PRESS INVITATION: Brussels Demo Day - higher, stronger, bigger!

PRESS INVITATION: Brussels Demo Day - higher, stronger, bigger!

30 March 2017| 6:30 pm -11:00 pm | Avenue du Port 2, 1080 Brussels

  • 14 pitches of start-ups to an audience of 300 investors and entrepreneurs
  • A first: Virtual reality pitching
  • Start it @kbc Brussels is bursting out of the seams and is moving to a bigger location
On 30 March, the first Start it @kbc Demo Day for 2017 will take place, in the presence of 300 captains of industry and investors. The ideal public for the pitching start-ups who will be giving a live presentation of their innovative business ideas. And the Demo Day will be held in new premises, since Start it @kbc is bursting out of the seams of our current premises in the rue de la Science...

Higher and stronger. That is the best way to describe the recipe for the Brussels Demo Day 2017. 14 promising Belgian start-ups will make their three-minute pitch to a select audience of business managers, investors and entrepreneurs. An excellent opportunity for the innovators to show what they’ve got and to extend their business network substantially.

And bigger too, for Start it @kbc, with the support of its partner KBC Brussels, is bursting out of the seams and will be moving to a new 700 m2 location at the end of April . We will now have twice the space! And this is also the spot where the new edition of Brussels Demo Day will take place.

The start-ups who will pitch at the first Demo Day of 2017 are

Ava & Trix, Bookwidgets, Datylon, Investimmo, Noho, Pom, Postbuzz, Pozyx, Qwibl, Ritchie, Scriptbook, The Kobi Company, Tsjing and Zendo.

The two best pitchers will have a chance to win the highly coveted Start it @kbc Award or the Public's Award, each with a value of € 5,000.

6:30 pm    Welcome with G&Ts & appetizers
7:00 pm    Start-up pitches
8:30 pm    Announcement of the winners of the Public's Award by Damien Van Renterghem (CEO of KBC Brussels) and the Start it @kbc Award by Katrien Dewijngaert and Lode Uytterschaut (founders of Start it @kbc)
8:45 pm    Walking dinner and networking
11:00 pm    End

A first: Virtual reality pitching
On Demo Day, discover the VR Pitching boxing ring where start-ups have a chance from now on to practice their pitches more effectively. A first, in collaboration with our partner Telenet Kickstart!

Where and when?
30 March 2017
KBC Auditorium, avenue du Port 2, 1080 Brussels

Please confirm your attendance at Demo Day via or +32 468 19 75 07.

Contact us
About Start it @KBC

Start it @KBC supports and promotes entrepreneurs with innovative ideas and scalable business models. As such, it is Belgium’s largest community of start-ups. As a pioneer in Belgium, Start it @KBC aims to have a positive impact on the country’s economy and society. 

 For their first 3 months at Start it @KBC, start-ups join a strong, tailor-made accelerator programme while continuing to profit from top-notch mentorship, diverse expertise, an extensive international network and an inspiring co-working space for a period of 18 months. Start it @KBC continuously adapts its programme in co-creation with its start-ups.  

One of Start it @KBC’s key objectives is to stimulate (international) cross-pollination between more than 700 start-ups and scale-ups but also amongst investors, experienced mentors, experts from a wide variety of domains (technology, sales, legal, marketing, communication, etc.) and other global accelerators and incubators. The community also plays a leading role in promoting diversity and female entrepreneurship. 

Start it @KBC also has a clear international vision. In addition to hubs in Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent, Hasselt, Leuven, Kortrijk and Budapest, the community also includes a presence in New York. As of 2017, Start it @KBC has been a member of the Global Accelerator Network (GAN), a select network of 120 global accelerator programmes, offering extra opportunities for start-ups on the international stage and up to 1 million dollars’ worth of exclusive advantages from technology partners.

Via the Start it @KBC’s Corporate Incubation Program, start-up teams within large companies have also been able to transform innovative ideas into fully-fledged businesses under the guidance of Start it @KBC. 

Start it @KBC began in 2014 as a partnership between AccentureCronos GroepFlanders DCimecjoynKBCMobile VikingsTelenet Kickstart, University of Antwerp and local academic partners. 

Start-ups can apply to the programme at any time via the website The selected founders are then invited to pitch their idea to a professional jury at two pitch events per year, after which a new batch of start-ups begin their entrepreneurial journey at Start it @KBC. 

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