Entrepreneur in residence since 2014
Most of the young entrepreneurs, incubated by VentureLab, were born in the 1990’s. This generation has grown up with the Internet revolution and biotechnologies. However, those young people know that their future is, less than ever, all mapped out and that they have to act entrepreneurially if they want to transform society in a way which will meet their aspirations.
Therefore, it is not surprising to see young people’s growing enthusiasm for entrepreneurship! While they have ideas and energy to act ,, they lack the expertise, network and knowledge to develop their project and build their self-esteem, which is essential to launching a new business!
To meet those needs, VentureLab built a team of 14 Entrepreneurs in Residence. They all have a remarkable careers as entrepreneurs. They make themselves available to share their experience, enthusiasm and inspiration. They offer to our young entrepreneurs what they lack the most: their experience and their network. Each Entrepreneur in Residence acts as an advisor that is likely to strengthen self-esteem and credibility. Those entrepreneurs are strongly engaged with us and they spend from 1 to 3 days per week working on their new passion.
In 2015, they spent 60 hours per project on average. It represents more than 3000 hours of interactions with young entrepreneurs. We can talk about a personalized support/mentoring that goes far beyond small talks in between meetings.
Never give up!
Do it now, later may never come
Seasoned executive with 18 years experience in general management and board presence in both IT services and software industries. Vast experience in public sector sales at national and European Institutions levels. Hands-on experience in international business development (Middle-East, UK-Ireland, France, North Africa, Latin America). Fascinated by the way technology is shaping our daily lives. Coaching startups as a hobby. Special interest for the business opportunities offered by the #Blockchain technology in the public sector.
Let\\\'s build together a sustainable & balanced economy!
I dedicate my broad business experience toward implementation of new social businesses. Support to social entrepreneurs, cooperatives creation, and social entrepreneurship ecosystem development.
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results
I give myself the serenity to accept what I cannot change, the strength to change what can be moved, and the wisdom to distinguish between them
Has been CEO of Ortis Laboratories, his family-owned business until 2017. Michel has learned by doing all roles it the organization while it grew on the fast-track: production, sales and marketing, HR and lobbying. Today he is shareholder/Director in different companies with have a common sustainability aspect. Passionate by undertaking and those who dare doing. Founding member of the Belgian branch of Groupement des Chefs d\\\'Entreprises du Quebec. Lay judge in a commercial court ( Eupen, German-speaking community of Belgium). Self-educated, achieved the OpenBorderMBA in 2017 to put some theory on his practice.
After 20 years in IT and leasing companies I was lucky enough to succed inthe MBO of the IT leasing company i was managing at the time for our parent company, a french bank. All my savings went into this acquisition and i managed to reimburse the seller in less than two years. I since then sold this company to a dutch banking group. I reinvested the proceeds in five companies in IT (security and AI) and real estate. I started coaching start-ups and SME\\\'s in 2005.
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. (Winston Churchill)
After 20 years as advisor for SME leaders and entrepreneurial experiences in IT and well-being, I bought and took over in 2012 an SME active in the industrial mechanics sector, which I manage on a daily basis. Passionate about human relations, good governance and strategic thinking, I\\\'m now director in several boards in construction companies, personal services, trading or metal processing.
Impossible is an opinion
Founder and CEO of Accent Languages, a company specializing in in-company language training solutions and operating in Liège, Antwerp and Lille. Passionate about new technologies, I also founded a company developing smart e-learning solutions and acted as a board member in several non-profit organizations.