On 25 November the Technology Fast 50 event was scheduled to bring together start-ups, scale-ups, corporates, and investors. With the new health and safety guidelines in place, the matchmaking was virtual, and the Fast 50 Business Forum content was recorded. A small COVID-safe Awards Ceremony was held at Gateway, which was livestreamed for everyone to join the excitement. This platform gives you access to this year’s content on demand!
Gain insights and inspiration
From open innovation to digital transformation
Wim Vanhaverbeke, Professor digital strategy and innovation at University of Antwerp
Wim provides insights into digital technologies, business model innovations, and innovation in ecosystem management, highlighting the implications for start-ups and for larger companies.
Combining knowledge to save lives: Byteflies and UCB
Hans Danneels, Co-CEO of Byteflies and Jan Vandenneucker, Digital Transformation Project Lead at UCB
Byteflies and UCB discuss how corporate venturing enables them to realise their ambitions and bring specialised care to people living with epilepsy.
Transparency, trust, and expertise: Koolmill and AB InBev
Alec Anderson, Managing Director of Koolmill and Amanda Aurita Fernandes, Open Innovation Lead at GITEC (AB InBev)
Koolmill and GITEC (AB InBev) share insights into their collaboration.
Digital transformation journey: Silverfin and Deloitte
Joris Van Der Gucht, CEO of Silverfin and Nikolaas Tahon, Chairman Deloitte Belgium
Silverfin and Deloitte explore the benefits of corporate venturing.
Corporate venturing: the scale-up perspective
Anaïs De Boule, Director Scale-up Ecosystem at Deloitte, in conversation with:
• Joris Van Der Gucht, CEO of Silverfin
• Alec Anderson, Managing Director of Koolmill
• Hans Danneels, Co-CEO of Byteflies
Our panel of scale-ups discuss the fears of stepping into a corporate venture, the impact on the company culture, the benefits of corporate capital, and more.
Corporate venturing: the investor perspective
Benoît van den Hove, Head of Listing at Euronext, discussing with:
• Duco Sickinghe, Managing Partner of Fortino Capital
• Omar Mohout, Professor in Entrepreneurship at Antwerp Management School
• Michele Gabriël, Strategy Partner at Monitor Deloitte
Our panel of investors share their perspective on the benefits and challenges of corporate venturing.
Scale-ups successfully navigate through COVID-19
Veroniek Collewaert, Professor in Entrepreneurship Vlerick Business School
Veroniek presents a report that provides a snapshot of the trends and challenges for young and high-potential ventures in Belgium, strongly focusing on the impact of COVID-19 on these businesses and how they responded and overcame the pandemic.
Discover the Rising Star finalists
Every year on the day of the Fast 50 event, the 10 Rising Star finalists, promising companies that have been in business for less than four years, present their pitch to an independent jury chaired by Duco Sickinghe, CEO of Fortino Capital. They are assessed based on the scalability of their business concept, overall market potential, management quality, and the disruptive power of their innovation.
This year Bingli was named the Rising Star and Oncomfort took the title of Most Disruptor Innovator. Watch the Rising Star finalist pitches.