A Night Full of Stars

Innov8 is all about switching to new ways of successful thinking in a constantly evolving world.

New entrepreneurs are standing up to the challenge every day to improve life for everyone around us.

We will take you through an evening with talks and debates in space field, starting with a panel discussion of five speakers in the space sector. The panel discussion is followed by a fair where people can talk and interchange ideas with start-ups working on innovative and stellar technologies, and have a chat with one of the speakers.

Innov8 is about getting the pioneers of this movement together and inspiring new makers, entrepreneurs and innovators to start working on the future that they envision. 

It’s about empowering people to become the architects of tomorrow.





This year’s edition of Innov8 will be a very special one! Even so special that it is not even Innov8 anymore… We proudly announce that this year, we will get the World’s Leading Startup Festival Slush to Belgium with Leuven Slush’D!

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Our speakers

Sarah Baatout

Prof. Sarah Baatout is director of the radiobiology unit at SCK CEN (Belgian Nuclear Research Centre) in Mol, Belgium. She also teaches as guest professor at UGent and KULeuven. For more than 20 years, her lab has been investigating the impact of ionizing radiation on health through the development of better radiotherapy treatments for cancer patients, the discovery of innovative biomarkers for personalized medicine of astronauts and patients. S. Baatout is also currently monitoring the impact of cosmic radiation on astronauts to better human space exploration to the Moon and Mars. S. Baatout travelled to the Belgian Princess Elisabeth Station in Antarctica to study health in this extreme environment considered as space analog. Sarah Baatout is also Belgian representative at UNSCEAR (United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation). She is/has been the (co-)-promoters of 5 Postdocs and of 15 PhD students and is the (co-) author of some 150 international papers. Recently, she received the award of the “BeSpace personality of the year. In 2020, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde invited her to the Royal Palace as Woman of the Year for her commitment to society.

Nicolas Helssen

He is the ESA Business Applications Ambassador currently focusing on promoting the ESA Space Solutions programme in Belgium and supporting potential candidates through successful start-up application processes with ESA and BELSPO. He previously worked at the European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications in the United Kingdom as an economic researcher.

Caroline De Vos

With master’s degrees in physics (ULB), Space Science (ULg) and a Space Executive MBA from the International Space University (ISU), Caroline has also been an astronaut candidate at the European Space Agency (ESA). In 2011, Caroline Co-Founded Satellite Service Provider, SatADSL, which designs innovative satellite networking solutions for areas where terrestrial infrastructure is not reliable. She has a wide experience in the telecommunications, broadband network and space industries at a technical and management level as she has worked with various telecommunication and Service companies that include SpaceChecker, Space Applications Services, Sea&Space Exploration etc. Today, she is not only the company’s talks person responsible for Public Relations, she mainly acts as Chief Operations Officer and leads a multicultural and multinational team of network officers.

Bart Vandenbussche

Bart Desoete

Bart Desoete obtained a Master in Engineering Physics and a PhD in Electronic Engineering at the University of Ghent. He started his industrial career in the Technology Development department of ON Semiconductor (Oudenaarde). After that he has been working for several Belgian companies active in Space industry, namely at QinetiQ Space (Kruibeke), Antwerp Space (Hoboken) and OIP (Oudenaarde). Throughout his career he has had engineering, project management and business development roles. Currently he is responsible for business development and sales in the Space department of OIP, a company specialized in state-of-the-art electro-optical systems including hyperspectral cameras and thermal infrared cameras.

Jan Van Baelen

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