Startup Weekend Brussels FinTech

    Friday, October 9 - 11, 2015

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Startup Weekend Brussels FinTech

Friday, October 9 - 11, 2015

Friday, October 9 - 11, 2015
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Place Sainte-Gudule 5
Brussels, Belgium 1040

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Financial services innovation in the heart of Europe!

Financial technology, also known as FinTech, is a line of business based on using software to provide financial services. FinTech companies are generally startups founded with the purpose of disrupting incumbent financial systems and providing services such as mobile payments, money transfers, loans, fundraising and even asset management.You too, can be a Fintech innovator, whatever your background, and a Startup Weekend FinTech is an excellent place to start. You will have access to financial experts, software packages, and open source innovation to prototype your idea.You will:

  • Pitch your idea (if you want to; its an open stage format)
  • 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
  • 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!


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

  • Catering for the entire weekend;
  • Opportunity to pitch your idea and recruit team members;
  • Work materials;
  • Access to coaching and mentoring with our experts.
STUDENTS: Use STU as promo code to get 15% off. You'll be asked to show your Student ID at the entrance!

Looking forward to seeing you there!
Team SWFinTech Brussels

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Friday October 9th

5:30 pm
Gates open
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:20 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:30 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 October 10th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

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

5:30 pm
Pre-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

7:30 pm

11:30 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday October 11th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Working time
Finalize your work, integrate coaching feedback.

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

4:00 pm
Closing ceremony
With final presentations and speakers.

6:30 pm
Judging & Awards

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

Organizing Team

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

  • Ali
  • Jasper
  • Askim
  • Sophia
  • Davide


Ali Sohail
Co-founder at deskOteque

Ali is an active startup community organizer, speaker and entrepreneur.

He is a co-founder in deskOteque, a platform that helps flex workers find the working space around them and pay-per-use for access. It has verified venues like coworking spaces, bars, cafés and restaurants available. 

Ali is also an experienced trainer, public relations professional and a certified peak performance coach. His passion lies in connecting people and helping them realize their (entrepreneurial) vision.

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