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HEC Liège - Rue Louvrex 14, 4000 Liège

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!



Jun 13
  • Check-in
  • Introduction Speech
  • Business Model Canvas Workshop
  • Pitches start
  • Attendees vote for their favorite ideas
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Go create stuff !


Jun 14
  • Breakfast & Coffee
  • Get to work !
  • Lunch
  • Make appointments with coaches.
  • Work with coaches
  • 'Final Pitch' Workshop
  • Get back to work
  • Dinner
  • Be ready for a long and exciting night of work.


Jun 15
  • Breakfast & Coffee
  • Get to work !
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Pitch dry run
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Cocktail Party !

Michel Duchateau

Facilitator of Startup Weekend   |   LinkedIn

SW Europe Facilitator 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.


Alain Lesage

Managing Director of GreenWin

Alain Lesage obtained a master in Economics at the University of Louvain. He spent his whole career working for the industrial redeployment of Wallonia. From 1990 to 1999, he was director of the economic department of Union Wallonne des Entreprises. In 1999, he became deputy Chief of Staff for the Minister of Economy and Research in the Walloon government. He then became Commissary of the Government and Managing Director of ISSeP, the institute supervising environmental surveillance and quality monitoring in Wallonia. These domains are covered by the Competitive Hub GreenWin where he is now Managing Director.

Jean-Michel Javaux

Président du Conseil d’Administration de Meusinvest, Bourgmestre d'Amay

Jean-Michel Javaux was born in Liège in 1967, is married and father of four children. He obtained a master in Political Sciences at ULB and at University of Hull, in England. He was co-president of the political party Ecolo from 2003 to 2012. In 2013, he became president of Meusinvest, the public investment company specialist in financing SMEs in the Liege areas.

Vincent Keunen

CEO of Manex, CIO of Lampiris - IT executive and entrepreneur

Vincent Keunen is a software engineer and entrepreneur. After studying civil engineering (master in computer science) at the University of Liège, he started his career as a researcher in artificial intelligence. He then worked in the IT services industry in a local company named NRB that grew from 30 to 800 persons in 15 years. He gradually started Manex, a software development company which builds the Lampiris IT platform and contributes to its incredible growth.

Bruno Wattenbergh

MBI, COO @IMPULSE.BRUSSELS, Expert, Manager, Professor, Editorialist of/in/about Entrepreneurship and Entreprises

Bruno is the Chief Operational Officer & Founder of the Impulse Brussels as well as the President of the Board & the Credit Committee for the Brussels Guarantee Fund (Fonds Bruxellois de Garantie). He is also an Economic Editorialist at BEL RTL, an MBA Professor at Solvay Business School, and President of the Executive Committee at Microsoft Innovation Center Brussels. Through all his roles Bruno expresses fully his entrepreneurial nature and his enormous enthusiasm for supporting entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship.

Bruno Venanzi

Founder and administrator of Lampiris

Bruno Venanzi was born in Liège in 1970, is married and father of two children. After a master in History at the University of Liège, he works in several commercial, marketing and product management positions at Belgacom, MCI WorldCom and Certipost. In 2003, he creates Lampiris with Bruno Vanderschueren. Lampiris, supplier of gas and green electricity, has become in 10 years the third largest energy supplier in Belgium, with over 800.000 metering points. Lampiris is also present in France with nearly 100.000 metering points. Lampiris employs more than 220 people and is profitable since 2005.

Bernard Surlemont

Professor of entrepreneurship at HEC Université de Liège

Bernard Surlemont obtained an MBA and PhD at INSEAD. He teaches entrepreneurship at HEC-Ecole de Gestion de l’Université de Liège. Professor Surlemont is also Academic Director of the Master HEC-ULg Entrepreneur and Director of VentureLab, an ecosystem supporting entrepreneurship for students in the Liège area.

Ben Piquard

Interim Manager et Independent Startups Coach

Commercial Engineer from HEC (92), Ben Piquard has been working for 22 years for many large organizations in the IT industry (Microsoft, Siebel, PeopleSoft, Hyperion or Business Objects) mainly in pre-sales, sales & Business Development. Since 2008, he used to be the director of the Microsoft Innovation Center in Mons and Brussels where he created the MIC boostcamp, the CoEntrepreneurs Week-ends and has been co-founder of Fostering Idea’s (NestUp). Since January 2014, he dedicates 50% of his time to startups coaching and is the main coach of ActivUp in Liège with Meusinvest.


Koen Delvaux

Founder of Mobile Vikings - Consultant at VRT   |   LinkedIn

Koen is an entrepreneur who combines insights in marketing and technology to discover new opportunities. He started his career at Siemens where he co-founded a number of new businesses. After a few consecutive startups he co-founded Mobile Vikings. Today, he offers his experience as a freelance innovation manager with a focus on social media to help larger companies innovate like a startup. His customers include Lampiris, VRT and Sanoma.

Régis Lemmens

Founder of SalesCubes, Sales Strategy Specialist at Impulse   |   LinkedIn

After a career as consultant and sales manager in the IT industry, Régis Lemmens founded Sales Cubes in 2003, a management consulting company specialized in sales performance management aiming to bridge the gab between practice and academic research. With the support from a number of large international organizations he raised sufficient funds to start a first research project with the Robert Gordon University. Since then he further developed more partnerships with other academic institutions.

Regis graduated with an MBA from Surey University and a PhD in Sales Management from the Robert Gordon University. He is a visiting professor in Sales and Sales Management at Tiasnimbas Business School (Tilburg) and at Cranfield University (UK). In 2010, he launched the research project called “Sales Management 2020” in collaboration Tiasnimbas and Cranfield University.

With his experience, Regis helps startups and entrepreneurs in Sales Management as a Sales Strategy Specialist at Impulse.

Laurent Eschenauer

Co-Founder & CTO of ComodIT   |   LinkedIn

Laurent is an experienced software architect, passionate about the design of complex distributed systems. In 2010, he co-founded ComodIT, a young and innovative startup based in Liège, focused on the development of a web platform of cloud infrastructure management. Before ComodIT, he was a researcher at Vodafone and consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. Laurent is also active in the open source ecosystem with projects such as Storytlr and onesocialweb. He has a diploma of civil engineer from the university of Liège and has a mastery in Electrical Engineering at the university of Maryland.

Gilbert West

Online Product Development at Greenamity   |   LinkedIn

Gilbert began his career in London at the time of the first Rio Earth Summit, working for the United Nations Environment and Development Committee. After taking a long diversion into web design and development he is now back on the green track working with Greenamity to help companies reduce their carbon footprint and offset the remainder by participating in reforestation PROJECTS IN Madagascar. He's also a former Startup Weekend organiser and MIC Boostcamp coach.

Loïc Pecher

Business Developer at MOBI   |   LinkedIn

Loïc uses lean startup principles with SMEs, research groups and startups to develop their products and services. He provides support to establish strategic partnerships and to secure funding. As past Startup Weekends co-organizer and participant, he can give tips on running the 54-hour marathon. Loïc worked before mainly in emerging countries for large enterprises. He has expertise in sectors such as water treatment, recycling, real estate, sustainable transport, and smart cities.

Patrice Schellekens

Founder of Comptaline   |   LinkedIn

Patrice is the founder of Comptaline, an accounting firm based on web application. Before Comptaline, he has worked almost 10 years as accounting manager in different big companies as Securex, and Dechatlon. The mission of Patrice with Comptaline is to advise starters and entrepreneurs but also to hold the accounting of SME. Patrice will be glad to help you with his experience in accounting and fiscality.

Sébastien Doyen

E-marketing, e-business, e-Entrepreneur ....

Cofounder of oneweb Lux, Sébastien begins his career in 1998, aged 23, by creating one of the first free internet provider. This success is quickly followed by, first the connected platform for email and personal blog ,,, and other…
Since 2003, Sébastien is involved in Belgian and international startups such as Webgates, Oridian Belgique, Desktop-Reporting, Extenseo, Auximus, Eskills, Linky-agency, Netway, and Les Originaux.
Since 2009, Sébastien is CEO of the largest online platform in Europe in the tea business:

Stephan Pire

eCommerce entrepreneur   |   LinkedIn

Stephan Pire is an eCommerce entrepreneur with a background in Distribution & Supply Chain.

After 12 years spent in USA and Australia, he decided to return to Liege and left the Pernod Ricard group to start his own
Marketing business. He started a couple of agencies in point-of-sales (ancestor of eCommerce) and Social Media before joining
force with his friend Luc Pire to start the very first Digital Publishing distributing on Apple and Amazon.

In August 2013, on request of Isabelle Grimaldi, he took over the management of FOTO.COM. He's mandated to expand FOTO brand in Germany and USA, while
shifting from a product-focus to a Customer-centric model.

Loïc Bar

Co-founder of The Smart Company   |   LinkedIn

Loïc Bar is co-founder of The Smart Company, an award-winning high-growth SME in ICTs specializing in smart energy monitoring from a consumer-centric approach. He created his first company in 2008 just after finishing school. Quickly, he had the opportunity to collaborate with well-known company like McKinsey&Company, Coca-Cola, L’Oréal and Schréder Group. During his different projects, he has the chance to work in New York, London and even Kathmandou. To help him to develop the company, he teamed with others. This collaboration resulted in the creation of The Smart Company project in early 2011. Conscious that energy needs to be used with increasing efficiency, he decided to focus the company development on technologies that could help households and SMEs better manage energy consumption. Quickly, the company experienced first success thanks to the usage of agile and creative methods.

Loïc Bar is also involved in social organization like The Cleanweb Initiative helping entrepreneurs leverage information technology to drive massive improvements in global sustainability. At 25, he is also the author of 4 technical books published by the prestigious Parisian publisher Micro Application.

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