Top Local Entrepreneurs Pledge to Support a Founder Institute in Brussels

Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2014-09-26

The Founder Institute, the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, is in the final stage of testing demand for opening a new semester in Brussels for the Autumn of 2014. 

The testing phase ends soon (2014-11-18), so if you'd like to help bring a new semester to Brussels, please fill out this form today and spread the word. It only takes five minutes, and there is no obligation.

Over the last few weeks, the feedback we have received in Brussels has been positive, and we have received a large amount of support from local startup and economic development organizations. In addition, we have reached out to some of the area's top technology entrepreneurs to support the program.

We are humbled by the list of top local and global entrepreneurs that have pledged their support to mentor new companies in a Brussels Founder Institute program.

Tonight, Mentor Pieter Mees (CEO, will speak at a free event in Brussels called "Are Belgians made to be Entrepreneurs? Are you?"

This list of entrepeneurs includes:

  • Adeo Ressi: Founder/CEO, Founder Institute
  • Bart Becks: Co-Founder and CEO , SonicAngel
  • Bryan Cassady: Founder/Director
  • David Hachez: Founder, The After
  • Diederik Stols: Partner, Boekx Advocaten
  • Filip Tack: Co-Founder / Chief Executive Officer, Nomadesk
  • Folke Lemaitre: Co-Founder & CEO, Engagor
  • Frank Bekkers: CEO, Mobile Vikings
  • Gill Ruidant: Founder & CEO, 2Houses
  • Koen Blanquart: Chief Strategy, Agyx (and other organisations)
  • Koen Stevens: Founder, CEO, Bubobox
  • Maarten Van Laere: Founder, CEO, ServersCheck
  • Michael Daun: Founder, Incloode
  • Nico Perez: Co-Founder,
  • Niko Nelissen: CEO, TapCrowd
  • Patrice Roulive: COO & Co-Founder, Telemis
  • Pieter Mees: CEO,
  • Raf Weverbergh: Founder, Whiteboard
  • Robin Wauters: Editor , The Next Web
  • Rodrigo Sepúlveda Schulz: President, Sepulveda Capital
  • Sebastien De Halleux: COO & Co-Founder, Playfish
  • Thomas Vande Casteele: Founder, &
  • Toon Coppens: Co-Founder / CTO, Netlog
  • Toon Vanagt: Founder & Managing Partner, Various Companies
  • Tyler Crowley: Founder & CEO, Skweal
  • Wim Vernaeve: Co-founder, Green Park Investment Partners
  • Xavier Damman: Co-Founder & CEO, Storify
  • Yves Vekemans: Found/CEO, Hercules Trophy International

  • And many more to be announced.


In the Founder Institute's structured, step-by-step program, these mentors will provide promising startup entrepreneurs in Brussels with expert feedback and support to build their companies. In addition, participants are not required to quit their day job to participate, so they can begin building a business around their ideas without putting their livelihood at risk.

If we get enough demand to officially launch a Brussels Founder Institute chapter, then we will secure approximately 10 - 20 additional mentors. In fact, in most Founder Institute semesters the ratio of Mentors to Founders is greater than 1:1.

Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 85 cities and 40 countries, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 1,310 companies form and improve their business ideas, develop their marketing strategy, create an advisory board, recruit co-founders, improve their pitch, launch a product, prepare to raise capital, bootstrap to profitability, generate revenue, and more.

 Help bring a new semester to Brussels and fill out an Interest Form today.


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