Sponsors

Euronext

Euronext is the primary exchange in the Eurozone with over 1,300 issuers worth€2.6 trillion in market capitalisation, an unmatched blue-chip franchise consisting of 20 issuers in the EUROSTOXX50® benchmark and a strong,diverse domestic and international client base. Euronext operates regulated and transparent cash and derivatives markets. Its total product offering includes Equities, Exchange Traded Funds, Warrants & Certificates, Bonds, Derivatives, Commodities and Indices. Euronext also leverages its expertise in running markets by providing technology and managed services to third parties. Euronext operates regulated markets, Alternext and the Free Market; in addition it offers EnterNext, which facilitates SMEs’ access to capital markets. https://www.euronext.com/

Enternext

Launched in May 2013, EnterNext is the subsidiary of the Euronext Group designed to develop and promote its stock markets specifically for small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs). Drawing on its pan-European presence, EnterNext brings together all Euronext Group initiatives for companies with market capitalisations under €1 billion, including companies listed in the B and C compartments of its regulated European markets and on Alternext, the market tailored to the needs of SMEs. EnterNext plays an active role in facilitating SMEs’ access to financial markets, helping them generate the funds they need to grow at regional, national and pan-European level. www.enternext.biz

PLATINUM SPONSORS

Bank Degroof / Petercam

This event is sponsored jointly by Petercam and Bank Degroof which soon will unite their forces. Their corporate finance teams provide financial advisory services to companies and their shareholders. www.degroof.be

ING

ING is a global financial institution with a strong European base, offering banking services through its operating company ING Bank and holding a significant stake in the listed insurer NN Group NV. The purpose of ING Bank is empowering people to stay a step ahead in life and in business. ING Bank’s 53,000 employees offer retail and commercial banking services to customers in over 40 countries. ING Group shares are listed (in the form of depositary receipts) on the exchanges of Amsterdam (INGA NA, ING.AS), Brussels and on the New York Stock Exchange (ADRs: ING US, ING.N). Sustainability forms an integral part of ING’s corporate strategy, which is evidenced by ING Group shares being included in the FTSE4Good index and in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (Europe and World) where ING is the industry leader in the diversified financials group. http://www.ing.com/en.htm

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh is an international law firm practising Dutch, Belgian, Luxembourg and Dutch Caribbean law. The firm was founded in 1724 and is one of the largest in the Benelux region. We have about 400 lawyers, civil law notaries and tax advisers, spread across six offices in Amsterdam, Brussels, London, Luxembourg, New York and Rotterdam. We advise national and international clients, including companies, financial institutions and governmental organisations, on transactions, litigation and other legal matters of varying levels of complexity. NautaDutilh is an independent law firm and has a longstanding relationship with leading law firms worldwide based on working together over decades. http://www.nautadutilh.com/en/home/

Standard & Poor’s

Standard & Poors’ Rating Services, a part of McGraw Hill Financial (NYSE: MHFI), is the world’s leading provider of independent credit risk research and benchmarks. We publish more than a million credit rating on debt issued by sovereign, municipal, corporate and financial sector entitles. With over 1,400 credit analysts in 23 countries, and more than 150 years of experience of assessing credit risk, we offer a unique combination of global coverage and local insight. As private placements and direct lending from non-traditional sources continue to increase in Europe against a backdrop of bank deleveraging Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services launched in June 2013 a Mid-Market Evaluation (MME) – an assessment of mid-sized companies’ creditworthiness represented on a scale from MM1 (highest) to MM8 (lowest). MME is intended to help investors better navigate this complex and relatively opaque market, provide intermediaries with an additional tool to help service their clients, and help companies access alternative sources of funding, through increased transparency. For more information on MME, visit http://www.standardandpoors.com/midmarket or contact us at midmarket@standardandpoors.com

GOLD SPONSORS

ABN AMRO

Good corporate governance is critical for us to realise our strategic ambition of being a trusted and professional partner for all our stakeholders, including clients, our shareholder, investors, employees and society at large. ABN AMRO is organised in a way that guarantees first-class management and effective supervision by the Managing Board and Supervisory Board. Integrity, transparency and accountability are key elements of our corporate governance and business operations. These key elements ensure that we pursue effective risk management, comply with legislation and regulations and provide full transparency to stakeholders and market parties. ABN AMRO has a two-tier governance model consisting of a Supervisory Board and a Managing Board. The memberships of the Supervisory Boards of ABN AMRO Group and ABN AMRO Bank are the same, as are the memberships of the Managing Boards of ABN AMRO Group and ABN AMRO Bank and the committees of these boards. https://www.abnamro.com

Arkadia translations

With over 15 years’ experience in the industry, Arkadia Translations is a translation and interpreting agency based in Milan and Brussels. Certified to UNI EN ISO 9001:2008 standard, our mission is to help companies, law firms, banks, funds, financial organisations and pharmaceutical and insurance multinationals to globalise their business. Our 500-plus translators and 100 interpreters are at your service, be it for written documents, including brochures, contracts, company documentation, financial statements, policies and websites, or conferences, conventions and negotiations. We can provide the outstanding expertise you need to make your global business as straightforward as possible.
To ensure the highest levels of proficiency in each matter of translation, projects are  assigned exclusively to mother-tongue translators with a specific background in the field required. All translations are carefully revised by a second in-house translator. Sworn translations and legalisations available for any kind of text.
Our interpreters have decades of experience in the sector, specialising in economic/financial forums, legal proceedings, medical conferences and business  negotiations.
We work in all the official European Union languages, the principal languages of  continental Asia and the Arab peninsula, as well as the main Far East language pairs.
Find out more about our key innovation, the video translation, subtitling and voice-over  service – an essential marketing tool for any international business.
We firmly believe in the importance of specialised translation, an added value in our care  and attention towards our customers. http://www.arkadiatranslations.it/en

Belfius

Belfius Bank is an autonomous Belgian banking and insurance group wholly owned by the Belgian federal state through the Federal Holding and Investment Company (FHIC). Belfius Bank shares are not listed. Belfius Bank & Insurance is, above all, a local bank, collecting savings deposits and investments via its distribution networks in Belgium. It then re-invests these funds into the society in the form of loans to individuals (mainly mortgage loans), the self-employed, small and medium-sized enterprises and the liberal professions, corporates and, in particular, public and social institutions. The bank is number 1 in the public and social sector and a leading partner for major corporations. Belfius helps 3.5 million private individuals, self-employed workers, professionals and SMEs and plays a vital role on the insurance market through a range of different channels and various brands.

BNP Paribas Fortis

BNP Paribas Fortis is part of BNP Paribas. It offers the Belgian market a comprehensive package of financial services for private individuals, the self-employed, professionals and SMEs. The bank also provides wealthy individuals, corporations and public and financial institutions with custom solutions for which it can draw on BNP Paribas’ know-how and international network.

BNP Paribas has a presence in 75 countries with more than 185,000 employees, including 145,000 in Europe. It ranks highly in its two core activities: Retail Banking & Services (comprised of Domestic Markets and International Financial Services) and Corporate & Institutional Banking. In Europe, the Group has four domestic markets (Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg) and BNP Paribas Personal Finance is the leader in consumer lending. BNP Paribas is rolling out its integrated retail banking model across Mediterranean basin countries, in Turkey, in Eastern Europe and a large network in the western part of the United States. In its Corporate & Institutional Banking and International Financial Services activities, BNP Paribas also enjoys top positions in Europe, a strong presence in the Americas and solid and fast-growing businesses in Asia-Pacific. http://companies.bnpparibasfortis.be

Euroclear

Euroclear is the world’s largest provider of domestic and cross-border settlement and related services for bond, equity, derivatives and fund transactions. The Euroclear group includes Euroclear Bank as well as Euroclear Belgium, Euroclear Finland, Euroclear France, Euroclear Nederland, Euroclear Sweden and Euroclear UK & Ireland.
The Euroclear group settled the equivalent of €634 trillion in securities transactions in 2014, representing 182 million domestic and cross-border.

www.euroclear.com

Euroquity

 EuroQuity is the web service created by Bpifrance (merger of OSEO, CDC Enterprises, FSI and FSI Régions) in order to match-make developing companies and potential partners for their growth, in particular investors. Formerly only available to organisations based in either France or Germany and since Feb 2015 Belgium, the EuroQuity match making service is also now available to companies, project managers, investors and advisors from other European Countries, via the European Investor Gate community, which is managed by a consortium financed by the European Commission. To gain access to the EuroQuity service, companies, investors and other interested organizations will need to fill in a user profile, describing their activity and investment requirements. They can also apply to one or several existing communities, in order to optimize their visibility to other EuroQuity users. As a quality control mechanism these profiles will then be validated by the EIG community before access to the match making service will be granted. EuroQuity is operated in France by Bpifrance, by KfW Bankengruppe in Germany and by SOWALFIN in Belgium. Its aim is to grow progressively throughout Europe in cooperation with other major public operators who are willing and able to support it. SOWALFIN is a limited company of public interest set up by the Walloon Government in 2002. It brings financial support to companies, at key moments of their existence: creation, innovation, development, internationalization, transfer-buy out. Its objective is to support entrepreneurs realizing their project by proposing financial solutions adapted to their needs.

FIT

Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT) promotes international enterprise in Flanders in a sustainable way as a key factor in the social and economic development of our region. FIT does so by supporting the international activities of Flemish companies and by attracting foreign investors to Flanders. We assist, support and stimulate companies in international business. Flanders Investment & Trade offers tailored advice and guidance. Companies can call on our networks of contacts both at home and abroad. And we give financial support and information on a wide range of financial incentives. www.flandersinvestmentandtrade.com

HRD.tv

How can we help you to get more I.M.P.A.C.T. and ROI with your corporate videos, webinars and streaming productions? For best results HRD.tv Professional Productions is working together with an international team of senior corporate communication consultants, award-winning video professionals and leading webinar provider RoyalCast. Together we deliver high quality and high impact videos, live streamings and webinars with ROI. You can choose from 3 formulas: do-it-yourself: we teach you how to do it yourself, do-it-with-you: we support you step-by-step throughout the process and do it together, do-it-for-you: we agree on what needs to be done and our expert team takes care of it. Videos and webinars are proven to be very effective for lead generation, content marketing, strategy updates, learning, employee communication etc. With over 20 years of experience the HRD.tv team has been producing professional studio webinars, corporate videos, ceo videomessages, multicamera event streamings, MOOCs, studio interviews, learning videos, videoblogs, whiteboard animations,… for hundreds of organizations worldwide including Belfius Bank, European Commission, Mundipharma, Colruyt, Heineken, Esso, Nyrstar, Agfa-Gevaert, AG Insurance, Partena, Ghent University, Nyenrode Business University and many others. If you are interested in learning more about the opportunities presented by corporate video and webinar, please feel free to contact us for advice. www.hrd.tv www.royalcast.com

KBC

KBC Securities is the leading domestic debt equity house in the core markets of the KBC Group. We
focus on both institutional and retail customers. We specialize in Institutional Brokerage, Retail
Brokerage, Securities Services, M&A, Debt/Equity Capital Markets and Debt & Equity Research.
Building long-term client relationships is key to our business. KBC Securities creates added value through
a thorough knowledge of its local markets and companies, by offering both local as well as cross border
solutions. KBC Securities is present in Belgium and selected East European countries with a specific
focus on Small & Mid Cap Companies. For more information, please visit: www.kbcsecurities.com

Kempen & CO

Kempen & Co is a merchant bank with a pan-European focusproviding financial services in asset management, securities broking and corporate finance. Our clients include institutional investors, companies, financial institutions, (semi)public institutions, foundations and high net-worth individual clients. Since its foundation in 1903, Kempen & Co has been cultivating its expertise, offering first-class advice through personal and long-lasting relationships with clients. It does so by focusing its services on segments in which in-depth research and advice can add real value, such as real estate and life sciences & healthcare companies and small and medium-sized listed businesses in the Benelux.

Linklaters

Linklaters is a leading global law firm active since 1837. Linklaters has offices in 29 major business and financial centres in 20 countries around the world. Our worldwide operations comprise more than 2,600 lawyers providing access to market-leading practices and experts. This means consistent quality of service across the globe, while ensuring that our clients have one responsible point of contact. In Belgium and France, Linklaters is recognised as the market-leading law firm, with a presence in the Belgian market dating from 1969 and with offices in both Brussels and Antwerp. We have an established reputation as a world leader in the field of capital markets transactions. From debt and equity issues through to derivatives and structured finance, our market-leading capital markets practice advises on the full range of UK, U.S. and domestic laws through our global network of offices. In Belgium, our capital markets lawyers have advised on most of Belgium’s landmark transactions. The sheer size and expertise of the team, which can also draw on the resources of our market-leading corporate group, have enabled us to advise on virtually all significant IPOs in Belgium over the past decade, including the largest ever in Belgium. Similarly, we have been involved in the vast majority of major recent regulatory capital debt issues, whether Tier 1 or Tier 2, as well as virtually all notable convertible bond issues. http://www.linklaters.com/pages/index.aspx

Merit Capital

The wealth management company Merit Capital was founded in 2000 by a group of experienced investors. Their experience united them in a desire to establish a business based on a philosophy of transparency and common interests. A business with a clear focus and a result-oriented approach.
The head office of Merit Capital is based in Antwerp. We also have branches in Deurle, Hasselt, Kortrijk, and Leuven, with more than 40 employees. We are represented internationally in Zurich (Switzerland).
Merit Capital guarantees complete independence, and it does not have any commercial relationship with the companies it invests in for its clients. Nor does it trade for its own account. Important market indicators, such as the risk premium, volatility, and stress in the financial system, are key factors in the development of the investment policy. Merit Capital also uses a unique market-timing model.
Merit Capital stands out from other asset managers by focusing on the preservation of capital, without losing sight of the up-side. Preservation of capital in difficult market conditions is key for long-term return on investment. We provide asset management services with a transparent and personal approach. Transparent, because we tell you everything you need to know. Personal, because your needs always come first.
At Merit Capital we make decisions together with you in order to create a platform for the optimal growth of your wealth. https://www.meritcapital.eu/nl

SNS Securities

SNS Securities is the smallest of the major securities specialists. Or the largest of the small securities specialists. It might seem a subtle distinction, but we prefer the first description. It gives you a different perspective. At SNS Securities, you enjoy all the advantages offered by a major securities specialist. As well as the personal, tailor-made service you only get from a smaller organization. SNS Securities is a securities specialist. Like every major specialist, we are internationally active in the areas of securities brokerage, capital market transactions and asset management. Serving wealthy clients, businesses, institutional investors and independent asset managers. Our Capital Markets Department works closely with the Brokerage, Liquidity Providing and Research Departments, as well as nurturing a network of contacts within Dutch companies. Combined with short communication lines and the Department’s ample experience in corporate finance transactions, this allows us to provide the greatest value to our clients https://www.snssecurities.nl/

SRIW

The SRIW (Société Régionale d’Investissement de Wallonie), core Actor of the Walloon economy, intervenes financially, both in Belgium and abroad, in companies that carry out industrial projects or services that generate added value. SRIW has been promoting the economic development in Wallonia for 30 years and it has contributed significantly and effectively to the modernization, growth and redeployment of companies in our industrial fabric. http://www.sriw.be/

Stibbe

From our main offices in Amsterdam, Brussels and Luxembourg, together with our branch offices in Dubai, Hong Kong, London and New York, we handle our clients’ complex legal challenges both locally and cross-border. Since its inception over 100 years ago, our leading Brussels office has grown into the largest firm in the Belgian legal landscape with more than 150 lawyers, including 30 partners. Our dedicated, multidisciplinary teams have longstanding experience in assisting our clients as their trusted business advisor. Additionally, many of our lawyers are academics who are involved in ground-breaking legislative work. Our clients range from multinational and national corporations and financial institutions to government organisations and other public authorities. We handle their transactions, disputes and projects across a broad spectrum of sectors including energy, real estate and construction, industrials and chemicals, retail and consumer goods, life sciences, and telecommunications, media and technology. In addition to our own international presence, we collaborate closely with other top-tier firms on cross-border matters outside our home jurisdictions. These relations are non-exclusive and enable us to assemble a tailor-made, integrated team of lawyers with the best expertise and contacts for each specific matter. This guarantees efficient coordination on cross-border transactions throughout a multitude of legal areas, whatever their complexity and nature. https://www.stibbe.com/

TECH Partners

At the right track

Drivity = A product by At the right track
Drivity = A digital trainer to prevent accidents with material handling equipment on a durable basis.

Our solution is based on 3 components:
1.       Our Drivity hardware device on the forklift or other material handling equipment captures data. 
2.       Our Drivity software tool translates the data into 3 safety KPI’s and 3 performance KPI’s of both driver and vehicle.
3.       Our Drivity trainers coach the driver to a durable safe driving behavior.

With our solution clients can easily lower their total cost of ownership of their internal fleet with 40%-50%.
Drivers improve their driving style between 40% up to 90% with less accidents, wear and tear as a result.
Our customers such as Ineos, Tessenderlo Chemie, Monsanto, … speak of a return of investment below 6 months.

Awingu

Awingu is a workspace aggregator that gives users secure access to corporate IT resources such as company applications and data. Leveraging the latest web technologies, Awingu provides a new way of delivering IT services: users can work and collaborate using any device with an HTML5 capable browser independent of whether they are in the office, on the road or work from home. IT administrators don’t need to install any client software or company applications on end-user devices.
IT resources remain centrally managed and secure at all times.
Awingu.com: One Workspace. Any Device. Anywhere.

Gotoky

We envisioned this world more connected and safe. With that in mind we created Gotoky – world`s first smart Walike Talkie which allows smart-phone to call, text, share location and navigate to other Gotoky ́s users and use the SOS function in emergencies, to a range of 15 km (9 miles) and even more when no obstacles – all of that when there is NO NETWORK COVERAGE.
Gotoky is an add-on to a smartphone which helps you to communicate in areas with no network coverage. Imagine, for instance, when you recreative tour in a remote area too far away from the signal transmitter, making Gotoky a safety device for campers, trekkers, skiers, hikers, climbers and other nature enthusiasts. Not to mention the life-saving role Gotoky can play in case of natural disasters. Moreover, Gotoky (Gotoky PRO version) can serve as a functional business tool, as a relay between the area with mobile/Internet network and areas without mobile/Internet network, for certain occupations where workers need to stay in constant group communication in remote working environments (workers in the forests, airports, construction buildings, oil platforms, ski-resorts, event organizations). Furthermore, Gotoky is extremely useful for large events, such as concerts, festivals and sports events. When the network signal is disturbed because of the amount of people around us, Gotoky is the outcome! And finally, Gotoky can even be the solution for exorbitant roaming charges during travels abroad.
Gotoky can thus reduce communication costs and makes you feel save at all times! With a massive and growing market of nearly 2 billion smartphone users in the world, possibilities are endless and the potential customer base is huge!
WWW.GOTOKY.COM

Nestegg

Researchers are currently using a very labor intensive process to culture human cells to perform cutting edge research. The current cell culturing process is highly analogue, wasting the researchers time with simple tasks such as feeding, removal of waste, and imaging the cells. This results in one researcher spending twenty hours per week, running a single 5 day  culture; when he/she could be using that time for analysis of results. The Obruza Cell System 2 by Nestegg Biotech is the solution to this problem.
www.nesteggbiotech.com

Pel30

Pel3o was established to deliver on 3D printers’ failed promise, making 3D printing scalable, reliable and silent, combining high technology with design. Sounds like magic, except that is not. Behind our company there are hours of research and work, combined with love for innovation and entrepreneurship that brought our team together in the first place. With passion for technology we have developed a desktop 3D printer, Lov3D Delta Printer that enables real experience in professional prototyping.
www.pel3o.com

Sensoraide

By 2050 agriculture will have to increase produc8on by 69% to feed 9.6 billion people.
This increase will have to be achieved with a reduced environmental impact. Agriculture contributes nearly 25% of greenhouse gas emissions, uses 37% of landmass and accounts for 70% of consumed freshwater. Tackling the Global Food Challenge dictates the need to increase produc8vity with efficient usage of resources such as water, energy and fer8lizers. Sensoraide leverages Internet of Things Technologies for the agricultural sector by providing a comprehensive, ready to use remote-monitoring and decision-making solu8on, using Wireless Sensor Networks and Big Data Analysis.
www.sensoraide.com

STAR ENGINES

Star Engines is an innovative start-up that revolutionizes the combustion engine. Inspired by the Wankel engine, the engineers of Star Engine completely redesigned the combustion engine basics. This results in a – patented – small size, low weight 3D rotary engine with an unequalled performance. The principle opens a world of applications. Jerr.e is the first. Followed soon by Gen.e. Star Engines is open to explore partnership and dealership opportunities. Star Engines B.V. offers exclusive and non-exclusive licenses to third parties to use its 3D STaR Technology. Technical know-how, needed to jump-start development and production can be provided by our engineering team.

http://www.star-engines.com/

Unconstrained robotics

Currently, robots move around warehouses and factories, delivering materials and carrying out logistics handling in constrained paths. These robots rely on infrastructure like rails, indoor GPS, WiFi, LiDAR, RFID, magnets and ultrasound to navigate. This infrastructure requires substantial set-up times, maintenance, costs and technical expertise. These fixed system are not easily adaptable to changing processes. Unconstrained Robotics turns these conventional, restricted, static technologies into a thing of the past.
www.unconstraindrobotics.net

WOOCLAP

A simple application to interact with your audience during a live conference, a corporate meeting or inside a classroom
www.wooclap.com