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15 Nov 2023
Startup Entrepreneur events
STARTUP Stories

Startup Stories is an event featuring innovative speakers to motivate and challenge you through their inspiring stories. Sarah De Greef and Ann Van Dessel from Teast.One , shared valuable insights and experiences. 

11 Oct 2023
Startup Entrepreneur events
STARTUP Stories

Startup Stories is an event featuring innovative speakers to motivate and challenge you through their inspiring stories. Mattias Losoli from Talk To C and  Yanis Fares from BeAngels, shared valuable insights and experiences.

28 Sept 2023
Startup Entrepreneur events
STARTUP WARMUP

On September 28th, startups and scaleups pitched their innovative ideas, products and services to a seasoned jury. It was a moment of inspiration for the Leuven startups community. It was a fun and professional night at Irish College in Leuven.

09 Sept 2023
Startup Entrepreneur events
STARTUP Stories

Startup Stories is an event featuring innovative speakers to motivate and challenge you through their inspiring stories. Emiel Cockx CEO of Genvision and Jeroen Lecoutere CEO of Swimtraxx, shared valuable insights and experiences.

7 July 2023
Startup stories
STARTUP Social Club

StartUP Social Club brings together young entrepreneurs, startup founders and investors seeking new partnerships and connections, which will elevate your networking capital and who knows what it will bring to you or your company.

14 Jun 2023
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STARTUP Stories

Startup Stories is an event featuring innovative speakers to motivate and challenge you through their inspiring stories. Marie Logie, co-founder of Better App, Nathan Blondé, founder of ZazouGroup, and Thomas Vyncke, co-founder of Companion.energy, shared valuable insights and experiences.

27 Apr 2023
Startup stories
STARTUP Social Club

StartUP Social Club brought together young entrepreneurs, startup founders and investors seeking new partnerships and connections, with the goal of elevating their networking capital, and hopefully opened new doors for them and their companies, in a fun and stress-free atmosphere.

02 Mar 2023
Startup stories
Brussels StartUP Night

Value Network launched in Brussels in a truly remarkable way during the Brussels StartUP Night where we welcomed over 70 attendees in a fun and innovative venue at @eHealth Valley. It was so rewarding to encounter many entrepreneurs, innovators, and young professionals from various sectors.

30 Sep 2022
STARTUP WARMUP

On September 30th, startups and scaleups pitched their innovative ideas, products and services to a seasoned jury. It was a moment of inspiration for the Leuven startups community. It was a fun and professional night at Marie Thumas.

Startup stories
11 Jun 2022
startup event
LEUVEN INNOVATION AWARDS

Leuven’s best innovators were presented followed by an award ceremony but also a delicious walking dinner, numerous networking opportunities and an amazing afterparty.

12-13 Nov 2021
CLIMATHON LEUVEN

Climathon is a city-based, global programme that offers a pathway to climate action. It’s a place where we brought different people with various backgrounds to brainstorm innovative ideas to tackle problems together. All the coaches, jury members and experts lent their expertise to guide and nurture the fresh ideas crafting strategies to make Leuven a green city.

THERMALTOWER won the challenge, promoting the most innovative project and pitch.

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8 Oct 2021
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STARTUP WARMUP

StartUP WarmUP is the place where we watched startups and scaleups pitch their innovative ideas, products and services to a seasoned jury, networked with representatives and enjoyed the afterparty (AfterNetwork), with amazing music played by our DJs.

27 Aug 2021
AFTERNETWORK AT IRISH COLLEGE

This is a chance to get out there and network in the gardens of Irish College, an idyllic old monastery. We enjoyed some sunshine in the beautiful garden while meeting new, interesting people.

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1 Jul 2021
networking events
AFTERNETWORK

AfterNetwork is an opportunity to network in a relaxed environment with a nice view of Leuven's skyline. Enjoying the company of not only other professionals but also some live music and good cocktails!

9 Jun 2021
INNOVATION TASTING

Innovation Tasting served an introduction to the world of innovation along with the possibility to connect with like-minded attendees.

Network events
April 2020
LVN become part of Leuven MindGate

LVN is on the rise and needs a structured approach. After fruitful discussions with the City of Leuven, a strategic decision emerged: LVN will not form its own vzw, but rather will collaborate with Leuven MindGate vzw, maintaining its autonomy,& branding. United, the two organizations are poised to more effectively drive innovation in the region.

2020
VALUE NETWORKS 2.0

The monthly Value Networks received a slight make-over with the goal to improve the self-development of attendees even more.

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2020
network events
DEALING WITH THE VIRUS

The outbreak of Covid-19 in March 2020, was an unforeseen challenge for the event industry. As a result, ᒪ ᐯ ᑎ started to set up new, online events like the completely sold out first edition of Startup Stories where young entrepreneurs could share their experiences.

2019
EXPANDING THE FOCUS

Whereas the focus initially laid on mostly organizing events, it has grown towards a full-scale community including close partnerships with big players like Leuven MindGate, KU Leuven, UCLL, Cronos Leuven, City of Leuven and many more.

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2018
network events
THE JOURNEY CONTINUES

By constantly recruiting qualitative additions to the team we ensure to be ever dynamic, innovative and open-minded. The healthy mix between fresh faces and core members guarantees a non-stop exchange of divergent expertise.

2018
ᒪ ᐯ ᑎ'S FIRST EVENT

Eventually, the hard work of the young and ambitious team resulted in the organization's first-ever event, namely AfterNetwork. From then on, ᒪ ᐯ ᑎ would become the go-to organization for addressing the innovative value of Leuven.

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2018
value network events
YOUNG MINDS

It was also remarkable that from the very beginning young minds were the main building blocks of ᒪ ᐯ ᑎ's DNA. Not only the team itself but the community as well, as around 80% consists of young innovators.

2017
THE FOUNDING

Jente Schoutens founded Leuven Value Network to create a new type of innovation networking events, specifically tailored to the younger generation to which he belongs. Mixing good content, networking (apps) and music, all in a new work & play formula.

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2017
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PRE - ᒪ ᐯ ᑎ

Our founder organises all kinds of student parties across Leuven in every possible venue including Alma 2, Social Club, Rumba, Albatros, Blauwe Kater, Lido, T'Archief etc.. He also started working at the European Institute of Innovation & Technology where he learned the power of innovation networking events. "Could the 2 be mixed?" he started thinking"