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Transforma BXL

Perulaan 80 1000 Brussels Belgium

Startup Weekend is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 500 cities around the world. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, join 300.000 starters and register now for the best weekend of your life. For the 13th Belgian edition, they are back in Brussels !

Have you ever felt the urge to:

  • Lock yourself in a room with 150 people for 54 hours
  • Test your limits of sleep deprivation
  • Get grilled by some of the toughest industry experts around

If the answer is yes, then chances are, you’re a crazy-ass entrepreneur and you should probably check out. Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1,800 past events in 130 countries around the world in 2014.

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. It isn’t always pretty. It will be one of the most gruelling, mentally-draining weekends of your life. You will go at 1000 miles/hour, and guess what? It still won’t be fast enough. But, if you can stick it out, you will have gained the equivalent of months worth of learning, building, and networking in one weekend. Hell, you might even start your first company.  Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, 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! The event will be held in English.

What’s the program?

On Friday evening, participants present their fresh new ideas. Best ideas are selected and teams are formed to start their projects. Over the activities during the weekend, participants get valuable advices, inspiration, coaching, and new contacts. The goal is to develop a “working prototype” and a “business model” to present on Sunday evening to a jury of experts. Best projects are then awarded and the weekend ends celebrating participants. Startup Weekend is an opportunity to show your talents, your skills, and to share ideas. It is also a excellent way to collaborate with professionals from different horizons and to meet real entrepreneurs, journalists and investors.

Why attend a Startup Weekend event?

Call us biased, but we think that there are dozens of reasons why you should come to a Startup Weekend! Since we know your time is valuable, we’ll only list the top eight:

Education and coding: Startup Weekends are all about learning through the act of creating. Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go.

Build your network: This isn’t just a happy-hour. Startup Weekend attracts your community’s best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or even an investor.

Co-Founder Dating: We all know it’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to find someone you can actually launch a startup with.

Learn a new skill:  Step outside of your comfort zone. With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends are perfect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or just try something different.

Actually launch a business: Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months. Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.

Get face time with thought leaders: Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends as coaches and judges. Get some one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in your community.

Save money & get stuff: Startup Weekend tickets cover seven meals, snack, access to exclusive resources from our sponsors, and of course, all the coffee you can drink.

Join a global community: Join over 120,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all on a mission to change the world. In Belgium, we are 750 Startup Weekend alumni, 35 organizers and 40 coaches. This edition in Brussels will be the 10th edition of Startup Weekend in Belgium. Did you know that 10 startups from past editions are still growing? You could be part of the next one.


Transforma BXL, Perulaan 80, 1000 Brussels, just a few minutes walk from ULB (see map here).



The bootcamp is like a pre-Startup-Weekend event aimed to help early entrepreneurs getting familiar with basic tools used during a Startup Weekend (Business Model Canvas, Agile methodologies, etc.). The ultimate goal is to help participants save time during the weekend as time spent learning is time not spent working on the startup projects.
During the bootcamp, we will invite experienced participants, coaches, organizers, partners and jury members to share their expertise on various topics from Lean Startup and Business Model Generation to the art of pitching to a jury of investors. There will be pop-up workshops, which means our experts may spontaneously suggest one-hour workshop sessions.

When? 2015 Feb. 25, 6pm-10pm
Where? ICHEC PME, Bâtiment E, Rue au Bois 365 A, 1150 Bruxelles

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Feb 27
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • 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 overnight.


Feb 28
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • 20 min. workshop on business modeling
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work overnight.


Mar 1
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • 20 min. workshop on how to make the perfect pitch
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Celebrate!
  • Go home

Leo Exter

Founder at   |   LinkedIn

Leo is co-founder and Partner in HealthStartup, an international network of healthcare experts, patients, web and mobile entrepreneurs, Pharma and IT corporates, policy makers and investors. HealthStartup organizes high-level conferences and creates brand-new digital health startups with dedicated healthcare hackathons HackForHealth and Hack Epilepsy

Leo is also founder of, network of over 4,400 entrepreneurs worldwide, co-founder of a multitude of events for startups like Bizcamp and Startup Weekend. He managed the Microsoft Innovation Center’s Boostcamp startup acceleration program and mentored dozens of entrepreneurs and startup teams.


Vincent Dupont (President of the Jury)

Director Western Europe Health, Partners & Industry Market Development   |   LinkedIn

Entrepreneurial self-made man with a passion in Health, as a native EU citizen being by default a polyglot, my personal life reflected very strong business acumen, people knowledge in sales and being very results-driven.
Motivated in the current new world by people – processes – technology, I consider myself very pragmatic with common sense and a good communicator with a passion for networking.

Health is since 15 yrs part of my DNA, being very passionated about the Copernican shift (the Paradigm Shift - the Change) in Health, putting the patient/consumer at the center and how this impacts or business (human) behavior.

Pénélope Roux

Operational Director at Microsoft Innovation Center Brussels   |   LinkedIn

Pénélope Roux is the Operational Director of the Microsoft Innovation Center in Brussels (MIC Brussels), which was created in 2011. The MIC Brussels is a public and private partnership between Microsoft and the Brussels Government which supports entrepreneurship and IT companies in the Brussels Region with a special focus on Cloud technologies. The MIC organizes coaching sessions for entrepreneurs, and among other activities, runs 2 Boostcamps per year, to support IT entrepreneurs who wish to transform their idea into a company. The MIC Brussels organizes more than 150 events per year, directed to entrepreneurs, developers and SMEs.

Pénélope started her career at Microsoft France in 2005, where she worked as a Marketing and Communication manager on programs for IT professionals, developer audiences, and then for IT decision makers, as well as for the BizSpark program, the Microsoft program directly to Tech Startups.

Thierry Paulhac

Senior Advisor Healthcare sector, BNP Paribas   |   LinkedIn

Thierry Paulhac is Senior Advisor for the Healthcare sector at BNP Paribas Corporate Finance.
Thierry’s expertise spans over three decades in the banking industry where he held various leadership positions with a specific focus on the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare sectors.
Thierry Paulhac is a seasoned banker with a large experience in Corporate Finance. He started his career at Banque Paribas in 1982 and worked for 11 years as Head of the Mid-Cap team within the Private Banking Department. In 1993, he joined the Corporate Finance division of Paribas, which became BNP Paribas in 2000 after the merger with Banque Nationale de Paris, where he managed the Pharmaceutical and Chemical Group. In 2008 he was appointed Head of Healthcare Group. In that capacity, he successfully advised several major acquisitions, sales and public offerings for large Corporates.

Olivier Naeyart

Director ICT at UZ Brussel   |   LinkedIn

Olivier is the ICT director at UZ Brussel

Olivier Witmeur

Professor of Entrepreneurship Solvay   |   LinkedIn

Olivier Witmeur is Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (SBS-EM) at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB). He teaches Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Finance to graduate and post-graduate students including entrepreneurs, managers, investors and consultants.
Olivier is also the Managing Director of Solvay Entrepreneurs, the entrepreneurship center of the university and the Deputy Dean for Executive Education at the SBS-EM.
Beside the university, he is an active Board member or advisor in multiple growth oriented entrepreneurial ventures.

Cédric Donck

Founder and Board Member Pimento Map   |   LinkedIn

Cédric Donck is an experienced entrepreneur, who launched various start-ups in the internet and communication sector. He also sold some of these start-ups to major international communication groups, such as Omnicom and WPP. Since 2011, he is a professional Business Angel and has invested in a dozen internet companies in Brussels, Paris and Madagascar.
He is also a professor of Entrepreneurship at Solvay Business School, UBI and ISCAM, where he teaches business modeling, startup strategy and SME financing.
He also founded two NGO’s (NewcoPark and Adanso), active in promoting entrepreneurship in Africa.
He is the author of the book 'Pimento Map' which presents a straight forward method to analyze Business Models.

Jo Dumortier

Director Business Transformation & Development at Partena   |   LinkedIn

Jean-Claude Lemper

Chef du service de Gériatrie Ste Anne-St Remi /Chirec   |   LinkedIn

Since several years, the Doctor Lemper is considered by his peers as one of the leading specialists in geriatrics. The Doctor Lemper is currently working as head of service in Chirec (hospital St Anne St-Remi).
The Doctor Lemper is currently president of the « Collège des Médecins pour les services de Gériatrie » and a formal member of the « International Psychogeriatric Association »

Natalie Briffa Farrugia

Owner, Caremalta group

Ms Natalie Briffa Farrugia graduated in Psychology and Management studies in 1995 from the University of Malta. A year later, she read for her post-graduate certificate in Education and in 1999 graduated in Gerontology and Geriatrics from the European Centre of Gerontology at the University of Malta. As part of her under-graduate studies, she also carried out studies at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, USA.
After finishing her studies, she spent 10 years doing voluntary work in Guatemala and Ethiopia offering her services to sick and dying people and also working in the educational field. She rejoined the Care Malta Group in 2006 and was employed as Director of Operations. In 2010, she was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of CareMalta Group Ltd.
Ms Briffa Farrugia’s extensive experience in the industry, her passion to made a difference in people’s lives, her strong background in voluntary work and her academic background in psychology and gerontology help in strengthening the care philosophy within the group and enhance the group’s commitment to achieve the highest quality of care in the industry.
In 2012, Natalie Briffa Farrugia has been appointed President of the European Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing in Brussels, Belgium.


Regis Lemmens

Founder at SalesCubes, Sales Strategy Specialist at Impulse   |   LinkedIn

After a career as consultant and sales manager in the IT industry, Régis Lemmens founded Sales Cubes in 2003, a management consulting company specialized in sales performance management aiming to bridge the gab between practice and academic research. With the support from a number of large international organizations he raised sufficient funds to start a first research project with the Robert Gordon University. Since then he further developed more partnerships with other academic institutions.

Regis graduated with an MBA from Surey University and a PhD in Sales Management from the Robert Gordon University. He is a visiting professor in Sales and Sales Management at Tiasnimbas Business School (Tilburg) and at Cranfield University (UK). In 2010, he launched the research project called “Sales Management 2020” in collaboration Tiasnimbas and Cranfield University.

With his experience, Regis helps startups and entrepreneurs in Sales Management as a Sales Strategy Specialist at Impulse.

Xavier Corman

Entrepreneur, Coach, Financial expert, CEO at   |   LinkedIn

Xavier is a passionate entrepreneur, having launched and managed several companies in the media and retail sectors. He has a multidisciplinary experience.

Since 2009, he coaches SME's and startups in their financial management. Helping them to define their business model, to write their business plan, to develop their financial and research funding (capital, debt and aid).

He recently helped startups among the Belgian media in their fund raising.
In 2013, he successfully founded

Laurent Hermoye

CEO at Imagilys   |   LinkedIn

After graduating as an electrical engineer, doctor of medical sciences, and bachelor of business management, Laurent founded Imagilys, a company specializing in advanced brain imaging, biomarkers and neurosurgical planning.

Through collaborations with research teams at Harvard University, Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Liege University's Coma Science group, he endeavors to bring the most advanced brain imaging techniques from bench to bedside. His efforts have resulted in multiple publications in medical journals and at international conferences, but also in a neuroimaging software, BrainMagix, which has been used on thousands of patients.

Having served as a university professor for 10 years, he is now the organizer of Imagilys’ Advanced Clinical Neuroimaging Course, teaching advanced neuroimaging techniques to doctors from all around the world. Through continuing medical education at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he is continually at the leading edge of the newest techniques.

Karol Dulat


Karol is a UX Designer for digital products and services, specialising in convergent solutions for multiple platforms (mobile-web-TV).

He has a strong background in usability engineering, information architecture and interaction design.
With his experience he provided UX solutions for various clients in USA and Europe, from small business to organisations and Fortune 500 companies. He designed for Time Warner, Washington Post, ING, BNP Paribas Fortis, Mars, Belgacom to name just few.

In 2014 he joined where he continues to design UX solutions.

Simon Desbarax


I am Simon Desbarax, co-founder of Neveo. We act as communication facilitators for elderly people and their family. In my previous life, I launched another start-up in the music industry and possess also 4 years of experience in business development. I own an International Trade Diploma from EPHEC.

Lionel Anciaux

Entrepreneur, Interim Manager, Consultant - President cluster SoftwareInBrussels   |   LinkedIn

Entrepreneur with strong Business Development & Technology skills, mainly focused on high-tech ventures in B2B (mobile, web apps / SaaS, IoT). What he likes most is building bridges between technologies and business needs on one hand, and between culture and countries differences on the other hand.
Lionel is the founder of mobile token (now EMIXIS), also manages the commerce web site (organic cosmetics). He’s the president of the SoftwareInBrussels cluster gathering software companies in Brussels.

Bryan Cassady

Managing Director at Fast Bridge Consulting   |   LinkedIn

Bryan has built 10 companies in 6 countries. His track record is 8 wins, 1 break-even and 1 failure.

Bryan recently moved from building companies to helping entrepreneurs build their dreams. He is currently director of the Founders Institute Brussels, lead mentor in Inacademy (The World's Largest Entrepreneurship Summer School), and works as a startup business coach. In addition to working with start-ups, he helps larger companies create and build innovative businesses ideas as the Managing Director of Fast Bridge Consulting. He has also worked as professor of New Product Marketing (4 years KU Leuven) and Innovation Management (Solvay 1 year).

Bryan is a passionate believer in everyone’s ability to innovate/build new businesses. He is currently working on a book “How to Innovate like a (successful) start-up”. This book is being written for people interested in innovating faster/better with lower risk.

Rodolphe d'Udekem d'Acoz

Business & Finance Advisor at IMPULSE   |   LinkedIn

Rodolphe is Business & Finance Advisor at IMPULSE. He is looking for exciting challenges allowing him to use, share and broaden his existing range of financial, commercial and communication skills.

Laurent Mikolajczak

Entrepreneur, Startup mentor, Internet applications project manager   |   LinkedIn

Laurent likes helping people within projects or organisations to think outside their usual frame of reference. In 2012, he co-created, which helps emerging countries governments to better manage their health& education public system financing by delivering web applications and services. He is also a freelance eMarketing consultant and a web starters coach. He also manages web development projects and teams, and web technical architectures. He has been a web developer for a while in another life. He cofounded or actively participated in several startups, such as or

Azèle Mathieu

Manager cluster at   |   LinkedIn

Azèle worked formerly as a Business and Finance Advisor at the Brussels Enteprise Agency, providing support to entrepreneurs (innovative start-ups and established companies) on setting-up of their business and financial plans, as well asoptimising their access to financing sources. Previously Azèle has been working as a Business Development Manager at Bone Therapeutics and before that, as a Business Development Manager at the Technology Transfer Office of ULB, in charge of the negotiation of intellectual property rights licensing-out contracts and research contracts, in the health sector.

In addition to her full-time job, Azèle holds a position as Professor at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management for two courses: (i) “Technology Transfer” for the Master degree and (ii) “Business Planning (for entrepreneurial ventures)”for the MBA degree. Her main field of interest relates to the management and to the support to innovation. Azèle holds a PhD in Economics and Management, she also holds a Master of Sciences in Management from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management.

Thomas Daenen

Attorney-at-law - Corporate   |   LinkedIn

Thomas Daenen is a lawyer specialized in private equity, corporate law and tax law at KOAN law firm.

With a particular focus on media, green tech and life science sectors, he daily accompanies entrepreneurs in the incorporation and development of their innovative business. Thomas also regularly advises these entrepreneurs as well as venture capitalists, business angels or institutional investors in M&A operations.

Within KOAN, he is a leading associate of the program Fly by Koan offering legal guidance to young and innovative businesses (

Thomas maintains close ties with many different public and private actors supporting innovation and creativity especially in Wallonia and Brussels. He is a founding member of the non profit organization GOTORO which promotes various projects related to innovation in Liege region : TEDxLiège, startup week-end Liege, Pechakucha (

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