Mentors,
The freshmakers.

We believe that finding a good mentor can make or break your business. A good mentor has a thoughtful, deliberate approach to enhance and improve your startup. 

A mentor is also someone you can build a good relationship with on a personal level – a critical and analytical friend – someone you can trust with your dirty laundry. They help you form a decision, but won’t make it for you. They open up their network, but only if they believe you are ready. They carve out time for you, but won’t be free consultants.

We know how important the right mentor is, so we will regularly ask you and your mentor for feedback. We actively follow up on our mentors, training and providing them with the tools needed to help you realize your dreams. Listed below are the mentors who have earned our trust.

Jan Bormans

Valorisation manager at Flanders DC. In-depth coach on business model innovation. Actively involved in Start it as a mentor.

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Sara Rachdi

Perfectionist. Milliped. Enabler at Think with people.

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Filip Maertens

Product Builder, Tech Innovator, Public Speaker, Founder Argus Labs

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Johan Braet

Dr. in physics (IMEC), guest lecturer at the Department Productdevelopment and the KUL faculty  Industrial Sciences, entrepreneur and industrial consultant.

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Thomas Joos

Creative Director & Partner at Little Miss Robot

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Bert Van Wassenhove

Cofounder at THINK with people & Managing Partner at Heaven Can Wait.

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Valentijn Destoop

Co-Founder Wonderland & LittleMissRobot. TEDx: Business by Design 

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Joris Van der Wee

Chief retired officer Start it @kbc.

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Dirk Lievens

Chief Matchmaker Start it @kbc.

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Kimball Felix

Co-Founder Three and More and Formal founding member of Clear2Pay.

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David Dessers

Managing Partner at Cresco

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Frank Hoogendijk

Associate Law Square, provides innovative startups with advice on corporate, commercial and data protection law

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Freddy Van Bogget

Innovation Manager KBC Bank & Insurance and expert in funding mix

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Wessel Kooyman

Wessel is a Web Developer and entrepreneur.

Steven Van Belleghem

Thought leader, Author, Keynotespeaker, Co-Founder Zembro

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Michael Catrysse

CTO at Televic Group

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Wim Seynaeve

Partner VMB.

Having fun in Finance for 20y already and in the meantime together with 90 other VMB-people !

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Jan Seurinck

Creativity Evangelist at Flanders DC.

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Lode Uytterschaut

Chief Founding Father Start it @kbc

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Kurt Janssens

Co-Founder Wonderland, ONAK, PAIID

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Sven Mastbooms

CEO Kindred Spirits, Boardmember BAS & Ignited, Singularity University. Exponential thinker.

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Ingrid Willems

Co-Founder DataScouts, Entrepreneur in Residence @ iMinds and Former COO of Immoweb.

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Pascal Cools

General Manager of Flanders DC.

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Bart Van der Roost

CEO Gustav/neoScores

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Bert Vandebuerie

Founder Connexi

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Steve Goossens

Senior Manager at Accenture.

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Katrien Dewijngaert

Chief Founding Mother Start it @kbc

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Anthony Bosschem

Co-founder Weddingstreet Media & Darwin Analytics

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Pierre Queritet

Director Law Square, advises companies in growth to avoid legal growing pains

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Frederic Van Durme

Former VP Technicolor-Thomson. Incubating new projects in IoT, Blockchain, Energy, Broadband, Connected Life and Artificial Intelligence. 

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Xavier Dekeyster

Founder at DX-Solutions & Billonline

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David Martens

David is professor in data mining at UA and co-founder of ad tech startup PrediCube.

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Eddy De Nys

Former CFO at De Cronos groep NV. *Eternal Respect*

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Pieter Lambrechts

CEO Boondoggle, Founder Conservative Rebels

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Johan Bruneel

Professor Faculteit Economie en Bedrijfswetenschappen, Kulak Kortrijk

Peter Bertels

PhD in Computer Science and Fundamentals in Management. Stimulating creativity and innovation at Flanders DC. Founder of Dwengo.

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Anneleen Vander Elstraeten

Partner Ligé and expert in private equity, venture capital, M&A and complex IT contracts.

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Philippe Szombat

Owner at BrightBiz (international sales expert, trainer and coach), Co-Founder of TweetWall Pro, CX Sales Specialist at Oracle

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Michael Gykiere

Co-founder Wakati, Entrepreneur in residence at Food-X, Chief Executive Alien at Lonely Alien, Co-founder Stop Darmkanker

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Sven De Cleyn

Incubation Programs manager at iMinds and Lecturer at University of Antwerp.

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Pieter Vandekerckhove

CEO of VMC, Investor & Community Driven Marketing Strategist, Founding Partner Ivoxtools, President of the board Zappware, Owner Alfavisio, Member of board IBBT (Institute for BroadBand Technology) – iMinds, Owner Lodgon and Owner ICG.

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Jan De Meester

CEO at Thanxys. Board Member of VikingCo International and Cognistreamer.

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Guy Wollaert

Owner of Idea-Value-Impact, former Sr VP and CTO of The Coca-Cola Company, Architect

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Jens Verhiest

Passionate about defining digital strategies with a strong focus on obtaining an omni-channel customer experience.

 

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Patrick Kestens

CEO of Corda INCubator, Business Development for Corda Campus & International Bridging for LRM.

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Caroline Merckx

Projectmanager at Flanders DC.

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Pieter Capiau

Partner at Cresco

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Jesse Wynants

Founder Prezly

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Michael Humblet

Founder Chaomatic, Accelerating Revenues

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Stefan Schippers

Entrepreneur with a broad background. Looks at everything from the Dark Side, only to use the Jedi Force better. Crossing the Chasm adept.

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Patrick Van Loij

Chief Ireland Card Start it @kbc.

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