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StartUP WarmUP

Oct 8, 2021
Marie Thumas
Kolonel Begaultlaan 9
3012 Leuven
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€0 – €13.78

Why should you attend the event?

  • Discover startups and scaleups from in and around Leuven when they present their new (future) projects.
  • Vote for your favourite pitch and help them get a place on the podium. 🏆
  • Get the chance to network with representatives from our partners, the startups and scaleups, ᒪ ᐯ ᑎ and many more! 🤝
  • Enjoy the afterparty (AfterNetwork), where you’ll discover local drinks, listen to amazing music played by our DJs and show off your dance moves!💃🏼🕺🏻

Why should you participate as a startup or scaleup?

  • Present your concepts to a professional jury with a 3 minute pitch.
  • Receive valuable feedback on how to improve your pitch and learn from experienced professionals. 🗣️
  • Listen to other pitches, give feedback and learn from their story and challenges.
  • Warm up your startup and meet potential partners, while also getting the chance to win awesome prizes! 🏆
  • Grow your audience by registering early, this way your idea/startup/scaleup will get promoted on ᒪ ᐯ ᑎ's socials.

Go to the tickets section and get a free entry as a pitcher.

Prizes for best potentials🏆

Prizes include:

  • A golden ticket from Start it @kbc 🎟️
  • 3D printed trophies by Comate 🏆
  • ᒪ ᐯ ᑎ year pass for our events🎉
  • Free consultancy and mentorship by TMC, Cronos Leuven, and Comate 🔎
  • Gifts by ᒪ ᐯ ᑎ team including free drinks and food at the afterparty 🎁

But how do you win these awesome prizes? The jury and the audience will have a 50/50 say in which three startups and scaleups have the best potential!


  • Founder of Comate bvba - Wouter Foulon
  • Innovation & Community Manager/Mentor at Start it @KBC - Dirk Lievens
  • Business Development Specialist at The Barn accelerator - Milena Matevosyan
  • Director of TMC Science & Technology - Jaskaran Sandhu
  • Product & Service Strategist at Raccoons Group - Jan Vanalphen

Rules for participating pitchers:

  • The pitch should be a maximum of 3 minutes long
  • You cannot use presentation slides but you can use a background image
  • You can bring objects
  • The pitches will be recorded by a professional camera crew & will be shared afterwards with the pitcher.

Once you register as a pitching startup/scaleup, you’ll get a more detailed briefing on rules from us.

AfterNetwork 🕺

Join our AfterNetwork later in the evening to mingle with the startups and scaleups, students and young professionals, or entrepreneurs and investors. As always, there’ll be great music, cocktails and most importantly - networking opportunities! We start right after the awards, so don’t go running off yet to not miss out!


6 - 7pm: Welcome & Networking 🎉

7 - 7.20pm: Opening talks 💬

7.30 - 8.30pm: Pitches 🚀

8.45 - 9pm: Awards & Closing 🏆

9 - 11pm: AfterNetwork & Networking w/ app 🥳

11pm ~: AfterNetwork 🍸


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