Cities become Smarter with Startup Weekend Liège!
After 3 succesful editions, Startup Weekend Liège is back with an awesome theme: SMART CITIES! This 2016 edition is organised in collaboration with Venture Lab , Smart City Institute , HEC-Ulg and Liegetogether.
Passionate about producing products that aim to make our cities smarter?
The theme Smart Cities means developing city services that make our cities better places to live - everything from sharing economy to crowd sourced urban planning applications, Swift mobile payment systems and smarter home technologies to overall improvements in the way we connect across cities. It's wide open to possibilities and can't wait to see what our entrepreneurs produce!
The event will be held 19h to 21th February 2016 in Campus HEC Campus (University of Liège) in LIège, Belgium. Only a few tickets left so hurry up!
Click here to check the video of the 2014 edition and get an idea of what this awesome event looks like:
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 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.
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 French.
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 45,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all on a mission to change the world.
The winners will receive valuable prizes, donated by our Sponsors, that will give the startups the boost they need to succeeded!
HEC Liège, Rue Louvrex 14 - 4000 Liège
We'll be welcoming you on 19th-21th February for one of the most intense and fun weekends of your life!
Only 100 lucky people can attend this awesome event, so don't wait for it to be sold out,