Roundtable on Entrepreneurship with Jean-Louis Van Marcke (Bobex.com) – December 11th, 2007

At Chicago GSB, entrepreneurship is ranked among the top two most popular concentrations. Yet it is still uncommon for top talent in Western Europe to pass over the comfort of a stable job in exchange for the excitement offered by an entrepreneurial yet more risky career.

This was confirmed in a recent study by Vlerick Leuven Ghent Management School and Flanders DC, in which the entrepreneurial climate at the Belgian universities ranked lowest compared to a sample of European countries. The entrepreneurial spirit has not yet (fully) embarked in Belgium.

Jean-Louis Van Marcke is the exception to the rule. He obtained an MBA at The University of Chicago, a Master in Management at Vlerick and a BA in Economics at KUL. He quit a comfortable position at one of the established strategy consultancies in 2000 to found his own venture Bobex (www.bobex.com), a company specialized in the development and management of online B2B marketplaces. After having surfed on the internet waves for 7 years, Bobex is recognised today as a trendsetter in its area. It is active in 5 countries and has been awarded the E-Trends Awards and the Young Entrepreneurs Prize.

Jean-Louis has kindly accepted to share his experiences –both positive and negative- as entrepreneur at an informal dinner during our first Industry Roundtable on Entrepreneurship, which will be held on Tuesday, December 11th. With this event our Alumni Club wants to contribute to the creation of a favourable climate towards entrepreneurship in Belgium.

You are cordially invited to attend. Please register at your earliest convenience as the number of places will be limited to 30.

•­ Venue: Les Salons de l’Atalaide, Charleroise Stwg/Ch. De Charleroi 89, 1060 Brussels
•­ Date & time: Tuesday December 11th, 20.00 h. sharp
•­ Contribution: € 45 (€ 35 for paying members) for attendance to the event o Please transfer the appropriate amount to account 210-0555573-09 of the University of Chicago Alumni in Belgium, Fortis Bank, IBAN BE 52 2100 5555 7309. Please mention: “Roundtable + Your name + number of people attending the event”
•­ Registration: Please register via the following link: https://gsbsurvey.chicagogsb.edu/ViewsFlash/servlet/viewsflash?cmd=showform&pollid=belgiumalumniclub!EntreDec07
We are looking forward to welcoming you on December 11th!

Kind regards,
Kris Vansanten (MBA 95)
President University of Chicago Alumni in Belgium