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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,

Register now!



Feb 19
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Feb 20
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Feb 21
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Let's celebrate!

Michel Duchateau

Founder at CreaDelta - Innovation & Project Management - Startup Weekend Facilitator   |   LinkedIn

Michel is the founder of CreaDelta, a consulting and training company where he spreads best practices of Project Management and Entrepreneurship including Lean Startup, BMGen, CustDev and Agile methods. He helps SME's as Expert at Impulse (Brussels Region) and as RENTIC consultant (Wallonia Region).Fond of startups & innovation, Michel is in charge of Startup Digest Brussels, ambassador at, and he regularly takes part in entrepreneurs associations as a coach, jury member or speaker in Belgium and Europe.


Jean-Christophe Peterkenne

Directeur stratégie et développement @ VILLE DE LIEGE   |   LinkedIn

Jean-Christophe Peterkenne was born in Liège in 1966. He obtained his law degree from the University of Liège, Belgium.
For 2 years he worked as a university employee at the House of Representatives. He then became the advisor and Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary for the Minister-President of the Walloon Government from 1992 to 1998. In 1998, he was designated General Delegate of the Walloon Region to the European Union. He became Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary for the Minister-President of the Walloon Government in 2000 : in 2002 he joined the City of Liège first as European expert, in 2004 as Inspector General and since 2012, as the General Director of the City of Liège.
Between july 2010 and november 2012 he headed "Liege Expo 2017" as General Director and managed the candidacy of Belgium to host the International Exposition in Liège in 2017.

Simon Castex

Strategy & Projects @ Productize   |   LinkedIn

Simon is in charge of strategy and project management. With 10-years experience in the telecoms and media industry, he is specialized in innovation strategy, project management, product development, and go to market.

Sophie Joris

Director @ VentureLab   |   LinkedIn

Sophie Joris was born in 1982 and studied in Louvain School of Management from 2000 to 2004. After volunteer experiences, she worked in Groupe One association from 2006 to 2014. She worked as a business coach for small businesses (100 company foundations) until 2010 with a specialization in New Business Models, Sustainable Development and Local Economy. From 2010, she was in charge of Groupe One business development in Wallonia. Since february 2015, she has been the manager of the Venturelab, the student incubator powered by HEC- ULG.

Ben Piquart

Operating Director @ Leansquare (MeusInvest group) - Chief Happy-Culter @ Pi4Mgt   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Ben Piquart is the Operating Director @ Leansquare (MeusInvest group) & Chief Happy-Culter @ Pi4Mgt. For more than 5 years, Ben has been Director at the Microsoft Innovation Center. In 2013, the magazine Trends Tendance named him as one of the top 8 most incluencer Twitter in ICT in Belgium.
Ben specialties are: Sales & Pre-Sales Coaching, business Model and growth of Startups, New Technologies, Business Applications, CRM, Business Intelligence, Datawarehousing, HR Systems, Performance Management, Training & skills development.

Jérémy Adam

Consultant in Strategy Operations @Accenture   |   LinkedIn

After his graduation at HEC Liege, Jérémy directly starts his career at Accenture where he is now a consultant in Strategy Operations.
Jeremy has gained experience in Merger & Acquisition, Procurement Transformation and Strategic Cost Reduction and worked for leading international fast moving consumer goods companies in Belgium, France, UK and USA. Jérémy has a strong interest in sustainability and circular economy.

Jean-Pol Boone

entrepreneur - Investor   |   LinkedIn


Loïc Pecher

Business Development - Entrepreneurship - Urban Transport   |   LinkedIn

Loïc Pecher owns more than 10 years of experience in setting up or managing new projects in multiple sectors, regions, and work environments such as urban transport, ICT, water treatment, recycling, and real estate development. Loïc has been active in research groups, startups, SMEs, and large international groups accross Europe, Middle East, the Caribbean and North America.

Jonathan Desdemoustier

Researcher HEC-Ulg Smart Cities - Smart City Institute   |   LinkedIn

Jonathan Desdemoustier is a multidisciplinary researcher. In 2013, he hold a Master degree in Political Sciences focused on European Studies at the University of Liege. In 2014, he followed successfully a Complementary Master in Urbanism. He oriented his studies and related research projects into urban policy on different thematic (city governance, town planning, urban project…) and at different levels of analysis (European, National, Regional and Local). His master thesis presents an investigation on the stakeholders’ dynamics around the city of Liège. With reference to his multidisciplinary background, he has started a PhD dissertation dedicated to Managing Smart City in October 2014 under the supervision of Professor Nathalie Crutzen (Accenture Chair in Sustainable Strategy). His PhD research deals with the management of sustainable and smart cities and, especially, with the associated stakeholders' dynamics.

Tarik Hennen

Founder @ Smartflats   |   LinkedIn

Tarik holds masters in law. After a few years of practice as a European competition lawyer with international law firms in Brussels, Tarik co-founded Smartflats with a view to stimulate competition and innovation in the hospitality sector. In the same spirit, Tarik co-founded Smartwork that develops smart coworking spaces. Aside of this, he also co-founded SmartSocial that aims to shelter minor refugees.

Thomas Daenen

Attorney-at-Law - Corporate law, banking and finance   |   LinkedIn

Thomas is a lawyer specialized in corporate law, banking and finance. With a particular focus on startups and venture capital, Thomas represents his clients daily in a variety of corporate operations including set up of companies, M&A, fundraising, joint ventures and restructuring.
He is the founding partner of BEYOND LAW FIRM, a law firm which is among others specialized in the sectors of technology, media, digital and startup.

Simon Castex

Strategy & Projects @ Productize   |   LinkedIn

Simon is in charge of strategy and project management. With 10-years experience in the telecoms and media industry, he is specialized in innovation strategy, project management, product development, and go to market.

Harold Grondel

Managing Director @ Productize   |   LinkedIn

Harold is the managing director of Productize.
He has strong experience in consulting for SMEs and is a successful entrepreneur, with expertise in product creation and market strategy for small companies.

Gérôme Vanherf

Manager @ LeanSquare - President @ GOTORO   |   LinkedIn

Gérôme is in charge of the start-up accelerator LeanSquare supported by the investment fund Meusinvest and Cide-Socran. He is also president of Gotoro, a non profit organization (Startup Weekend Liège, TEDxLiège, PechaKucha Liège, HiveMade and NoFailNoGain) and cofounder of OpenSkills, a community of engineers and developpers that helps start-up and SME's to find the right technical skills

Hubert Brogniez

Entrepreneur en résidence - Project Manager chez VentureLab Liège   |   LinkedIn

After having experienced the different steps of the life of an entrepreneur during more than 25 years: from inception of Finalyse, through original business model developments, by opening the capital to business partners and pioneering the international development of his company to end with the reselling my shares by an MBO, Hubert is currently sharing his experience with young entrepreneur eager to develop their own success stories.

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