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Team Coinversable

Via de Universiteit Twente zijn wij uitgenodigd om deel te nemen aan het Europese PANTHER-programma. Dit programma is erop gericht om je als startup in de technologiesector verder te ontwikkelen. In 5 sessies van drie dagen, verdeeld over een half jaar, reisden we langs verschillende ondernemende universiteiten en hogescholen.

Het programma bestond uit een mix van  onderwijs door professoren en andere experts op het gebied van ondernemerschap en coaching sessies waarin we met ervaren ondernemers en experts aan ons businessplan konden werken. Wij vonden dit waardevolle sessies en kijken er nog steeds met veel plezier op terug. We merken dat we scherper kunnen zien waar nieuwe kansen liggen en tegelijk ook kritischer kunnen beoordelen of iets wel echt een kans is en of wij ons er wel of niet op moeten focussen.

Team Coinversable
Team BIOCON

Met het BIOCON-team, bestaande uit drie postdoctorale onderzoekers van KU Leuven, namen wij in 2018 deel aan het 1e European Panther Programma van Flanders Business School. Tijdens vijf 3-daagse sessies slaagden we er met de ondersteuning van een groep internationale coaches in om het business idee omtrent onze innovatieve bioraffinage technologie uit te werken tot een concreet, realistisch en onderbouwd business plan. De verschillende locaties (Twente, Leuven, Berlijn, Eindhoven, Antwerpen) en de hieraan gelinkte bedrijfsbezoeken gaven ons een zeer gevarieerde en inspirerende kijk op de verschillende aspecten van ondernemerschap. We zijn er dan ook van overtuigd dat dit programma en het opgebouwde netwerk van ervaren coaches en ondernemers een grote meerwaarde is geweest en zal zijn in de verdere ontwikkeling van onze onderneming. Een absolute aanrader!

Team BIOCON


Team Whisper

Whisper was invited by Space53 and the University of Twente to participate in the second edition of the PANTHER program. As engineers we did not have any significant previous business experience to speak of. This meant that the PANTHER program contained a wealth of information for us regarding business development, pitching, market research, market entry strategies, financial projections and much, much more. This is not to say that PANTHER is only suited for start-up companies with little or no existing knowledge. During the program we met many people, with a large variety in experience, age, goals and problems. The program truly was the right fit for us and the other participants in the program, irrespective of our backgrounds and goals.

Whisper BV is a company based in Enschede, NL. We specialize in aero acoustic solutions regarding Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). During the program we learned how to analyse existing markets, as well as projections of future market growth. We learned how to best define a market entry strategy based on this information, as well as perform competitor analyses and financial projections. We also learned how to then pitch this idea to potential investors. We developed a large variety of models and strategies to create a better understanding of our business and our position in the world of UAVs with respect to others. PANTHER also gave us the opportunity to discuss our ideas and challenges with many experts, which is an opportunity that you only very rarely get as a start-up company.

Of course, this is only a small sample of the many things we learned during the five sessions we attended. We thank Space53, NOVELT and the University of Twente for the opportunity that we were given. We also highly recommend the PANTHER program to anyone who is looking to create a start-up or develop a new business model or approach within an existing company.

Team Institute for the Future

Jorge Ricardo Nova Blanco and Prof. Anne-Mieke Vandamme on behalf of the
KU Leuven Institute for the Future attended the second edition of the Panther program from October 2019 till April 2020. Over a period of seven months, we were inspired by business ecosystems (some of them educational related), business incubators, and well-established businesses in five different locations in Europe. Along the way, relevant guest speakers, lectures, workshops, and peer supporters provided useful insights and reflections to our model. Moreover, a dedicated team of mentors and coaches enriched the discussion and thinking process, allowing us to connect the dots and shape a strong value proposition.

Besides, we had the opportunity to expand and build a network that helped us to develop further synergies. For instance, COVID-19 allow us to apply models developed at Flanders Business School with the expertise of members of the KU Leuven Institute for the Future. We can summarize the Panther program as a transformative experience helping business ideas to transform into a sustainable business plan. In our case, our idea was transformed from an incubator to a content-driven organization with a solid concept.
We appreciate the time and effort of the core team and coaches and the well-developed program.