Techstars Startup Weekend Brussels

    Friday, May 17 - 19, 2019


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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Techstars Startup Weekend Brussels

Friday, May 17 - 19, 2019



Friday, May 17 - 19, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Solvay Brussels School of Management and Economics
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 42
Brussels, Brussels 1050

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Hello Brussels! We are back! Are you ready?

 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.
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 brussels@startupweekend.org         

This is the 12th edition of Techstars Startup Weekend in Brussels and we are celebrating it by inviting everyone with a passion for entrepreneurship to join us at the beautiful building of Solvay Brussels School for a thrilling experience! We will have top-notch mentors helping you curate your business idea and teach you all about creating a startup with workshops and one-on-one coaching. And we will have a lot of beer, food and fun to ensure the perfect weekend!

Practical details 

Price:
  • Standard ticket: 120€ (Super early-bird and Early-bird tickets are available! Hurry up!)
  • Student : 39€ 
  • Demo Day: 25€
Price includes food, drinks, coaching, office materials and much more.

The event will be held in English.
Don’t wait any longer and join the Techstars Startup Weekend movement!   No talk, all action!




EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday May 17th


6:30 pm
Registration
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
Voting
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 at the venue until midnight

Saturday May 18th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


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


12:30 pm
Lunch


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


7:00 pm
Dinner


8:30 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work at the venue until midnight

Sunday May 19th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


2:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place


5:00 pm
Final Presentations
You will have 5 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 and network!



Speakers


Stefan Ifrim
Founder of frimgle

Jack of all Trades passionately caught up in the Startup World and their critical need of Growth.

Event Judges


Cécile Jabaudon
Operational Director at Microsoft Innovation Center

Cécile Jabaudon is the Operational Director of the Microsoft Innovation Center Brussels (MIC Brussels) which aims at fostering technology adoption in the Brussels Capital Region. Cécile notably has an extensive experience in supporting starters and startups as well as understanding the IT sector’s needs.


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.


Cedric Donck
Business Angel

Cedric Donck is an experienced entrepreneur, who has launched various startups in the internet and communication sectors. He has sold some of these startups to major international communications groups, such as Omnicom and WPP. Since 2011, he is a professional Business Angel and has invested in over a dozen internet companies in Brussels, Paris and Madagascar. He is also a professor of Entrepreneurship at Solvay Business School, UBI and ISCAM, where he teaches business modelling, startup strategy and SME financing. In addition, Cedric founded two NGO’s (NewcoPark and Adanso), which promote entrepreneurship in Africa. Finally, he is the author of the book Pimento Map which presents a straight forward method to analyze Business Models.

When he drives his motorbike on the black roads, he loves to ride without helmet. It's dangerous but he loves that feeling of freedom so much...


Julie Foulon
Co-founder, MolenGeek & CEO Girleek.TECH

Julie Foulon is a community builder and the founder of Girleek.net, a platform which addresses the employment gap of women and minorities in the new technologies and digital sectors. During the past 3 years, she was the Managing Director of BetaGroup, the largest tech community of Belgium, and was organizing networking events, gathering every month +300 people, during which startups were pitching their products and services in front of the Belgian Tech ecosystem. Today, she’s the community manager of Start it @kbc Brussels, one of the 6 incubators that compose Start it @kbc, the biggest incubator of Belgium.


Olivier Witmeur
Professor of Entrepreneurship Solvay

Olivier Witmeur is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (SBS-EM) at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB). He teaches Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Finance to graduate and post-graduate students including entrepreneurs, managers, investors and consultants.
Olivier is also the Managing Director of Solvay Entrepreneurs, the entrepreneurship center of the university and the Deputy Dean for Executive Education at the SBS-EM. Besides the university, he is an active Board member and advisor in multiple growth oriented entrepreneurial ventures.


Aurélie Dekegeleer
Managing Director of Réseau Entreprendre Bruxelles

Aurélie is the managing director of Réseau Entreprendre Bruxelles and is also a business developper for Vox Collector. She combines corporate experience and entrepreneurial spirit.


Coaches and Mentors


Xavier Corman
Entrepreneur, Coach, Financial expert, CEO at eDebex.com

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 Edebex.com - 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.


Sana Afouaiz
Founder, Womanprneur Initiative

Sana Afouaiz is an award-winning, gender expert, and social entrepreneur. She established Womenpreneur organisation that empowers 10,000 women in 20 countries for the past 3 years. It is network that supports female entrepreneurs every year to grow their initiatives, leadership and their social impact. Through her work, Sana reached thousands of women and convened over 20 global events across different countries, to drive visibility, social impact, and resources for women in the ecosystem.​For the past five years, San has spoken in 40 countries at universities, panel discussions and international events. She advised United Nations, European Commission, corporate institutions and other organisations on gender agenda. She was also heavily involved in SDGs discussions, she helped drafting several resolutions and recommendations on gender in New York, Bali, Geneva, and Paris and presented to UN representatives, including the former Secretary-General Ban-ki-Moon.​Sana is Advisor Mentor for Queen’s Young Leaders; an initiative of the Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and The Royal Commonwealth Society, she assists this initiative on areas related to women business empowerment and influencing policy.In recognition of her achievements, Sana was named among 10 top inspiring women by the World Bank. Sana was also nominated among SE100 most inspiring Social Innovators in the World by Social Enablers, she was awarded Ashoka Changemaker Award, and she was named Influential female entrepreneur by Knowing Arabia, Watching Arabia and among 5 most inspiring and talented women by Moustacho.


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.


Rozina Spinnoy
Managing Director of Belgium Design Council

Rozina Spinnoy is a Design Strategist and Social Entrepreneur running her own NGO and SME's working across Europe and beyond.Wearing several hats and using her innovation and design management skills across a variety of sectors from Education, Equality, Inclusion, Women's issue, Mental Health, Urban Place-making and Civic Participation. An active volunteer and Board member for community organizations, including youth sports and neuro-diversity. More recently as a co-founder of the Women 100 initiative in Brussels. Rozina also champions the value of inclusive education and 'designing' inclusive communities with BIDs Belgium and Belgium Design Council. Along with her social and digital inclusion project Analogue to Digital, that has a focus on vulnerable and neuro-diverse youth. Rozina has an enthusiasm and vigour for work, life, family, building relationships. Gaining immense satisfaction with watching people flourish when design and creativity 'touches' their lives.  


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.  


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).


Sebastien Doyen
Internet Entrepreneur & e-Commerce Passionate

Specialties: Fundraising M&A Change management Business Development Global Online MarketingUsability & Information Design Conversion & Persuasion Marketing Start-up founder & coachEntrepreneurial spirit who turns Innovative Ideas into successful companies


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Brussels team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

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

  • Elena
    Tosheva
  • Navid
    Ardakanian
  • Riccardo
    Fredro
  • Chandan
    Agarwal
  • Laura
    Kemani
  • Mohamed
    Farrag
  • Celine
    Parascan
  • Julie
    Cobbaert
  • Kinda
    Ghannoum
  • Sarah
    Tioli
  • Michel
    Duchateau

Facilitators


Dwight Gunning
Software Engineer / Developer Advocate

I'm an Australian software engineer and entrepreneur, currently based in The Netherlands. After a successful career as a technology consultant I shifted focus toward consumer tech products and startups. I have both founded and worked as an early employee at several startups and experienced plenty of highs and lows along the way. My current day-job is an Engineer / Developer Advocate for Stream (TechStars NYC 2015).

On Startup Weekend: Since participating and becoming hooked for the first time in 2010, I've been involved with over twenty-five events across Australia, Asia, Europe and North America. I love discussing innovative ideas, tackling business model risks, and brainstorming to overcome technical challenges. Be sure to connect any time via www.dwightgunning.com.


Event Staff


Marie Laenen
Founder

Marie helps inspiring entrepreneurs and startups shape and launch their business in Brussels and Europe. She’s worked as a content marketer and digital consultant for various startups, companies and NGOs in the past. She often facilitates events and gives trainings. Among others, her goal is help women leaders thrive in the tech sector. 



Nicolas Frenay
Entrepreneur, Belgian Lead at Community Circles at Facebook

Nicolas is an entrepreneur who is passionate about building projects --> startups --> internationally growth machines via effective scale‐up strategies. 
Currently working on a new way of visual communication, Explained Reality (ER).

He is the driving force behind BeTech and supports bottom-up community building. 


Abdallah Karabatak
Public Banking and Financial institution at BNP Paribas Fortis

 


Ilaria Pittaluga
Producer & Director, Enfant Terrible Films

I write, direct and edit my own movies. I wish to give a voice to genuine point of views, with the help of truthful narratives and creative mises en scènes. I actively use audiovisual to put on the spot many socio-political causes I believe we should be discussing about. Anytime I work, I have one question in mind: what is worth talking about, today?


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