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Review of the First Youth#Challenge Food Hackathon in Brussels

On April the 7th and the 8th Betacowork hosted the first Youth#Challenge Food Hackathon in Brussels. We wanted to inspire young people to develop a business idea, connect with their peers and experienced entrepreneurs.

When the young future entrepreneurs arrived at Betacowork, they didn’t know each other. But thanks to a funny Ice Breaking game organized by Fabienne Baise they got along right away. The teams were randomly formed and we assigned them 3 keywords around the main theme of the hackathon: food. They had the chance to brainstorm with their mentor and boost their creativity during a Idea Development workshop. Then for the rest of the day they worked hard on their project.

On Saturday the participants attended a How To Pitch Workshop by Gilbert West and then they had only two hours to prepare their perfect pitch! At 11:30 the jury members arrived and the Final Pitch Session started. 3 minutes to tell to the audience what their was project about and 5 minutes to answer to the jury’s tricky questions. The business idea were judged by the following criteria: Innovation, Sustainability (economic, not environmental) and Pitch. And the final winner was… Crème de Café! An innovative way to recycle coffee after its use: transform it into beauty products like scrubs!

This event is part of the “European Coworking Network” project financed by the “Erasmus+” program. The focus of the project is on young people who have a passion for social and economic change and on assisting them to develop their knowledge, skills and networks they need to make a difference.

THANK YOU to the mentors and the participants of this firs edition for the passion and enthusiasm they put into it!

About Sara Magnabosco

I'm in charge of marketing, communication, community building and events @betacowork. After graduating in Management of Organization I moved to Brussels to join the Betacowork team. I'm passionate about travel, sport...and chocolate! I write about coworking @GamobuNews.

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