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Working on a start-up can be exciting and fun. However, this endeavour is full of demands that can impact founders’ life: how they sleep, feel, perform, or their relationships. Startup life sucks you in and you’re constantly rethinking and iterating your business model, your product offering, your UI, your marketing and sales approach, your… This constant process tends to blind and wears out even the best of us.

That’s why every now and again you need to take a step back and look at what you are doing from a distance. That’s why every now and again you need to look in the mirror and question whether you are doing the right things or just doing things right. That’s why every now and again you need to have deeper conversations with other Founders because they are the only ones who can truly understand you.

Conversations about your inner struggles as a Founder.

Conversations that allow you to break through the conscious and unconscious assumptions that are holding you back from achieving the results you want. The Founders Circle is a meetup of Founders which facilitates such conversations. 

This Founders Circle will start with a talk by Dr. Gosia Kosusnik who will share insights from her stress research @ Belgium startups.  The aim of this talk is to give an overview of the findings from the H2020 MSCA project “Starflict”, an opportunity for reflection, as well as some tips on how to positively and constructively deal with stress in startups to boost creative energy and promote team growth.

Afterwards, participants set the agenda by sharing what’s going on in their life as a founder. This can be anything going from working with co-founders, to keeping your passion burning, balancing your professional and private life, struggling with investors, your morning routine, the impact on your health,… If it’s part of your life as a Founder, anything goes.

The aim of the Founders’ Circle is to open up your perspective, by sharing, by listening, by giving feedback, by asking questions, by being present. It’s a moment to slow down, catch a breath, connect deeper with your inner drivers and other Founders. One of those moments you need to accelerate afterwards.

About Shots of Ginger
As an entrepreneurial couple Jochen Bessemans and Veerle Huygen know first hand Startup life means. They combine this experience with the insights they have gained over the last 5 years through their involvement in transformation projects, in building teams and communities, as mentors and advisors to founders, ceo’s and managers. In this timespan they have facilitated over 300 people in various group trajectories. Earlier this year they launched Shots of Ginger, an initiative to empower entrepreneurs and their teams.

About Dr. Gosia Kozusznik
Gosia is post-doctoral research fellow at KU Leuven, ex startup founder, expert in stress, well-being and performance at work. 


19u00          Welcome @Krook Cafe

19u30           Talk - Creating energy in your startup: some insights from stress research, by Dr. Gosia Kosusnik

20u00          Start Group Conversation & Exercises, by Shots of Ginger  

22u00          End

Some drinks and snacks are provided, thus make sure you have a good dinner at home!