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LEVEL UP – startup event Brainport Eindhoven

Reach the next level with the startup ecosystem of Brainport.


THE EVENT IS FULL - registration is no longer possible

The Brainport region is a hotspot of groundbreaking tech startups. Startups that can reach the sky because of a supportive startup ecosystem, that help startups grow. To reach the next level with the entire startup ecosystem, all players are invited to the first edition of Level Up!  

On September 22, The Gate welcomes startups, companies, investors and organizations that help startups grow to join an interesting day full of inspiring presentations, interactive workshops, networking opportunities, a market and the Gerard & Anton Awards  

Key information: 

  • Date: September 22 
  • Time: 11 to 18 hrs
  • Location: Conference Center at the High Tech Campus Eindhoven
  • The event will be held in English
  • Admission is free







Welcome by Jeroen van Woerden, Managing director The Gate


Keynote: Johan Feenstra, CEO SMART Photonics


First round of workshop sessions:

1) Leveraging IP for Success
2) Startup fuckups (FULL!!!)
3) How to do business with local governments? (this workshop will be in Dutch)
4) Battle for talent
5) Solving societal challenges with deep tech

Instead of participating in one of the workshops, you can also join the session with investors in the auditorium. 

5) Not your usual Dragons' Den (main Auditorium)
Investors will pitch what kind of startups they want to fund 




Paneldiscussion: Impact or profit maximisation?

With all the global challenges ahead of us, we need companies that focus on creating positive impact, rather than striving for profit maximization. But how to generate impact in our current system of growth? Where financial numbers and return on investment is what stakeholders look at?

More and more startups are driven by impact.
Who are these startups?
How can you combine your focus on tech with a focus on social, ecological and human capital? 
What needs to change for impact startups to thrive?
Are these impact startups the underdogs or the new leaders of the future?

Join this valuable discussion


Second round of workshop sessions:

1) Growing your startup means difficult decisions to make
2) C♀O means funding and more
3) Why startups don't get funding
4) A bumpy road – how to position a disruptive technology in the market
5) Conquering the world with your startup? Here you find help. 




Keynote: Results from seven years of Gerard & Anton Awards.
How are the alumni doing, where are the successes and opportunities in the region?


Gerard & Anton Awards 


Closing barbecue and drinks


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Partners Level Up

Level Up is an initiative of the following partners and powered by de Regiodeal