Students in Ghent

As a Ghent University student, you’re always welcome at DO! to receive feedback on your business idea or to receive advice on starting, growing or exiting your business. DO! is the first point of contact for all your questions regarding entrepreneurship, as well as further coaching and guidance when you decide to establish your company.

At DO!, we value our 3 pillars. Find out what we do at DO! and how we can help you as a Ghent University student.



Inspire

Inspirational events

During the 2018 - 2019 academic year, DO! organizes inspirational events in the different faculties to get students interested in entrepreneurship within their specific domain. We'll start off this academic year with RETHINK HEALTH on the 5th of November to inspire students from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, as well as RETHINK SCIENCE on the 21st of November to inspire the students from the Faculty of Sciences. At these events, we invite student-entrepreneurs and seasoned entrepreneurs to share their stories and experiences, after which students can network with them whilst having a some food and drinks.

Don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions and stay tuned for updates!

DO! Community

Every year, we count more than 100 student-entrepreneurs who are building their start-ups. We do our best to share their stories as much as possible through all of our channels, in order to inspire other students in trying to build out their own ideas. Every once in a while, we organize community events where student-entrepreneurs inspire themselves and each other by sharing their experiences.

By the way, you'll see that we work together with our student-entrepreneurs where we can, as we're always looking for a win-win situation.

Connect

The entrepreneurial ecosystem in Ghent is exploding. That's why it's our job to make sure that we communicate our role within that ecosystem to the students and student-entrepreneurs. We have a complete overview of all organisations and initiatives working around entrepreneurship, in order to be able to connect students with relevant stakeholders, both externally and internally at Ghent Universality. This way, we ensure to maximize the growth potential for every student-entrepreneur.

Professionalize

Advice en Coaching

1. DO! FAST LANE

Do you have a (very) specific question? Start by taking a look at our information hub or this page.

Haven't found an answer to your question? Don't hesitate to send an email to fastlane@durfondernemen.be or simply pass by our office in The Foundry on Monday morning between 9:30AM and 11:30AM or on Thursday afternoon between 2PM and 4PM, where Maarten, our Community Manager, will happily help you out. You can find us here.

For all specific an practical questions around finance, legal, accounting etc., we'd like to send you straight to Experts In The House, hosted by Gentrepreneur, where you'll be able to ask all your questions without an appointment to the experts in their domain. This happens once every month on a Tuesday, check here for all available dates. You can take a look at their FAQ page first as well.

Are you already in our Community? Just post your question on our SLACK channel and one of our DO! colleagues will provide you with an answer as soon as possible.

2. COACHING

Would you like some feedback on your business idea? Or do you want dedicated coaching? Tom, our Entrepreneurship Growth Coach, is happy to help you out! You can book a coaching session via here. If you're not able to make it during the available times, send him an email via tom.vandamme@ugent.be.

2. STUDENT ENTREPRENEUR STATUS APPLICATION

Do you want to apply for the student-entrepreneur status at Ghent University? Book a meeting with DO! Manager Steve here. If you're not able to make it during the available times, send him an email via steve.stevens@ugent.be.

Entrepreneurship subjects

DO! is the provider of the curriculum on Entrepreneurship and is able to approve students with our own internal student-entrepreneur status, which helps students to combine entrepreneurship while studying at Ghent University.


DO! Bootcamps

Starting this year, we're launching our DO! Bootcamps! During these short and intense programs, student-entrepreneurs will take a deep dive into several topics that are crucial to grow your business, as well as grow as an entrepreneur. Apart from students, the DO! Bootcamps will be available to researchers, Ghent University employees and external parties.

Topics could include Legal & IP, Accountancy, Financial Planning, Pricing, etc., and these bootcamps could take up 1 or multiple afternoons. Currently, several DO! Bootcamps are being developed by Ghent University personnel and will become available as pilot projects in the 2nd semester. In every bootcamp, we will include an external partner to cover the practical aspects  of the respective topics as well. Stay tuned!


DO! Acceleration Track

You're probably heard the buzz around our DO! Goes USA competition during the last few years. This year, we're back with our student acceleration track, but dressed a little differently. During the 2nd semester, we organize a 2-month long program to accelerate several innovative - and growth concepts from our DO! Community. This program can be considered a springboard towards external accelerators and incubator programs. The icing on the cake? At the end of our DO! Acceleration Track, all shortlisted student-entrepreneurs will have a chance to go on an international trip where we'll explore a foreign startup ecosystem. Soon, you'll be able to find more information on who is eligible and how you can apply for this amazing opportunity. Stay tuned for more details!


Meeting Room in The Foundry

You can book a meeting room in The Foundry via here.