Testimonials

In the last three decades 416 talented young professionals and over 200 international companies have benefited from their association with the Prince Albert Fund.  Find out how the Fund has contributed to their personal career development and international business expansion, as they share with us their experiences below.

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Jan-Carl Dewulf - Participant 2016

"I have come to strongly appreciate the spirit of entrepreneurship and courage it takes to start up a new company."

Dewufl Jean Carl at GuardScare

Role

Jan-Carl Dewulf’s mission was to help GuardSquare, a company creating premium software for the protection of mobile applications, develop in the U.S. market.

Responsibilities

Jan-Carl’s initial focus was to establish a footprint for GuardSquare, mainly in Silicon Valley, and create a network for the company. He worked out of San Francisco, which was his first major challenge, given the large number of start-ups and entrepreneurs in the area. Fortunately, he was able to rely on the popularity of the company’s open-source software among developers, which opened many doors.

As a result, Jan-Carl managed to secure sales. Given the potential of the American market, GuardSquare decided to go ahead with opening an office in the United States, of which Jan-Carl had to oversee the administrative and organizational aspects.

How he benefited

Looking back on this period, Jan-Carl explains that he has become more focused and goal- oriented while developing his commercial skills. “I was given the opportunity to sell our products to world-class companies such as WhatsApp, Uber and major banks and credit card providers.”

During that year, GuardSquare managed to grow sales in the U.S. by almost a factor 4, making it 
a successful year for the American branch and helping the company reach its ambitious 2016 target. “I am honored to have contributed to the start of a Belgian success story.”

The company – GuardSquare

GuardSquare is the global reference in mobile application protection against reverse engineering and hacking. Its software products are used across the world in a broad range of industries, from financial services, e-commerce and the public sector to telecommunication, gaming and media. GuardSquare is based in Leuven (Belgium) and San Francisco (USA).

“During the project, Jan-Carl acquired more sales skills, negotiation skills, knowledge of U.S. administration, U.S. business experience and knowledge about IT security. We will continue to develop these skills together with him.”

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