Techstars Startup Weekend Brussels Big Data 2019

    Friday, November 29 - December 1, 2019

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Techstars Startup Weekend Brussels Big Data 2019

Friday, November 29 - December 1, 2019

Friday, November 29 - December 1, 2019
Event starts at 5:45 pm

4 Rue des Pères Blancs
Brussels, Etterbeek 1040

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Your idea in 54 hours

Hello Brussels! We are back! Are you ready?

In this edition, we're exploring the opportunities of Big Data. Some say data is the new gold, but just like gold, it's more valuable when processed.
Develop your skills, learn and meet awesome people while exploring the big world of Big Data in this next edition of Techstars Startup Weekend!

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 

The event will be held in English.

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Friday November 29th

5:45 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 pm
Welcome Presentation
Aswell as a welcome speech by our guest of honor Barbara Trachte

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 until 2AM.

Saturday November 30th

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 until 2AM

Sunday December 1st

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

5:30 pm
Final Presentations

6:30 pm
Judging & Awards

7:00 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

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.

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.

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).

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Brussels Big Data 2019 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 Partnership

Organizing Team

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

  • Gabriela
  • Jean-Christophe
  • Toon
  • Michel


Michel Duchateau
Partner at Convidencia

Innovation coach, Partner & Chief Innovation Officer at Convidencia,

Michel supports organisations and entrepreneurs developing cooperation, agility, innovation and a sustainable performance. Actively involved in multiple startup communities, he coaches startups and animates hackathons and conferences. He collaborates with accelerators, incubators, business schools and public institutions in Europe.

Michel is Facilitator at Startup Weekend, author of the Hackathon Canvas and co-author of ParticipAgile.

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Chandan Agarwal
Full Stack Developer

Creater of Entrelancers community in Brussels. Specialise in building MVP/prototypes, web and mobile apps for startups, entrepreneurs using a lean methodology. 

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