Startup Weekend Belgo-French

    Friday, September 9 - 11, 2016

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
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  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Belgo-French

Friday, September 9 - 11, 2016

Friday, September 9 - 11, 2016
Event starts at 6:00 pm

CCI Grand Lille
Place du Théâtre
Lille, 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.

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 for three months 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 team
  • Participation to LMI days, two days of intensive working sessions with entrepreneurship experts
  • 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 9th

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

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:30 pm
Review agenda for the week-end

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

8:45 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

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

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as midnight

Saturday September 10th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

10:30 am
First check-in, status reports, call for help

11:00 am
Coach meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

1:00 pm

2:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:30 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

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as 1.30 am.

Sunday September 11th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
All presentations must be ready at 3 pm. Then you get the opportunity to practice your pitch in front of coaches and organisers.

5:00 pm
Speeches & Jury presentation

5:30 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:00 pm
Wrap-up & Dinner

9:30 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Gilles van der Meerschen
Member of the board & Partner - Inventures & MyMicroInvest

Gilles van der Meerschen is a succesful entrepreneur with a broad management experience. For more than 20 years, he has built up on know-how with a strong track record in product marketing, strategic planning, process optimisation and people management. As a contemporary Business Angel, Gilles focuses on creating value within early stage or growth capital venture companies, investing in profitable projects with positive societal and environmental impact.Gilles is a board member of several high profile companies. His network extends across all continents giving access to finance in the Private Company Market place, be it hedge funds, high net-worth investors, Private Equity firms or family offices. He is now the Chief Sales officer & partner of the Belgian Lending & Equity crowdfunding platform MyMicroInvest.

Jean-Philippe Mornard
Managing Director - BEFI

Diplômé d'un grande école de commerce, financier et bâtisseur dans l'âme, ma carrière m'a amené de la finance à l'immobilier d'investissement, de la bourse aux solutions de financement pour petites et moyennes entreprises. Responsable d'un groupe de 5 fiduciaires totalisant un quarantaine de collaborateurs nous axons notre offre de collaboration avec nos clients dans l'écoute et le conseil, dans une analyse des besoins tant techniques qu'humains afin de les aider au mieux dans la quête qui est la leur.

Quentin Roquette
Directeur du développement at In Extenso

François Clavel
Directeur weréso nord

Après une dizaine d'années dans la direction de centres de profits et le management d'équipes commerciales en Grande Distribution (Auchan, Furet du Nord) puis en BtoB (Oxialive), je rejoins weréso en 2015 et participe au développement d'un projet ambitieux : créer un réseau communautaire d'espaces de coworking, bureaux privatifs, salles de réunions avec un ADN spécifique sur le marché du bureau nomade. Les éléments significatifs de weréso sont : une équipe dévouée et facilitatrice de relations, un accès 24/7, une déco soignée, de la luminosité, une situation centrale et proche des transports et accès, la weréso Academy, les douches, etc. Simplicité, mixité, bienveillance sont les valeurs impulsées dans ces environnements d'un genre nouveau, propices aux échanges dans des conditions de travail optimales. 

Mongi Zidi
CEO at Archimed

Coaches and Mentors

Damien Cavailles
Founder -

I'm a developer and an entrepreneur. I founded to help developers find a company they will love to work at.
"Startup Weekend changed my life. I became a SW Facilitator to help others change theirs" - Nick Stevens said that, and I would love to make it mine 🙂

Daishi Kaszer
Developper / Creative coder

Gonzague Lefebvre
Co-Founder at Visiotalent

Gonzague is the co-founder of Visiotalent, a web app that proposes pre-recruitment interview. 

Alexis Quesney
Founder at

Alexis est une chouette personne. Après un passage dans le monde de la finance en costume 007, il revient dans le Nord et fonde l'entreprise ( lors du Startup Weekend Lille #3 !
Bienveillant, il saura vous conseiller dans votre démarche pour devenir un grand chef d'entreprise !

Thibault Dollié
Salesperson & co-founder at Dagoba Sports

I am 26 and the co-funder of Dagoba Sports, a start-up created one and half year ago in the sports industry. We offer a new way to order customized clothes. I am no expert in any field but I did a lot a mistakes and consequently learnt a lot. I am looking forward to share with the teams. Also I am working in Asia for Sporting Republic as a race manager and know a little about this part of the world. Cheers.

Dominique Rybicki
Director - LMI Innovation

A la tête de LMI Innovation depuis plus de 20 ans, je saurai vous accompagner dans les différentes étapes de création de votre start up ainsi que dans le montage de votre business plan et la préparation de votre pitch, quel que soit votre domaine d’activité.LMI Innovation accompagne une trentaine de start ups par an sur la région des Hauts de France par une expertise, un financement, un accompagnement post création, et la mise à disposition de son réseau.

Anne-Sophie Soetens
Project Manager - LMI Innovation

En tant que chargée d’affaires LMI Innovation, je reçois chaque année une cinquantaine de créateurs de startups de la Région Hauts de France. Je les écoute, les accompagne et les aide dans l’élaboration de leur BP. Lors de ce startup weekend, venez me présenter vos idées et je pourrais vous challenger sur votre futur projet.LMI Innovation accompagne une trentaine de start ups par an sur la région des Hauts de France par une expertise, un financement, un accompagnement post création, et la mise à disposition de son réseau.

Hussain Sheikh
CFO - Link Gestion

Hussain works with startups for more than 7 years as CFO and in their fundraising. He can help in development strategy, the financial assumptions and identifying key partners.

Olivier Priem
‎Business consultant and investor

I am a French business consultant and an investor leaving in Brussels. I built my professional expertise by managing and reengineering customer services and providing competition information to banks. As an entrepreneur I built a small consulting firm and developed a market watch company that became a leader on its niche market. I now help start-ups to grow through financing and business deals. I hold a French Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, an American Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a specialization in consulting projects from ESCP-EAP.

Damien Selosse
Growth Hacker chez HtoH marketing

Dans le digital depuis 1997, dans le marketing depuis toujours.
J’ai beaucoup contribué à la croissance des audiences de grands sites et à l’amélioration de la rentabilité de E-commerçant.
Plus récemment, j’ai mis en place une structure dédiée à l’innovation autour du commerce digital. Puis j’ai créé HtoH Marketing, un terrain de jeu où toutes mes expériences prennent du sens pour vos clients et leurs clients.
Je vais tenter de vous aider à penser votre projet pour vos clients / utilisateurs. Avec mon expériences mais aussi à l’aide d’un peu de méthode de Marketing Agile ou Lean marketing. Je peux aussi aider à vous mettre dans l’esprit du Growth Hacking.

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.

Vianney Linqué

Founder of Link Gestion, Vianney LINQUE has gained over 16 years of senior finance operations experience in both subsidiaries of multi-nationals and local SMEs.. Consultant at CEGOS (international Learning Center). specialist in coaching leader, creator of financial visibility for Start Up and developing society.

Rudy Kabimbi Ngoy
quality manager / starter consultant

Issu des Big4 Rudy est le responsable de l’accompagnement des starters chez BEFI.Au cours de ces deux dernières années, il a aidé pas moins de 80 entrepreneurs à faire naître leur projet.Il a lui même pu vivre plusieurs expériences entrepreneuriales intenses dont la plus grande fut le projet WAZ-SHOES ( Ceci lui permet de comprendre parfaitement les attentes des entrepreneurs et ce qu’ils vivent.Autodidacte, il a su développer de fortes compétences en graphisme et social network.

Steven Spillebeen
Founder at Earnieland

Steven graduated as a Bachelor in Business Management. He started his career as consultant of financial products for "Ergo". Within a period of four years, he climbed up and became responsible for specific sales to SME’s and had the leading over 50 salespeople. Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, he started his own fashion company and created a brand for youngsters called “Rebel”. Steven invested in “Rebelexpress” a fast delivery service in the transportation business sold to “”. He worked as a partner-coordinator for "iBLING", an online bank with a prepaid card system to shop online. He founded Earnieland, an Online Shopping Community, likes to coach young entrepreneurs and gives guest lectures about entrepreneurship at universities.

David Vanalderwerelt
Directeur associé chez In Extenso

Je suis le directeur national des franchises et du commerce organisé pour le groupe IN EXTENSO. À ce titre, il est indispensable de sortir des aspects chiffres et comptables pour avoir une réelle approche du commerce et de l’organisation. Je souhaite apporter mon expérience sur la nécessité de connaitre son secteur d’activité, ses clients, et la manière de gérer une relation commerciale. Quelles sont les bonnes questions à se poser pour mettre en adéquation son business plan avec sa stratégie commerciale ?

Xavier Balloy
Web & Android Developer @ Axa

Grand adepte des startup weekend (5 participations dont 1 en anglais et 1 maker), je suis actuellement développeur web et Android chez AXA. D'un naturel curieux je m'intéresse à tout ce que je ne connais pas que ce soit technique ou non.

Je pourrais vous apporter un coaching technique sur votre projet et vous aider à vous organiser / rationaliser votre MVP pour présenter une démo fonctionnelle à la fin !

Dispo : tout le weekend
Intro : Flash Conf' du Samedi Matin

Thomas Clavier
Coach agile, software craftmanship, devops

Passionné de méthodologie Agile et de logiciels libres, consultant et fondateur des sociétés Azaé et Mes nombreuses années d'expérience en développement et administration système m'ont permis de développer une forte expertise dans les 2 domaines. Le mouvement devops, c'est-à-dire participer à l'alignement des équipes est un challenge que j'apprécie tout particulièrement.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Belgo-French team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.




Organizing Team

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

  • Edwige
  • Laure
  • Muriel
  • Stéphanie
  • Claire
  • Cindy
  • Jean-Vital
  • Jeanne


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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