3rd Startup Weekend Antwerp

    Friday, April 26 - 28, 2019

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3rd Startup Weekend Antwerp

Friday, April 26 - 28, 2019

Friday, April 26 - 28, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Digipolis Antwerpen
Generaal Armstrongweg 1
Antwerpen, Belgium 2020

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Your idea in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with? 

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.  

What do you need to bring?
Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.
Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.  

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience.
Your ticket includes:

  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.
Combine the power of entrepreneurship, innovation and technology to create positive impact on society. You also will: 

  • Pitch your idea (if you want to; it's an open stage format)
  • Form a team around an idea and make it real
  • Get coached by some of the toughest industry experts
  • Present your business model to a panel of expert judges and win amazing prizes
  • Share and connect with like-minded, passionate individuals

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

Still have questions, feel free to reach us at antwerp@startupweekend.org.   Don’t wait any longer and join the Techstars Startup Weekend movement!   No talk, all action!

Startup Weekend in Belgium
There has been 30 events in Belgium gathering 
2000 participants so far. 
With 15 events every weekend in the world, this is biggest catalyst of entrepreneurship powered by Techstars community.

About Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend are weekend events where startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups! With over 1.600 events in over 700 cities and 120 countries, Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals and teams to found successful startups.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: on Friday evening, you are invited to present your best idea and inspire others to join your team. Of course you don’t have to present your own idea. You may not be the next Elon Musk but you certainly possess valuable skills that other teams will be in need of. Once teams have been formed around the most convincing ideas, you will focus on business model creation, product designing, prototyping, coding and market validation.

Throughout the weekend, the teams will be supported by mentors and coaches, who are experts in their fields. The weekend culminates on Sunday evening with presentations in front of a top-class jury composed of entrepreneurial leaders and Changemakers. This is another opportunity for critical feedback. You can learn more about the  coaches and judges of Startup Weekend Changemakers below.

Winners will receive awesome awards along with prizes such as free design resources, free access to softwares, a spot in an incubator program to boost their startup and a space in a co-working place.

Practical details 

  • Standard ticket: 85€ ( Early birds : 65€ !  )
  • Student : 25€  ( Early birds : 20€ !  )
  • Demo Day:  25€ (Attend to the pitches and the closing ceremony on Sunday evening) 
Price includes food, drinks, coaching, office material and much more.

The event will be held in English.

The event will take place in Digipolis ICT - it is a bit outside of the city but can be easily by public transport or train. 

From Central Station
Station Teniers (Corner Frankrijklei – Teniersplaats)

  • Tram 10 (direction Hoboken Schoonselhof) > stop Generaal Armstrong of Kielpark
  • Bus 1 (direction Hoboken Polderstad) > stop Stedelijke Sporthal Kiel
  • Bus 13 (direction Hemiksem) > stop Stedelijke Sporthal Kiel
From Station Antwerpen-Berchem
Tramstop Station Antwerpen Berchem

  • Tram 4 (Direction Hoboken) > Stop Generaal Armstrong of Kielpark
  • Train till Station Antwerpen Zuid

If you have any questions or are interested in sponsoring the event, shoot us a message at antwerp@startupweekend.org. We can’t wait to meet you all there! 

Team SW Antwerp

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Friday April 26th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Pizza Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday April 27th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday April 28th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm
Walking Dinner

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Sven De Vocht
Directeur Dienstverlening


Coaches and Mentors

Simon Gerdesmann
Consultant and managing director

Simon is a multi-talented entrepreneur and consultant with primary focus on strategy, people skills, innovation and IT. 
He has en extensive background working with start-ups and small to mid scale enterprises. During the last years he participated in the establishment of different companies in the knowledge industry and the gaming industry. 
Nowadays he works for large corporates on innovation and IT projects via the tactical advisory group consulting firm where he is transitioning into a lead directing role. 
One of his mantras is in dutch is: where there is a will, there is is a way

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The 3rd Startup Weekend Antwerp team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.


Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Antwerp is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Thomas
  • Toon
  • Nikolas


Khizar Naeem
Head of Integrations @ Starred

Startup and Extreme sports enthusiast. Khizar works as Head of Integrations at Starred, a feedback scale-up in Amsterdam. Khizar has been involved in Startup Weekend since 2013 as a participant, volunteer, organizer, and facilitator. 

Event Staff

Viktor Richard Kozma
Software developer

You know.. I am that guy who wants to know everything about the world. I think there is no job what i wouldn't have tried out and i'm just 24 years old. Basically now I am a student of two universities, a full-time software developer, a freelancer web/motion designer, a sitebulider and a videographer. I hope We can meet and talk about everything sometime.

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