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Open Call for Tech Startups

Join our Startup Campus and work from inside the iconic Wintercircus - a legendary building designed to make you perform, grow and shine. Together we embark on a mission to build a better future.

Wintercircus Startup Campus is a thriving hub for entrepreneurial activity, uniting all the essential elements to nurture top-notch tech startups. We believe (very much) in the magic of collaboration among ambitious teams, driven by long-term impact.

Selection of resident startups at Wintercircus is based on your survey and a live pitch evaluation by an expert jury. The jury assesses each startup using a points system (1, 3 or 5) based on specific criteria.

  Criteria
Team Composition, experience & grit of the founding team, also considering the diversity of skills, startup experience and overall dynamics
Idea Originality, scalability, defensibility and the potential for growth
Product Product development maturity and early indicators for successful adoption
Market Size Potential market size for the product
Traction The startup's momentum, including user base growth, revenue, financing, ...
Founder-Market Fit Founders' understanding of the market they are entering based on existing domain expertise
Clarity of Vision Founders' ability to present a clear and compelling vision, strategy and understanding of the market
Use of AI technology We consider AI to be crucial for the development of any new product
Impact of Technology Positive societal or environmental impact of the startup's product

Your application will be - of course - carefully evaluated by our - obviously - expert jury, led by Wintercircus CEO Louis Jonckheere and Startup Campus Lead Bruno Vandegehuchte. For each pitch, they're joined by selected specialists from our jury to decide which tech startups join our House of Performance.

Louis Jonckheere

Louis Jonckheere

CEO Wintercircus, Co-Founder Showpad

Bruno Vandegehuchte

Bruno Vandegehuchte

Startup Campus Lead Wintercircus

Mikaël Wornoo

Mikaël Wornoo

Co-Founder & COO TechWolf

Stephanie De Bruyne

Stephanie De Bruyne

CEO itsme

Griet Nuytinck

Griet Nuytinck

Co-Founder & CEO Anacura

Joris Van der Gucht

Joris Van der Gucht

Co-Founder & CEO Silverfin (Acq. by Visma)

Edgard Vermeersch

Edgard Vermeersch

Co-Founder & CEO Itineris

Peter Hinssen

Peter Hinssen

Serial Entrepreneur, Advisor & Keynote Speaker

Jan Hollez

Jan Hollez

Co-Founder & CTO Deliverect

Matthias Geeroms

Matthias Geeroms

Co-Founder & CFO Lighthouse

Conny Vandendriessche

Conny Vandendriessche

Co-Founder & CEO House of HR

Dries Buytaert

Dries Buytaert

Co-Founder & CTO Acquia / Drupal

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wintercircus sept2023-5

Hospitality

With 14,000m2 of unique spaces that breathe history, it's safe to say we ensure an unforgettable experience for you, your team and your visitors. From 20 to 1,500 people, welcome guests in our grand Arena, enlighten them in the Auditorium, deep dive in a workshop room or - also important - chill at one of our bars or spellbinding rooftop restaurant. Our urban palace offers you all of these fully equipped, awe-inspiring spaces. And in even better news, campus residents enjoy a 25% discount! Team and client get-togethers, conferences and workshops, board and investor meetings, dinners, parties, ... Bring it on!

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