For this edition of Startup Weekend Brussels, we’re extremely glad to have enrolled the help of the following fantastic mentors.
Loïc has a technical background in web development with all kind of technologies. He works in an ICT & cleantech company as board member.
Xavier is a passionate entrepreneur, having launched and managed several companies. A few examples: www.ulyz.com; visibuzz.com; kickrush.com; wooz.eu.
From 1997 to 2009, he was partner in a company active in promotional gifts (turnover: EUR 10M), managing the finance and IT side of the business.
Throughout his career, Xavier has been involved in all aspects of SMB and has gained thorough multi-disciplinary experience.
Xavier speaks French, English and Portuguese.
At age 25, Bruno started Adforce, a digital business agency, all alone, bootstrapped but with a passion. Four years later, his team of 14 members are working for well known national and international brands in countries across the globe. Bruno brings a unique mix to the table: not only does he have a law and two business master degrees but he has also faced and lived through all challenges involved in starting a company from scratch.
Tjorven Denorme is a co-founder of eMenKa and organizer of bizcamp. He is well known in the Belgian startup community, and often acts as mentor to startups.
He’s a great salesman and likes to talk about his experiences of startup hiring and firing.
Long, long time ago … I started my career as PR for Nestlé then Revlon France.
As I needed to move, switched to journalism and helped creating 4 Free Radio Stations in Paris … Now…
“My goal: to help startups in pursuing their plans through LUMU Invest Sàrl.
My focus: seed and early stage financing and advisory for startups that have global ambitions.
Member of the Board at UK, French, Italian Mobile Associations
Member of the Advisory Board at: Soundtrckr, Qykno, etc.
“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”Albert Camus”
e-Marketing, e-business & e-Entrepreneur…. The whole nine yards….
Co-founder of Groupe ONEWEB Lux, Sébastien started his career in 1998 with the sites www.perso.be, Virtual ISP, www.ipspot.com, www.msnspot.be, and others.
Since 2003, Sébastien has been investing in Belgian and international startups: Webgates, Oridian Belgium, Desktop-Reporting, Extenseo, Auximus, Eskills, Linky-agency, Netway, Teatower, Les Originaux. Since 2005 he is also mentoring three little geniuses as a happy dad.
He is investing as a business angel in some companies (tuto.com,codeur.com for example) and recently launched a new project: Presskings, a PR platform which makes it possible for everyone to manage its PR online, and Mailjet which is an realtime emailing platform.
Sidsel has worked with international business development across numerous countries. Sidsel came to Brussels in 1997 and after a MBA at Solvay and a entrepreneurship course she started up a management consultancy company in London. In the past 6 years Sidsel built up a headhunting company with a consultative approach to headhunting where she combined her management consultancy experience with the human resource business. As a career coach Sidsel support people in changing their career hereunder to start up their own business. Sidsel is passionate about the people aspects in any business success.
Boye is a Danish marketing and mobile expert, technology and gadget lover, with more than 15 years of telco experience. Phenomenal networker and motivator, Boye has helped many global companies with their business development and marketing. With his perpetual positive spirit and innovative thinking, Boye can bring sales and marketing to a new level. There are only a few mobile phones that Boye does not own and players in the mobile industry that he doesn’t know personally.
I’m a web starter, Web tech project manager and a starter coach. Cofounded studiorvb.com, soundoo.com, jackanova.com, vinogusto.com, vendredichic.com; this after having worked for Big corporates (IBM, Arthur Andersen). Father of a 6 year old girl. Volunteer for the red Cross, on emergency response team after natural disaster (Rapid deployment units in the day after disasters).
Antoine co-founded Knowledge Plaza in 2007 right after graduating from university. 3 years later Knowledge Plaza, with a team of 12, is one of the most recognized social tool on the French market with clients such as EDF, PMU, GDF/Suez, Pfizer, ….
With his master degree in computer network engineering and his role as CEO, Antoine has a strong technical background and yet a client oriented approach.
He is also an active member of the Belgian startup community being involved with the Webmission, an early member of the Betagroup, and promoting entrepreneurship to university students.
Dirk is the Co-Founder & CEO of Wondergraphs. He is inspired by software’s ability to change and improve the way we work, live and do business.
As a software developer his main interests are data (data management, data analysis, decision modeling, reporting and visualization) and user experience design.
He is an entrepreneur with experience in all aspects of business from finance, operations, human resources to product development and sales.
If you can describe your business and its processes and Dirk can pin-point strategic or tactical opportunities to improve its processes with software, define a vision and help you turn that vision into reality.
Bruno is the Chief Operational Officer & Founder of the Brussels Enterprise Agency (ABE-BAO) 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.
Bruno is very active as a teacher – and the Business Model Canvas is his specialty. He was one of the coaches at the MIT Sloan School of Management for the “Entrepreneurship Development Program”, and he continues to give lectures on the subject in Belgium at ICHEC and at a variety of grassroots events such as Startup Weekend Brussels.