Buy your own company conference

Buyout Conference 2016
Category: Alumni Events

Ready to buy your own company and launch your entrepreneurial career?

Why this conference?

More and more people are aspiring to become owner-managers or entrepreneurs rather than managers in large companies. One way to realise your entrepreneurial potential is to take over an existing company through a management buyout or management buy-in. Given the huge number of company founders who will retire in the coming decade, management buyouts or buy-ins might well be fruitful avenues to entrepreneurial success.

After three successful editions with over 750 participants, the fourth edition of this conference will provide you with a hands-on learning experience into the steps you need to take for a successful buyout or buy-in. People who have successfully followed their dreams and bought into companies share their stories, along with academics and experts providing backgrounds on the best approach to tackle this
exciting challenge.

This event offers you an excellent opportunity to reflect on your own entrepreneurial aspirations and to prepare your own buyout case.


Peter De Prins 

Peter De Prins, Vlerick Business School

Professor of Management Practice. He is an expert in motivation, leadership, coaching and management. He has hands-on experience with people-management, executive coaching and leadership.

Kurt Verweire  

Kurt Verweire, Vlerick Business School

Professor in Strategy. He is a specialized in helping companies to formulate and implement winning business strategies. He has developed multiple frameworks that give people sharp insights how to boost performance with a clear winning strategy.

Other speakers
  • Miguel Meuleman, Professor Entrepreneurship, Vlerick Business School
  • Bart Van Nuffel, Entrepreneur, Executive Director BELBAL
  • Martin Weiss, Visiting Professor Strategy, Vlerick Business School
  • Marc Vandecruys, CEO Fedrus Invest
  • Prof Mathieu Luypaert, Vlerick Business School
  • Erik Van den Broeck (BDO), Nancy Sterkens (KBC), Hans Vanoorbeek (Vlerick Business School) & Alain Grillaert (Gimv)
  • Hans Vanoorbeek (Vlerick Business School), Elke Janssens (NautaDutilh), Luc Wynant (Van Olmen & Wynant) & Geert Costers (BDO)
  • Johan Sleebus, former CEO ERIKS Group, owner-manager Keukens Wooninrichting Van Bladel 

Have a look below to catch a glimpse of the set-up and the speakers at the 2016 edition:

Schedule private meet-ups

Meet with brokers, investors, financial advisors, and bankers during private meet-up sessions to ask your personal questions and get started.
These pre-conference sessions take place from 9.30am till 12.30pm and will provide insights into:

  • How to find a deal?
  • How to approach a seller?
  • How to finance your investment?
  • How to structure your deal?

So far the following intermediaries have confirmed their presence for the private meet-ups: Aquis, BDO, Belfius, Buysse & Partners, Capital@rent, Certifin Corporate Finance, D2E Partners, Domo Investment Group/Dovesco, Fibiz, Finactor, Green Park Investment Partners, Groep Heylen, ING, KBC, Kebek, O.B.A., Pentahold, PMV, SDM-Valorum, Sequensis, Sherpad, The Capital Link, Think2Act, VD&P Corporate Finance, Vectis Partners, Vista Capital Advisors, Winx Capital House.


Interactive Buyout Case

During the conference you will work in team on an interactive buyout case to sharpen your skills and understand the essence of assessing and structuring a buyout deal.


We welcome you from 12.30pm onwards with coffee and sandwiches. The conference starts at 1.00pm and ends at 7.45pm, followed by a reception. For an overview of the full programme, please download the brochure 'Buy Your Own Company Conference'


The first 30 registrations receive a special book - Strategy Implementation by Prof Kurt Verweire


"Very good end-to-end capturing of all parts in a buy-out process"
"Excellent mix between real life experience and academic background"
"Very heterogenous industry backgrounds"
"Different actors and points of view on MBO/MBI"
"Very interesting cases"


The fourth edition of the Entrepreneurial Buyout Academy will be launched 21 April 2016. For further information, please visit Entrepreneurial Buyout Academy

Prime Foundation Partner Platform for Entrepreneurial Buyouts


BDO Belgium specializes in four areas: Audit & Assurance, Accounting & Reporting, Tax & Legal, and Special Advisory Services (Corporate Finance, Management Advisory & Interim Management). BDO equals high level expert advice. Availability, proximity, integrity, a pragmatic approach and our international network are our main strengths. In Belgium BDO has more than 500 Partners and staff spread over the whole country. We work from 9 offices located in Antwerp, Brussels (Airport), Brussels (Centre), Ghent, Hasselt, La Hulpe, Liège, Namur-Charleroi and Roeselare. BDO is part of a strong international network with about 55,000 Partners and staff active in more than 140 countries.

In collaboration with

Vlerick Alumni Association

The Vlerick alumni community totals around 20.000 graduates representing every sector and industry in over 100 countries. Regular professional activities provide excellent opportunities for networking and for exchanging ideas with former graduates and prominent members of the global business community.


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A learning experience with real impact on your operations? A management programme tailored to the specific needs of your business? Contact us and discover how we can design and deliver customised programmes for your team that add genuine value to your organisation.

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