Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. Come share ideas, form teams, and launch startups.
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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!
Thanks to the group Accor, you can benefit from a preferred rate and book a room at the Ibis Esch Belval Hotel, only 200 m away from the Technoport.
Praveen is a disruptive innovation enthusiast with an entrepreneurial streak. He is passionate about new business creation and projects that seek to make a difference.
Praveen has more than 9 years of business and technology experience working in different projects in a variety of roles including investment analysis, strategy & technology consulting, engineering and sales and product/project management. His projects have been in industries including venture capital, telecom, education, utilities, construction and transportation.
Praveen is an MBA alumnus of HEC Paris, France and the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. He holds a Master in Engineering from Germany and a Bachelor in Engineering from India.
Born and raised in India, Praveen was based out of Germany for more than 8 years and currently lives in Luxembourg. He has also lived in many different countries including France, USA, Finland and Hungary. He is internationally mobile and speaks fluent English, high level German, basic French and his native language Tamil.
Experience/Expertise in: Investment and financial analysis, venture capital, Impact investing, mobile banking and micro-insurance
SES Astra - Senior Manager, Business Development EMEA
Business Development manager, focusing on strategic planning, assessment and implementation of development and investment opportunities.
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.
Co-Founder & CEO of e-Xstream engineering, a high-tech company 100% focused on advanced material modeling.
Our mission is to help our customers, material suppliers and users, across industries to engineer advanced materials (e.g. composites) and structures (e.g. cars, airplanes, ...) using advanced materials.
Specialties:- Entrepreneurship: Starting and Growing High Tech Ventures.
- Computational Aided Engineering
- Advanced Material Modeling
Research Associate at the Interdisciplinary Center for Security and Trust (SnT), Serval Team, University of Luxembourg
Member of SINTELNET (http://www.sintelnet.eu/) FP7 Coordination Action.
Research Associate in the SERVAL team, under Prof. Yves Le Traon, University of Luxembourg, Interdisciplinary Research Center for Security and Trust (SnT).
2010-2011: Postdoctoral researcher in the PReCISE research center, under Prof. Patrick Heymans, Computer Science department, University of Namur (FUNDP), Belgium.
2006-2010: PhD in computer science, graduated with grade “outstanding” under Leon van der Torre, Luxembourg University in the Individual and Collective Reasoning (ICR) group. 3-year project with the city of Luxembourg on the topic of conviviality in artificial social systems, such as digital cities, based on use cases provided by the city of Luxembourg.
1999-1994: Master of Science in Computer Science in New York University under Prof. Dr. Jack Schwartz. Research assistant at NYU Media Lab.
Previously: 6 years industrial experience (Stanford Research Institute (SRI), Scient, Netscape and AOL-Time Warner). MFA, Angewandte Kunst Akademie, Vienna. BA, ENSAAMA, Paris. Member of IEEE, ACM, SIGCHI
Highest level business development for both government and Industry
Specialties: ICT, e-commerce, media
Actively speaking 5 languages (French, English, German, Dutch and Luxembourgish) plus experienced to work in multicultural international environments.
Human performance, commitment, enthusiasm.
Support for start-ups at Luxinnovation GIE
Frédéric holds a business degree in finance and has a background in both the financial industry as well as in advisory. At present he is active as a project manager within the support for start-ups team at Luxinnovation, the National Agency for Innovation and Research.
As part of the Agency, he assists project owners in the setting up of their innovative businesses by providing tailor-made assistance to entrepreneurs wishing to locate in Luxembourg.
Jessica is passionate about helping entrepreneurs turn ideas into real business opportunities. She gets a kick from discovering new business models and concepts that will contribute to changing the way we live in the digital era.
Jessica has over 4 years of M&A transaction experience in Private Equity and Venture Capital providing lead advice in a wide range of industries including: technology, fast moving consumer goods, media and entertainment, airfreight, biotechnology and healthcare.
More recently, Jessica has provided strategic and financial advice to several companies taking part in PwC’s Accelerator programme.
Michel Vallet is lawyer, member of the Luxembourg Bar.
He advises clients mainly on commercial law.
Prior to joining the Luxembourg Bar, Michel worked for IT companies, service providers and software editors.
Based on this experience, he specializes in areas of law such as e-commerce, IT issues and IP rights.
Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services
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 Amazon.com. 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.
PwC’s Accelerator Head of Operations and Business Development (since November 2011)
Florence is responsible for the daily Operations coordination. She is particularly In charge of Marketing and Communication events (amonsgt which "Local to Global Expos") and Media relations. She collaborates with external partners (private, institutional, incubators and universities) and providers in the context of PwC’s Accelerator dynamic community. Florence is also coordinating Business Development activities: search for new clients, developing strategic workshops methodology, demonsttating thought leadership. She leverages on her project and change management, operational innovation management and HR background to positively coach companies on their elevator pitches (both on the structure and the presentation skills).
Project Officer 1,2,3,GO - Business Initiative a.s.b.l. and Co-founder chez Casa Fabiana S.àr.l.
As a start-up support officer and co-founder of an organic-food restaurant in Luxembourg, I am interested in new contacts with start-up founders, with people supporting young start-ups like entrepreneurs, business developers, business angels and with people working in the Horeca sector.
Innovation Initiative Advisor at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Self-driven and creative professional with strong business acumen: I am passionate about innovation no matter under what form: products, services, processes, business models. I am a strong believer in innovation as a strategic lever for business and my work is focused on creating systematic innovation processes that transform innovation from a risky bet into a value driving core competence.
Specialties:Ideation and brainstorming, discovering and researching latent customer needs, human centric design process, prototyping, value chain co-creation approaches, innovation tools and methodologies, Stage-Gate, portfolio management, strategic thinking and implementation.
Internet Entrepreneur, IT Professional services background. Knowledge in innovative business models, business mutations.
Specialties: Free software, Intellectual property, Internet strategy
Diego De Biasio
CEO of Technoport
Diego is CEO of Technoport - a technology-oriented business incubator in Luxembourg.
He joined this industry back in 2001 and had since the opportunity to meet, support and follow a lot of entrepreneurs.
Diego co-organised also the Apps Foundry Contest (www.apps-foundry-contest.org) together with Fabrice, co-founder of Neopixl in June of 2012.
Agile coach - Certified Scrummaster - Scrum Professional
Yann is a Process improvement specialist thanks to his Agile Toolbox (Scrum, Kanban, Agile retrospectives, serious games) and personnal assets like communication skills, pragmatism and enthusiasm. He is passionate about people, the way they work together, and how they achieve their goals. Yann is Certified ScrumMaster and Scrum Professionnal.
Director of Agile Partner
Sylvain is co-founder of Agile Partner, independent software services and consulting firm in Luxembourg since 2004. He is passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship. He is promoting Agile / Lean product development and collaborating with multiple teams and projects in the Greater Region. Sylvain is Certified ScrumMaster / Scrum Professional and a Scrum trainer.