Techstars Startup Weekend Brussels

    Friday, May 17 - 19, 2019

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
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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         

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 

  • 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!


Friday May 17th

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 at the venue until midnight

Saturday May 18th

9:00 am
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

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

7:00 pm

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

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

Sunday May 19th

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 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!

Event Judges

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, 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, 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.

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).

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 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.
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  • Navid
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  • Chandan
  • Laura
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  • Celine
  • Julie
  • Kinda
  • Sarah
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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

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Marie Laenen

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. 

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