Where top entrepreneurs discuss their ambitions in complete confidence


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Continue the learning journey you’ve started at Vlerick by joining hand-picked group of fellow entrepreneurs in the same growth phase. These intimate groups discuss common challenges and specific topics, along with Vlerick faculty and coaches.

You’ll build deep connections and insights – which help you become more efficient and move beyond trial-and-error approaches. We invite you to join in a spirit of vulnerability and transparency – on both a professional and personal level.

Detailed programme

Each V-labs group is composed of no more than 20, hand-picked entrepreneurs. If we invite you to join, it will because we believe you have a strong and ambitious growth mindset, a willingness to share – and we think you’ll be a good fit with the growth phase of other entrepreneurs in the group.

V-Labs are peer-driven – so it’s your experience, knowledge and honest sharing that makes them work. In return, you learn from others, from our faculty and coaches – and develop long-lasting connections.

V-Lab formats are available to three types of entrepreneurs:

  • Scale Labs: For founders and C-levels of fast-growing companies – including alumni of our Scale-Up Masterclass
  • Excellence Labs: For owners of small and medium-sized SMEs, including alumni of our SME Excellence programme
  • iGMO Labs: For owners of mature and large SMEs, including alumni of iGMO

The topics we cover in V-labs are decided by participants. These are some examples of recent V-lab sessions:

  • 360° leadership coaching
  • Employer branding
  • Digital marketing and CRM
  • Strategic reward management
  • Creating value through pricing
  • Mastering negotiations
  • Rethinking strategy
  • New business development
  • Product management
  • Business analytics and dashboards for performance management

Why this programme

  • Grow both personally and professionally
  • Develop action plans for the concrete challenges you face
  • Learn best practice from fellow entrepreneurs – and work more efficiently
  • Leverage the power of peer-to-peer learning guided by expert academics, practitioners and coaches
  • Enter a safe space where entrepreneurs respectfully challenge each other and push where it hurts – so you can build confidence and grow your business
  • Understand common growing pains and formulate strategies to address them

Who should attend

  • Owner-entrepreneurs with a minimum of four employees who’ve participate in one of our entrepreneurship programmes – Scale-up Masterclass, SME Excellence or iGMO
  • Participants should be open to building long-lasting relationships, in a learning community of equals

Practical info

All our V-labs are made up of:

  • Four lab sessions on specific topics
  • One session to deepen connections
  • Access to two inspiration sessions for the broader entrepreneurial community (for example, AI-as-a-service, How to think big, Managing and scaling culture, and Building sustainability into your company DNA)