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  1. Boost for young entrepreneurs in Belgian healthcare sector

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    The Vlerick Healthcare Management Centre and the Caring Entrepreneurship Fund (CEF) share a mission – to give healthcare start-ups a boost. We achieve this by running our Accelerating your healthcare start-up programme, while the CEF offers financial support, networking and advice to entrepreneurs in the health sector. But from now on, we’ll be working together.

  2. A contemporary take on entrepreneurship

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    Until now, only forms such as public or private limited companies actually counted as ‘real’ entrepreneurship. As a result of the change in the law, liberal professions, farms and non-profit organisations will finally count as fully-fledged companies too. This expansion responds to the plea by researcher Tine Holvoet for a more varied understanding of entrepreneurship. A recent and extensive report by Graydon shows the importance of non-profit organisations as well. We gain insights into the numbers and categories, the number of jobs created and the economic health of the organisations in our country.

  3. Entrepreneurs, a breed of irrational people

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    Professor of Entrepreneurship Hans Crijns wonders whether entrepreneurs are really a breed of irrational people. Research shows that more than half of Flemish people feel that there is not a lot of positive media attention for entrepreneurs. He also argues that fear of failure and difficulties finding start-up capital are the main obstacles to starting a business for most of Flanders' residents.

  4. Could we be a little more positive sometimes?

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    Should you start up a company in Belgium or somewhere else? According to Professor Veroniek Collewaert, Belgium has a lot to offer to starting entrepreneurs.

  5. “There's always a shot ... you just have to find it.”

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    Put together the knowledge and experience of experts, academics and, especially, fellow entrepreneurs and your next ‘shot’ will be a whole lot better. Learning from each other, that is what the Impulse Centre “Growth Management for Medium Sized Enterprises” (iGMO) is all about. At the beginning of this year, Marc Cosaert, a Partner at EY, and Patrick Couttenier, Director of Corporate Banking at KBC, extended their iGMO Prime Foundation Partnership with Vlerick. They and Professor Hans Crijns explain why.

  6. Healthcare bootcamp brings self-testing a step closer

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    Would you like to test yourself for STDs at home? Monitor your own risk of developing diabetes or heart failure? It might sound like science fiction but if Bart Geers has anything to do with it, it will soon become reality. As the co-founder of Antelope Diagnostics, he attended our ‘Boost your healthcare start-up’ programme. This intensive bootcamp has taken his pitch to a higher level, ready to convince investors to come on board.

  7. Jeroen Neckebrouck wins Vlerick Researcher of the Year Award 2017

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    Every year, Vlerick Business School highlights exceptional research results by means of the Vlerick Researcher of the Year Award. All the professors and researchers who achieved an A* publication in 2017 could apply. After comprehensive discussions, the interuniversity jury finally selected researcher Jeroen Neckebrouck, who recently successfully defended his thesis on family businesses at Ghent University. Before he even finished his PhD, Jeroen managed to get a paper published in the Academy of Management Journal, one of the most highly regarded professional publications in the management arena. “And that is truly a unique achievement,” says Research Manager Eva Cools.

  8. How financial management can make or break your start-up business

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    Financial management is the heartbeat of every business. However, a start-up or scale-up will focus completely different aspects to an established company. Additionally, many starters and growing businesses tend to underestimate the importance of financial management. They either lack time, or staff with sufficient financial background and expertise. “Cash – and primarily a lack thereof – ensures that many good starters or growing companies run into problems and, at worst, even have to close down their business,” researcher Yannick Dillen tells us. “And that is a great pity.”

  9. Love the problem, not your solution

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    Last month we joined forces with independent knowledge centre Groeiatelier for a two-day workshop – Running and Scaling Lean: Life’s too short to build something nobody wants. Ash Maurya led the session at our Ghent campus – and the best-selling author sat down with Professor Miguel Meuleman to discuss his work. Read their conversation.

  10. International expansion? Students point the way

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    Teamleader is the Ghent SaaS technology company behind the eponymous cloud solution for CRM, project management, sales, time recording and invoicing. Teamleader has experienced rapid growth since its launch in 2012. Today, it is one of our most successful scale-ups. “We started out in Belgium and are now active in six countries,” says CEO and co-founder Jeroen De Wit. “Our aim is to become the European market leader, so we want to expand our sales territory to include other countries. The question is which ones?” The in-company project by Masters in Financial Management students Louis Gabriels and Frederic Keereman led to a shortlist.

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