05 Dec 2017


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16h00 - 20h00

KU Leuven Research & Development and Smart Hub Flemish Brabant

Participation is free, but registration is mandatory.

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Department of Computer Science
Celestijnenlaan 200a
3001 Leuven
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Are you a student, researcher or entrepreneur? Are you thrilled by the idea of starting up your own venture or connecting with an entrepreneurial team? Then join us for this unique workshop!

Software start-ups are leading the rapid spread of tech entrepreneurship. Tech start-ups increasingly develop software, operating in diverse domains and markets. However, the landscape of software start-ups is extremely dynamic and unpredictable. Software entrepreneurs are confronted with obstacles such as IP-issues, legal challenges on privacy & data protection and new business & revenue models.

This workshop gives you a clear overview of the essentials of starting a software venture. We offer the opportunity to learn from the experiences of experts in the field, who will share their personal stories and insights.


16h00 Welcome coffee

16h30 Introduction Rudi Cuyvers, Head Spin‐off & Innovation unit, KU Leuven Research & Development

16u35 “Creating Software Product Value: Some lessons learned” Wouter Joosen, Professor & Head of the DistriNet Research Group, KU Leuven

17h00 “Building value by software IP rights” Sheron Shamuilia, Executive Director, IPLogics, Ernst & Young

17h25 “Legal challenges: privacy & data-protection” Natalie Bertels, Legal Researcher CiTiP, KU Leuven

17h50 “Testimony by successful entrepreneur: Trendminer, tapping into the potential of advanced data mining/data analytics” Bert Baeck, CEO Trendminer

18h05 Comfort Break

18h30 “Software at the core of your business: revenue/business models to make money” Marc Lambrechts, Senior Investment Manager, ‎Capricorn Venture Partners

18h55 “Testimony by successful entrepreneur: Atmire, open source software as an opportunity for creating a successful global business” Lieven Droogmans - Bram Luyten, Founders Atmire

19h10 “Testimony by successful entrepreneur: GuardSquare, becoming the global reference in mobile application protection”. Heidi Rakels, Founder GuardSquare

19h25 “Start-up/incubation support @KU Leuven: partnering in value creation” Rudi Cuyvers, Head Spin-off & Innovation unit, KU Leuven Research & Development

19h45 Food & Drinks

An initiative and organization of KU Leuven Research & Development and Smart Hub Flemish Brabant. In collaboration with The Leuven Center on Information and Communication Technology (LICT) and Leuven Community for Innovation drive Entrepreneurship (LCIE). Communication partner Leuven MindGate