Meet the young Belgian top entrepreneurs, disruptors and rising stars on the ‘Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe 2021’ list
In the 10 years since we published the first Forbes 30 Under 30 list, the world has changed dramatically, but one thing has not: our history of spotting young innovators on the verge of making it big.
Science & Healthcare: Ludovic Ampe, 29
Ludovic Ampe is the cofounder of Neuroventis.care, a company that makes apps for patients to track neurological disorders including epilepsy and migraines. More than 9,000 patients use the company's apps. Since its launch in 2017, the company has raised $1.5 million from investors and its platform has been approved as a medical device in Europe.
Social Impact: Jeroen Poels, 26
Belgium-born Jeroen Poels never liked school, preferring real world experience, so he dropped out in 2012 to found Deltaworx. The company focuses on connecting young people like him to jobs that will build their resume and skills. So far, they've facilitated 115,000 jobs for 880 clients.
Entertainment: Marie-Pierra Kakoma, 24
Belgian-Congolese artist Lous And The Yakuza explores races, loneliness and other complex emotions in her music, which is mostly sung or rapped in French. Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kakoma says her family's flee to Belgium during the period of war in Congo in the 1990s shaped her. Kakoma's biggest followings come from Belgium and France, but her music is also popular in South Africa, Germany and Italy. A remix of her soul-flecked track 'Dilemme' rose through Spotify's Top 200 chart in Italy to its Top 20 in April 2020. She released her debut album "Gore," created with Spanish producer El Guincho--known for producing Rosalia's album 'El Mal Querer'--in October.
Finance: Jacob Claerhout, 25
An early stage venture capitalist at Partech focused on enterprise and deep-tech solutions by day, Claerhout also builds a distributed venture capital platform at night called Merit. Its goal is to make venture capital more accessible. A member of the LGBTQI+ community himself, Clearhout wants to make the VC world a little more diverse.