Startup Weekend Brussels Ageing Population

    Friday, February 27 - March 1, 2015

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Startup Weekend Brussels Ageing Population

Friday, February 27 - March 1, 2015

Friday, February 27 - March 1, 2015
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Transforma BXL
Perulaan 80
Brussels, Belgium 1000

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This is the first vertical Startup Weekend edition in Brussels!

We are glad to announce that, for the first time in Brussels, we are launching a vertical Startup Weekend. A vertical edition is a Startup Weekend with a theme.

In partnership with, EAHSA, Fondation Roi Baudouin, Microsoft, Microsoft Innovation Center Brussels and BNP Paribas Fortis, your Startup Weekend Brussels organizers team is proud to introduce 

For this particular edition, health industry experts and entrepreneurs are invited to join their forces in order to design uber products & solutions to challenges our ageing population is facing. 

Check the Brainstorm tool to get ideas!

Here is our online brainstorm tool where you can share your thoughts & insights on the needs or requirements which apply to ageing population. Please have look and share your views!

Have you ever felt the urge to:

  • Lock yourself in a room with 150 people for 54 hours
  • Test your limits of sleep deprivation
  • Get grilled by some of the toughest industry experts around
If the answer is yes, then chances are, you’re a crazy-ass entrepreneur and you should probably check out. Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. 

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback. It isn’t always pretty. It will be one of the most gruelling, mentally-draining weekends of your life. The event will be held in English.

What’s the program?

On Friday evening, participants present their fresh new ideas. Best ideas are selected and teams are formed to start their projects. Over the activities during the weekend, participants get valuable advices, inspiration, coaching, and new contacts. The goal is to develop a “working prototype” and a “business model” to present on Sunday evening to a jury of experts. Best projects are then awarded and the weekend ends celebrating participants.Startup Weekend is an opportunity to show your talents, your skills, and to share ideas. It is also a excellent way to collaborate with professionals from different horizons and to meet real entrepreneurs, journalists and investors.

Why attend a Startup Weekend event?

Call us biased, but we think that there are dozens of reasons why you should come to a Startup Weekend! Since we know your time is valuable, we’ll only list the top eight:

Education and coding:
Startup Weekends are all about learning through the act of creating. Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go.
Build your network:
This isn’t just a happy-hour. Startup Weekend attracts your community’s best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or even an investor.
Co-Founder Dating:
We all know it’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to find someone you can actually launch a startup with.
Learn a new skill: 
Step outside of your comfort zone. With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends are perfect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or just try something different.
Actually launch a business:
Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months. Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.
Get face time with thought leaders:
Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends as coaches and judges. Get some one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in your community.
Save money & get stuff:
Startup Weekend tickets cover seven meals, snack, access to exclusive resources from our sponsors, and of course, all the coffee you can drink.
Join a global community:
Join over 45,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all on a mission to change the world.


The bootcamp is like a pre-Startup-Weekend event aimed to help early entrepreneurs getting familiar with basic tools used during a Startup Weekend (Business Model Canvas, Agile methodologies, etc.). The ultimate goal is to help participants save time during the weekend as time spent learning is time not spent working on the startup projects.
During the bootcamp, we will invite experienced participants, coaches, organizers, partners and jury members to share their expertise on various topics from Lean Startup and Business Model Generation to the art of pitching to a jury of investors. There will be pop-up workshops, which means our experts may spontaneously suggest one-hour workshop sessions.
When? 2015 Feb. 25, 6pm-10pm
Where? ICHEC PME, Bâtiment E, Rue au Bois 365 A, 1150 Bruxelles

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Friday February 27th

6:00 pm
Registration Starts
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:10 pm
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 February 28th

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 March 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

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

4:30 pm
Final Presentations

7:00 pm
Judges deliberate

7:10 pm
Speaker gives an inspiring talk.

7:30 pm

8:00 pm
Dinner & networking

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Leo Exter
Leo is founder of, a social network of entrepreneurs, mentors and investors. Leo is also partner of, connecting entrepreneurs with healthcare.

Leo is co-founder and Partner in HealthStartup, an international network of healthcare experts, patients, web and mobile entrepreneurs, Pharma and IT corporates, policy makers and investors.  HealthStartup organizes high-level conferences and creates brand-new digital health startups with dedicated healthcare hackathons HackForHealth and Hack Epilepsy   Leo is also founder of, network of over 4,400 entrepreneurs worldwide, co-founder of a multitude of events for startups like Bizcamp and Startup Weekend. He managed the Microsoft Innovation Center’s Boostcamp startup acceleration program and mentored dozens of entrepreneurs and startup teams.

Event Judges

Vincent Dupont (President of the Jury)
Director Western Europe Health, Partners & Industry Market Development

Entrepreneurial self-made man with a passion in Health, as a native EU citizen being by default a polyglot, my personal life reflected very strong business acumen, people knowledge in sales and being very results-driven.
Motivated in the current new world by people – processes – technology, I consider myself very pragmatic with common sense and a good communicator with a passion for networking.

Health is since 15 yrs part of my DNA, being very passionated about the Copernican shift (the Paradigm Shift - the Change) in Health, putting the patient/consumer at the center and how this impacts or business (human) behavior.

Pénélope Roux
Operational Director at Microsoft Innovation Center Brussels

Pénélope Roux is the Operational Director of the Microsoft Innovation Center in Brussels (MIC Brussels), which was created in 2011. The MIC Brussels is a public and private partnership between Microsoft and the Brussels Government which supports entrepreneurship and IT companies in the Brussels Region with a special focus on Cloud technologies. The MIC organizes coaching sessions for entrepreneurs, and among other activities, runs 2 Boostcamps per year, to support IT entrepreneurs who wish to transform their idea into a company. The MIC Brussels organizes more than 150 events per year, directed to entrepreneurs, developers and SMEs.

Pénélope started her career at Microsoft France in 2005, where she worked as a Marketing and Communication manager on programs for IT professionals, developer audiences, and then for IT decision makers, as well as for the BizSpark program, the Microsoft program directly to Tech Startups.

Thierry Paulhac
Senior Advisor Healthcare sector, BNP Paribas

Thierry Paulhac is Senior Advisor for the Healthcare sector at BNP Paribas Corporate Finance.
Thierry’s expertise spans over three decades in the banking industry where he held various leadership positions with a specific focus on the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare sectors. 
Thierry Paulhac is a seasoned banker with a large experience in Corporate Finance. He started his career at Banque Paribas in 1982 and worked for 11 years as Head of the Mid-Cap team within the Private Banking Department. In 1993, he joined the Corporate Finance division of Paribas, which became BNP Paribas in 2000 after the merger with Banque Nationale de Paris, where he managed the Pharmaceutical and Chemical Group. In 2008 he was appointed Head of Healthcare Group. In that capacity, he successfully advised several major acquisitions, sales and public offerings for large Corporates.

Olivier Naeyart
Director ICT at UZ Brussel

Olivier is the ICT director at UZ Brussel

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.

Cédric Donck
Founder and Board Member Pimento Map

Cédric Donck is an experienced entrepreneur, who launched various start-ups in the internet and communication sector. He also sold some of these start-ups to major international communication groups, such as Omnicom and WPP.  Since 2011, he is a professional Business Angel and has invested in 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 modeling, startup strategy and SME financing.
He also founded two NGO’s (NewcoPark and Adanso), active in promoting entrepreneurship in Africa.
He is the author of the book 'Pimento Map' which presents a straight forward method to analyze Business Models.

Jo Dumortier
Director Business Transformation & Development at Partena

Jean-Claude Lemper
Chef du service de Gériatrie Ste Anne-St Remi /Chirec

Since several years, the Doctor Lemper is considered by his peers as one of the leading specialists in geriatrics. The Doctor Lemper is currently working as head of service in Chirec (hospital St Anne St-Remi).
The Doctor Lemper is currently president of the « Collège des Médecins pour les services de Gériatrie » and a formal member of the « International  Psychogeriatric Association »

Natalie Briffa Farrugia
Owner, Caremalta group

Ms Natalie Briffa Farrugia graduated in Psychology and Management studies in 1995 from the University of Malta. A year later, she read for her post-graduate certificate in Education and in 1999 graduated in Gerontology and Geriatrics from the European Centre of Gerontology at the University of Malta. As part of her under-graduate studies, she also carried out studies at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, USA. After finishing her studies, she spent 10 years doing voluntary work in Guatemala and Ethiopia offering her services to sick and dying people and also working in the educational field. She rejoined the Care Malta Group in 2006 and was employed as Director of Operations. In 2010, she was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of CareMalta Group Ltd. Ms Briffa Farrugia’s extensive experience in the industry, her passion to made a difference in people’s lives, her strong background in voluntary work and her academic background in psychology and gerontology help in strengthening  the care philosophy within the group and enhance the group’s commitment to achieve the highest quality of care in the industry. In 2012, Natalie Briffa Farrugia has been appointed President of the European Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing in Brussels, Belgium.

Coaches and Mentors

Regis Lemmens
Founder at SalesCubes, Sales Strategy & Co-Creation Specialist

Regis graduated with an MBA from Surey University and a PhD in Sales Management from the Robert Gordon University. He is a visiting professor in Sales and Sales Management at Tiasnimbas Business School (Tilburg) and at Cranfield University (UK). In 2010, he launched the research project called “Sales Management 2020” in collaboration Tiasnimbas and Cranfield University.

With his experience, Regis helps startups and entrepreneurs in Sales Management as a Sales Strategy Specialist at Impulse Brussels.

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.

Laurent Hermoye
Founder of Imagilys

Laurent Hermoye is a Belgian entrepreneur, CEO of the neurological imaging company Imagilys, which he founded in 2005. Starting from scratch, and against all odds, he led his company to a strategic position in the niche market of advanced brain imaging. Through its software suite, Imagilys helps its customers, worldwide, to improve the diagnosis and to optimize the treatment of the most severe neurological diseases. Laurent's entrepreneurial methods are inspired from the latest American trends, based on agile methods, customer funding, and continuous improvement of soft skills. He has been riding horses for more than 30 years.

Karol Dulat

Karol is a UX Designer for digital products and services, specialising in convergent solutions for multiple platforms (mobile-web-TV). 

He has a strong background in usability engineering, information architecture and interaction design. 
With his experience he provided UX solutions for various clients in USA and Europe, from small business to organisations and Fortune 500 companies.  He designed for Time Warner, Washington Post, ING, BNP Paribas Fortis, Mars, Belgacom to name just few.

In 2014 he joined where he continues to design UX solutions.

Simon Desbarax

I am Simon Desbarax, co-founder of Neveo. We act as communication facilitators for elderly people and their family. In my previous life, I launched another start-up in the music industry and possess also 4 years of experience in business development. I own an International Trade Diploma from EPHEC.

Lionel Anciaux
Entrepreneur, Interim Manager, Consultant | President cluster SoftwareInBrussels

Entrepreneur with strong Business Development & Technology skills, mainly focused on high-tech ventures in B2B (mobile, web apps / SaaS, IoT). What he likes most is building bridges between technologies and business needs on one hand, and between culture and countries differences on the other hand.  Lionel is the founder of mobile token (now EMIXIS), also manages the commerce web site (organic cosmetics). He’s the president of the SoftwareInBrussels cluster gathering software companies in Brussels.

Bryan Cassady
Managing Director at Fast Bridge Consulting

Bryan has built 10 companies in 6 countries.  His track record is 8 wins, 1 break-even and 1 failure.    Bryan recently moved from building companies to helping entrepreneurs build their dreams. He is currently director of the Founders Institute Brussels, lead mentor in Inacademy (The World's Largest Entrepreneurship Summer School), and works as a startup business coach. In addition to working with start-ups, he helps larger companies create and build innovative businesses ideas as the Managing Director of Fast Bridge Consulting.   He has also worked as professor of New Product Marketing (4 years KU Leuven) and Innovation Management (Solvay 1 year).   Bryan is a passionate believer in everyone’s ability to innovate/build new businesses. He is currently working on a book “How to Innovate like a (successful) start-up”. This book is being written for people interested in innovating faster/better with lower risk.

Rodolphe d'Udekem
Business & Finance Advisor at IMPULSE

Rodolphe is Business & Finance Advisor at IMPULSE. He is looking for exciting challenges allowing him to use, share and broaden his existing range of financial, commercial and communication skills.

Laurent Mikolajczak
Founder of & Startup mentor

Laurent Mikolajczak is founder of, a social impact startup that helps governments of low-income countries to better manage their health financing system by delivering web applications and services. Laurent also cofounded or actively participated in several startups, such as, Djengo/Djump, and He is a freelance web starters coach and eMarketing advisor. He also manages web development projects and teams as well as web technical architectures. He likes helping people within projects or organizations to think outside their usual frame of reference. He enjoys focusing on people, team and startups strategic or day-to-day problems, and helping them to find creative solutions. After a master in Business Management and IT, he started his career in the consulting world (IBM & Arthur Andersen) and then worked for several years as a web developer and a web project manager. 

His super power
: Active listening!

Azèle Mathieu
Manager cluster at

Azèle worked formerly as a Business and Finance Advisor at the Brussels Enteprise Agency, providing support to entrepreneurs (innovative start-ups and established companies) on setting-up of their business and financial plans, as well asoptimising their access to financing sources. Previously Azèle has been working as a Business Development Manager at Bone Therapeutics and before that, as a Business Development Manager at the Technology Transfer Office of ULB, in charge of the negotiation of intellectual property rights licensing-out contracts and research contracts, in the health sector.

In addition to her full-time job, Azèle holds a position as Professor at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management for two courses: (i) “Technology Transfer” for the Master degree and (ii) “Business Planning (for entrepreneurial ventures)”for the MBA degree. Her main field of interest relates to the management and to the support to innovation. Azèle holds a PhD in Economics and Management, she also holds a Master of Sciences in Management from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management.

Thomas Daenen
Attorney-at-law - Corporate

Thomas is a lawyer specialized in corporate law, banking and finance. Thomas represents his clients daily in a variety of corporate operations including shareholder agreement, M&A, fundraising, joint ventures and restructuring. In 2016, he co-founded Beyond law firm (, a niche law firm dedicated to innovative companies and entrepreneurs with a particular focus in ICT, digital-media and startups. Thomas maintains close ties with many different public and private actors supporting innovation and creativity especially in Wallonia and Brussels. He is a founding member of the non profit organization GOTORO which promotes various projects related to innovation in Liege region : TEDxLiège, startup week-end Liege, Pechakucha… (

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Organizing Team

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  • Jérôme
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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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