You can start a company anywhere, but to scale the business to a global success story, you are going to need an ecosystem.

To build a business into a success story you need capital, operational knowledge, and an international network, but the assessment is clear: there remains a significant lack of options for startup founders to raise seed funding and develop a fitting ecosystem.

What is a startup ecosystem? What are the specificities of the ecosystem in Belgium? How does an early-stage investor coalition function? And how can they help empowering startupers to drive positive change?

Discover the early-stage startup ecosystem in Belgium during a panel talk with Syndicate One representatives and join us for the interview of Rune Theill, co-founder and CEO of Rockstart, by Robin Wauters, founder of and member of Syndicate One.

Syndicate One’s mission is to unlock Belgium’s potential as a key entrepreneurial hub in the heart of Europe, by providing early-stage tech startup founders with seed financing, no-nonsense mentorship and hands-on advice, as well as access to the collective knowledge and network built up by its members throughout their careers.

Syndicate One has received the support of a wide variety of Belgian tech scale-up founders, executives and international investors, who are committed to bringing deal-flow to the table and co-invest in interesting opportunities with a high growth potential. This includes the founders of high-growth companies such as Collibra, Showpad, Cowboy, Datacamp and more.


Rune Theill is an experienced entrepreneur who is passionate about building startup ecosystems. He is experienced in creating accelerator programs and mentor-based programs and loves to support other entrepreneurs to succeed. He is the co-founder and CEO of Rockstart, a global startup accelerator and early-stage VC that supports and empowers the best startups on their way to success. Rockstart has accelerated more than 300 startups, which have raised a total of more than €260 million at an aggregate valuation of more than €1 billion.

In addition to launching a couple of startups, Rune also took an active role in the Danish Startup Ecosystem working for Startupbootcamp and Venture Cup. Rune was also the Winner of the Dutch Startup Award as the Best Investor in 2012 and 2013. Additionally, he has expertise within business strategy, business development, team leadership, marketing, and much more.


Giulia Van Waeyenberge, Member of the Executive Committee at Sofina

Quentin Nickmans, founder of eFounders

Didier Roemers, Attorney at Ace Law BV

Laurens De Poorter, Head of Europe at Kraken Ventures



  • 6.30 pm > Welcome
  • 7-7.20 pm > Panel talk and Q&A on the early-stage startup ecosystem in Belgium
  • 7.30-8 pm > Fireside and Q&A with Rune Theill, co-founder and CEO of Rockstart, in conversation with Robin Wauters, founder of and member of Syndicate One
  • 8 – 9.30 pm > Networking — conversation continues at TheStables

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