The Club

We strive to become the Entrepreneurial playground for students, a key actor in the Belgium's startup landscape and an impactful change maker at the European level.
Our story

From Passion to Impact

Back in 2013, a group of friends from the Solvay Business School of Economics and Management, the Louvain School of Management, the University of Namur and ICHEC Brussels Management School decided to go beyond their university courses and created a national entrepreneurship initiative for students and by students. The aim of this project was to promote entrepreneurship in Belgium especially among students.

In January 2015, after more than one year of strategic thinking and redesigning, UStart had been created. More than a simple national brand, this organization of student entrepreneurship clubs had been developed on a new value proposition tailored for the student of the 21st century.

Today, UStart cover all major universities in Brussels, in Wallonia and in Flanders, and had geographic perspective to expand its activities in Europe. Our mission is to strive to become the Belgium’s community of student-entrepreneurs, a key actor in the national startup landscape and an impactful change maker at the European level 5 years down the road.

Application process
17

Universities involved

+39

events/year organized

100

New members/year

OUR GODFATHERS

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Mr. Willy
Borsus

Minister of Small Business Owners, the Self-Employed, SMEs, Agriculture and Social Integration responsible for the policy regarding railway system and the regulation of railway and air traffic.

Mr. Vincent
Reuter

Managing director of the Union wallonne des Entreprises since 2002. He is also columnist for many economical topics and Professor at the Louvain School of Management.

Mr. Philippe
Lambrecht

This Professor from the Université Catholique de Louvain, currently, General Secretary and Board member of the Fédération des Entreprises de Belgique (FEB-VBO), the Union Wallonne des Entreprises, the Belgian Chamber of Commerce and the Business & Society Belgium.

Mr. Shehryar
Piracha

This Serial Entrepreneur specialized in launching new ventures from scratch, scaling startups and finding growth opportunities. He has launched 4 ventures from scratch in 3 different EU markets and helped various startups to enter new markets, find investors and broker strategic deals.

THE FOUNDERS

UStart Brussels
founding members
UStart Alma Agnès de Briey, Arnaud Etienne, Ségolène Kollegger, Héloïse Nève, Araly Rosa Pirrera, Ari Serbetciyan and Mathieu van Sprolant.
UStart ICHEC Louis-Philippe Broze, Mélanie de Montjoye, Rodolphe de Pret, Constantin Porcher and Jean van den Bosch.
UStart Saint-Louis Elsa Fernandez and Victoria van Grotenhuis.
UStart ULB Jessica Hakizimana, Pier Paolo Pavanello, Nicolas Philemotte, Simon Souris and Maria Wouters Rentero.
UStart Wallonia
founding members
UStart Charleroi Julien Fable, Sam Vandervaeren and Youness El Khodari.
UStart Liège Davide Arcapidane, Cléo Bottin, François Detroux, Jérôme Dubois, Julien Giglio, Margaux Lust, Simon Masquelier and Laura Yaranossian.
UStart Louvain-la-Neuve Pier-Gustavo Aghemio, Valentine Delrue, Julie Dewandre, Brice Kelecom, Laura Quiévreux, Brieuc Regout and Laury Van Remoortel.
UStart Namur Adrien Blondel, Edouard de Schaetzen, Harold d’Aubreby and Nicolas Vande Putte.
UStart Vlaanderen
Founding Members
UStart Hasselt Pieter-Jan Van Rompaey et Wim Schmitz.
UStart Leuven Cedric Gilissen, Floris Lisabeth, Dries Karmaoui, Fons Miermans, Kobe Teunissen, Marie-Elaine Clarysse and Michiel Sudnik.
    UStart Belgium
    Co-founder
    Nicolas Philemotte
    UStart Belgium
    Co-founder
    Jessica Hakizimana
    UStart Belgium
    Co-founder
    Louis-Philippe Broze

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