everything you need to know

Here’s practical information to prepare you for The Big Score on October 21 • 22 • 23.

everything you need to know

Here’s practical information to prepare you for The Big Score on October 21 • 22 • 23.

when is it?

The Big Score takes place on October 21 • 22 • 23 2019.

Throughout the three-day event, there will be a total of 75 live pitches featuring:

25 Best Belgian Startups on October 21

25 hottest European scale-ups on October 22

25 hottest European scale-ups on October 23

The Big Score starts each day at 10 am, and there will be coffee and pastries waiting for you.

where is it?

The Big Score will be held at MeetDistrict Ghent.

Ottergemsesteenweg Zuid 808

Located in one of Europe’s most impressive football stadiums, MeetDistrict is easily accessible and offers a vibrant environment for live pitches and meetings.

why ghent?

Home to 250,000 inhabitants, Ghent is the third largest city of Belgium.

Over 70,000 students make Ghent the largest and playful student city. Moreover, its 14 world-renowned research institutes allow Ghent to play R&D champions league & act as a magnet for knowledge & talent.

This encouraged the rise of a booming tech ecosystem, which led to the creation of Tele-Atlas/TomTom (Belgium’s first unicorn), Netlog (early Facebook challenger) and high-growth companies such as Showpad, Ablynx, Teamleader and hundreds more.

In Atomico’s recent state-of-European-tech report, Ghent was ranked as one of fastest growing tech hubs. It is also considered as Belgium’s scale-up epicenter by Venturebeat.

how do I get there?


International trains arrive at Bruxelles-Midi/Brussel-Zuid.

Several trains depart directly to Gent Sint-Pieters every hour.

From Gent Sint-Pieters, ask for a taxi to bring you to Ghelamco Arena. Alternatively, you can hop on a direct bus.


The Ghelamco Arena is near all of the major highways in Ghent and just ten minutes away from the city center.

Upon arrival at the venue, you can park your car at Brico Plan-it.

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what's included in my ticket?

You will get exclusive full access to The Big Score:

Access to live pitches & founders

Access to networking tool & ability to schedule one-on-one meetings in advance

Access to The Big Score booklet with all essential info

Access to The Big Score networking events

High-end hospitality with open bar and catering included

where can i stay?

Voted as “Europe’s best kept secret”, Ghent is ranked as the third most authentic destination by National Geographic.

Below are four-star hotel recommendations located in the city center of Ghent:

Marriott Ghent

Korenlei 10, 9000

Pillows Grand Hotel Reylof Ghent

Hoogstraat 36, 9000

Hotel NH Ghent Belfort

Hoogstraat 63, 9000