Linking education with real life entrepreneurship

Techstars Startup Weekend is globally famous because of its unique learning experience. Attendees start with an idea followed by finding co-founders to develop their prototypes, having their first customers and pitching their business in front of investors, just in 54 hours. Participants experience a bit of every aspect of building a real startup. They learn how to create a business model, validate it, identify target market, understand financials and create the MVP of their product or service. For some people this is just an introduction towards entrepreneurship…

Today, the 12th edition of Startup Weekend Brussels was organised with the support of the Solvay Brussels School and the help of students of the Advanced Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. We are thankful to have them on board as partners, as we are so aligned with their goal of encouraging young students and aspiring entrepreneurs to enter the market and be successful by making a positive change.

Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management together with MIP Politecnico di Milano offer a unique 1 year advanced master program in Innovation and Entrepreneurship which takes aspiring entrepreneurs through the whole process of creating the next big startup. Starting in Milan, participants of the program learn the basics of business strategy, startup financing, leadership, design thinking and marketing followed by another semester at Solvay Brussels School with courses exploring deeper into innovation processes, business intelligence and detailed financial planning.

Complementing all these academic courses, students get involved in the unique experience of building their own startups through the year-long New Venture Lab course. World class professors and mentors guide teams of students towards bringing their value to the target market while creating a feasible, actionable business model, worthy of raising venture capital funding.

What is Startup Weekend Brussels anyway?

“You don’t know Startup Weekend?! This is the most amazing entrepreneurial community in the world! You should experience it for yourself!” This was the first conversation I had with Michel, back in Tallinn 6 years ago.

Fast forward, today we work side by side to organize the next Startup Weekend Brussels, 17-19 May. I guess Michel was right 🙂 You should join us and experience it for yourself!

Is Startup Weekend for me?

Have you been mulling over an idea? Are you curious to test yourself in a new environment, far out of your comfort zone? Do you want to meet crazy smart and yet humble people? Are you looking for a mentor, co-founder, investor? Are you bored by the rainy weekends in Brussels and do you want to do something cool? Then, Startup Weekend Brussels is what you have been looking for!

Ok, but what is Startup Weekend?

The purpose of a Startup Weekend is to provide anyone all over the world the opportunity to experience entrepreneurship and develop the skills, connections, and confidence necessary to launch a company or build a more dynamic career. It’s a voluntary led initiative locally, supported by Techstars globally.

What makes it such a special community?

The people. And the #GiveFirst mentality. Can you imagine that we are a group of 20 organizers, who have volunteered our time in the last 4 months to organize this event? Even more, we have on board a fascinating jury, kick-ass mentors, a top-notch facilitator, generous sponsors and awesome community partners who all share the same vision as us. We all know how hard entrepreneurship is, and we are here to help and cheer for you in the first steps you take. And you gain access to this unique support system applies not only in Brussels, but in +1300 cities around the world.

Do you have what it takes to launch a startup in 54 hours? Join us and find out!

Learn more about the upcoming Startup Weekend Brussels and book your ticket here. We promise the most challenging, rewarding, tough and energizing weekend in your life!

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