Last year, Emmanuel Cottem (Vandemoortele), Eline Demeulemeester (Linum) and Koen Lacroix (VIB) were elected as Best Young Finance Team of The Year by a jury consisting of experienced CFOs. Due to the great succes of the first edition, we have decided to from now on organize a Best Young Finance Team of The Year competition every year! Are you the next young professionals to go home with this prestigious title? Let's see!


It's all about discovering new elements and facets of finance! 

You will be introduced to the challenges and responsibilities of the finance function of real-life companies. You will be challenged with cases of Barco, Kinepolis and Upgrade Estate. You will further develop your skills and gain knowledge in different domains such as financial analysis, risk management, strategy management... Your soft skills such as leadership, negotiating and presentation techniques will also receive a boost!

ELINE DEMEULEMEESTER, FINANCIAL BUSINESS CONTROLLER AT LINUM GROUP: This event was very instructive and we developed quite some skills in a broad context. It's also interesting to meet other people with a financial background and to inspire each other. 


The competition itself consists of two parts: We kick-off with a two-day bootcamp in Dinant. From November 25 until November 27 we will get to know each other, get inspired by keynote speakers and we will build the foundations to tackle the challenges successfully. We will already solve real-life exercises given by Barco, Kinepolis and Upgrade Estate so that we can get to know these companies and start the actual competition well armed. 

On April 22 (2021), the award ceremony takes place in an amazing venue. We organize this official ceremony in order to bring young finance professionals together and to inspire them with a program filled with workshops and keynotes. We can't reveal many details yet, but you can expect an evening full of live music, good food and countless networking opportunities!


That is ofcourse up to the jury, which consists of experienced CFOs, among which the CFOs of Barco, Kinepolis and Upgrade Estate. 

Nicolas De Clercq

CFO Kinepolis

Ann Desender

CFO Barco

Jean-Marie Vanderstichele

CFO Upgrade Estate

EMMANUEL COTTEM, DIVISIONAL COMMERCIAL CONTROLLER AT VANDEMOORTELE: This challenge enabled us to expand our knowledge in different financial fields. Based on our own experience and creativity, we could tackle cases that were outside our comfort zone

The jury will pay special attention to certain criteria: 

  • are the teams able to enlarge the scope of their approach and think and act from a business partner perspective? 

  • can the team charm the jury with an exquisite presentation? 

  • can you substantiate the choices you make? 

  • did the team pay equal attention to all three challenges? 

  • ...


  • At least 2 years of experience in a finance position

  • Member of the finance team of your company

  • Maximum age of 35

  • Fluent in English

  • IF you meet the criteria, but you are not fully part of the finance team of your company (for example: banker, consultant...), we will put you on the waiting list and contact you in case there are less than 32 participants. 



  • You participate in the two-day bootcamp at Dinant

  • You have enough spare time to meet up a few times with your teammates to solve the challenges in the period December 2020 > April 2021

  • You join the jurymeeting in April (date tbd)

  • You come to the awardceremony on April 22 (2021)


The total price is 1000 euros and includes: 

  • the two-day kick-off

  • presence during the awardshow

  • the possibility to invite one colleague to the workshops on April 22 (2021) 

  • the possibility to bring 5 colleagues to the Award Ceremony on April 22 (2021)

If for any reason, you decide to step out of the competition, we will not refund the fee of 1000 euros. 

Step 1: We advice you to first read our brochure, which can be downloaded below. Our brochure contains all necessary information with regard to te bootcamp, the cases, the award ceremony etc. 

Step 2: Send an e-mail to with your resume

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