So you think you have a jewel that could become the next unicorn?

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The winners of our first edition - January 2018

Our first edition was more successful than expected with 50+ applications, high-quality projects and entrepreneurs. Have a look at the 3 winners!


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The Makers Challenge

Grab your chance to get 15 000€ cash-prize (equity-free) + access to a unique 3 months programme to build your digital and/or loT startup with

Fabian Thylmann

The builder of the biggest adult entertainement company in the world


Make It

A Belgian digital and IoT Startup Studio


We do not just advise,
we co-build
your business.


Forget about lengthy
market studies,
we get you clients


We don’t coach you,
we provide you the required tools and resources.

Selected projects will get :


3 months access to the programme to apply the Test it methodology


3 months hosting at the brand new SN Factory


15.000€ budget (equity-free) to get your project going


The opportunity to pitch in front of investors con cojones at the end of the programme


Why do we do this ?

1 / We look for Digital and/or IoT projects because that’s our expertise.

2 / We are privately held and are looking for people to build innovative businesses.

3 / We want to move fast and get sh*t done… Expect to roll up your sleeves!

How it works?



Apply online (max 10min). You don't need any legal entity.


Pitch your idea in front of a selection committee in order to be in the top 3 selection


The Challenge

Transform your idea into a business with Fabian and Make It. We'll make a tailor-made programme just for you.

Development & Growth

Pitch your business in front of investors


Take off!

The programme will be held at the brand new SN Factory

The SNCube coworking, in partnership with Make It, is expanding its facilities into a brand new floor tailor-made for the makers.


What you can expect :

Everything you need to build the first prototype of your product.

Professional services (we are more than a fablab) in hardware, firmware and software.

Machines in mechanics (CNC, laser cutting, spindle, …)

Electronics (pick and place, PCB, measuring, …)

Professional 3D printing.


Who we are

Fabian Thylmann started his career as programmer right out of school in 1997, starting his first company focusing on statistical analysis and high traffic websites.

Within just 5 years, he built the biggest adult entertainment company in the world, Manwin, supported by a Wall Street Credit. With offices in 5 countries, over 1200 employees and serving over 65 million unique visitors a day, its reach and size surpassed everything previously known in the industry.

Having sold all his shares end of 2013, he now focuses on investing in startups, in many different verticals. He wants to help you navigate through the early stages of your business by giving you seed investments money, financial advices as well as technical support.

Make It is a startup studio. We create and own startups. For the last 3 years, we gave birth and nurtured our 4 amazing startups. In order to ensure their success, we developed skills in ideas selection, business opportunities validation, software & hardware development. We propose these capabilities through Make It Services.

What makes us special?

We are entrepreneurs. We create startups and we know how to make things happen. In this competitive environment, you need more than a subcontractor. We will be your partners in innovation.


Any question about The Makers Challenge?

Don’t be shy !