Our mission is making each other thrive

Afterhours is an invite-only community that hosts online networking events.

We believe that frequently connecting with innovators across industries and regions arms us with the network we need to accelerate our impact.

Hosted by a team of experienced event innovators

We are the same team that built Conversation Starter, the platform used by global clients like Deloitte, the European Space Agency, Antwerp University and Startup Amsterdam to host 150.000+ meetings.


Kipdorpbrug 1
2000 Antwerp

The Netherlands

Overhoeksplein 2
1031 KS Amsterdam

A diverse community

Meet our members

Thanks to their deep industry expertise, these community members help ensure each event brings together a wide variety of top-notch participants.

Erik Mannens


Director at imec UAntwerp IDLAB

Works on the intersection of artificial intelligence with sustainability

Vincent Jocquet


CFO at Classified Cycling

10+ years hands-on experience in startup fundraising and financial strategy

Dewi Vandevyver


Former CEO at FlowPilots

ICT Woman of the Year 2020

Pascale Heesterbeek


Former Head of Corporate Communication & Brand at NMBS

26+ years experience in corporate management

Kristof De Mey


Sports tech and innovation at Ghent University

Leads a wide range of initiatives to bridge the gap between sports academics and industry

Bert Hendrickx


CEO at Bpart

Powers citizen participation for governments across Europe.

Laurence Van Elegem


Content Director at Nexxworks

Always, really always ready to introduce you to somebody you should know

Axel Clissen


Architect & Creative Director at Socle

Belgian architect based in NYC creating physical, digital and hybrid spaces for the arts

An Dezeure


Team lead jobs at VRT

Scouting for diversity, energy and honesty.

Elie Devlieger


Venture Manager at Telenet

Develops new business models and unlocks revenue opportunities at Belgium's leading telco

Alex Bennet-Grant


Founder & CEO at WE ARE Pi

Ad Age 40 Under 40 2020, Campaign Global Agency of The Year finalist 2021

Thomas Smolders


Founder at Hartstikke

Co-host of leading Belgian tech podcast Computer Club

Fredo De Smet


Curator at Afterhours

Writing about a 22nd century Renaissance on Substack

Anneke Kenens


Community Coordinator at Tech Transfer Office, Hasselt University

Bridging academical research and industry applications

Eke Bon


Speaker Curator at TEDxAmsterdam

Bringing ideas worth spreading to Amsterdam

Luc Colemont


Managing Director at Stop Darmkanker

Creating awareness about  colon cancer at scale

Invite-only community

Who Afterhours is for

We unite people who know that regularly connecting with leaders from diverse industries, regions and tackling different challenges makes them more successful.


Afterhours is a community of entrepreneurs, corporate decision makers and researchers. We strive for diversity in background, gender, industry and experience.

Building longterm relations

Afterhours is designed to provide you with an extensive network of people with whom you can generously share expertise and collaborate over a long period of time.

Belgium & Netherlands focused

85% of participants are based in Belgium and the Netherlands, but individuals from other parts of the world are also welcome to join.

Aiming for impact

Afterhours aims to bring together individuals who are passionate about driving the world forward through diverse innovations, products, and services.

Who Afterhours is not for

Sales people

Afterhours is not a community for quickly scoring leads.


Afterhours is not a headhunting community.


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Why online networking?

Afterhours is fun - unlike boring Zoom

Afterhours events are powered by Conversation Starter, the platform that makes it effortless and fun to connect via quick 1:1 video calls.

Meet people you’d never bump into

Video call with people anywhere on earth

Uncover relevant people with artificial intelligence

From your home or office, perfect for busy people

"We are currently in the midst of researching three potential new projects through connections made at the Afterhours networking event." - Niels Ansoms

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