Startup Weekend Liege Airport, Horse Edition

    Friday, October 27 - 30, 2017

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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Liege Airport, Horse Edition

Friday, October 27 - 30, 2017

Friday, October 27 - 30, 2017
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Liege Airport
Terminal 2
Bierset, Liege 4460

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For the first time ever, a startup weekend on the equine industry at a location where thousands of horses transit each year.

Startup Weekend Liege decided to honour the billion dollar industry that revolves around the horse. 

The horse industry might not be well know in the startup community but it's not for its lack of new technology. The industry gathers cutting-edge technology in various fields that craves to become mainstreamed within the equine sector and above and beyond! 

Join us and make this edition the best Horse Edition of all time!!! Yep, it will also be the first Horse Edition in the history of Startup Weekends!

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Friday October 27th

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

6:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders.

6:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch. Brainstorm ideas first if the line is too thin.

7:45 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:00 pm
Dinner & Discuss projects
Eat food, get to know fellow participants, shop between ideas, choose your team

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.

11:00 pm
Venue closing
Finish up, make sure you've got each other's info and leave the premises.

Saturday October 28th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:30 pm

1:30 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!

7:00 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

11:00 pm
Finished for the day. Leave the premises.

Sunday October 29th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:30 pm

1:30 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

5:00 pm
Submit & Clean
All PDF presentations must be submitted to the organisation befor 5pm. The room must be cleaned up and spotless before moving on the Terminal 2 for the big finale.

6:00 pm
Final Presentation
15 min introduction by facilitator then 5 min presentation per project.

7:30 pm
Deliberation & Conference
Judges exit to deliberate while the public is kept entertained by an great speaker.

8:00 pm
Judging & Awards
It's prize time

8:30 pm
Amuse Bouche & Feedbacks
Drinks and appetisers for all to facilitate discussions about what just happened.

9:00 pm
Walking Dinner
Keep 'em coming and networking.

10:30 pm
Musical Ambiance
Release the tension and lower inhibitions

Monday October 30th

1:00 am
Bar Closed

2:00 am
Go Home!
Don't drink and drive, call a cab or get a Bob in your team.


CEO at Wallonia Foreign Trade and Investment Agency (AWEX) & Wallonia Brussels International (WBI)

Event Judges

Didier Serteyn
Professor at ULg & CSO at Revatis

Félix Brasseur
World Champion Four-in-Hand Driving

Coaches and Mentors

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.

Marie Laenen
General Manager

I am a lean content marketer working with companies on their content marketing strategy and digital communication. 

I have co-launched a content marketing service for companies, and Startup Generation, a column dedicated to young entrepreneurs.

Now, I run Lean Avenue, a project aiming to help startups stay lean in their content production.

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.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Liege Airport, Horse Edition team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Global GOTORO Sponsorship

Organizing Team

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

  • Maite
  • Pierre
  • Virginie
  • Bastien
  • Sophie
  • Gregory
    Van Ass
  • Dominique
  • Francoise


maria calafatis
Co - Founder

Maria is the Co - Founder at The Cube Workspace. 
Athens’ largest co-working community, which hosts some of Greece’s best experts in technology. 
The Cube is also home to most of Athens’ technology events, hackathons, innovation sessions and training events. 
Through coding and business bootcamps, The Cube is creating the next generation of top tier coders and businessmakers.
Prior to this Maria had cofounded Greece’s first coworking community, coLab Athens with her partner Stavros Messinis. 
Maria is also a member of the Startup Weekend – Global Facilitation Team.
Maria has been involved with Startup Weekend since 2009, having facilitated over 20 events around the world in cities such as Torino, Athens, Volos, Larissa, Thessaloniki, Patra, Vlasic, Copenhagen, Limerick .
Maria's first business was founded at a Startup Weekend. 
Maria was invited to join as a fellow to the RSA community in 2016 which provides a platform for the world's leading thinkers, sharing their ideas online, while their Action and Research Centre searches for new and innovative ways to solve society’s greatest challenges.
Maria loves challenges and connecting with people with the same mindset as her own and turning nothing into something huge & impactful.
Maria is a mother to two young boys Panos 12 & Georgie 10, loves to travel and staying fit & active, and loves trying out extreme sports.
Maria's Moto: "It's suppose to be Hard. If it wasn't hard everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it Great"

Maaike van der Post

Startup Weekend Lover/organizer/facilitator/ - Founder of Surprise Dinner & Baguru - Works @ Kr8werk where I do Branding, Marketing & Design.

You can ask me for anything related to; Startups, Branding, Strategy, Marketing, Design, Horses, Food and growing your own vegetables.

Event Staff

Romain Lévy
President at My Horse Family

SW Roadie.

My Horse Family allows collaborative breeding of horses. Linking breeders and individuals, they all access the joys of breeding at a divided price while financing local breeders.

Amandine Cros
Fondatrice @PerfHormanse

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