On 14 December, DNAlytics received the first prize -Innovation Award- of the 4th edition of the Microsoft Innovation Center Boostcamp (4th edition). The ceremony took place at the Cercle du Lac in the Aula Magna of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. Jean-Claude Marcourt, the vice-president of Wallonia and Walloon Minister of Economy and New Technologies welcomed Thibault Helleputte on stage and gave him the award. You can see the five-minute pitch of DNAlytics here (in French).
The Boostcamp is an IT-related startup incubation program organized by the MIC Belgium. It offers its participants with the chance to attend seminars on financial, commercial, technical aspects of the startup creation. As Roald Sieberath, one of the MIC collaborators points out: A startup is not just a company, smaller, it’s a completely different animal. Seminars take those specificities into account. The Boostcamp consists of about 15 days, including four days dedicated to one-to-one challenging sessions with experts and business veterans.
At the end of this 4th Boostcamp edition, eight startups were still in competition. On top of the four awarded ones listed above, the following also participated: MusicBuilding (a program of team building and management coaching centered on music), ISJob (a web platform dedicated to scientific profiles), CONF&TI (a solution for automated software configuration) and the already famous TriCount web application.