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