Funding: Spinning the Wheel of Fortune

Near every entrepreneur lies awake at night figuring out where the next wave of money will be coming from. Starting and scaling a tech business requires a substantial investment, that might not always be acquired through your customers.
This session will provide an overview of the different funding schemes in a tech environment (ranging from bank loans and subsidies, via crowd funding and business angel investments to VCs and what to watch out for.
Hands-on testimonials from entrepreneurs that recently acquired a substantial funding round will offer you some handy tips and warnings.

Session speakers

Evert Bulcke

Chief Strategist at Rombit

Evert Bulcke is Chief Strategist at Rombit, a fast growing IoT-solution provider that raised 10 million EUR in 2016. At Rombit he oversees marketing and product strategy for the different business units. As executive sponsor of smart city activities, he is continuously looking for opportunities to rapidly digitalize cities and communes. This resulted in the A-Sign smart signage project in Antwerp and in the Romcore Smart Cities software framework that is being deployed across the country.

Evert is co-founder of e-commerce platform Luxury For Men, and former project manager of Antwerp Startup City where he was closely involved in programs as ‘StartupVillage’, 'Buy from Startups’ and in the successful bid to win the 2015 Startup Nations Award for Local Policy Leadership. Evert is guest contributor to the MIT Innovations Journal.

Xavier Corman

CEO & Co-Founder Edebex

After gaining a degree in International Relations from UCL, Xavier Corman wasted no time setting up his first communication firm. In 2008-2009, he completed an Executive Master’s in Finance at Solvay and, from 2009 to 2013, worked as a freelance CFO supporting businesses in difficulty and high-growth companies. His enthusiasm for technology naturally guided him towards web start-ups and, since 2009, he has garnered renowned expertise in the financial management of SMEs and their cash flow problems.

In 2013, he launched with 3 co-founders Edebex.com, a quick, secure and efficient solution to companies wanting to improve their treasury management, to better manage their liquidity and to optimize their working capital. Edebex helps companies to optimize their treasury by selling their receivables (invoices) to cash-rich investors looking for investment.

Nicolas Christiaen

Co-Founder of Cashforce

Nicolas Christiaen is a Finance Analytics expert specialised in Cash Management and Cash Forecasting. He is CEO & Co-founder of Cashforce, a new and leading cash flow management and forecasting platform for large capital intensive businesses. With Cashforce, he has been working on international projects in the distribution & retail, manufacturing and logistics industries, helping finance departments save time and money by offering cash visibility & pro-active cash saving insights. Prior to founding Cashforce, Nicolas was a management consultant at PwC & NetN3.

Xavier Corman

CEO & Co-Founder Edebex

After gaining a degree in International Relations from UCL, Xavier Corman wasted no time setting up his first communication firm. In 2008-2009, he completed an Executive Master’s in Finance at Solvay and, from 2009 to 2013, worked as a freelance CFO supporting businesses in difficulty and high-growth companies. His enthusiasm for technology naturally guided him towards web start-ups and, since 2009, he has garnered renowned expertise in the financial management of SMEs and their cash flow problems.

In 2013, he launched with 3 co-founders Edebex.com, a quick, secure and efficient solution to companies wanting to improve their treasury management, to better manage their liquidity and to optimize their working capital. Edebex helps companies to optimize their treasury by selling their receivables (invoices) to cash-rich investors looking for investment.

Tom Le Clef

Co-founder at Chestnote

Tom is the founding father and pater familias of the Chestnote crew. He’s a passionate evangelist on a 24/7 mission, convincing the world contextual messaging is here to stay.
He studied marketing in Belgium and already walked many paths. He used to be an account and sales & marketing manager. In addition to that he’s also co-founder of Felix Pakhuis, a company who transforms historical buildings into socio-cultural hotspots, and Bourla Schouwburg.