Friday, October 21 - 23, 2016

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Friday, October 21 - 23, 2016

Friday, October 21 - 23, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Start-up weekend Space Liège
Rue du Bois Saint-Jean 15/1
Seraing, Seraing 4102

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  • Do you seek knowledge and other like-minded people interested in the SPACE Industry?
  • Do you have an idea you want to execute?
  • Do you want to get hands on and learn by doing about business design, marketing research and developing a prototype?
  • Do you want to get mentoring from insiders from the Space and Technology Industry?
  • Do you want to start building your future in just 54 hours?
Then grab your ticket to Startup Weekend SPACE Liege, 21st-23rd of October TODAY and join the global Startup Weekend Family for life!

I am not a space engineer or scientist, how can I contribute?
Innovation is not possible without outside influence. Success in the space sector hinges on the input from all disciplines. If you are an artist, marketer, planner, programmer, lawyer, economist or educator, you too have a role. Join us in shaping the future of  the most challenging, rewarding and fundamentally important industry possible!

Sounds cool but... What is Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event providing an immersive experience into entrepreneurship and innovative thinking. Participants are challenged to build functional startups during an intensive program centered on action, innovation, and education. Learn, Network, Startup!

More about Startup Weekend:

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. 

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a co-founder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic, but fun, world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life! 

We are already excited to see you on October 21-23 !

More questions? Feel free to send us an email at! 


Friday October 21st

6:30 pm
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:00 pm
SW introduction by our facilitator Michel & coach/judge Herbert

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 October 22nd

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 October 23rd

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

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Herbert Hansen

Event Judges

Bruno Wattenbergh
COO @ impulse.brusses, Business Chronicler @ RTL, Professor of Strategy & Academic Director @ Solvay Brussels School

Bruno is the Chief Operational Officer & Founder of the Impulse Brussels as well as the President of the Board & the Credit Committee for the Brussels Guarantee Fund (Fonds Bruxellois de Garantie). He is also an Economic Editorialist at BEL RTL, an MBA Professor at Solvay Business School, and President of the Executive Committee at Microsoft Innovation Center Brussels. Through all his roles Bruno expresses fully his entrepreneurial nature and his enormous enthusiasm for supporting entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship.

Herbert Hansen
Business & Technology Manager @ ESA BIC at WSL

ESA BIC Redu is the first Belgian incubator endorsed by the European Space Agency to support projects and companies using space technologies.

Stephane Burton
Chief Executive Officer at Sabena Aerospace

Sabena Aerospace is a leading independent and international aviation solutions provider for civil and military operators. Our century of experience enabled us to develop an internationally recognized expertise and savoir-faire as well as a responsive internal capability. Our mission is to facilitate and optimize our clients’ business by offering highly qualitative, customized and efficient solutions.

Lluc Diaz

Technology Transfer Officer for European Space Agency managing the brokers’ network of ESA. The Technology Transfer Broker Network is spread across Europe in 14 different counties, and assesses market needs in areas where there is a potential for exploitation of space technologies. 280 successful transfers were made to date, and are executed with the brokers initiation of technology transfer process between technology provider and receiver in their region and throughout the continent. This pan-European network supports the spin-off and spin-in of technology of the industry as well as the transfer of ESA's own intellectual property rights (IPR).

François-Xavier Thibaut
Expert in Space Programs at Belgian Science Policy Office

Aerospace Engineer, additional Master in Space studies. Expert in the technical aspects of the space business, but also familiar with the legal, managerial and economic aspects of the latter.  I, among other things, have build a scaled aircraft for a flying competition in Portugal (Air Cargo Challenge 2010) and have participated to the design of a fictitious space mission during the Alpach Summer School 2015.

Valérie Saretto
Secrétaire Générale UCM Province de Liège

L’UCM a pour mission de porter la voix des indépendants et PME en Wallonie et à Bruxelles, de défendre et promouvoir leurs intérêts et de leur assurer le respect auquel ils ont droit. À ce titre, elle est présente à la table des négociations interprofessionnelles mais également dans toute une série d’organes représentatifs à tous les niveaux de pouvoir, de la commune à l’Europe.

Coaches and Mentors

Nicolas Hanse
General Manager at ESNAH

During his private pilot training (PPL) Nicolas Hanse (electronics engineer) realised that the necessary information for flight preparation are abundant but are not easy to obtain. In 2012, he founded ESNAH to develop SkyLiberty, a modular application for pilots.  The company was then incubated by ESA Bic Redu (business incubation center of ESA) and has now another contract with ESA (Artes20 – Integrated Applications Promotion).

Laurent Eschenauer
Senior Software Architect - Distributed Systems

Laurent is an experienced software architect, passionate about the
design of complex distributed systems. He has been an employee, founder,
CTO or CEO of various startups such as Webside, Pepite, ComodIT and now
Fleye. He worked previously as a researcher at Vodafone and consultant
at the Boston Consulting Group.

Laurent is also active in the open source ecosystem with projects such
as Storytlr and onesocialweb. He has a diploma of Computer Engineering
from the University of Liège and has a mastery in Electrical Engineering
from the University of Maryland.

Ben Rodriguez
CEO at HIPPEROS & Advisory CTO at MangoGem

Ben Rodriguez is a physicist, computer scientist and entrepreneur with 25 years of experience in the IT world.

He went from idea to business by founding the spinoff and ESA BIC incubatee company HIPPEROS. This company uses space-related technologies to create the multicore real-time operating systems for smart devices such as self-driving cars, drones, robots and IoT devices

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).

Gérôme Vanherf
Manager @ LeanSquare - President @ GOTORO

Gérôme is in charge of the start-up accelerator LeanSquare supported by the investment fund Meusinvest and Cide-Socran. He is also president of Gotoro, a non profit organization (Startup Weekend Liège, TEDxLiège, PechaKucha Liège, HiveMade and NoFailNoGain) and cofounder of OpenSkills, a community of engineers and developpers that helps start-up and SME's to find the right technical skills

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.

Steffen Entzenroth
Technology Transfer Consultant

Technology Transfer Consultant at Verhaert new products & services, Kruibeke

Insight driven Product & Strategic Marketing Expert with more than 18 years of experience in various Marketing & Sales functions, both B2B and B2C in international companies across Europe. Founder of book@time (, a Belgium start-up for online appointments in the medical world.

As National Technology Transfer Office for ESA (European Space Agency) in Belgium, Verhaert is facilitating technology transfers from space to non-space industry. In this program we're organising following activities: Opportunity Scans, Feasibility Studies, Demonstrator projects and Technology Transfer projects. More info @ and

Ben Piquard

Senior Business Development & Interim Management. Focus on Innovation, Startups and Digital Transformation of economy.

Current mission as Operational director for LeanSquare (Meusinvest Group)

Specialties: Sales & Pre-Sales Coaching; business Model and growth of Startups; New Technologies; Business Applications; CRM; Business Intelligence; Datawarehousing; HR Systems; Performance Management; Training & Skills Developments; .

Valery Broun

Electronics engineer from the University of Liège, graduated in 2003 Valery Broun started his career as researcher for the Region Wallonne and he is now an acknowledged teacher and lecturer at the High Education Institute of the Province of Liège (“Haute Ecole de la Province of Liège” – ex-ISIL).

Since 2004, he has published twenty publications in the field of EMC and space engineering. He has also been promoter and manager of two High Education Institute FIRST projects: one in EMC and the other in vibration damping, both related to high technology development. Moreover and as a recognition, in recent years, he has been system engineer on the project Oufti-1, the first 100%

Belgian cubesat, launched in April 2016 by the Soyuz rocket, in collaboration with ESA.

Sebastien De Dijcker

Sebastien De Dijcker is a computer science engineer from the Haute Ecole de la Province de Liège graduated in 2014. After having designed and developed the OUFTI-1’s on board computer for his end of study work, he began his career as a researcher at the University of Liège where he is working as a system engineer on OUFTI-1, the first 100% Belgian cubesat, launched in April 2016 by the Soyuz rocket, in collaboration with ESA.

Jean-Marc Defise

Thales, Management of space power electronics projects:
- Power Processing Units (PPU) for Satellite Plasma Thrusters (electric propulsion)
- Power Conditionning and Distribution Equipment on Satellite Platforms (PCDU)

Eléonore de Posson

-          Eléonore de Posson, experte en crowdfunding, se fera un plaisir de vous renseigner et vous coacher en financement participatif. Après une expérience personnelle dans l’entreprenariat, elle développe aujourd’hui la plateforme de crowdfunding reward based «  Hellocrowd! ». Soutenir et aider les startup a toujours été une passion et elle partagera son expérience avec tous les starters avec plaisir.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The STARTUP WEEKEND SPACE LIEGE team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

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

  • Jean-Loup
  • Jean-Francois
  • Dimitri
  • Herbert
  • Pierre
  • Maïté
  • Bastien
  • Lucas
  • Gregory
    Van Ass


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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