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Kickstart Upgrade Academy


Dream, dare, do!

An idea without a plan is just a dream. 
With Kickstart, the Upgrade Academy's FREE entrepreneurship programme for Upkot and Upliving residents, you can turn your sustainable business idea into a realistic plan. Attend some of our workshops this year or opt for a personal follow-up with one of our mentors.


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Kickstart positive change

"Don't save your ideas until after your studies, realise them today"

More than ever, the world needs innovative ideas and solutions for the ecological and social challenges of our time. Start-ups can play an important role in achieving this.
Our training programme provides you with the tools to help make a positive impact.


  • Learn to develop your innovative idea with our mentors
  • Learn to work future-proof and SDG-oriented
  • Become part of the Kickstart family and enjoy exclusive benefits
  • Be inspired by innovative changemakers


Kickstart Upgrade Academy

Meet the mentor

Steve Stevens is an entrepreneurship mentor at Upkot and Upliving.

He used to be a business coach and coordinator of the student startup centre DO! at UGent for 10 years and recently started

As mentor entrepreneurship, he coaches young startups within the Up-community on a monthly basis. To make entrepreneurship tangible and extra accessible, he organises numerous events.

Contact Steve
Steve Stevens coach

Future events

Kickstart kick-off event

19/10 - Kick-off Kickstart

Kickstart first presentations

13/12 - Kickstart First Presentations


More info later

kickstart bootcamp

15-16/02 - Kickstart Bootcamp


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Kickstart final presentations

10/05 - Kickstart Final Presentations


More info later

Ask Steve your question