this event is limited to members only

Navigating fundraising challenges with business leaders

Fri. October 13, 6:00PM

Navigating fundraising challenges with business leaders

Gain a comprehensive perspective on fundraising from both sides; founders and VC experts

Join us for an insightful and empowering event focused on navigating fundraising challenges. Our event is tailored for founders seeking to elevate their fundraising game and secure vital resources for their startups.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to gain a comprehensive perspective on fundraising from both founders who've successfully secured funding and VC experts who assess and invest in innovative ideas.

Join us for an engaging session that promises to equip you with the tools you need to thrive in today's fundraising arena.

An event powered in collaboration with Syndicate One.

About Syndicate One:
Syndicate one is a group of 32 experienced startup operators, founders and executives determined to help the Belgian early-stage tech ecosystem reach the next level through investing smart seed capital, sharing real operational knowledge & connecting with their international network.


Lucas Stoops

Partner at 6Degrees

Lucas is a Partner at 6 Degrees where he focuses on Seed to Series B investments across Europe, typically investing in B2B Fintech & SaaS. Prior to 6 Degrees, Lucas was a Principal at Force Over Mass Capital. He also worked in the investment banking division of J.P. Morgan, where he was part of the Technology, Media & Telecom (TMT) team. While studying, Lucas co-founded Capitant, a leading platform for students interested in financial markets.


Nathalie Bruls

Former Managing Director Eurazeo

Until recently, Nathalie was MD in the Growth team of Eurazeo, a €4.5bn European growth equity fund, where she co-lead the firm’s tech & digital growth investments out of London. She sat on the boards of MessageBird, Neo4j,, PPRO & Secret Escapes. Before Eurazeo, Nathalie founded MindforceInnovations, a developer of platform apps for professional coaching. Prior to that, she was a Principal at KKR Tech Growth and VP at General Atlantic. Belgian by origin, Nathalie holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated cum laude with a BSc in International Business from Maastricht University.


Pauline Brunel

Fintech investor at BlackFin Capital Partners

Pauline Brunel is an Investor at BlackFin Tech, a fintech-focused VC fund, leading Series A to Series C rounds across Europe. She started her career working in Investment Banking in Paris and London before joining the financial regulator in Luxemburg. In 2017, Pauline joined Impression Ventures in Toronto, a FinTech-focused VC fund, leading Seed and Series A deals across North America.


Jean-Charles Velge

Co-founder Qover

Jean-Charles started his career as a consultant at Bain & Company, then joined the largest Benelux fund, NPM Capital, before moving to Redhorse in Hong Kong. In 2016 Jean-Charles Velge moved back to Belgium to co-found Qover with Quentin Colmant. Qover is the leader in embedded insurance orchestration and recently secured 30M in series C.


Xavier De Pauw

Founder Kennek

Xavier is a co-founder of kennek, a UK based startup that aims to revolutionise the $2trn alternative lending space. Kennek offers a vertical SaaS for lenders that streamlines their operations, servicing, risk management and investor reporting. Xavier started his career with 10 years in structured finance at Merrill Lynch in London. His clients were banks and non-bank lenders. Xavier then spent 10 years building MeDirect Bank, which he co-founded with backing from AnaCap FP and ran as CEO of Belgium for 5 years. He spent 2 years as Head of Strategic Innovation at Degroof Petercam, co-founded Fintech Belgium, co-authored The WealthTech Book and sits on the board of Wise EU and Fundcraft.

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Fri. October 13, 6:00PM
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Place Poelaert, 6
1000 Brussels
Parking Poelaert, Place Poelaert 1000 Brussels

Detailed program

Fri. October 13, 6:30PM
Conference and Q&A
Fri. October 13, 7:00PM
Networking at TheStables
Fri. October 13, 8:00PM
Fri. October 13, 9:30PM