Startup weekend is a worldwide concept organized in more than 300 cities each year, initiated by Techstars and Google for Entrepreneurs. In Liège, this event is organized by the GOTORO non-profit organization.
Startup weekend is an event during which developers, entrepreneurs, financial actors and engineers meet and share their ideas, create teams, design products, consider business models and launch their startup.
More concretely, the adventure starts on Friday night with a pitch session during which project promoters have one minute to present their idea and convince the audience to join. Then they freely form teams and throughout the week-end, participants will learn by trying out and working on their business model and create a prototype. Coaches and mentors support teams by giving them advice on specific aspects: technical, legal, financial, business models and so on.
The Startup weekend ends on Sunday night, while teams present their projects before a jury of professionals in the field, potential investors and well-known entrepreneurs, who will select the 3 most promising projects.