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European Summit presented by Aging2.0 & Happy Aging

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Happy Aging & Aging2.0
Hasselt University, Campus Hasselt, Martelarenlaan 42, 3500 Hasselt - Hasselt (Belgium)

Join the innovative Happy Aging Day in association with Aging2.0 European summit

On Tuesday May 23, 2017, we kick off the European Summit with the Aging2.0 Startup Bootcamp. Aging2.0, the world’s largest community on aging, is always looking for passionate start-ups that focus on aging. This network of innovators will be bringing together startups and organisations to learn more from fully-qualified entrepreneurs and investors. Exchange experiences during this networking event in order to prepare themselves for professionalisation within the aging sector. Check out the Aging2.0 bootcamp page for more information.

The second Happy Aging Day will take place on Wednesday May 24, 2017 as part of Aging2.0's European Summit. This annual day highlighting everything to do with integrated care, prevention, and well-being is all about innovations in happy & healthy aging. Come meet our vibrant community, be inspired by excellent speakers, and take this chance to exchange ideas with other likeminded entrepreneurial spirits.

Subscribe, get inspired and discover how aging is quite innovative.

Keep in mind that Happy Aging Members can enjoy a 30% discount! Request your DISCOUNT CODE or become a MEMBER.

Programma bootcamp (May 23)

  • 12:00 - 13:45: Warm welcome 
    by Aging2.0 after a nice networking lunch

  • 13:45 - 14:45: Find out all about senior care and innovation
    with leaders in the field like Ingrid Lieten (Happy Aging), Ilir Qose (COOSE Marche) and Stuart Evans (Arthur Rank Hospice).

  • 14:45 - 15:15: Coffee break

  • 15:15 - 16:15: Exchange experiences with investors and serial entrepreneurs 
    with Jeroen Debacker (pridiktiv), Nathalie Decleulaer (Startup Mentor), Katleen Vandersmissen (LRM), Bart Collet (Advance Healthcare), Joy Curton (EIT health) and Seamus Small (Kinesis)

  • 16:15: End

Programma summit (May 24)

  • 8:30 - 9:00: Registration and light breakfast.

  • 9:00 - 9:15: Ingrid Lieten (Happy Aging - BE) & Stephen Johnston (Aging2.0 - US) kick off the second Happy Aging Day and very first European Summit.

  • 9:15 - 10:05: Integrated care, also in Flanders? 
    Minister Vandeurzen introduces his plan to CEOs of healthcare organizations and enterprises: dr. Johan Vandervelden (Listel - BE), dr. Yves Breysem (Hospilim - BE), Jan Lampaert (Hospital Logistics - BE), Leo Lewis (Integrated Care Foundation – UK) and Peter van Driel (Medtronic – NL).

  • 10:05 - 10:30: Inspiring keynote session on “Delightful Aging” by Koen Kas (BE)
    Koen Kas is one of Belgium’s leading healthcare trendwatchers.

  • 10:30 - 11:45: Happy Aging European Startup Competition – Who will make it all the way to San Francisco? 
    Introduction by Geert Houben (Founder of Cubigo (BE) and Belgian ambassador for Aging2.0) about his experience in building a successful aging-focused startup in Belgium.

    President of the jury: Piet Pauwels, Dean of the faculty of Business Economics (UHasselt – BE)

    Top European startups will pitch to a panel of expert judges such as Jackie Marshall-Cyrus (Innovator), Menno Kok (EIT Health), and Happy Aging People, for a chance to win 1000 USD and enter the Aging2.0 Global Startup Search Semi-Finals as a wildcard participant.

  • 11:45 - 12:00: Opening of the Happy Aging Innovation Market.
    By Roger Lemmens (Director incubation & innovation services at Imec - BE).
    Discover the latest trends and novelties related to happy and healthy aging.

  • 12:00 - 13:00: Lunch break at the Happy Aging Innovation Market

  • 13:00 - 16:20: One-minute innovation pitch intermezzos
    Introduction by Piet Stinissen (Happy Aging - BE). 
    Who will be awarded with the most innovative project? 
    President of the Jury: Mark Decat (Essec - BE).

  • 13:15 - 13:30: What are the grand challenges in happy aging? 
    Introduction by Stephen Johnston (Aging2.0 – US).
    This initiative has a major focus on the topics that matter most to the broad Aging2.0 community - and the tangible, measurable outcomes that result from these important issues impacting older adults and the aging and senior care industry.

  • 13:30 - 14:00: Social Inclusion: What should be our priority? 
    By Behzad Rezaei (Connect to Innovate - NL), Michiel van den Berg (Kluppen - NL), Daan Bultje (Healthy Ageing Network Northern Netherlands - NL)
    Isolation and loneliness, connections, learning, engagement, meaning, legacy, purpose are all elements of Social Inclusion. Hear from industry executives, researchers, experts and startups focused on this topic.

  • 14:05 - 14:35: Cognition: What should be our priority? 
    By Bernadette Williamse (Trimbos Institute - NL), Ilse Dewachter (Hasselt University - BE) and Olivier Constant (Expertise Center dementia Flanders - BE).
    Therapies and cognitive engagement tools are just the beginning. Don’t miss this discussion on matters of the mind.

  • 14:40 - 15:15: Aging in Community: What should be our priority? 
    By Peter Saraga (AAL programme, UK), Eric Kihlstrom (KareInn - UK), Dominique Verté (Free University Brussels - BE) and Claus Nielsen (Personal Connected Health Alliance Europe - DK).
    Community engagement - including mobility and affordable & supportive housing - is a hot topic. Learn about new models and innovative ideas around successfully aging in community.

  • 15:15 - 15:45: Coffee break at the Happy Aging Innovation market

  • 15:45 - 16:15: Happy Aging: what are the business opportunities? 
    Open discussion moderated by Pieter Van Herck (VOKA health community - BE). The view of investment managers and their startups, such as Stijn Bijnens (LRM – BE), Lars Grieten (Fibricheck – BE) and Steve Seuntjens (PHS Fund - NL).

  • 16:20 - 17:00: What about Europe? 
    Horst Krämer (European Commission - BE), Menno Kok (EIT Health - NL) and Mats Manderback (HUR - FI) will illustrate their perspectives on the European Aging market trends, challenges and opportunities.

  • 17:00 - 19:00: Closing session: and the winner is … 
    Announcement of the winners of the Startup Competition and the Happy Aging Innovation Awards by Mayor of Hasselt Nadja Vananroye (BE) and Luc De Schepper (Rector Hasselt University – BE), followed by a networking reception.

    Parallel program
    15:00-17:00: Speed dating with Happy Aging People i.a.w. Innovatiecentrum

Check out more information about the speakers and panel members here.

Reserve your spot for the Happy Aging Day 2017 and buy your ticket here!

Important detail: Happy Aging Members get 30% reduction on all the tickets! Ask for your discout code via info@happyaging.be before purchasing your tickets.

Not a member yet? Found out how to be part of this innotive community here

Would you like to be one of the companies that can share their idea or service at the innovation market?

Then be sure to submit your candidacy for a stand at our innovation market by May 1st. If you’re selected, you’ll get an opportunity to present your one-minute pitch to everyone present. Please note: only the top 20 candidates will be given a stand at the innovation market.

Would you like to attend the Aging2.0 Startup Bootcamp on Tuesday May 23, 2017?
Check out all the details here. Tickets can be bought here.


  • Route and parking?
    How to get at the Old Prison building of Hasselt and where to park? We advise to use public transport as much as possible. All info can be found here
  • Where to sleep?
  • What to do in Hasselt?
    Especially in line with this event, Happy Aging offers you special rates for activities across Hasselt via Tourism Hasselt.

    During the week of May 23 till 28, you can visit the following museums in Hasselt and enjoy the following offers by mentioning the code: “HAPPY AGING” or “AGING2.0” when reserving and showing your conference badge when visiting:


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