On Thursday 9th, a new edition of the Tech Startup Day, the first-rate event for Belgian entrepreneurs, welcomed over 1000 attendees in Brussels.
This year's gathering had it all: the visit of King Philippe of Belgium, an international delegation showcasing the brightest Hungarian talent, an exhibition area mixing hot startups and organisations, and very promising Tech Startup Day Awards winners.
The visit that crowned a great event
His royal highness King Philippe of Belgium joined the event in the afternoon to meet with a handpicked group of entrepreneurs, academics and investors to discuss the opportunities, challenges and the current state of the startup scene in the country.
The founders of Showpad, Edebex, Listminut, Teamleader, DataScouts and The Learnscape, among others, had the chance to be the voice of the ever-growing startup ecosystem.
In addition, the King also attended the plenary session and congratulated the winners of the Tech Startup Day Awards: Small Teaser, Unifly, Birdee and CitizenLab.
It is not everyday that you see THAT car plate!
In this occasion, we got on stage 40 experts: funding, scaling up, internationalisation, pitching, intrapreneurship, business modelling, failing forward, sales, growth hacking, and exit strategies. You name it, we had it.
There were six parallel sessions spanning the entrepreneurial rainbow with top-notch speakers, in addition to the closing plenary featuring Karen Boers (Startups.be), Pieterjan Bouten (Showpad), and a panel on business internationalisation with Pascale Delcomminette (AWEX), Claire Tillekaerts (Flanders Investment & Trade) and Bénédicte Wilders (Brussels Invest & Export).
Some of the big names in our agenda were Filip Tack (Nomadesk), Sébastien Delataille (Real Impact Analytics), Jeroen De Wit (Teamleader) and Philippe Mauchard (B-Hive), all of whom provided tips, best practices, do’s and don’ts, and shared their lessons learned.
Usual suspects and new faces: we like keeping an equilibrium in our line-up!
For the very first time, Tech Startup Day hosted startups booths together with entrepreneur-driven organisations, accelerators and corporates stalls. The networking village was organised to be the right mix of entrepreneurs, investors and customers, with 55 booths.
Also a novelty, we welcomed an international delegation! Seven Hungarian startups took part in the event in what was also their first time exhibiting abroad! We are very proud to keep strengthening our global network and boosting businesses all around.
As for the companies that joined the event (including startups, enablers, investors, corporates and accelerators), 42% is based in Flanders, 32% in Brussels, 7% in Wallonia, and the remaining 19% operates in more than one region and/or has offices abroad.
What did our audience look like? We got a nice mix of attendees: 12% early-stage startups, 24% fast-growing startups, 8% investors, 25% enablers, 19% service providers and 12% startup enthusiasts.
Not much to say here, except that the networking went on during the reception (and in some cases after!).