Startup Weekend is a 54 hours event where you can turn an idea into a startup. It’s an intensive brainstorming for 75 to 100 participants who gather to create startups in a weekend. The point is to evaluate ideas that could potentially become a concrete and viable company.
So far, 12 Startup Weekends have been run in Belgium in Brussels, Liege, Mons, Ghent, Antwerp and Leuven. More than 50 organizers and coaches have contributed to their success with more than 1,000 alumni. The events have been covered by La Libre Belgique, L’Echo, Le Soir Entrepreneurs, Data News, Regional-IT, RTL-TVi and many more.
On Friday night, participants optionally pitch their idea of startup. Then, they make teams based on affinity and required skills for the startup. There are generally 10 startups per weekend.
The weekend is full of working sessions, brainstorming sessions, networking. On Sunday evening, teams present their prototype and business model to a jury of experts, serial-entrepreneurs and investors.
Startup Weekend Brussels “Ageing Population”
A vertical Startup Weekend is an event with a theme. The very first vertical Startup Weekend in Belgium took place in Liege last June with the Cleantech edition.
Next Startup Weekend Brussels will be a vertical edition “Ageing Population” organized with the support of the cluster lifetech.brussels, the European Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (EHASA), Microsoft Innovation Center Brussels, Fondation Roi Baudouin, BNP Paribas and Microsoft.
Startup Weekend Brussels team is tremendously happy to invite you to this very first vertical edition in Brussels from 27/02 to 1/03 2015.
This is a fantastic opportunity to promote innovation in the healthcare industry with entrepreneurs and professionals. The goal is to build new products and services for ageing people, gather new talents and synergies as well as support public institutions, industry initiatives, citizen awareness and entrepreneurship.
Practically, we will communicate topics to inspire participants to build startups on the theme “Ageing Population”. We use a brainstorming online tool where you are invited to share your views on what you think are the main pain points in the ageing industry.
Who is it for?
Participants: professionals, entrepreneurs or students who are business developers, designers, web developers, project managers, jurists, accountants, commercials, experts in marketing and communication or anyone who wants to start a company, independently from their experience or profession.
For the “Ageing Population” edition, we will also welcome professionals from the healthcare industry such as nursing and medical staff, carers, retirement homes managers or hospitals staff.
Coaches: mentors who are experts in startups and business modeling. Their role is to challenge participants and guide them through their probable mistakes during the weekend. Each Startup Weekend welcomes more or less 7 coaches.
Jury members: experts and well-known professionals of the healthcare industry whose mission is to judge the quality of our participants’ projects and presentations on Sunday evening.
We will invite 7 jury members, among which an investor, a reporter, a serial entrepreneur and a VIP.
Organizers: entrepreneurs & volunteers passionate about startups and innovation.