Build, Create, Make : Be an Entrepreneur, Be a Maker !!!
Brace yourselves, Belgium's first ever Makers Startup Weekend is here - bringing the Maker's Movement to the Capital of Europe!
The maker culture is a contemporary subculture representing a technology-based extension of DIY (Do It Yourself) culture. All of us are Makers, we make our world:
You too, can be a Maker! Whatever your background, you can become a Maker and a Startup Weekend Maker is an excellent place to start.
You will have access to 3D printers, Industrial cutters and other machinery at FabLab, and open source hardware to prototype your idea.
- Pitch your idea (if you want to; its an open stage format)
- Form a team around an idea and make it real
- Get grilled and coached by some of the toughest industry experts
- Present to a panel of expert judges and win amazing prizes
- Get a starters kit with basic hardware to be used in prototyping
- 50-75 EUR budget per team to get any additional things needed for your prototype
- And test the limits of sleeplessness ;)
This will be the 1st event of its kind in Belgium where the local startup ecosystem will join in for a three day marathon of co-creation, making and growth-hacking!
Check out the Startup Weekend trailer here:
And a first-timer's experience here:
Given the elaborate set up involved, places are limited so book your spot NOW: http://swbemaker.eventbrite.com
STUDENTS: Use STU as promo code to get 15% off. You'll be asked to show your Student ID at the entrance!
- Catering for the weekend
- Starters kit per team
- 50-75 EUR prototyping budget per team
- 3D printing materials
- Possibility to sleep at the venue over night (in your own sleeping bag)
- Access to coaching and mentoring with our experts
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 weekend frenzy of business model creation, product designing, prototyping, 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 co-founder, 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.
The venue is quiet central so there will be a lot of hostel options around too. Check out www.hostelsclub.com and www.hostelworld.com for hostel options, and www.airbnb.com for apartments.
Looking forward to seeing you all there!