Startup Weekend Belgo-French (Lille)

    Friday, September 8 - 10, 2017

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Startup Weekend Belgo-French (Lille)

Friday, September 8 - 10, 2017

Friday, September 8 - 10, 2017
Event starts at 6:00 pm

CCI Grand Lille
40 Place du théâtre
Lille, France 59000

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Let's learn with your neighbours !!

Do you have a business idea with an international dimension ? Are you familiar with intercultural benefits ? Would you like to meet your neighbours and launch an exciting project together ?

Then grab your ticket to the Belgo-French Startup Weekend TODAY !

The goal is to work out a complete startup idea and examine its marketability and feasibility. Ideally you are ready to get your idea on the road right after Startup Weekend Belgo-French. The event’s culmination is on Sunday evening, when all teams present their results in front of a jury of local entrepreneurial leaders. Whether entrepreneurs start companies, find cofounders, meet exciting new network contacts, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5 job routine, 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 !

Everyone is welcome ! Never mind if you are a business specialist, designer, developer, student, founder or founder to be ! All teams will have the opportunity to work and pitch in English.

NEW : Intrapreneurship is welcome ! You are a company or a partner and you want to register a team ? It is now possible !

There's just one requirement : all participants should have the same initial conditions. Therefore, the only restriction is that you are not already working on your business (research for the pitch preparation does not fall under this rule).

Why a Franco-Belgian SW ?

In a global environment we believe that projects should face intercultural challenges from the earliest stages of conception and design. There is no better way to test and validate a business idea than collaborating with different people from different backgrounds.

Our devoted and passionate mentors all have an international background to help the teams address this specific issue. We expect teams to be as mixed as possible and hope this edition will be the first of many to come !

What you can expect

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 Belgian and French entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback. 

There are many awards and business opportunities for the teams :
  • Free access to French AND Belgian coworking spaces 
  • Pitch session at the start of the event "Salon Créer" in Lille the next Monday morning in front of the entire local entrepreneurial community for the winning teams
  • Professional coaching with international experts
  • Free entries to Koezio indoor game to build a strong team
  • International exposure and press release
Registration for the event is brought to you by Eventbrite. The registration fee includes : 
  • 3 day supply with food 
  • free drinks all the time 
  • flipcharts, paper, pens, etc.

Can I stay in Lille for the night ?

We set up a dedicated facebook group where French participants can propose a room and Belgian ones ask for one. Let's welcome your neighbour !

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Friday September 8th

6:00 pm
Welcoming participants
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:45 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:40 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:00 pm
Form Teams et 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

11:55 pm
Closing doors
Closing of the building at 00:30. Have a good night !

Saturday September 9th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

10:30 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

12:30 pm
Salad bar !

2:30 pm
Coach meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

7:00 pm
Food truck !

11:55 pm
Closing doors
Closing of the building at 02:00. Have a good night !

Sunday September 10th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:30 am
Working hard

12:00 pm
Sandwich !

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Deliberation of the jury
Be patient !

8:00 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm
Petits-four, soft drinks and cocktails for a happy end !

11:30 pm
Go Home!


Pascal Givon
General Manager

Developing a New Lifestyle at Work "is Pascal Givon's goal, co-founder of Now Coworking, by creating work spaces that are based on community and friendliness. Entrepreneur and dynamic, Pascal likes to discuss his vision of coworking and the importance of the community that is Now

Event Judges

Olivier Cottray
CEO Follomee

Diplômé d’un master logistique et gestion des flux, j’ai rapidement intégré une grande enseigne du retail en tant que Chef de projet Supply Chain pour ensuite être Directeur de projet. J’ai ensuite rejoint une structure où j’ai pu accompagner de grands comptes de la métropole Lilloise tels que Leroy Merlin et Norauto.  J’ai ensuite décidé de lancer ma startup, « Follomee », il y a 2 ans afin d’accompagner la transformation des entreprises. Les collaborateurs de Follomee sont des facilitateurs projets et idéation. Ils sont tous certifiés Strategyzer, Business Model Canvas et Value Proposition Design. 

Pascal Givon
General Manager

Developing a New Lifestyle at Work "is Pascal Givon's goal, co-founder of Now Coworking, by creating work spaces that are based on community and friendliness. Entrepreneur and dynamic, Pascal likes to discuss his vision of coworking and the importance of the community that is Now

Stéphane Dehousse
CTO Startup Factory Brussels

Enthusiast professional enter/intra-preneur who is constantly looking at how to unlock value through innovative combination of Business knowledge, Information Technology, People and Data. Stéphane is currently exploring what it is becoming a new domain in itself : Data. First, as a driver to my enter/intra-preneur activities validating business model following « Lean Startup » principles and growth hacking. Second, as an enabler to discover/hack greater value from cross-industry insights.

Christophe Messiaen
Delivery Manager

Christophe est en charge des projets et appels d'offres chez Nextoo. Il s'assure que les projets soient livrés avec qualité dans le temps imparti. 

Coaches and Mentors

Virginia Funari
Facilitatrice projet et idéation - Follomee

Virginia est certifiée Business Model Generation par Strategyzer, l'entreprise à l'origine du Business Model Canevas. Elle sera vous challenger sur votre business model pour en obtenir une meilleure version ou vous aider à en créer un. Elle est aussi certifié Product Owner, son métier actuel.

Anthony Lefebvre
UX/UI Designer - Kookies

Anthony peut rapidement créer des prototypes afin de pouvoir les tester auprès des utilisateurs finaux. Il aime que les pixels soient parfaitement placés avec la bonne identité visuelle. Il sera votre meilleur compagnon pendant le startup week-end. 

Teddy Lecaillon
Designer & Responsable des interfaces utilisateurs - Tymate

Teddy créé des interfaces utilisateurs en suivant les bonnes pratiques et normes imposées par les plus grands. Il est actuellement en charge du pôle User Interface de sa société, où il travaille pour de grands acteurs de la région Lilloise.

Nicolas Averlant
Ingénieur d'études et développement

Nicolas est ingénieur de formation. Geek malgré-lui, il aime le code propre, et réaliser des applications robustes. Il a fini premier du SW Belgo-French de 2016 en réalisant un sous-bock connecté. 

Philipp Richter
Maker & Geek

Philipp is our favorite GEEK. He can make you a product in one day. French & German.

Johann Lecocq
Maker & Geek

Like Philipp, Johann is a true nerd who can realize connected objects in a few hours. He won the startup weekend of the previous edition with Philipp. Call him if you need help.

Hussain Sheikh
CFO - Link Gestion

Hussain works with startups for more than 5 years as CFO and in their fundraising. He can help in
development strategy, the financial assumptions and identifying key partners.

Thierry Le Chapois

Thierry Le Chapois has gained over 25 years of senior finance operations experience in both subsidiaries of Anglo-Saxon multi-nationals and local family-owned SMEs.  He has added value to SMEs by putting in place necessary management structures (dashboards, IT tools, post-acquisition integration) as well as management in times of crisis.

Geoffroy Verney-Carron
French Tech Brussels

Has been active more than 15 years as a tech entrepreneur, has launched 3 startups, 7 projects, invested in 8 others and mentored countless more. Has failed often and learned a lot! Has succeeded occasionally. Geoffroy will help you with your Business Model & your pitch

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.

Damien Cavailles
Founder -

I'm an entrepreneur and a developer. I want every developers to find a job he loves. That what we do at, we had 2000 developers to meet a job they love.
"Startup Weekend changed my life. I became a SWG Facilitator to help others change theirs" - Nick Stevens said that, and I would love to make it mine 🙂

Etienne Cadoux
CEO Agence Y

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Belgo-French (Lille) 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 Lille is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Edwige
  • Muriel
  • Coralie
  • Helene
  • Anthony
  • Laure
  • Xavier


Jernej Dekleva
Co-Founder of Norvai - Nordic Venture and Innovation

Jernej is originally from Slovenia and has been living in Copenhagen, Denmark for his last 5 years. He is a Co-Founder of Norvai - Nordic Venture and Innovation, where together with corporates are bringing new startup projects, services and experiences to the market. He attended his first Startup Weekend in 2012 and he is an organizer of Startup Weekend Copenhagen since 2014. 

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