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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: AccessMapTechnoport

Warm-up session @ The Impactory

logo_mPractice makes perfect! Before getting into a full weekend of start-up creation, join the warm up session the next 5th of November from 18:00 to 21:00, at The Impactory. This workshop will be dedicated to two topics conditioning a successful Startup Weekend: idea generation and pitch training.

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Hotel partner

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 before 23 OctoberHotel_Ibis_form_reservation_contingent_Nov_2013

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).


Food partners

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

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Nov 8
  • 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 9
  • 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 10
  • 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
  • Judging & awards
  • Dinner
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors

Patrice Caire

Research Associate at the Interdisciplinary Center for Security and Trust (SnT), Serval Team, University of Luxembourg   |   LinkedIn

Member of SINTELNET ( 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

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

Marc Molitor

co-Founder of the THE GREENHOUSE   |   LinkedIn

Marc’s passion and experience is to help build and grow companies, creating new business and market segments. As such he is the co-Founder of the THE GREENHOUSE, a Luxembourg-based accelerator nurturing start-ups is the areas of ICT, Mobile, Social Media, Gaming and Digital Healthcare and also serves as board member of LBAN (Luxembourg Business Angel Network).
Marc is also the Managing Director of CAPITAL4IP, an independent, Luxembourg based, corporate finance advisor and investment company. His focus is on helping companies leverage their Intellectual Property to finance their growth and development.

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

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.

Silver Sponsors

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

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.

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.

Nicolas Valaize

Luxinnovation - Start-up Support Services - Project Officer   |   LinkedIn

Nicolas participated to the previous Luxembourg start-up weekend and quitted his job one week later. After having worked years in venture capital and private equity financial services, he joined Luxinnovation to help business ideas to get in shape and entrepreneurs to take over the challenges they face. Nicolas can test the robustness of your business model, define a clear roadmap for your project and help you think out of the box.

François Thill

attaché de gouvernement 1er en rang, Direction du commerce électronique et de la sécurité informatique, Ministère de l'Économie et du Commerce extérieur   |   LinkedIn

François Thill * received 1991 a M.Sc. degree in information technology at the University of Linz, Austria. After 10 years of international banking experience, he has joined the Ministry of the Economy and Foreign Trade in Luxembourg in 2001. He is responsible for several security related projects within government. Head of CASES, member of the Luxembourg Cyber Security Board, president of smile GIE (security made in Lëtzebuerg), François is member of the management board of LuxTrust and represents Luxembourg in the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA).

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.

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.

Michel Vallet

Lawyer   |   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.

Karen Tweer

Chartered accountant at BDO Tax & Accounting

Karen came to Luxembourg after her studies in Business Administration in Vienna.
Working for BDO she accompanies entrepreneurs, who are active in different economic sectors, in setting up and running their business.
Karen enjoys helping companies to implement innovative ideas by providing advisory services especially with a view to financial aspects of their business such as preparing business plans, financial and fiscal statements.

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