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The Thrive Project

Explore your power
Discover your leadership impact
Activate your network

6-week leadership program from women to women.

2024 applications are closed.

VLAIO Startit Accelerate label 2023

Not sure if the Thrive Project is for you?

Book a meeting with our program manager, Christof. Ask all your questions and get all the details.

Supporting female founders on their road to innovative entrepreneurship

We don't need additional training, but we do need like-minded people with whom we can share our personal and professional challenges and advice

-Liesl Bebb-McKay of The Thrive Project.

Why apply?

Explore your power

Discover your leadership impact with the help of inspiring role models who advise you on how to overcome challenges and help you achieve your goals. Build a successful career and company while staying true to your own boundaries and personality.

Find your tribe

Female founders don’t need more ambition or know-how, but they do need each other. Activate a powerful network of dynamic, innovative female entrepreneurs to create more visibility, connection and community.

Develop new skills

Tackle obstacles standing in the way of your success with the support of our coaches. Learn effective strategies for getting financing, pitching to investors, building sales and proactively planning for growth.

Timeline | The program explained 2024

Kickoff06.03| 18h - 21hA time of fabulous women (Finding your Thrive Tribe)
Day 114.03 | 9h00 - 17h00Women in the workplace, Your strengths & superpower, Panel conversation with Alumni
Day 221.03 | 9h00 - 17h00Politics in the workplace, Pitch Ninja & Design thinking, Spotlight session #1 with 5 candidates
Day 327.03 | 9h00 - 17h00The art of storytelling, Strengths & Storytelling hands on, Spotlight session #2 with 5 candidates
Day 404.04 | 9h00 - 17h00Neuroscience & winning conversations, Spotlight session #3 with 5 candidates
Day 525.04 | 9h00 - 20h00Adaptive leadership, Neuroscience & winning conversations
Day 602.05 | 9h00 - 20h00Leading with insights part one and two, Final Commitment ceremony
Mentoring sessionsDates to be announcedFollow up mentoring sessions are included in the program in order to preserve to long term value.

The Thrive Project is a trailblazing program supporting female founders on their road to innovative entrepreneurship.

  • Your investment: 450,- (excl. VAT)
  • Capacity: only 15 participants will be selected, creating a valuable community
  • Application deadline: 27th February | 23h59
  • Duration: 6 days spread over 2 months

In addition to this program, Start it Accelerate & VLAIO offer free motivational and informative webinars featuring female entrepreneurs.

Ready to thrive in leadership?

The Thrive Project - Leadership journey

A powerful support network accelerating the success of female leaders.

Meet our experts

Catherine MagillCatherine MagillCatherine Magill

Catherine Magill

Co-Founder of TribeL

Finance, Risk and Taxation expert and Consultant with passion for people and growth

Malanee HuttonMalanee HuttonMalanee Hutton

Malanee Hutton

Head of Venture Design at Founders Factory

Venture Designer, Strategy, Tech Startup & Corporate Innovation specialist

Niven PostmaNiven PostmaNiven Postma

Niven Postma

Author and Lecturer | Strategy & Culture Consultant

Strategy, Culture & Leadership Expert & Author of “If you don’t do Politics, Politics will do you” HBR and Inc. Africa Contributor | Author and Lecturer on Office Politics | Facilitator on Women's Leadership Programmes | PhD Candidate

Kerry BarendseKerry BarendseKerry Barendse

Kerry Barendse

Content production lead at Bru Textiles

Brand, marketing and communication specialist with extensive experience in personal and brand positioning

Liesl thriveLiesl thriveLiesl thrive

Liesl McKay

Nathalee thriveNathalee thriveNathalee thrive

Natalee Holmes

Director & Founder - Conscious Connections, and Leadership Coach and Consultant.

In a nutshell

Everything you need to know right until the program starts.

Online Infosession

6th of February at 19h00

Everything you want and need to know about the program, application process, deadlines and selection criteria. The ideal moment to ask all your questions.

Watch Recording

Deadline to apply

2024 Applications are closed

Final chance to submit your application. You don't have to wait this long if you don't want to...

Start of the program

7th of March

We kick off in the evening with a moment to get to know each other. The daytime sessions will start the next week, on the 14th of March.

What our participants are saying

The world should not be male or female. We have to try to find a balance. The input of women entrepreneurs through the Women in Tech program can ultimately lead to a better balance and provide new perspectives.

Rebekka Van Acker
Rebekka Van Acker (OQuila)

The start-up world is still a man's world, so it's nice to meet like-minded women thanks to Women in Tech. Everyone is at a different stage of their entrepreneurial journey, so we learn a lot from each other.

Zoe Vets
Zoë Vets (Live The World)

Male and female entrepreneurs often approach things in very different ways. Thanks to the Women in Tech program, I can now appreciate the balance between my male co-founders and myself, and I'm convinced that we complement each other perfectly.

Alice Tranchant
Alice Tranchant (huapii)

Is it worth it?

Our Thrive graduates speak about the challenging and inspiring women-to-women program!

About The Thrive Project

Partnership with VLAIO: Together for strong, ambitious entrepreneurship

Flanders could be a bit more ambitious when it comes to entrepreneurship. We need more starters, more stayers, and more growers. That is why the Agency for Innovation and Enterprise (VLAIO) wants to set up projects that encourage, support or guide entrepreneurs in their entrepreneurial endeavors. Together with the VLAIO partners, we are bundling our strengths and resources. Start it Accelerate-Thrive Project is part of a network of initiatives that entrepreneurs can use to thrive. Together for #strongentrepreneurship.


The modules are between 2-3 hours long and are usually bundled together to take up an entire day. For the benefit of all participants, attendance is mandatory.

There are very few additional formal work requirements, but we do encourage you to take time to reflect on the sessions in order to maximise your benefit.

The Thrive program offers contact moments with mentors and other participants, spread out over 6 weeks. Thanks to our collaboration with Netwerk Ondernemen & Vlaams Agentschap Innoveren & Ondernemen, we're able to offer our program at the discounted price of 450,- EUR (excl. VAT). In addition to this program, we regularly host free webinars featuring leading female entrepreneurs on a host of topics.

The full amount is due before the start of the program. Registration is complete upon payment in full.

We will select 15 motivated female entrepreneurs who fit the following criteria:

  • Entrepreneur
  • (Co-) Founder (or shares)
  • Innovative growth company
  • Registered office in Flanders

The Thrive Project has a hybrid format, including physical meetups in our Antwerp Hub.