Ben Piquard

Economist, Senior Business Development & Interim Management. Focus on Innovation, Start-Up and Digital Transformation of economy.

Work History - see LinkedIn for details

Expériences professionnelles
fév. 2014 - présent

Directeur opérationnel (as indépendant)

LeanSquare SA (Groupe Meuseinvest, Liège)

LeanSquare is a StartUp investments fund from Liège and part of the Meusinvest Group

Since Feb 2014, I have been the main coach of the program (proposing an original methodology for coaching startups in the New Economy).

I am now the COO of the entity and push the project to an extension on (1) a larger geographical scope and (2) industry partnerships

2008 - 2014

Director

Microsoft Innovation Centers (Mons)

MIC are joint-venture between local Government and Microsoft to support local Software Ecosystems. As managing director, I reported the the Board and manage the entire (small) organisation. 

The project has been a great success (branding, local partners impact, open sources,...) and other regions wanted to create their own MIC's 

- MIC Vlaanderen Genk and Kortrijk (6 months) : Founding Advisor.
- MIC Brussels : (4 years) : Founding director and Board Member

2006 - 2008

Solution Sales Microsoft Dynamics CRM

Microsoft (Dynamics division)

Head of (indirect) Sales for the CRM solution of Microsoft. Working with partners to support Sales targets and business developments of the CRM solutions in Belgium.

1993 - 2008

15 years Business Development, Pre-Sales

Various IT Industry in Belgium

ERP / BUSINESS APPLICATIONS
- PeopleSoft (3 years) : HR solutions Business development, Presales & Projects Architecture
- Siebel (2 years) : Principal pre-sales in CRM Finance Industry

BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE/ DWH SOFTWARE INDUSTRY
- Hyperion (2 years) : Financial consolidation Pre&Post Sales consulting;
- SAS (few months) : Product Marketing (CFO Vision)
- Business Objects (4 years) : Business Development & Pre-sales
- FICS (4 months) : Basle II Banking Project Manager

CONSULTING
- Ikan Consulting (1 year): BI Services Business development
- Sword Technologies (1 year) : IT Services Business development and project management
- Marben (6 month) : IT training design & Coach

INDUSTRY
- Telxon (6months) : eLearning Designer

jan. 2014 - présent

Chief Happy-Culteur / founder 

Pi4Mgt sprl

Pi4 Management is my Services Company. I focus on 

- StartUp boosting : sales, pitch, business development
- Eductaion et Coaching : Business Model, sales training, pitching, présentation, Entrepreneurs bootcamps 
- MOOC creation

My main customers include: Meusinvest group (LeanSquare), MIC Brussels, Impulse Brussels, Innovation et Development (LLN), The Faktory, Progress,...

HONORS & AWARDS

Top 8 Most influencer Twitter in ICT in Belgium (Trends Tendance, June 2013)

Top 50 Twitter Influencer in IT in Belgium (Data News April 2013)

#1 Best Microsoft Innovation Center Worldwide Award (Seatle, Sept 2010)

Microsoft Gold Club (2010)

WW finalist for "Best  Project supporting innovative new generations", (May 2012)  

PROJECTS

- CoEntrepreneurs asbl (founder): non profit organisation supporting entrepreneurship in the city. We invented the concept of CoEntrepreneurs week-ends

- Nest'Up (founder) : Nest'up, now Creative Wallonia Engine, is organizing TechStar like program. Nest'up is sponsored by the Walloon government. I am a founder and a board member of the organisation

. Start'Up Week-ends :(non profit) regular mentor and jury member. 

Formation

Formation
1987 - 1992

Ingénieur Commercial

HEC Liège

Business Administration and Management
Magnum Laude
Specialization in operational research

Language

French : native

Dutch : fluent (speaking)

English : fluent (speaking / writing)

German : (long time ago...) basic

VARIOUS

Marathons / trails Runners (2/year since 2000)

Moutains hikers (15*4000+)

Jazz Amateur (piano / saxophone player)