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Ben Piquard

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

Work History - see LinkedIn for details

Feb 2014Present

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



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


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.


15 years Business Development, Pre-Sales

Various IT Industry in Belgium

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

- 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

- Telxon (6months) : eLearning Designer

Jan 2014Present

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,...


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)  


- 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. 



Ingénieur Commercial

HEC Liège

Business Administration and Management
Magnum Laude
Specialization in operational research


French : native

Dutch : fluent (speaking)

English : fluent (speaking / writing)

German : (long time ago...) basic


Marathons / trails Runners (2/year since 2000)

Moutains hikers (15*4000+)

Jazz Amateur (piano / saxophone player)