Official Opening ceremony of the Academic Year 2017-2018

Category: Corporate Events

Invitation 2017Roch Doliveux and Mr Frank Donck, Chairman & Vice Chairman, and Prof Marion Debruyne, Dean of Vlerick Business School, take great pleasure in inviting you to the Official Opening of the Vlerick Business School Academic Year 2017-2018 on 18 September 2017.

The 430 new Masters & MBA students, following in the steps of more than 21,000 alumni, have chosen Vlerick to help them realise their dreams, and gain the knowledge, skills, courage and confidence to be a transformative agent of change in the world. Discover the inspiring dreams of some of our alumni, and how Vlerick has impacted their lives for the better.


Be inspired by our keynote

‘Scaling your start-up. What does it really look like?’

Louis Jonckheere - Co-founder & Chief Product Officer of Showpad and alumnus Masters in General Management 2009 - will tell us how his Vlerick education transformed him and led to the creation of 2 high-growth international scale-ups.
He will give us insights into his experience, learnings, successes and failures, … and on his 4 years in Silicon Valley. In addition, he will share his views on the scale-up eco-system in Belgium. Hint: There’s still a LOT of work to be done here!

Practical details

18 September 2017, Hotel Le Plaza, Brussels

6:00 - 7:00 pm VIP reception
7:00 - 8:30 pm Official Opening Ceremony
8:30 - ....          Networking Reception

Who is Louis Jonckheere?

Louis Jonckheere is the Co-founder & Chief Product Officer of Showpad, where he oversees the product, design and engineering departments. Louis lived in the San Francisco area for 4 years, during which time he built Showpad’s US operations in San Francisco and Portland (Oregon).

In 2010, Louis co-founded In The Pocket, the biggest mobile agency in Belgium, where he continues to serve on the board. Prior to In The Pocket, Louis was a Strategic Partnership Manager at Netlog.

Louis holds Masters degrees in Law (from Ghent University) and General Management (from Vlerick, 2009).

Fun fact: During his law studies in Ghent, Louis started his first company - Huureenkaraoke (Rent-a-karaoke) - an online rental website for karaoke systems, targeting students. Which earned Louis his Ghent nickname: The Karaoke King! 😊


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