Introduction While our economies recover and IPO’s are returning to the market, we notice that banks, companies and investors are still facing several related effects such as increased regulation, low interest rates and deflation. Although the circumstances are improving, many technology driven and growth Benelux companies are insufficiently aware of how to obtain access to capital.
Objective The Benelux has been on the forefront of many joint conventions. Therefore, while the capital markets are reshaping, the Benelux Capital Day aims to fill a gap in our common investor communities: on one hand this platform will facilitate the cross fertilization between our investor markets and on the other hand, we strive to make technology and growth companies in the Benelux more attractive towards investors. In a nutshell the Benelux Capital Day aims to:
    • Create an annual investment platform for technology driven entrepreneurs and growth companies, institutional investors, private equity, family offices, etc., while promoting financial transactions between our countries.
    • Offer a strong portfolio of listed and non-listed Benelux technology and Innovative companies, in demand of equity, debt and/or mergers & acquisitions for local and foreign investors from Europe, and potentially the US.
    • Provide a status update on how to improve access to capital for listed and non-listed companies with topics such as: attractive investment instruments, new EU regulations, perception of the financial markets on technology and innovative companies, etc.

Tech in Benelux

08.30-08.50 Registration and Welcome coffee
09.00-09.05 Opening Bell Ceremony: Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo; Vincent van Dessel, CEO, Euronext Brussels; Maurice van Tilburg, CEO, Euronext Amsterdam
09.05-09.20 “Digital Belgium, Belgium’s strategy to foster digital economy”
Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Agenda
09.20-09.25 Chair morning: Robin Wauters, Co-founder and editor-in-chief,
Eric Forest, CEO, EnterNext
09.25-09.45 Keynote: “It takes an ecosystem to raise a startup” by Omar Mohout, Growth engineer, Sirris – View presentation
09.45-10.35 Panel discussion on the future of our technology & innovation industry in the Benelux
Introduction by Saskia Van Uffelen, CEO, Ericsson Belux
Moderator: Robin Wauters, Co-founder and editor-in-chief, – View presentation

Panel 1
Gilbert Declerck, ex CEO and member of the board of imec international, Chairman of Leuven Mindgate
Thomas Kallstenius, CTO, iMinds
Prof. Erik Vermeulen, Professor of Business & Financial Law, Tilburg University
Willo Eurlings, Director, Chamber of Commerce of The Netherlands

Panel 2
Guus Frericks, CEO, Startupbootcamp
Baudouin de Troostembergh, CEO, Co-Station
Philippe Vanrie, CEO, EBN
Nathalie Moll, Secretary General, EuropaBio

10.35-11.05 Coffee break
11.05-11.45 Panel discussion: “Which investors and financial instruments match best with technology driven companies?”
Introduction by Petra Zijp, Partner, NautaDutilh
Moderator: Luc Blyaert, Expert on digital technologies

Panel 1
Frank Maene, Managing Director, Volta Ventures
Joseph de Gheldere, Managing Director, BE Angels
Joost Holleman, Founder and Managing Partner, Prime Ventures
William Stevens, CEO, E-Unlimited

Panel 2
Guy Geldhof, Partner with Vesalius Biocapital and member of the board of BVA
Hans Jacobs, Director Business Development Corporate & Public Bank Belgium, BNP Paribas Fortis
Erik de Clippel, Head of Syndications, KBC Securities
Petra Zijp, Partner and Head of Capital Markets, NautaDutilh

11.45-12.15 Tech talks: “Inspiring success story of a CEO of a growth Tech company”
Bart van der Roost, CEO, neoScores – View presentation
Jeroen van Glabbeek, CEO, CM – View presentation
12.15-12.30 “Microsoft’s view on growth challenges for Tech companies” by Chris Dial, Director, Microsoft International – View presentation
12.30-12.45 Wrap-up of Tech morning by Eric Forest, CEO, EnterNext
12.45-13.45 Networking lunch

Growth in Benelux

  Chair afternoon: Gert De Mesure
13.45-14.15 “The Benelux as a more competitive environment for innovating and growing businesses? Where do we stand, where do we want to go and how do we get there?”
Geert Gielens, Chief Economist, Belfius: “A macro-economic perspective”
Walter Verbeke, Head of Strategic Planning, Euroclear Group: “Euroclear and the way it positions in a changing fintech sector” – View presentation
14.15-14.30 Speech: Claire Tillekaerts, CEO, FIT – Presentation
14.30-14.50 Moderated interview of Maurice van Tilburg, CEO, Euronext Amsterdam and Vincent Van Dessel, CEO, Euronext Brussels
14.50-15.20 Introduction: “EU challenges & Impact of EU regulation on company financing in the Benelux”: Philippe De Backer, Member of the European Parliament and Jean-Pierre Blumberg, Partner, Linklaters LLP
15.20-15.30 Speech: Marc Lefèvre, Head of Listing Europe, Euronext
15.30-16.10 Institutional debate: “What scale and competitive position the Benelux has in Europe, with regards to access to finance?”
Moderator: Philippe Lambrecht, Member of the Board – Secretary general, FEB/VBO

Panel 1
Fabien Kay, Director Evaluation Mid-Market – EMEA, Standard & Poor’s
Jan Alexander, Business Manager, PMV ARKimedes
Karl Adams, Vice-President of the Executive Committee, S.R.I.W.
Tjarda Molenaar, Managing Director, NVP

Panel 2
Dirk-Jan de Graaff, Head of Capital Markets, SNS Securities
Patrick Moermans, Executive Director Corporate Finance, Degroof Petercam
Jean-Pierre Di Bartolomeo, President of the Executive Committee, Sowalfin Group
Reginald Vossen, Director, BAN Vlaanderen

16.10-16.35 Coffee break
16.35-17.10 Keynote: “EU policies on improving access to capital markets for SMEs” by Pierre Delsaux, Deputy Director General, DG Growth, European Commission
Special address: Luc Vansteenkiste, Chair, EuropeanIssuers
17.10-17.40 Panel session: “Challenges of Entrepreneurs in times of growth seeking”
Moderator: Gert De Mesure

Panel 1
Didier Malherbe, Vice President Public Affairs & General Manager, UCB Belgium
Robbert van Heekeren, CFO, Kiadis Pharma
Gerrit van der Scheer, CEO, Royal Reesink
Jan Staelens, Chairman, FEIB

Panel 2
Sophie Manigart, Partner of the Vlerick Business School and Full Professor, Ghent University
Koenraad Debackere, Professor, General Manager KU Leuven and Managing Director KU Leuven R&D
Vincent Reuter, CEO, Union Wallonne des Entreprises
Eric Kenis, Project Manager, Antwerp Management School

17.40-18.10 Special closing act: Bert Kruismans, Writer & Comedian
18.10-19.30 Cocktail reception
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