Startup Weekend Brussels Artificial Intelligence 2018

    Friday, November 30 - December 2, 2018

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend Brussels Artificial Intelligence 2018

Friday, November 30 - December 2, 2018

Friday, November 30 - December 2, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

StartIt @KBC
Havenlaan 8/Avenue Du Port 8
Brussels, Belgium 1080

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Your idea in 54 hours

Join the first edition about Artificial Intelligence of Belgium !

Together with an awesome group of people, you'll work during 54 hours on the development of some disruptive and innovative businesses that use and empower Artificial Intelligence to contribute to solve problems. Some of the topics covered are: Health, waste management, education, social, mobility, access to energy, technology and much more.   

Do you have an idea you'd like to tackle 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 entrepreneurs, developers and designers 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
  • Test the limits of sleeplessness ;)  

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

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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: 89€ ( Early birds : 69€ ! 🤟 )
  • Student : 29€  ( Early birds : 19€ ! 🙌 )
Price includes food, drinks, coaching, office material and much more.

The event will be held in English.

The venue is quite central so there will be a lot of hostel options around too. Check out and for hostel options, and for apartments.

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

Team SW Brussels

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Friday November 30th

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

7:00 pm
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 2 am when the venue closes.

Saturday December 1st

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams prioritise their work for the weekend and start validating their ideas

11:00 am
Meet the coaches
Coaches are here to help you polish and execute on your idea

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!

7:00 pm

8:00 pm
After-dinner check-in and "How to prepare your Sunday pitch" workshop

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work until 2 am when the venue closes.

Sunday December 2nd

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
Final chance to consult with the coaches

2:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Pitch practice and tech-check

5:00 pm
Final Presentations
You will have 3 min to pitch and 2 min for Q&A with the jury

7:00 pm
Judging & Awards

7:30 pm
Dinner and celebration!
Time to celebrate Startup Weekend Brussels AI!

Event Judges

Kenny Willems
Strategic Advisor

Kenny is passionate about new technological (r)evolutions in various domains (digital/ICT, life-sciences, clean-tech, …) and about all aspects of entrepreneurship.
He's a “Generalist” with commercial drive, B2B biz-dev experience, sound financial background and ICT-expertise. 

Bart Becks
Founder & CEO at | Chairman at Euractiv

Bart is the founder of, a funding ecosystem for creatives and startups. He is also the Executive Chairman of of Euractiv.Additionally, Bart advises startups and scale-ups such as Showpad, Netlog, Storify, Mobile Vikings, Eventpulse, InThePocket and others. He also consults larger organisations on growth, innovation and venturing activities.

Agnese Di Paolo
Innovation Leader & Entrepreneur | Associate Shareholder at The Bayard Partnership

Agnese is a Senior Project/Program Manager with large experience in the ICT sector.

After her studies in Electronic Engineering and Artificial Intelligence at the Politecnico di Milano, she has spent quite some time in the Silicon Valley participating in the emergence of the new media and she has been working internationally focusing on the convergence of technologies: Fixed and Mobile Telecom, Digital TV, Videotelephony, Connected Home, IOT, Smart cities and Mobility. 

Agnese is passionate about Innovation and Design, Leadership and Collective Intelligence. Her mission is to lead innovation within companies and organizations in order to improve the quality of life and environment, using technologies.

Agnese joined The Bayard Partnership in 2007, becoming a shareholder in 2009. Today she serves on the Steering Committee of Bayard Belgium.

Toon Vanagt
Tech entrepreneur, lean startup coach & angel investor

Toon has been a startup entrepreneur since 1999. His latest ventures are (structuring Belgian business information from official sources) and (full text search in millions of legal publications). Both these freemium businesses are build on unstructured data and heavily relying on open data. Toon is a strong believer of all things open, which he supports via the non-profit Open Knowledge Belgium. He enjoys being the "master of ceremony" during FinTech events, which has grown into a grass root non-profit federating the Belgian FinTech community.

Toon has a broad experience in all aspects of setting up, managing and scaling internet ventures. His career is filled with hands-on experience in delivering e-business, consulting, big data and ICT projects in general. Toon splits his professional time between entrepreneurial and innovation coaching roles, while trying to keep focus on the development of his ventures. Interested in early-stage startups as well as companies “on the bubble”.

Claire Munck
CEO Be Angels

Since 2013 Claire serves as Chief Executive Officer at Be Angels, a 20-year old business angel group for the French-speaking part of Belgium, and one of Europe's largest and most active. Her key responsibilities include business development, recruitment of new investors, deal making, and the management of the women angel group she created in 2012 as a subsidiary of Be Angels. Be Angels proposes several ways to engage as an angel including co-investment opportunities and participation in the growth of companies previously funded by angels through a SCALE I Fund (2,5 M €) set up in 2017. Claire previously collaborated with Go Beyond, a cross-border platform of services for early stage investors, on business development (international angel training activities) and product development (investor groups) activities. In 2013, Claire joined the Board of Business Angels Europe, as responsible for Global Strategy and the BAE Club. She was one of the funding Executive Committee members of the Global Business Angel Network. Claire spent close to 10 years with EBAN, the European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds and other market players, including 5 years as Managing Director from 2006 to 2011. Prior to that, Munck was project manager for EURADA - European Association of Regional Development Agencies - one of the founding members of EBAN. She has also made a number of angel investments directly or as part of an investor group.

Coaches and Mentors

Xavier Corman
Entrepreneur, Coach, Financial expert, Director at FINTECH BELGIUM

After gaining a degree in International Relations from Université Catholique de Louvain, Xavier Corman wasted no time setting up his first communication firm. In 2008-2009, he completed an Executive Master’s in Finance at Solvay and, from 2009 to 2013, worked as a freelance CFO supporting businesses in difficulty and high-growth companies. 
His enthusiasm for technology naturally guided him towards web start-ups and, since 2009, he has garnered renowned expertise in the financial management of SMEs and their cash flow problems. 
In 2013, he, along with 3 co-founders, launched - a quick, secure and efficient solution for companies wanting to optimize their working capital and improve their treasury and liquidity management. Edebex gives companies a platform for selling their receivables (invoices) to cash-rich investors looking for investment.
Today, Edebex is active in 5 countries and with 40 persons, has already sold for more than 250 million EUR of invoices.

Philippe Szombat
Co-Founder. Increasing Sales Efficiency => Strategy/Training/Coaching/Talent Management

Philippe Szombat est un expert en vente internationale et keynote speaker spécialisé en entrepreneuriat, moyennes et grandes entreprises. Il a travaillé pendant 15 ans dans des sociétés de la liste Fortune Global 500 telles XEROX, HP, Unisys et Oracle. Il a co-fondé TweetWall Pro en 2011 (actuellement connu sous le nom de SocialWall Pro) et a fait son succès au niveau mondial avec des clients tels que The Voice, Mobile World Congress, Obama et le co-fondateur de Twitter Biz Stone.Il a fondé BrightBiz en 2013 où, depuis, il a aidé des centaines de sociétés à rencontrer le succès, en leur donnant des stratégies, des formations et du coaching de vente. Il a ouvert avec son associé Pascal Pytel une Sales Academy en 2017.Il est notamment mentor à Techstars Paris, au Founder Institute, ScaleUp Porto, Digital Attraxion, et KBC Start it.
------Philippe Szombat is an international sales expert and keynote speaker specialized in entrepreneurship, medium-size companies and large corporations. He has worked 15 years for Fortune Global 500 companies such as XEROX, HP, Unisys and Oracle. He co-founded TweetWall Pro in 2011 (currently know as SocialWall Pro) and made its success worldwide with clients such as The Voice, Mobile World Congress, Obama and the co-founder of Twitter Biz Stone.He founded BrightBiz in 2013 where, since then, he helps hundreds of companies to reach success by giving them sales strategies, training & coaching. He opened a Sales Academy with his associate Pascal Pytel, in 2017.He uses to be mentor at Techstars Paris, Founder Institute, ScaleUp Porto, Digital Attraxion, KBC Start it.

Yorick Cool
SMB coach/Interim Manager | Operations | IT | Productivity | Digital tools | Time management | Leadership | Innovation

Yorick is a very simple man. He has spent his career obsessed with one question: “How will we do this?”. Other people have innovative ideas about what to do, he usually steps in to challenge how these ideas will be realised, how success will be measured, how we'll get there from here, how risks will be mitigated… Whether as a projet manager, a team manger or as an advisory consultant, those are the questions he has tirelessly asked in organisations large and small for the past 15 years. And has helped answer, thankfully. 

Valérie-Anne Waroux

Thierry Croix
Senior UX Adviser

We do not say it's Batman, we just say you've never seen them both in the same room at the same time! »
Ux Designer by training, but also actor and trainer, fan of Geek culture, superheroes and cooking. Partner at Go to Next Levels sprl. Thierry specializes in storytelling and user experience. And through his career as an actor, he also trains sales people, managers or CEOs in public speaking, pitch and presentation.

Loic Pecher
Business Developer, Entrepreneur, Coach

Loïc is Managing Partner at COVENTURIS, a Business Development Office which develops new business projects focusing on the smart city sector and on the transportation of goods and people. On the one hand, the company builds its own ventures (e.g. TransBev); on the other hand, it provides expertise (business model, customer acquisition, financing, internationalization) to selected scale-ups and leading research centres (e.g. CommuniThings, MOBI-VUB). He is also start-up coach at the StarTech programme (WSL, AEI). He previously co-founded Pictawall. Loïc benefits from a strong international network, gathering more than 13 years of experience in various sectors (transport, smart cities, ICT, water treatment, recycling and real estate), across Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean and North America. Before to start its entrepreneurial journey he managed projects ranging up to 40M$ (e.g. BESIX, SUEZ), participated to raise up to 70M$ in funding from NYC investors and gained strategic expertise through international joint-ventures, disputes resolutions and restructuring involving private partners and governments. He holds a Master of Science in Electromechanical Engineering (Brussels and Montreal).

Louis-Philippe Loncke
Explorer ● Adventurer ● Speaker

Explorer. Adventurer. Speaker.
Louis-Philippe has been working in 15+ companies holding positions in Sales support / IT project management / IT service management and since June 2017 he's working as GDPR and Data Protection consultant. On top of his career, he's an entrepreneur and well known adventurer and explorer with expeditions on 4 continents. He has a large network in various fields and he can leverage on it to find you clients or early adopters.

Budhaditya Bhattacharya
Founder @ WAYV Digital and Singapore City AI ambassador

Budha is the founder of WAYV Digital, helping to formulate and execute growth strategies for social impact businesses. WAYV Digital provides business coaching, technology consultancy and skills development services for startups, scale ups and corporates with a focus on tackling the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Budha is a digital nomad with a background in technology and experience in strategic innovation management, and has helped architect solutions to solve key business challenges in the fields of Education, Healthcare as well as Disability-care. He is also the ambassador for CITY AI, Singapore, a not-for-profit community of AI practitioners, developers, entrepreneurs and enthusiasts exploring the applications of AI. Singapore is one of 60+ cities around the world dedicated towards building a high-profile network, providing engaging events & curating top-trending content with a goal to multiply the AI talent pool and allow for better application of AI globally.  

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Brussels Artificial Intelligence 2018 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.




Community Partners

Organizing Team

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

  • Elena
  • Michel
  • Marie
  • Jean-Christophe
  • Gregoire
    de Hemptinne
  • Rosiana
  • Mohamed
  • Celine
  • Kinda
  • Ali


Tracey Keogh
Community Manager at Bank of Ireland

Tracy is Co Founder at Lokr.

Previously Tracy has won best pitch at Startup Weekend Dublin and has also organised and been lead organiser at Startup Weekend Dublin!

She runs a number of community events, holds a board seat on the Irish Internet Assoc. and has experience in getting multiple startups off the ground.

Event Staff

Abdallah Karabatak
Public Banking and Financial institution at BNP Paribas Fortis


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