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a masterclass for founders

Lessons learned from leading examples within the startup ecostem. 
Get inspired for your international growth story and implement their learnings at your own startup.

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11:00 - 12:45 12th Oct  On site (Stella venue)

Investors lunch

Join us for a dynamic Investors Lunch, where the investment landscape comes alive. Engage with fellow investors, explore the latest trends, and discover what's heating up in the vibrant world of venture capital. This exclusive event is your gateway to valuable connections, potential partnerships, and insights that could reshape your investment strategy. Embrace the pulse of innovation and seize the opportunity to stay ahead in the ever-evolving VC scene. Elevate your investment game – let's uncover the next big wave together.

To join this side-event you need an investor ticket.
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18:45 - 19:45 12th Oct  On site (Stella venue)

Founders Dinner

The Founders Dinner is the perfect convergence for founders and investors, driving accelerated deal flow and facilitating funding opportunities. Network with visionary entrepreneurs, connect with seasoned investors, and forge the collaborations that could define the next big thing.

To join this side-event you need a startup or investor tickets.
17:30-18:30 12th Oct  On site (Artois venue) - FREE registration for ticket holders

Resilient Fundraising in Distressed Times

In today’s unpredictable economic climate, the fundraising landscape is constantly evolving. The workshop “Resilient Fundraising in Distressed Times” is designed to provide founders with valuable insights and a practical toolkit to adjust their fundraising tactics in response to the changing deal trends dictated by turbulent economic times.

Hosts: Jonas Hamerlinck and Yasmine De Waele
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15:00 - 16:00 12th Oct  On site (Artois venue) - FREE registration for ticket holders

Navigating the StartUp Funding Maze

Embark on a journey through the intricacies of startup funding with our upcoming event, 'Navigating the Start-Up Funding Maze.' Join us as we guide you through the maze of startup funding, providing you with the knowledge and tools to make informed financial decisions and set your startup on the path to success. The panel will be expertly curated and moderated by CEO of The Harbour, Aelbrecht van Damme.

Guests: Willem Staels, CEO of Eventsquare; Victor Mortreu, Co-Founder of Just Russel; and Steven Van Den Ouweland, Co-Founder of Distrilink.
18:30 - 23:00 11th Oct  On site M Leuven

le(j)on Kick off

In October at M Leuven, we're kicking off another academic year full of entrepreneurial spirit! Immerse yourself in inspiring talks; Come taste (even literally) the entrepreneurship of Gili Drinks, learn from Jeroen Baert (check podcast Nerdland) how AI can help you as an entrepreneur, find out what the life of artistic entrepreneur Noémie Schellens looks like and listen to the panel discussion between (ex) student-entrepreneurs. Enjoy live music & slam poetry while discovering what Leuven has to offer for young entrepreneurs during our Meet & Greet!

Pitching sessions

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14:00 - 15:00 12th Oct  Founders stage

BYND HardTech

As Voxdale, we're on a mission, with the support of Leuven Slush'D, to invigorate Belgium's hardware startup scene. We're providing HardTech startups with a prominent stage to pitch their innovative ideas to a jury, as well as an audience of investors and like-minded enthusiasts.
15:30 - 16:30 12th Oct Founders stage

NextGEM 2023

Join us for the ultimate startup pitch competition where 10 dynamic ventures compete for the prestigious Slush Helsinki prize. Witness groundbreaking ideas, connect with industry leaders, and be part of the entrepreneurial revolution. Save the date and secure your spot—it's an event you can't afford to miss!
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17:45 - 18:45 & 18:15 - 18:45 12th Oct  Founders stage

Reversed pitch competition

In this innovative competition, investors step into the spotlight, taking on a role typically reserved for startups. They have the opportunity to pitch their ideas, strategies, and insights to a receptive audience of entrepreneurs. This refreshing twist on traditional pitching creates a dynamic exchange of ideas, fostering valuable connections and collaborations within the startup ecosystem.
11:15 - 12:45 & 19:15 - 19:45 12th Oct  Founders stage

The Pitch Battle

The startup event Slush, often referred to as the "Tomorrowland of startup festivals," is coming to Belgium in the form of Leuven Slush'D, and we are organizing the pitch battle for student- and PhD startups from all over Europe.


Join us on November 5th at Wintercircus Ghent.

Hatchling Bird - Sold out
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Late Bird
SOLD out

Startup Ticket

Early Bird
  • Everything in regular
  • Access to startup-only activities
  • Ability to regsiter to pitch
SOLD out

Investor Ticket

Early Bird
  • Everything in regular
  • Access to investor-only activities
  • Access to Startup Datapod

Regular Ticket

Early Bird
  • Access to the event
  • access to the event platform


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