Startup Weekend Brussels: Makers Edition

    Friday, May 8 - 10, 2015

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Startup Weekend Brussels: Makers Edition

Friday, May 8 - 10, 2015

Friday, May 8 - 10, 2015
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Place Sainte-Gudule 5
Brussels, Brussels 1000

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Build, Create, Make : Be an Entrepreneur, Be a Maker !!!

Brace yourselves, Belgium's first ever Makers Startup Weekend is here - bringing the Maker's Movement to the Capital of Europe - For full details, go to!

The maker culture is a contemporary subculture representing a technology-based extension of DIY (Do It Yourself) culture. All of us are Makers, we make our world:

You too, can be a Maker! Whatever your background, you can become a Maker and a Startup Weekend Maker is an excellent place to start.

You will have access to 3D printers, Industrial-grade laser cutters and other machinery at FabLab, and open source hardware to prototype your idea.

You will:
- Pitch your idea (if you want to)
- Form a team around an idea and make it real
- Get grilled and coached by some of the toughest industry experts
- Present to a panel of expert judges and win amazing prizes
- Get a starters kit with basic hardware to be used in prototyping
- Test the limits of sleeplessness ;)

This will be the 1st event of its kind in Belgium where the local startup ecosystem will join in for a three day marathon of co-creation, making and growth-hacking!

Check out the first-timer's experience here:

Given the elaborate set up involved, places are limited so book your spot NOW:

STUDENTS: Use STU as promo code to get 15% off. You'll be asked to show your Student ID at the entrance!

- Catering for the weekend
- Starters kit per team
- 3D printing materials
- Access to coaching and mentoring with our experts

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 weekend frenzy of business model creation, product designing, prototyping, business coaching 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 challenging and can be grueling. But, if you can stick it out, you will have gained the equivalent of months worth of learning, building, and networking in one weekend. Hell, you might even start your first company!

Whether you start companies, find a co-founder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside the usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. 

The event will be held in English.

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

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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Friday May 8th

6:00 pm
Registration + Dinner
Arrive at the venue and get checked in. Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 pm
Opening Ceremony
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce SW Brussels Maker Organizers, Facilitator, and host sponsors.

7:20 pm
Pitches Start
Open mic: optionally line up to give your pitch!

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:20 pm
Idea Selection + Team Formation
Top 10 ideas selected and team formation around them

8:50 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 May 9th

9:00 am
Arrive, breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm
Served around the working space

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
Served around the working space

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking Cocktail
Walking buffet dinner, with music and networking

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 you want. The venue will be open overnight!

Sunday May 10th

9:00 am
Arrive, breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm
Served around the working space

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 and prototype, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm
Closing Ceremony
With final presentations and speakers

6:30 pm
Judging & Awards
Winners announced, and awards handed out!

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Walking dinner, with music, drinks and networking

Coaches and Mentors

Carl Danneels

Carl is a Lean Startup coach, helping Start-ups & Organizations to become leaner in their Innovation & Improvement efforts, leading to more effective results. He is driving the Lean Startup Circle BXL (640+ members) & Lean Startup Flanders (100 members) and is a startup mentor at VOKA (Bryo) and the Founder Institute.

Tom Collins

After Tom received a first with honours and awards for his graduate exhibition on "The Convergence of Cloud Computing, Smart Devices & the Internet of Things", he went on to co-found AllThingsTalk and the SmartLiving project, assuming a jack-of-all-trades role spanning architecture, DevOps, full stack and mobile development. Tom's latest mission is to support startups and organisations through the IoT Methodology, sharing toolkits, design patterns and lessons for building IoT solutions.

Organizing Team

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

  • Ali
  • Jasper
  • Rustam
  • Askim
  • Elena
  • Paulo


Wessel Kooyman
CEO of Cole Street

Wessel is a technology expert and entrepreneur, who's been active in the startup world since 1998. He spent 8 years in Silicon Valley, and is a mentor at Le Camping, Seedcamp, and other events and accelerators. Cole Street is a web and mobile development company that specializes in working with startups.

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