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Katrien Herdewyn

Founder Elegnano


+1 510 778 6537


Date of Birth

April 3rd, 1987

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40 under 40 Belgium (2021)

Honorary Professor, University of Leuven (KUL) (2021)

Inspiring Fifty Belgium (2020)

TEDx Speaker (2015)

A Bit About Me

Everybody has a story. Mine starts in the early nineties. As a little girl, I was obsessed with shoes. After a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering & Material Sciences and a Master in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, I obtained a degree in Fashion Footwear Design. In 2014, I started my own company - Elegnano® - combining my passion for science, technology, and shoes.

Over the past years, I have been on stage giving lectures and presentations for national and international audiences of all backgrounds about Elegnano®, (female) entrepreneurship, fashion tech, international business, nanotechnology, sustainability in the fashion industry, etc.

A Selection of Recent Talks & Publications

Talks & Presentations at

  • TEDx Ghent

  • imec

  •    American Chamber of Commerce & Belgian Chamber of Commerce

  • Deloitte

  • BNP Paribas Fortis

  • ONSemi

  • General Electric

  • European Union & Flanders Investment and Trade - Week of Europe

  • San Francisco Fashion Week

  • EU Horizon 2020 - WEAR Sustain

  • Knack DataNews - She Goes ICT

  • Federation of Belgian Enterprises

  • Academics for Technology - Women in Tech Gala

  • Vlerick Business School

  • European National Young Academy

  • KULeuven

  • Belgian Business Club Los Angeles

  • European Chamber of Commerce - European Pitch Night

  • Erasmus Mundus Nanotechnology Conference


And many more




Recent Publications

And many more