LEAP WITH CONFIDENCE

Entrepreneurship is engrained in Vlerick’s DNA. Many alumni have set up a successful business. But just as many acknowledge how Vlerick whetted their entrepreneurial appetite and prepared them to make the leap with confidence. This is why Bart Verhaeghe and Thomas & Inge Baert decided to give back. And this helped Claire and Wim to scale up their business.

BART VERHAEGHE (PUB, 1990)

“People who dare to leap”

“There are many examples at Vlerick of people who’ve successfully embraced entrepreneurship. That’s always been hugely inspiring for me and I hope that some of the students and other entrepreneurs graduating from Vlerick will have the confidence to make that leap. And the Student Entrepreneurship Fund has a part to play in this.”

THOMAS AND INGE BAERT (PUB, 1993)

“Give back to where my story began”

“It’s only when you leave that you realise what you have at home. I lived abroad for twenty years, fifteen of them in China and five in the States. Now that we’re back in Belgium, we’ve decided to give something back to the business school where my entrepreneurial story began in 1993.”

CLAIRE TOBBACK (MGM, 2015)

“Ready for bigger companies”

“I launched Collectique about eighteen months ago because I wanted to offer online fashion shoppers a sustainable alternative to home delivery.”

WIM VAN ROY (MGM, 2015)

“Platform and contacts are just as important”

  • received funding for his start-up SnowVision (prescription ski goggles)
  • won the first Pitch@Vlerick