics and Marketing  working groups centred around key topics  one-on-one coaching sessions

Further Information about the event  The full programme is available on the website.  Presenting entrepreneurs participate for free, ensuring that their selection is based on pure merit.  The quality of selected growth stage companies is assured by the fact that The Tech Tour are an independent organisation that works hard to ensure there is zero bias in the selection process. Tech Tour Selected Companies tend to have a higher than average success rate as a result.  Not only does the event showcase the top innovative emerging and growth stage companies but it also provides a platform for unparalleled networking. As well as investors and entrepreneurs there will be industry experts, VIP’s, Government representatives and Corporates.  The Networking dinner on May 19th in Leuven will provide fantastic opportunities for cross-pollination of ideas, deal partnering and the establishment of lasting relationships.

The event is an initiative of the Tech Tour and organising partners, iMinds and Startups.be

Do you have a Tech company with operations in Belgium, the Netherlands or Luxembourg? You are invited to apply by March 15!

By Gabriela Fernández Scala