Meet The BNP Paribas International Hackathon Winners: Smartbeam
The BNP Paribas International Hackathon took place in ten different cities between 9 and 11 June 2017. Co.Station hosted 18 startups in Brussels during this weekend and is proud to announced that Smartbeam is one of the winners.
Smartbeam is an estimating and budget management platform designed to help all actors from the construction sector to streamline and optimize their workflow from the bidding phase to the construction phase. The founder of the startup, Caroline Basecqz, has a great experience in this sector as she worked as a construction site engineer. She realised that the communication and management of projects could be improved in order to reduce cost overruns. Caroline took part in Belgian incubators where she found the rest of the team: Florent Coninck, who is a commercial engineer with a good knowledge of the construction sector and Dennis De Reyer, working as CTO.
SmartBeam is creating a platform for all actors on a construction project to work together, thus increasing efficiency and accountability. The company aims at creating a better collaborative environment for jobsite engineers, so they have a better understanding of the financial performances of their projects. With all the cost information being reunited on a same platform, less errors are made, and budget get more reliable.
“The BNP hackathon was a fantastic opportunity for us to get to know each other and test our team collaboration under intense pressure. We also had the chance to meet real estate experts from BNP that brought an unexpected new customer segment to the table: Banks and real estate developers.“ declared Caroline Basecqz, Founder Smartbeam.
The beta version of the platform will be released by the end of August and will be first tested by their community of early adopters. The commercialisation of their solution will be done with the help of their partner Xtramuros, a construction consulting company with a very large network. We are hoping SmartBeam’s network will keep growing after their incubation at Co.Station!