Why do start-up fail? Looking at things from a legal perspective.


Business partner,

Dugardyn & partners

There are dozens of reasons why (even promising) start-ups fail. Picking the wrong partners, misconception of consumer needs, inappropriate management, insufficient resources, excessive optimism, ... Enthusiastic start-ups also often neglect the legal side of entrepreneurship, while experience shows that making the right legal choices from the beginning is equally crucial to the success of the business. 

Business partner: Dugardyn & Partners

Name of lecturers: Olivier Dugardyn and partners

Teaching format: interactive workshop

Language of the workshop: English

Maximum amount of participants: 30

Credits: 1 ECTS

Semester: 2

Timing: 4 workshops of 4 hours each, in the evening

  • 4 March 2024 - 18h-22h - FIIW Heverlee
  • 20 March 2024 - 18h-22h 
  • 17 April 2024 - 18h-22h
  • 24 April 2024 - 18h-22h

Location: FIIW - Willem de Croylaan 56, 3001 Heverlee and KU Leuven Group T Campus


Attendance and active participation in these sessions

To help you avoid the legal pitfalls as much as possible, we will focus on four main topics in our workshops, using real-life examples.

Smart choices to set up your business – and to keep it alive

Should I set up a formal company, what is the best form, how do I set up the company, should each founder or investor have the same number of shares for their (financial) input, should I draw up a shareholders' agreement, how do I ensure that I do not dilute when new investors come in, what is my liability as founder, shareholder, board member and manager, which basic obligations must my company satisfy during its life, …?

Intellectual Property

Can I protect my ideas, concepts and inventions, how do I do that in practice, how far does this protection go, what can I do if someone violates my intellectual property?


Privacy has an enormous impact on companies: what exactly are my obligations, what do I have to do to be compliant, what are the sanctions?


No business without a minimum knowledge of taxation: in this workshop you will learn the basics of direct and indirect taxation that you need to know to make the good choices for your company and yourself as an investor and manager.