The Green Rush - Cannabis goes Medical
Fabian Thylmann started his career as programmer right out of school in 1997, starting his first company focusing on statistical analysis and high traffic websites.Within just 5 years, he built the biggest adult entertainment company in the world, Manwin, supported by a Wall Street Credit. He sold Manwin to the management in 2013 after expanding it to 1200+ employees in 7 locations around the globe in order to focus on new ideas and challenges in other business fields.
Today Fabian lives in Brussels, Belgium from where he runs a 1000m2 Co-Working space called SN Cube. He now focuses on investing in startups, SN Invest, in many different verticals, both online and offline, looking for fun projects to support and coach.
How do I get to the next growth phase?
As an entrepreneur it’s not easy to make a success of your own dream. Your agenda is filled with meetings for potential clients, your team and you also have to manage your private life. Let’s take a moment to ask yourself the following: “How do I get to the next growth phase?”
Robin Geers surrounded himself with a network of Belgian top entrepreneurs and investors at the age of 20. Thereupon he wrote his own book, together with Jeroen De Wit, called Start-up Survival.
The Future Of Branding Is Debranding
Brands in the streets. Brands on your screens. Brands on your phone. Since time immemorial, branded content and stories have been trying the same thing: sell you stuff. But haven’t we reached a saturation point? Aren’t we “stuffocated”? Increasingly at the internet age, the brand or company that screams the loudest no longer commands the most attention; the one that offers something genuinely useful does. Welcome to your debranded future!
Thierry is founding partner & creative director of international branding agency Base Design, active in Brussels, New York, and Geneva. He believes brands are like people. They stand out through their unique personalities and attitudes.
Disruptive start-up: how to deal with legal risks?
Start-ups often want to disrupt various sectors through innovation, technology and new business models. Traditional economic players can see them as a danger and they are sometimes eager to fight to maintain their position on the market. The commercial battle can easily become a judicial one. How to disrupt a market while trying to minimize legal risks? What are the different judicial actions a start-up might have to face at an early stage and how to avoid it?
Alexiane Wyns is lawyer at the Brussels Bar since 2011. She developed a strong experience in corporate and commercial law, with a specific focus on the digital industry. Alexiane also publishes daily videos on her YouTube channel, giving useful tips for start-ups and entrepreneurs. Recently, she founded her own law firm: ALWY – Always a Lawyer With You.
Startups: from funding to first sales (and around...)
A startup project needs cash to launch and start sales. But investors will only be willing to invest from the day the startup can show some customer traction, i.e. sales. How can we break that vicious cycle? Let’s see that with Bit4You, a Brussels-based crypto-assets decentralised exchange, as an example.
José is a serial entrepreneur. He cofounded Skynet.be in 1995, sold in 1998 to Proximus/Belgacom, and cofounded Keytrade in 1998, IPOd it in 1999, and it became a bank in 2003. It was sold to Credit Agricole in 2007, a few months before the crisis. He started investing in startups in 1996. Since then he created several VC funds and is still in the process of creating some more today. As chairman of LeanSquare, the digital branch of Meusinvest (a 450 companies strong structural fund with more than a B€ portfolio value) and a sChairlan of Bit4You he knows both sides of the startups/investor equation and will share his experience with us on these matters.