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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.

Please use this form to make your reservation: Hotel_Ibis_SWLuxembourg 2012

Note: Startup Weekend Luxembourg is not paying for hotel rooms; only book a room if you are ready to pay for it (it is not included in the event registration fee).


Thanks to our food partners we will be able to provide fuel for the brains of our teams during 54 hours!

Traiteur OSWALD     Dimmi Si - for italian food lovers



Nov 16
  • 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


Nov 17
  • 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


Nov 18
  • 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

Serge Rollinger

Administrateur délégué at Rollinger Venture Capital S.A.   |   LinkedIn

Rita Knott

Owner and Managing Partner at Rita Knott Coaching Mentoring Consulting   |   LinkedIn

Rita Knott entrepreneur and coach, has 26 years of banking experience in Luxembourg and she holds a diploma in Coaching and Supervision from the University of Applied Sciences in
Frankfurt. She has founded her own company “Rita Knott – Coaching Mentoring Consulting” in 2005 and is active in Luxembourg and abroad
supporting a wide range of corporate and individual clients in developing and optimizing their professional role.
She is president of the NGO “House of Coaching Mentoring and Consulting”in Luxembourg and is responsible for the program“Luxembourg Pioneers – incubation the female way”who has accompanies since March 2011 thirty business projects of female entrepreneurs, out of which 19 have already build up their company.

Thomas Hartwell-Krämer

CEO of Cross Seed Ventures S.a.r.l.

Thomas Hartwell-Krämer, founding partner and CEO of Cross Seed Ventures, has more than 14 years of international experience working as a lawyer, tax advisor and business developer. He has a substantial experience in advicing multinational companies as well as start-ups in relation to cross border legal, tax and compliance issues, including participated to numerous M&As from both a vendor as well as a buyer perspective.

In addition to the above, he has had a very strong focus on early stage start-ups helping them to allocate as much as possible of their angel and/or seed funding on developing their business while at the same time setting up a fully transparent and compliant business from day 1.

Spending the last 4 years in Luxembourg, he has been heavily involved in private banking and wealth-structuring, while at the same time continued focusing on start-ups.

Labeled under Cross Seed Ventures, the core activity today is early stage ICT start-ups focusing on media on the internet, getting involved both at the operational level of a start-up as well as position himself (through Cross Seed Ventures) as an investor.

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

Pierre-François Bois

Global Leader - Strategic integration RDE&Q at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company   |   LinkedIn

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.

Tom Kettels

ICT Advisor at Government   |   LinkedIn

Jean-Yves Hergott

Entrepreneur and Venture Angel at Chameleon Invest   |   LinkedIn

Machine Vision expert, with the passion of IT since the early 80′…,like most of us I turned my passion into my job in 98 as co-founder of Luxscan Technologies.

Later, as Business Angel, I enjoyed sharing experiences and visions with the goal making dreams becoming true.

Today, as “Venture Angel”, investor and board member at Chameleon Invest, I like overall as stated in our teams vision, to drive sustainable economic growth by actively supporting passionate responsible entrepreneurs, and creating synergies in a dynamic and continuously improving ecosystem.
Besides the classic providing capital activities, it is essential to me to share know-how and experience with the creative entrepreneurs in fields like, IT technology / Innovation management, product management and customer service , company operation and growth strategy setup, international deployment, fund raising and negotiation ….

Silver Sponsors

Nicolas Henckes

Directeur de Legitech   |   LinkedIn

After starting as an M&A attorney with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher in Paris, Nicolas came back to Luxembourg where he became the Personal assistant to the Governor of the Luxembourg Central Bank. Since September 2005, he manages the Association momentanée Imprimerie Centrale / Victor Buck with regard to the public market of the Luxembourg Official Journal (Mémorial). On this basis, he created Legitech in early 2006 for the same shareholders. Legitech is now recognized as the Luxembourg legal publisher of reference.

Nicolas graduated from HEC Paris, before obtaining a graduate degree (D.E.S.S.) in Business Law from the University Paris XI Law school. He also obtained the CEMS MIM awarded by the European leading business schools.

Hedda Pahlson-Moller

Angel Investor / Impact Investor   |   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.

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

Jessica Duns

Business Development Coordinator at PwC's Accelerator   |   LinkedIn

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.

Frédéric BECKER

Support for start-ups at Luxinnovation GIE   |   LinkedIn

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.

Michel Vallet

Avocat - Christmann Schmitt avocats associés   |   LinkedIn

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.

Praveen Paranjothi

Investment Manager at European Investment Fund   |   LinkedIn

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

Alberto SERRA

Head of Start-up Support Services at Luxinnovation GIE   |   LinkedIn

Experienced in due diligence for M&A sector. He is actually in charge of the start up support service of LuxInnovation

Valeria Temple

PartnerVision Ventures   |   LinkedIn

Business Development Expert: Expansion and growth of international and national markets for Software, Hardware solutions and consulting services, effective communication with diverse cultures all over the world, creativity, trust building, strong track record of establishing sphere of influence within strategic accounts, consultative selling/value proposition, negotiation of high-margin sales, development of customer loyalty.


MS Computer Science,Telecommunication, VOIP,Enterprise Software sales, Sales Management, Global Business Development, Purchasing, Import/Export, ERP, CRM, e-Procurement applications, Semiconductor components, Sun, HP solutions,consulting services

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