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.NEW : Intrapreneurship is welcome ! You are a company or a partner and you want to register a team ? It is now possible ! 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 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 teams
- Professional coaching with international experts
- Free entries to Koezio indoor game to build a strong team
- International exposure and press release
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 !Follow us on social network !