The Big Score is an international investor and corporate matchmaking event, organized by Startups.be | Scale-Ups.eu. The Big Score accelerates collaboration between selected, elite scale-ups, international investors and corporate innovators. Our USP is our 100% focus on boosting sales and funding by welcoming only relevant profiles: 90 nominated European scale-ups that pitch to and connect with 400+ international VCs and corporates. We provide luxury spaces, a handy networking tool and printed key info to confirm our reputation as Europe's nr. 1 deal boosting event! In addition, our relaxed vibe, upscale cuisine and side events will keep you hooked for future editions.
The Big Score is a three-day event from November 15 to November 17. The day program is roughly between 9am and 6pm. The Big Score has two different event tracks:
TRACK 1 – 50 nominated, growth stage scale-ups that grace the stage and connect with 300+ investors and corporates (exclusive for these profiles) on November 15 & 16. (100% LIVE)
TRACK 2 – 40 belgian (pre) seed startups that can connect with niche investors and corporates (exclusive for these profiles) and 200+ students & internseekers (100% LIVE)
The event is organized in easily accessible and premium business center MeetDistrict, in the Ghelamco Football Arena, in Ghent, Belgium.
Adress: Ottergemsesteenweg Zuid 808 b300, 9000Ghent, Belgium
(NEW - outside the center - 50m of the event location)
Akkerhage 10, 9000 Ghent
(city center – Triple A location – 8km of the event location) Korenlei 10, 9000 Ghent
(city center – A+ location – 8km of the event location) Hoogstraat 36, 9000 Ghent
(city center – A+ location – 8km of the event location) Hoogstraat 63, 9000 Ghent
International trains arrive at Bruxelles-Midi/Brussel-Zuid. Several trains depart directly from there to Gent Sint-Pieters every hour. The train takes 35 minutes to Gent Sint-Pieters. From there ask for a taxi (10min) to bring you to MeetDisitrict in the Ghelamco Arena (foorball stadium) in Ghent. Everybody knows this landmark. Alternatively, you can hop on a direct bus.
The Ghelamco Arena is near all of the major highways in Ghent and just ten minutes away from the city center. Upon arrival at the venue, you can park your car at parking of Brico PlanIt (follow signage). Please note that the MeetDsictrist parking is not accessible to The Big Score guests.
Want to boost your deal flow as a growth stage VC or tackle your pressing challenges as a corporate and score BIG in 2022? Reach out to Bruno Vandegehuchte, promotor of The Big Score.
All European & Belgian scale-ups & startups pitching at The Big Score are selected and curated by our partners and selecting VCs. However you can always send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are a European B2B rocket ship with an impactful ICT solution, and already have 3M+ EUR in product revenue, high growth(!) and are looking for series A or B or if you are Belgian (pre)seed startup, that we should know about. If we are still missing some countries, cities or certain solutions, you might find yourself on stage.
We welcome our guests around 9am, offer a warm welcome and breakfast, and some practical info, including key facts & timing on the line-up of the day.
From 10am onwards we intertwine presentations, breaks and meeting time. We combine 4 hours of presentations with 3 hours of one-on-ones. During the breaks, we offer open bar, meeting rooms and a pleasant environment to touch base with colleagues or ask our staff for any assistance whatsoever.
All VCs, debt providers, CVCs, tech investors, deep pocket angels that look into high growth ICT, enterprise and digital solutions are welcome on all three days of The Big Score where you can opt for the European (2day pass) or Belgian track (one day pass)
All corporate innovators, project leaders, CTOs, CIOs, CDOs, Innovation Managers, … all corporate decision makers working on transition, technology or corporate venturing are welcome on all three days of The Big Score, are welcome on all three days of The Big Score where you can opt for the European or Belgian track.
Note that on day one and two we focus on enterprise saas (fintech, marketing, HR, cleantech, energy, mobility, proptech) with 50 nominated, high growth ‘elite’ European scale-ups that will pitch their innovative solution live on stage. Also meet plenty of peers, best friend VC firms and corporates to touch base on the first 2 days.
Below the list of criteria of the 50 selected European scale-ups pitching on day 1 and 2:
On day 3; we welcome 40 promising teams from the Belgian tech scene, ready to boosts deals:
All VCs, debt providers, CVCs, tech investors, deep pocket angels that look into high growth ICT, enterprise and digital solutions are welcome on all three days of The Big Score, with priority on day one and two with 50 nominated, high growth ‘elite’ European scale-ups that will pitch their innovative solution live on stage. Also meet plenty of peers, best friend firms and corporates to touch base on the first 2 days.
On day 3; we welcome 40 promising teams from the Belgian tech scene, ready to boosts deals. All investors receive key growth facts of the selected scale-ups and description of the challenges. Reach out to us if you have question.
Below a list of criteria of the European pitching scale-ups:
- B2B SaaS of digital product generating 3M EUR product revenue in 2020
- Already raised at least 1M EUR but less than 40M EUR in funding
- An avg. annual growth of +100% in the last three years as minimum
- A strong appetite for follow-up investments
- No hardware or life sciences
- HQ in Europe, UK or Israel
All corporate innovators, project leaders, CTOs, CIOs, CDOs, Innovation Managers, … all corporate decision makers working on transition, technology or corporate venturing are welcome on all three days of The Big Score, with on day one and two 50 high growth European scale-ups that will pitch their innovative solution live on stage.
Take a look on our tickets page
⚪ I will attend LIVE (15 & 16/11) to discover 50 European scale-ups
➡ 2Day Investor - Corporate pass
⚪ I want to go all in: connect LIVE all 3 days with all European scale-ups and Belgian startups
➡ 3Day Investor - Corporate pass
⚪ I want to connect LIVE with 40 Belgium elite startups and mingle with +200 students (17/11)
➡ 1Day Investor - Corporate pass
⚪ I am a talented student, young potential or motivated internship seeker (entrepreneurial, master student, digital native, engineer…) and I want to connect with great Belgian startups and mingle with our tech scene
➡ 1Day Talent - Pass
⚪ I am a nominated Scale-Up or Startup and ready to connect live with Europe's VC and tech scene
➡ Scale-Up - Startup Pitching Pass
We use the networking tool Conversation Starter. After claiming your ticket, we will provide a link to easily create a profile on the tool. This is essential to browse the attendees and pre-schedule one-on-one meetings (depending on your ticket type). A week before the event you will be notified when you can start to browse attendees and book meetings. The tool will suggest ideal meeting times, keeps your schedule organised and notifies at which numbered meeting point you can hook up with your contact. We provide dozens of spacious rooms to meet discretely, in all comfort.
Mid October, registered ticketholders will be invited via e-mail (check your spam) to create a networking profile on Conversation Starter, the only way to preschedule meetings at The Big Score. You will only get access with the e-mail address used to register as an attendee when you claimed your ticket.
It takes 5 minutes to create your profile. In addition you can also set your availabilities and if you don’t want to meet during The Big Score you can also exchange contact information to reconnect after the event.
A week in advance we will open the networking tool for you to browse participants and start pre-scheduling meetings. You will be notified via e-mail when this happens. Please respect your engagements and our event timing.
As a pitching start/scale-up at The Big Score 2022 we kindly ask you to provide us with company info and growth facts. This information will be published in The Big Score Booklet and will be distributed to attending VCs and corporates. We have 90 companies, please respect our deadlines. Of course, you choose which info you share published or during the one-on-ones, but note this booklet is used as an essential reference during the event. Via the following link you can access the portal: https://www.thebigscore.eu/portal/start
To prepare you can download the questionnaire here
Please make sure to fill in the portal before September 16.
Your live event pitch deck will be asked separately via email, end of October (deadline October 14).All scale-ups will get 7 minutes to pitch their solution & ambition, so make sure to fit your presentation accordingly. The audience is composed of 60% investors/VCs (who focus on traction, financials and growth facts and if possible info on the next funding round in terms of size and timing) and 40% corporates (who like to understand your solution and references/use cases). Remember that during the prescheduled one-on-ones you can disclose more confidential information & details in full discretion.
For questions on the above, please contact Simon Robbrecht.
We require nominated start/scale-ups to buy a 199 EUR Scale-Up Pitching Pass, allowing two delegates for this one, minor contribution. All pitching companies are requested to attend LIVE with minimum 1 person during two days during European scale-up track on November 15 and 16 or with at least one delegate during the Belgian track on November 17. The purchase confirms your participation and allows your delegates additional access to all event days, so full access perks to all three days of The Big Score. We respect the travel, so you are in for a treat: open bar, upscale lunch, evening cocktail, awesome staff and closing party.
Your physical attendance as a European pitching scale-up is obligatory for the first two days of The Big Score (Nov 15 & 16) with at least one delegate who can have up to a dozen of meetings each day. Your physical attendance as a nominated Belgian start-up is obligatory for the last day of The Big Score (Nov 17) with at least one delegate. All founders & delegates are welcome to all event days, so full access perks to all three days of The Big Score and evening drinks.
Want to join The Big Score 2022 as a partner and enjoy extra perks (intel, nominations, tickets, deep dive articles, parties, talent inclusivity and friends for life)?
Get in touch with Bruno Vandegehuchte.
Please note that our venue location MeetDistrict is ventilated, using 100% outside air (no recuperated internal air) and Hepa-filters.
We will update this info if needed.
For questions on the above, please contact Simon Robbrecht