Tech and Innovation Festival SuperNova cancels 2021 edition
SuperNova was set to transform het Eilandje in Antwerp into a 4-day tech and innovation extravaganza in October 2021. However, following intensive debate, the organisers of this interactive event - Flanders DC and Scale-Ups.eu - have decided to cancel next year’s edition due to the unpredictable nature of the coronavirus pandemic.
Following a successful first SuperNova edition in 2018, with more than 40,000 visitors, the technology and innovation festival was due to return to Antwerp in October 2020. Earlier this year, however, the organisers decided to postpone the 4-day event, for a year, as a result of Covid-19.
An international event of this magnitude cannot be organised in a few months. The event would have involved 16 locations and pavilions, approximately 50 local and international speakers, investors from all four corners of the globe, and more than 250 companies. It is currently impossible to predict how Covid-19 will evolve over the coming months, so the unpredictability of the situation has led the organisers to pull the plug on the 2021 edition.
Despite this disappointment, Flanders DC will continue to focus as much as possible on supporting creative entrepreneurs with the start, growth and professional expansion of their businesses. Scale-Ups.eu will invest the time that’s been freed up in continuing to offer guidance and support for further growth to promising tech start-ups and scale-ups. In the future, both will also be organising many other exciting events to put technology in Belgium on the map.
SuperNova is organised by Flanders DC, Scale-Ups.eu and the Agency for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (VLAIO).
Flanders DC is the Flemish organisation for entrepreneurship in the creative sector. Scale-Ups.eu, a platform that helps technology firms to continue to grow, was set up by the Belgian fintech entrepreneur Jürgen Ingels. The Agency for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (VLAIO) is the Flemish government’s core contact point for all entrepreneurs in Flanders.