Startup Weekend Women Paris

    Friday, March 6 - 8, 2015

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Women Paris

Friday, March 6 - 8, 2015

Friday, March 6 - 8, 2015
Event starts at 6:15 pm

Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires (CRI)
8-10, rue Charles V
Paris, France 75004

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Startup Weekend Women Paris - International Women Rights Day

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 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014. 

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! 

Why is this edition focused on women?
With women leading less than 7% of venture-backed startups, it’s no secret that there are fewer women founding companies than men. That’s why we have one special focus for this Startup Weekend: connecting and showcasing the talents of women and aspiring female entrepreneurs. We've seen talented women in Paris looking for opportunities to get inspired, to learn from other entrepreneurs and to build their first venture with the help our our mentors. This event is the opportunity for them to take that jump.

Is there a theme for startup ideas?
Nope, you don't have to necessarily pitch on anything women-related. Choose something you're passionate about ;)

Can men participate to the event? 

If you are a man who wishes to attend Startup Weekend Women Paris, you're more than welcome to join! 

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Friday March 6th

6:15 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:45 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Kick-off! Introduction of the event, our schedule, and some best practices!

7:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch. You can pitch in either French or English!

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:30 pm
Form Teams & Dinner
Grab your dinner and start forming groups

9:30 pm
Begin Work
Start working!

Saturday March 7th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:30 pm

7:00 pm

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay until 10.30 pm

Sunday March 8th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

12:30 pm

2:30 pm
Presentation Sent & Tech Check
Send us your final presentation & leave your room. Use your time left to perfect your pitch.

3:30 pm
Final Presentations Start!
Present your projects! You can pitch in either French or English!

6:15 pm
Judging & Awards

7:00 pm
Wrap-Up & Cocktail

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Pauline Roux
Investment Manager @ElaiaPartners

Focused on the Internet and TMT industries, Pauline collaborated on more than ten transactions, from M&A deals (sell et buy side), fund raising / IPOs to capital restructuring. Pauline has worked on the disposal of Les Numériques to FLCP, the disposal of Le Jardin de Catherine to Mr Bricolage, the takeover by Lagardère, the acquisition of Ciao! by, the IPOs of LeadMedia and ConcoursMania, the acquisition of Cameleon Software by Pros Holdings,…

Elise Nebout
Manager @ Le Camping

Elise Nebout manages Le Camping, the acceleration program at Numa, Paris' premier digital hub located in the heart of the city, and which has already accelerated more than 70 startups since its inception. 

Liam Boogar
Cofounder, CEO & Editor at Rude Baguette

Cofounder of the Rude Baguette, Liam Boogar is originally from the Silicon Valley. Since his move to Paris in 2010, Liam has become a thought leader on the European Startup Ecosystem, being interviewed in online, TV, and radio all over the world. He has spoken at Europe’s top technology events, and animates the Paris startup scene through the Rude Baguette blog and events.

Raphael Goumain
Head of B2C Marketing France @Google

Raphael is leading Consumer Marketing for Google, looking after Google Brand & Reputation in France and shaping the future of Google products for French consumers. In addition, he leads marketing for the Google Cultural Institute globally in order to make culture accessible to everyone. On his spare time, Raphael is involved in several mentoring & coaching programs supporting entrepreneurs, startups and students.

Caroline Lamaud
Co-founder @Anaxago

Kayla Kristine Roark
Director of Development at France Digitale

Kayla is an Innovative startup evangelist with management experience at leading accelerators such as Techstars and 50 Partners. She is currently working as Director of Development at France Digitale and as Head of Venture Scouting for Five by Five.

Laure Wagner
Head of Corporate Communication @BlablaCar

1st employee and corp communication manager for France @BlaBlaCar_FR

Fabienne Lichentin
CEO @ Cablerie Daumesnil

Fabienne Lichentin is the CEO of Cablerie Daumesnil, a mentee at the Women Business Mentoring Initiative (WBMI) and a frequent speaker on the topic of women entrepreneurship. Fabienne was appointed Chevalier de la legion d'honneur by the french ministry of foreign trades.

Leila Turner
General Manager of FABERNOVEL

Leila is General Manager of FABERNOVEL Paris, the consulting, design and prototype arm of the FABERNOVEL Group. 
As GM, she leads a team of interdisciplinary talents made of designers, analysts and engineers dedicated to leverage digital for their clients' strategy, customer experience and ecosystem engagement.

Margaux Pelen
Executive Director of Entrepreneurship Center in HEC Paris

Margaux promotes entrepreneurship on the HEC campus but also with great partners in soon-to-be Paris Saclay and abroad.

Coaches and Mentors

Stephanie Hertrich
Developer Evangelist @ Microsoft

Developer Evangelist @Microsoft, Technical Angel for #startup I'm a coder and a speaker for Tech event, Proud @duchessfr

Sabah Boumesla
Founder @ Reveability

Sabah wears many caps: a lawyer, a law firm founder, a girl in tech, a startup enthusiast and a women entrepreneur advocate. She's been mentoring through organisations such as Startup Leadership and 100,000 Entrepreneurs

Audrey Stewart
Co-Founder @ Origin Investing

Audrey Stewart is an HEC alumni and co-founder of Origin Investing, an investment platform dedicated to the financing of high-growth startups. Audrey has previously worked with RocketSpace in San Francisco and is dedicated to empower women entrepreneurs.

Nabila Amarsy
Business Modelling Aficionado @Strategyzer

Nabila's entrepreneurial and 'go-getter' spirit have taken her across four continents. She coaches organisations on #LeanStartup methods and works at @Strategyzer, a startup that builds business tools such as the #BusinessModelCanvas. She values curiosity, team-spirit and one's willingness to get their hands dirty much more than degrees.

Emmanuelle Coulon
Consultant @ Eleven Strategy

Emmanuelle has been involved in the entrepreneurial sphere since her days at HEC. Currently working as a consultant for Eleven Strategy, Emmanuelle formerly worked for Elaia - a VC firm - and was the President of the entrepreneurship-focused MashUp nonprofit at HEC.

Peggy Andre

Currently a journalist for a magazine dedicated to entrepreneurship, www.we-love-entrepreneurs.comPeggy is also a mentor for social ventures, she organises networking events for entrepreneurs and has experience in e-commerce. She has a pharmacist degree and regularly intervenes at 100,000 entrepreneurs. 

Gaelle Ottan
Co-founder Myexperteam

Gaëlle Ottan is passionate about Entrepreneurship. She is the co-founder of, a platform which resolves entrepreneur issues by easily and quickly connecting them on the phone with the best experts. She is also the co-founder of startup's blog and newsletter

Nathan Grass

From French Ministries (agriculture, ecology) to Business Schools (ESCP Europe / ChaireEEE), Nathan like to help.
He organized hundreds of events, followed hundreds of startups projects and experimented hundreds of ways to communicate about them.
People say he can do more with less. Proofs are on @NTHNGRSS and

Thomas Lesenechal
Business Developer @LearnAssembly

After a year as an analyst at 50 Partners collaborating with more than 200 startups, Thomas joined the startup LearnAssembly as Business Developer. He'll guide you and advise you on business models, pitching, webmarketing and sales strategy. 

Ludwine Probst
Developer / Co Founder - Ladies Of Code

 "To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong"

Alexandre Peron
Co-founder @ Melusyn

Alexandre Péron est le co-fondateur et co-founder de Melusyn, une nouvelle plateforme Web et mobile qui synchronise toute une équipe de production de films, séries, clips et publicités. Melusyn permet d'optimiser grandement les temps de préparation des tournages, au service de la qualité des contenus et de la réduction des coûts de production.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Women Paris team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Paris is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Nabila
  • Lucas
  • Benoit
  • Chloé
  • Virginia


Damien Gromier
CEO of Startup Inside 🔸President of France is AI

Damien is an entrepreneur and business angel : CEO & Cofounder of Startup Inside Founder of AI for Health & AI for Good Cofounder of France is AI Damien has been involved in the Startup Weekend community since 2010 through more than 80 events around the world.

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