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BYE 2020. Hello, 2021. #TheFactoryWorks

✨ The Factory looks back at 2020 ✨

As we look back at 2020, we’re proud of you all.

Proud of our resilient The Factory team, who has set up 12 online open innovation events for clients. We facilitated matchmaking events, startup pitching competitions and international hackathons, just to make sure innovative people keep connecting, even remotely.

And proud of the many startup founders and business owners who have been keeping their heads up in these challenging, most unforeseen times. 

We wish you the very best in the upcoming year! ✨

Let’s look back at this most peculiar year.

Don’t postpone your innovation ambition and connect with us.


You created innovative solutions for various industries:

👮‍♂️First hackathon for Belgian Police: 200 hackers & 4 winning projects
💧Numble announced as the overall winner of the online Smart Shipping Hackathon 2020
🎨Online hackathon innovates Graphic Arts with face recognition, heat maps and Artificial Intelligence
From EU-hackathon to the US, in 3 months. Meet Belgian Social Distancing Startup Maggy.
🌡Dozens of Solutions to Fight COVID-19 During Online Hackathon

Don’t postpone your innovation ambitions! Discover how we can collaborate.

Expertise & Pitch Events

You got expertise through our workshops, bootcamps and many expert sessions.
And got connected with the right stakeholders via (online) pitching competitions:

💻Trend prediction software and accounting data transformer win Vlerick iGMO pitch event 2020
🏗 Real Estate Launchpad Meetup
💲  Investment Launchpad Meetup
🤝Scanbie & WDP: a successful startup-corporate collaboration

Also within EY, our colleagues got the chance to pitch great ideas:
🚀EY intrapreneurs “Pitch for Good” to create a positive impact during and after crisis times
👩‍🚀The Big Pitch showcases Intrapreneurship within EY

Startup Sofa

You sat in our Sofa.
In January, we announced #STARTUPSOFA, where we invite startup founders to take a seat in our sofa and have a chat about their entrepreneurial story:

The Recipe to Build Startups – Oper – Geert Van Kerckhove
The Iron Man Dream – Rombit – Jorik Rombouts
Blockchain in the Middle East – SettleMint – Els Meyvaert
Scaling Successfully – Guardsquare – Roel Caers
The blind spot in e-commerce – – Patrick Billiet
Scaling a niche product – Snowvision – Wim Van Roy
Perseverance & Resilience – POM – Johannes Vermeire 
One size fits none – AISPI – Aisha S. Kothari

Funding Services

Our team stood by your side during your funding journey. More to come in 2021!

💲Looking for € 50k, getting € 500k
💲Alternative funding methods: How to fund your startup without an investor?
💲Learn it from a VC: pitching tips by Frank Maene
💲How to raise funding in the new normal
💲The dos and don’ts for your investors pitch
💲Startup QustomDot raises 3 million euros
💲6 Tips a startup founder should know before negotiating with an investor

See you in 2021.

The Factory