REPORT: B-Hive Kick-Off: Celebrating Achievements of 2017

The B-Hive community was buzzing with accomplishments in 2017, and what better way to highlight this than to come together and celebrate?

B-Hive's Kick-Off 2018 event included more than 240 representatives from the community on the evening of Monday, January 15, at the Chancellerie at BNP Paribas Fortis. The event opened with a talk by BNP Paribas Fortis's CEO Max Jadot, as well as by Belgian Minister of Finance Johan Van Overtveldt.

Their opening remarks highlighted the need for a fintech community such as B-Hive in Belgium, as companies looking to scale not only need capital, but they also need an effective ecosystem that supports them.

Afterward, we hosted two fantastic keynote speakers: Luc Burgelman, CEO of NGData, and Carolin Gabor, MD of Finleap. They discussed their experiences as entrepreneurs as well as lessons learned from scaling their impressive companies.

Following our keynote speakers, B-Hive's Wim De Waele, CEO and co-founder, and Jurgen Ingels, managing partner and co-founder, highlighted B-Hive's & Scale-Ups.eu's accomplishments of the last year - you can see some of these key highlights in the infographic below and in our full end-of-year report by clicking the button at the bottom of this post.

Once our community joined sessions on B-Hive's and Scale-Up.eu's achievements and plans moving forward, we officially announced our conference, Digital Finance Europe 2018, in partnership with the European Banking Federation, which will be held on September 26. Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting event in the coming weeks!

In sum, thank you to everyone who was able to join us for this celebratory evening - and thank you especially to BNP Paribas Fortis for hosting us in their beautiful event space.

Check out the photos from the event!

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