The Big Squeeze Awards

The Jury



Omar Mohout
Chairman of the Jury

Omar Mohout, Entrepreneurial Fellow at Sirris and former technology entrepreneur, is a widely published technology author, C-level consultant for growing companies and Professor of Entrepreneurship at Antwerp Management School and Solvay Business School. He is the author of 'Lean Pricing', 'The Belgian Startup Landscape', 'Crowdfunding in Belgium', 'Corporate Venturing' and the popular 'Startup Master Class' series. Mohout is a popular keynote speaker and panel member in terms of technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.


Jurgen Ingels

Jürgen Ingels is a serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He was the founder and CFO of Clear2Pay, a leading payments technology company. Under his leadership, the company became one of the world leaders in payment software with more than 1,200 employees in 14 countries. Today, Ingels is managing director of Smartfin Capital, the fund targets promising European technology companies. Furthermore he is also the initiator of ‘Supernova’, Belgium’s biggest technology and innovation festival organized every 2 years in Antwerp. He is involved in various companies like Guardsquare, Silverfin,, The Glue, … More over Ingels currently holds Board position in countless reputable companies from various sectors: Materialise (NASDAQ: MTLS), Itiviti, Willemen, Ghelamco, UnifiedPost, WDP, Itineris, …


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Koen De Waele

Koen has been active for 20+ years in the software sector with a focus on growth, finance, investment and innovation as a strategic advisor to investors, entrepreneurs and executives.
Since 2017, Koen is a mentor at Birdhouse accelerator. Today he is also an independent director at SupplyStack, a VC-backed SaaS company.
In 2002, Koen started in corporate development at Wolters Kluwer Transport Services (now Alpega), an international SaaS and marketplace provider to the transport & logistics industry. Since 2006, Koen was co-managing director, taking up the roles of CFO & Strategy Director, including finance, M&A, partnerships, legal, market research and pricing strategy.
Koen ended his role at Alpega after managing the buyout and carve-out process to a private equity firm in 2017-2018.
Earlier on in his career, Koen had 5 years hands-on experience as investment manager in an early stage technology Venture Capital fund.


Thibault Claes

Thibaut has always been active in the startup ecosystem since 2012 being part of accelerators (NEST’up & CO.STATION), as an enabler ( and lately as an investor (WING, Serena, SRIW). He is always available to help startups.