This summer Start it @KBC will once again bring together sun, sea and business at the four-day Start it @KBSea acceleration event on the Belgian coast. From August 19 to 22, Ostend's historical Kursaal venue will be bursting with startup energy, enthusiasm and ambition. If that’s not enough of a reason for you to join us, we’ll give you 3 more!
#1 Get inspired at our workshops and events
Every day at KBSea, inspiring speakers will share their insights and experiences on essential topics to help your startup grow. The keynotes will be given by renowned experts in their fields, and each day will focus on a different theme: Brexit, HR, Sales and Money. For example, sales gods Michael Humblet and David Van der Auwera will join forces with tips on boosting your sales, Collibra founder Stijn Christiaens will talk about the company’s ups and downs and the formula of the unicorn, Matthias De Clercq from Nexxworks will rivet us with his thoughts on customer centricity and many more! You’ll walk away knowing how to face common challenges and with concrete tips in your pocket to put to work for your company.
We’ll also host workshops that help you get a handle on different aspects of running your business: Struggling with your financial plan? Want to know the ins and outs of advertising on Facebook? Looking to learn the tricks of the SEO and SEA trade? We have it all! And during CEO on the beach, you can come and listen to the insights of founders of fast growing startups on how to manage your team while scaling.
#2 Seize the opportunities
Ever dream of being stuck on a boat with investors? It’s a million times better than pitching in an elevator! On Money Day, you’ll get the opportunity to sail the North Sea with investors, chat them up about your investment challenges and tell them what you need and how you would like to grow your business.
During the four days of startup madness, we’ll also install a pop-up shop on the boardwalk where you can promote and sell your products and services. We offer two time slots, one in the morning (10:00 - 14:00) and in the afternoon (14:00 - 18:00) for three startups at a time. Make sure you’re the one showing off your product or service, and reserve a seat now!
#3 Combine work and play
An office with a sea view? Yes please! Our co-working office in the Kursaal in Ostend will be open all day long. Join for free and access our startup community and experts on the floor. You’ll be able to connect with like-minded people, exchange ideas, and mix business with pleasure. First thing in the morning we’ll start with Yoga on the beach to get you revved up and ready to seize the day. On Wednesday we’ll close with tennis and pizza on the beach. And we’ll go out with a bang on the last night of Start it @KBSea when startups, partners, experts and mentors are welcome at our beach BBQ.
Did you get the part about Start it @KBSea being AT THE BEACH? Come feel the heat of startup fever! All workshops and events require pre-registration. Find out more here and see you there!