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Cresco partners with Level Up

Cresco is the exclusive legal partner of Level Up


The maiden event of Level Up took place on June 3, 2016 in Meet District, Ghent.  Co-designed with entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and industry players, Level Up centered around three program tracks:

  • four successful scale-ups having raised at least EUR 10 million: Showpad, Itineris, Amplidata and Twoo;
  • twenty next generation scale-ups having already raised a Series A round, including Appiness, Awingu, Cashforce, CoScale, Decovry, Hello Customer, LinkID, Mind4Enegery, Molecubes, Ojoo, PieSync, Realo, Seaters, Silverfin and Ticto;
  • four seed stage companies selected by iMinds: Cloudalize, Conversation Starter, Intuo and Telekitty.

These three tracks offered a homogeneous set of technology companies in the following fields: SAAS, big data, IOT, mobile and e-commerce. Niche investors and presenting companies were all meticulously chosen in order to guarantee relevant conversations and introductions.


Partnership rationale

David Dessers and Pieter Capiau, partners at Cresco, explain why Cresco entered into this partnership: “At Cresco, we are passionate about entrepreneurship and contributing to entrepreneurial growth. Cresco has deep-rooted relationships with the start-up and scale-up community, as well as investor community, including leading venture capitalists, thought leaders and angel investors. We are thrilled to team up with Level Up and share our network. Level Up has provided the selected start-ups and scale-ups with great exposure to high-profile investors and we are very proud to see that many of the success showcases and next generation companies are among our clients.

Bruno Vandegehuchte, business manager BC Gent, outlines the importance of this partnership: “Cresco is uniquely positioned within the start-up and investment scene, working together with numerous emerging and growth companies, as well as a variety of leading investment funds. They have been very helpful with the launch of Level Up as a leading matchmaking event.


More information regarding Level Up can be found in De Tijd, De Standaard and De Morgen.

For any further information or questions, please contact David Dessers or Pieter Capiau.


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