★ Professional Network
You love the people aspects of being an entrepreneur. That’s a huge strength because as you well know, you can’t build a business sitting in your ivory tower. You need to create a talented team, build relationships with customers, and connect with a whole range of people and organisations who can help you with expertise, resources and funding. That’s your forte and it’s super important.
To build on your strength
It’s a huge strength if you’re doing something that you find deeply and personally meaningful, because that gives you the intrinsic motivation you need to give it your utmost and also to keep going when things get tough. But it’s not always easy to link an entrepreneurial career to a cause you care about.
At Hack Belgium, that’s exactly what you’ll be doing.You’ll discover opportunities for innovation that are grounded in major societal challenges. Such as about how we can keep our planet’s ecology intact through circular business models and new energy solutions. And about how we can achieve the full potential of humanity through future proof education, better healthcare and an end to discrimination and injustice.
You’ll learn from the people who are working at the front-end of these challenges and together will brainstorm ideas for promising new solutions. Your next venture will help make our world a little better!
As an entrepreneur you can’t let your own insecurities hold you down. You need confidence and a strong belief in your own capabilities to face the many challenges and hurdles that you’ll face on your path to success. The thing is, most of us experience some degree of Imposter Syndrome – being prone to self-doubt, anxiety and dwelling on past mistakes – which prevents us from taking those all important entrepreneurial steps, especially the first step!
At Hack Belgium, you’ll boost your confidence like you never knew possible. It is one of the most consistent points of feedback we get from participants, that they’re absolutely amazed at what they managed to achieve in just 3 days at Hack Belgium. You’ll come up with a powerful idea, you’ll develop and validate that idea, you’ll work with experts and mentors, you’ll learn a ton about market opportunities and new technologies, you’ll learn business and product design skills, and finally you’ll present a project proposal that could really go somewhere. You’ll discover a whole new you!
★ Market & Technology Knowledge
Most successful entrepreneurs process vast amounts of information. Entrepreneurs like Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet are famous for the amount of reading they do. It’s why such entrepreneurs have a deep and insightful understanding of their market and especially how technology is driving change. Such insight doesn’t come by magic! Those who think that it does, that they’re blessed with some supernatural business ‘intuition’, will soon find themselves left behind by smarter entrepreneurs.
At Hack Belgium you’ll vastly expand your knowledge about emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, bio-as-technology, internet of things and immersive technologies. You’ll attend technology workshops, you’ll play with technologies in the massive Experience Zone and you’ll build a professional network among the country’s top technology experts. You’ll also learn about societal trends and challenges, and thereby discover new opportunities for innovation. And finally you’ll learn about all the latest thinking in entrepreneurial management and product design. Most importantly, you’ll be able to apply your new knowledge immediately in your own project.
★ Entrepreneurial Skills
Entrepreneurship is not some magical inborn talent. It’s a skill that you can learn. It’s about knowing how to evaluate business ideas, about how to posit and test your assumptions, about prototyping and user testing. It’s about growth, about marketing and sales. And it’s about finding the resources and funding to keep your business afloat.
Hack Belgium is basically a super intense crash course in all these skills. You’ll attend hands-on workshops on business modelling, user centered design and much else. And with the help of mentors you’ll be applying your new skills immediately in your project.
Become the wholesome
entrepreneur you deserve to be
Save the dates 7 › 8 › 9 May 2020 and join 1000 other people like you at Tour & Taxis in Brussels.
Everything starts with a challenge. There’s 36 in total to choose from at Hack Belgium. They inspire most of the creative work and they ensure that the work is meaningful and directed at real problems and needs in society.
Learn, test and discover recent advances in emerging technologies – such as artificial intelligence, bio-as-technology, internet of things and immersive technologies – to help stretch and improve your project.
99+ inspiring workshops to choose from to help you make the most of your innovation journey and make you grow as an innovator and entrepreneur (e.g. Human Centered Cesign, Growth Hacking, Funding & Financing etc.)
Meet Belgium’s entire entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem. Not for a cocktail party, but for 3 solid days of creative work. You’ll make new friends with your teammates, you’ll connect with hundreds of leading experts and scientists.