Scaling up: Going Global

In the tech industry, companies are ‘born global’ by nature. The scalability of the business is what makes them ‘startups’ in the first place. But taking your company global within 18 to 36 months, conquering at least a sufficient slide of the market before your competition does, is not that easy.
This session will provide some handy advice on how to prioritize your target markets, investigate and explore them and how to get ‘foot on the ground’.

Session speakers

Jeroen de Wit

Co-founder and CEO at Teamleader

A man for whom 24 hours in the day would just be enough, if he could go without sleep. He has a seemingly endless stream of ideas and prides himself on always being on top of everything going on in his company. A real achievement, knowing that the question ‘who will start next week’ is already the norm at the weekly group meeting. And he is not merely outstanding at a professional level: on his rare weekends you can find him beaming as he rides his Italian horse in the hills. This is also often the only time when Jeroen does not look ahead, even if only to leave his followers grinning behind him.

Katrien Dewijngaert

Co-founder Start-it KBC

Katrien Dewijngaert has a degree in civil engineering and post graduated in corporate finance. Ever since her graduation she has worked for KBC. There she took several positions such as product line administrator, process manager, program coordinator and head of product and webdesign. In 2013 she became co-founder of Start-it @KBC. This organization acts as an early – stage incubator for start-ups with an innovative idea. Katrien is a true motivator for these start-ups and in 2016 she and Lode Uytterschaut managed to let more than 445 start-ups become a part of start-it @ KBC.

Ken van Eesbeek

Sales Director Gambit

Ken joined Gambit in 2011 as sales executive and is member of the Management Committee since 2015. He is responsible of the Dutch, Belgian and Swiss customers and prospects. In this position is also the direct link between the needs of the market and the investment advisory solutions within Gambit, including the robo-advisor Birdee.
Ken holds a Master in Banking & Finance, Master in Applied Economics and is FRM certified.

Ruz Chishty

international entrepreneur/investor

Thirdround Ventures
Partner
Ruz is an international entrepreneur/investor with strong professional networks in over 60 countries. Having lived in 7 countries, he is an expert on business development, crowd funding and international expansion. He has worked for some largest technology companies around the world generating over $25M in new revenues, Ruz now devotes all his time on developing the UK eco-system and is a mentor on a number of the leading accelerator programs in the UK including Level39, New Entrepreneur Foundation and MassChallenge. Ruz is regularly invited by the UK Department for International trade to speak on international expansion, and act as a judge on pitch panels and a mentor to a number of oversea organisations. Ruz holds a Law degree and Masters from London. He graduated from IE (Spain) with a MBA.

Patrick Jordens

Head of team ambitious entrepreneurship at Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Patrick supports people and organizations in entrepreneurial success. Positive change, distinctiveness and result-oriented cooperation give him energy. Professionally he focuses on growth companies, business transfer and multi-party cooperation. Patrick will talk about the reasons why some ambitious entrepreneurs fail to scale. He will give tips to tackle these fail factors.

Ken van Eesbeek

Sales Director Gambit

Ken joined Gambit in 2011 as sales executive and is member of the Management Committee since 2015. He is responsible of the Dutch, Belgian and Swiss customers and prospects. In this position is also the direct link between the needs of the market and the investment advisory solutions within Gambit, including the robo-advisor Birdee.
Ken holds a Master in Banking & Finance, Master in Applied Economics and is FRM certified.