Karen Boers (Brussels)
Co-founder & Managing Director @
Owner & CEO @ Boers & Peusens BVBA

Karen is the Co-founder & Managing Director of, the owner & CEO of Boers & Peusens BVBA as well as Board member & CEO of European Startup Network. She has 14 years of extensive experience in community development as well as design and implementation of large marketing campaigns (incl. conferences and mass events). She has headed the marketing team at iMinds (formerly IBBT) for eight years, putting the software innovation institute on the European map and on the radar of many innovation actors across the world.



Lisa Steigertahl (Berlin)
Head of Research & International Strategy
@ German Startups Association

Lisa is the head of research & international strategy with the German Startups Association, since April 2014. She is responsible for both the German and the European Startup Monitor and has initiated the European Startup Network (ESN) together with the Belgium startup association. Lisa speaks frequently at international trade events and presents the results of the studies, the German startup ecosystem and best practices from other European countries.  Lisa has earned a B.A Honors degree in International Business at Cambridge and later graduated with a Master in European Management at ESCP Europe, Paris.


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