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with BNP Parisbas Fortis, Xerius and Sowalfin



Two different prizes

The Student Startup and the Student Entrepreneur of the Year, the backbone of the SESSY Awards

Student Startup Of The Year (SSY)

Recognizing and helping an impactful project

The Student Startup of the Year Award (SSY), is a prize awarded to the most promising, innovative and/or successful Student Startup. The aim is to provide a platform to unveil the startup’s vision to a large and influential entrepeneurial audience, and to give it a lasting structural boost in realizing their mission. To this end the winner of the SSY Award will be awarded with a prize! Moreover, there will be a scala of other services made available for the Finalists and winners.

Student Project Of The Year (SPY)

An admirable trajectory and a bright future

For this 2023 edition, UStart decided to create a new category: The Student Project of the Year. This new category will allow projects that have not yet been legally created to be eligible to win a prize during the SESSY ceremony. The aim is to reward the most promising projects by giving them visibility and entrepreneurial advices.

From Passion

To Impact

Back in 2013, a group of friends from the Solvay Business School of Economics and Management, the Louvain School of Management, the University of Namur and ICHEC Brussels Management School decided to go beyond their university courses and created a national entrepreneurship initiative for students and by students. The aim of this project was to promote entrepreneurship in Belgium especially among students.

A growing trend

The rise of student entrepreneurship

Driven by a desire to find personal fulfillment along with a paycheck, and by a sour economy that makes traditional employment seem just as risky as starting a business, members of the so-called millennial generation are increasingly forgoing traditional career paths and are hatching business plans based on social responsibility and their own passions, interests and ideals.

A national ceremony

The celebration of the leaders of tomorrow

The SESSY national ceremony aims to enhance the awareness of the Belgian student entrepreneurs on a national and international level, while giving them the chance to share their ideas and vision of the world of tomorrow. Furthermore, our event is also an unmissable networking opportunity to enjoy a walking dinner with the Belgian student entrepreneurship clubs and to meet renowned entrepreneurs as well as potential investors, advisors and personalities from the worlds of politics, economics and industry.

However, the epidemic forces us to limit as much as possible the number of guests for the grand finale.

Our partners

The SESSY Awards are only possible because of the help of our strategie and structural partners!

Become the next winner of our SESSY awards

UStart – Belgium’s largest student entrepreneurship club – empowers the entrepreneurs of the future by providing them with the tools, the experience and the network they need.

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