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Ask the expert: a chat with Telenet Kickstart mentor Floris Pelgrims

  • On January 17, 2017
  • digital startups, how to start a startup, start it@kbc, startup community, startup companies, startup programmes, startup tips, Telenet Kickstart

Ask the expert: a chat with Telenet Kickstart mentor Floris Pelgrims

These are dynamic times. While the markets used to be quite stable and changes happened gradually, the present business environment is transforming at an ever-faster rate and companies are struggling to keep pace. Telenet is aware that this dynamic is only going to get more pronounced, and that – in times of agility and rapid change- , there is a great opportunity to learn from startups. And vice versa, because Telenet can rely on in-house experts who are open and ready to share their expertise and business experience. Take Floris Pelgrims, a finance guy with plenty of experience preparing pitches, drawing up business plans and getting investors excited about them. In short: this Telenet Kickstart mentor knows how to sell the story behind the numbers.

Floris’ words of wisdom…

1. Get the most out of initiatives like Telenet Kickstart

“Coming up with a great idea is one thing, but having the time and the resources to develop it is quite another,” Floris knows. “Start-up incubation and acceleration initiatives like Telenet Kickstart provide a framework that allows you to pick up speed and not waste time trying to find a place to work or someone to ask advice from.” “Moreover, through Telenet Kickstart you you get access to a broad network you automatically become part of,” Floris adds. Telenet Kickstart is strategic partner of Start-it@kbc, the largest start-up community in Belgium.“, At a recent Start it@kbc event, we met several interesting startups that we went on to recommend to our marketing department, the external caterer at Telenet, and our HR service desk.”

2. Adopt a 360° perspective

“Running a startup is hard, and you’re probably working 24/7. Stop, take a break. Try to take a distance: think about what you’ve done so far and what you’ve accomplished. In addition, look at what the competition is doing and which direction they are going. Perhaps they’ve caught up with you and you need to reevaluate your idea.”

3. Don’t try to do everything yourself

Perhaps you’re someone who tries to do everything himself. You’re definitely not alone. Floris: “A lot of startups wait a little too long to ask for help. It’s such a shame to miss an opportunity just because you didn’t reach out to people who know something about what you’re struggling with.”

4. It’s okay to fail

Lastly, keep in mind that it’s perfectly fine to start a business, hit the wall, pick yourself up and start all over again. Or to try something totally different. “You gain so much from just trying,” Floris says. “Working at a startup teaches you something about every single aspect of running a business – from product development over finance to marketing or even HR. So even if you eventually decide that a startup is not for you, the experience is a great help in getting to know your own strengths and passions and to take your career in a particular direction.”

Do you have a great idea for a start-up? Don’t hesitate to take part in the imec.istart (Media, Telecom and Entertainment) programme and sign up now! Registration closes on February 1, 2017.