The first ever Startup Weekend in Antwerp is here!
With over 1,800 past events in 500 cities around the world, Startup Weekend is the biggest global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures.
Have you ever felt the urge to:
– Pitch your idea?
– Form a team around your idea and make it real?
– Get grilled by some of the toughest industry experts
– Get coached by the best
– Present to a panel of expert judges and win amazing prizes?
– And test the limits of sleeplessness?
If the answer is yes, then chances are, you’re a crazy-ass entrepreneur and you should probably join Startup Weekend in Antwerp!
This will be the 1st event of its kind in Antwerp where the local startup ecosystem will join in for a three day marathon of co-creation, co-learning and growth-hacking!
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, business coaching 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 challenging and can be grueling. 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 you start companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside the usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups.
The event will be held in English.
_ Klaus Lommatzsch
Former CEO of Duval Guillaume, now founding partner of Duval Union.
Throughout his career, Klaus was at the start of 4 different companies and learned what it means to build a company.
_ Leo Exter
Leo is founder of westartup.eu, a social network of entrepreneurs, mentors and investors. Leo is also partner of healthstartup.eu, connecting entrepreneurs with healthcare.
_ Alok Nandi
Alok is a creative entrepreneur (Architempo, Klabfab, coCreationcamp, Point of View), design strategist and interaction designer. Creative director at Architempo, he is busy with stories and also the founder/emcee of PechaKucha Brussels. Interaction14 Conference Chair in Amsterdam. More via www.aloknandi.com and www.architempo.com
_ Inge Geerdens
Inge Geerdens is the CEO of CVWarehouse, which offers an online recruitment software for businesses. Clients include Sanoma Media, Hema, Kinepolis, McDonald’s, Q8. It is her second business. In 1998 she founded the headhunter company Executive Research which she successfully sold to Acerta after ten years.In 2005 Inge won de award for best entrepreneur of the year and in 2007 she received the Public Price of the Best Elevator Pitch, an international competition for pitching.
_ Karin Van Hoecke
With 15 years of experience in various domains within an integrated bank-insurance group kBC, I gained valuable knowledge, a large network and a passion for banking and entrepreneurship.
_ Eddy De Nys
CFO of Cronos Group (www.cronos.be)