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Ilse Vanhulle

Venture Acceleration Manager, imec.istart

After graduating as a Commercial Engineer from Ghent University, Ilse started working for Deloitte Consulting where she managed large-scale digital transformation projects. She later joined the R&D Strategy & Innovation team of Janssen Pharmaceuticals. In the summer of 2019, she joined imec.istart where she is a Venture Acceleration Manager coaching startups within the Health industry vertical.

About imec.istart:
imec’s business accelerator –  wants to help tech startups launch their business idea successfully.  The imec.istart program offers a broad range of services such as initial financial injection (50,000 up to 150,000 EUR pre-seed funding), industry vertical specific coaching and mentoring, access to technology and working facilities, access to a broad (inter)national network of partners and investors and more. Since its launch in 2011, imec.istart helped almost 300 tech start-ups in diverse fields to develop into sustainable ventures. More information on www.imecistart.com


How to Finance Your Start-Up Business

Location Einstein B Room Start / end time 3:30 pm to 4:15 pm

As an entrepreneur, when you start and later grow your company, it sometimes feels like you’re drinking from the fire hose: There is a lot that is coming your way, and while you’re developing your product and setting up your sales & marketing plan you also need to make sure you have the funds to execute your strategy and build a sustainable business. In this workshop, we will explore the different fundraising strategies (equity and non-equity) for start-ups.

  • What is the best source of funding?
  • How do you combine the different funding options in the most optimal way?
  • What is the best moment to fundraise?
  • How do you keep control over your business and protect yourself as an entrepreneur?
  • When is the ideal moment to pitch your story?
  • What drives the valuation of my business?

We will go over pros & cons of different potential elements of the funding mix, take some time to dive deeper into the fundraising process, share some tips & tricks on how to prepare a solid story towards investors, and will shed light on different valuation methods for your business.

All of this will be looked at from three different but complementary perspectives. We will be sharing our experiences from imec.istart as the #1 European Tech Accelerator, and you will also get first-hand war stories from a startup – Helpilepsy – as well as a behind the scenes view from an investment fund manager.