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Here's a taste of the first Luxembourg Startup Weekend in November 2012:

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 500 past events in 111 countries around the world in 2012.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

Be sure to check the access map of the Technoport Esch-Belval: Access map (PDF)

BE CAREFUL: your GPS may be wrong in this area. You should print the access map and follow the map. Also you will not be able to park in front of the venue. You will have to park in the parking area mentioned on the access map.

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May 23
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


May 24
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


May 25
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors

Denis Avrilionis

Entrepreneur   |   LinkedIn

Entrepreneur in the software industry, creating solutions for decision making in the current global, complex economy.
Domains: Revenue and Profitability strategy, Marketing Efficiency, Customer Loyalty Management, Marketing-Sales Alignment
Industries: Banking, Finance, Telcos, Supra-national Organisations
Experience: Business transformation, Operations Optimisation, Technology adoption
Capabilities: Data Science, IT Strategy, Large Scale Analytics and Optimization, Business Software Solutions
Member of the IBM Cloud Advisory Board (ICAB)

Jacques Touillon

founder & ceo at airboxlab   |   LinkedIn

Internet of Things / healthtech and wellness / communication tools for behaviour and involvement / communication for the environment protection

communication comportementale et d'adhésion / communication environnementale / communication publique

Hedda Pahlson-Moller

Business Angel / Social Investor and Impact Advisor   |   LinkedIn

I am a Business Angel focused on Impact Investment.

The last 10 years have been spent developing a variety of businesses, primarily in the professional services and technology domain. I provide strategic and operational support on commercialization and sales/marketing-communications for start-up companies. My investment strategy focuses on innovative solutions with social/environmental impact.
I have been an Adjunct Professor at Sacred Heart University's Jack Welch College of Business (Lux campus) since 2006 teaching Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Marketing - and soon, Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Investing.

Eugene Mizin

Principal at Mangrove Capital   |   LinkedIn

Eugene Mizin is a Principal at Mangrove Capital Partners, a European venture capital firm focused on early stage investments in consumer internet, technology and automotive sectors. Eugene's areas of focus are ecommerce and mobile internet applications.
Prior to joining Mangrove, Eugene led product development for a key mobile product at Skype, the world's most popular web-calling service. Prior to Skype, Eugene held product management roles at eBay and AOL.
Eugene began his career at Wachovia Bank's commercial banking division, where he was responsible for underwriting new loans and managed a $400 Million credit portfolio.
Eugene earned an MBA from Georgetown University.

Alex Sinner

Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services   |   LinkedIn

Alex is a Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services and works with businesses of all sizes to help them deliver their IT projects in the cloud.During his career Alex has worked as a researcher in Artificial Intelligence, entrepreneur, and in various roles within Before joining Amazon Web Services, Alex was responsible for the launch of the Amazon marketplace business in Italy and Spain. He uses his experience to help customers bringing their ideas to life using Amazon Web Services’ IT infrastructure platform.

Benjamin Blasco

Director, Global business development at PayPal   |   LinkedIn

Benjamin is Director in charge of strategy & corporate development for PayPal EMEA, with a specific focus on new ventures like omnichannel, big data or growth hacking. Previously he was Senior Manager for BearingPoint Consulting and helped large companies (Orange, SFR, Orange Business Services, Vodafone, Samsung…) in their major strategic & innovation transformations. He has also a strong operational and entrepreneur experience as he worked as a sales & business developer for a leading edge software company (Xyleme: NoSql database for big data). He started his career as an analyst for Viventures partner ($700M VC fund). Benjamin is graduated from Ecole polytechnique (96) and Telecom ParisTech.

Silver Sponsors

Luc Rommes

TrAxxion - Project Coordinator   |   LinkedIn

Working for more than 25 years in an international and industrial environment, I have broadened my customer focus and leadership skills. Strong technical expertise, multilingual and ability to adapt to local cultures and needs have been assets in building a number of successful teams to deliver customer satisfaction and financial results.
Key achievements are:
- Developing after market services with growing business revenue and profit year after year
- Proven ability to improve customer satisfaction
- Set up of 24 / 7 services
- Creation of successful multicultural work teams
- Track record of getting people engaged
- Implementation of ERP systems having users and developers work as one team.

My preference is to get involved in the real work than to deliver long presentations with little commitments or outcome.

Inouk Bourgon

co-founder at airboxlab   |   LinkedIn

Internet of Things Maker since 2009. Cofounder of MakerSpace: Father of NPlug: Now Cofounder @get_alima #iot #airquality #product #design #embedded #software #hardware

Alexander Papanastassiou

Business Adviser & Innovation Catalyst   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Business adviser, innovation catalyst and facilitator - passionate about bold business quests and the achievement of people's potential

Muriel Olszowiak-Boucher

Directrice Régionale du développement at EPITECH   |   LinkedIn

Muriel holds a Masters’ in Economic and Social Administration and another in Marketing. In 2001, she began her career in IT as a sales representative in a multinational company. She particularly likes this sector because of the mentality and the IT culture

Michele Gallo

Advisor, Directorate of New Technologies, Luxembourg Ministry of Economy and Foreign Trade   |   LinkedIn

Michele is an advisor at the Luxembourg Ministry of Economy and Foreign Trade where he is in charge of public funding for young innovative enterprises and of the incubation initiatives. After starting his career in London with Sardis Capital, a boutique investment bank focused on M&A and private placements within the High Tech sector, he joined the Corporate Finance Advisory team of KPMG in Luxembourg, where he specialised on company valuations. Before joining the Ministry of Economy Michele worked for Luxinnovation, Luxembourg’s National Agency for Innovation, where he coordinated the start-ups support department . Michele holds an MEng in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London and a Master in European Business from ESCP Europe in Paris.

Laurent Kratz

Entrepreneur and Investor   |   LinkedIn

Internet Entrepreneur, IT Professional services background. Knowledge in innovative business models, business mutations.

Specialties: Free software, Intellectual property, Internet strategy

Philippe Papanastassiou

Investor, business developer, tech enthusiast and INSEAD MBA   |   LinkedIn

Philip brings close to a decade of experience in TMT and professional services. He started his career in Business Intelligence at MACH, the leading roaming clearing house. After a year, he was promoted to sales & account manager with responsibility for the company’s largest customer. During that time, he not only won new clients but also renewed framework agreements and developed new products and services. More recently, he was a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and worked with clients in Energy, Consumer Electronics and Financial Services on a number of topics such as strategy, marketing and organization.

Philip holds an MSc from Solvay Business School and an MBA from INSEAD, focusing on corporate finance, venture capital and private equity. He also completed an MBA exchange with the Wharton School in Philadelphia, USA and a week-long entrepreneurship seminar in the Silicon Valley.

Digambal NAYAGUM

Avocat à la Cour (Barreau du Luxembourg)   |   LinkedIn

Digambal is a member of the Luxembourg bar since 2011.
She has a Bachelor in Law and Management from the University of Mauritius, a Master in Business Law with a specialisation in International Commercial Law from University of Nancy II, and a Diploma in International Transactions from University of Nancy II, France.
Digambal has joined AS AVOCATS, a medium sized lawfirm in Luxembourg, in 2009 where she started as a jurist.
Her main areas of practice are : corporate law, intellectual property law, labour law, civil and contract law.

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Benoit Fortemps
Yann Gensollen
Sylvain Chery
Georges Jentgen
Pablo Bellissimo
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