Leuven MindGate Starters

Entrepreneurship is a hot topic nowadays. More youngsters are finding the route to entrepreneurship. With its 57.000 students and 10.000 other youngsters aged 18-24, Leuven is the ultimate breeding ground for young entrepreneurs. Add three top knowledge institutions and you can’t be surprised by the huge potential in Leuven.

ABOUT LEUVEN MINDGATE STARTERS

Start-up companies and ambitious people are growing in numbers and start-up initiatives follow this increase. Regardless of this being positive news, it also entailed that the young entrepreneur lost focus of which step to take next, which company to address and which guidance to choose. 

That’s where Leuven MindGate Starters comes in: it provides a structural framework with physical and virtual meeting spaces, adequate guidance, and a strong network for both the entrepreneurs and the start-up initiatives. This way, various initiatives are joint under the umbrella of Leuven MindGate Starters and cooperate for a stronger development of the start-up ecosystem in Leuven. 

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WHO WE HELp

Leuven MindGate Starters does not only target the main Leuven MindGate audience, but it also focuses on companies that don’t operate in the domains of health, technology or creativity. It aims to be there for everyone, whether they have only a slight interest in entrepreneurship or they are already the owner of a succesful scaleup. Furthermore, it helps students as well as non-students.

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WHAT WE DO

POINT OF CONTACT 

Be the single point of contact for young starters in need of guidance or networking opportunities. This way, they can be referred to the appropriate initiatives or contacts. Furthermore, Leuven MindGate Starters is the director of the collaboration between several actors of the start-up ecosystem.

CROSS-POLLINATION

Bring young starters together and support them to share thoughts and ideas with each other and more experienced entrepreneurs in so-called “hugging points” throughout the city of Leuven.

EDUCATION

Aim for a better integration of entrepreneurial content in existing courses in the big 3 educational institutions in Leuven. Get teachers, professors and youth workers involved and stimulate the exchange of best practices, as well as design a manual with instructions at everyone’s disposal.

EVENTS AND WORKSHOPS 

Organise accessible-for-all events and workshops providing information, networking opportunities and answers to all questions.

COMMUNICATION

Be a single source of information compiling news, recommended events and other pieces of information for starters.

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WHO IS BEHIND LEUVEN MINDGATE STARTERS?

Leuven MindGate Starters was founded in October 2016 with the support of EFRO (European Fund for Regional Development, 200,000 euro), support of the Flemish Hermes Fund (140,000 euro) and various partners (160,000 euro).

The city of Leuven is the main promoter of this project. 

Additionally, the co-promoters are Innovatie & Incubatiecentrum Leuven, vzw Stedelijk Jeugdwerk Leuven, KU Leuven Research & Development, Luca School of Arts campus Lemmens, Roger van Overstraeten Society, UCLL and Unizo.