Techstars Startup Weekend Luxembourg

    Friday, November 24 - 26, 2017

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
  7. Blog
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Techstars Startup Weekend Luxembourg

Friday, November 24 - 26, 2017

Friday, November 24 - 26, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

9 Avenue des Hauts-Fourneaux
Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg 4362

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Your idea in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with? 

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:

7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
Benefits and discounts from our global partners
One-on-one time with amazing mentors
A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
All the internet and coffee you can consume.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

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No talk, all action!


Friday November 24th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
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

Saturday November 25th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 26th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Larissa Best
Social Impact Investor - growth and exit consultant

Larissa is a Strategic Business Advisor, LBAN board member, part of the committee at the FJD (Young Directors Luxembourg) and actively engaged in her portfolio companies that range from FinTech to Healthcare to SaaS.
She has both a strategic and operations background, replete with financial analytical skills. Due to her entrepreneurial background and education (MBA and Masters in Finance), she has become a proverbial 'Jane-of-all-trades' and can play multiple CXO roles in the companies she engages with to drive value creation in her investments. 

Gosia Kramer
Managing Partner

So there is this new place, which I named 'The Office', just to show that the working place doesn't have to be uninspiring and coming there isn't a must. The place where everyone who wants to exchange ideas, collaborate, build a community of like-minded individuals is welcomed. It's enough to push the door to start coworking.

Dara Nikolova
Corporate Development at SES | Angel Investor

Seed investor in technology and social impact start-ups. Mentor to entrepreneurs on fundraising, corporate finance, and business development. Currently managing innovation projects at SES and scouting for exciting ideas to turn into future business lines. Built my knowledge and experience in investment banking, private equity, and financial controlling.

Olivier Selis
CEO lux future lab at BGL BNP Paribas

Michael Jackson
Partner, Mangrove Capital Partner, Investor, VC

Coaches and Mentors

Candi Carrera
Country Manager at Microsoft Luxembourg

Country Manager - Microsoft Luxembourg

Victor Gallavardin
Réviseur d'Entreprises + Trainer

I am qualified French chartered accountant and auditor. I am working in Luxembourg at KPMG as réviseur d'entreprises (legal auditor) and I manage my own company related to digital training on electronic signature and digital document's management.

Tarvo Okmees
Sr. Program Manager at Microsoft

Experienced Senior Program Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry. Skilled in Agile Methodologies, Mobile Applications, Software Development, Web Services, and Scrum. Strong program and project management professional with a Master degree focused in ICT management in the field of IT Service Management from Tallinn University. 

Aaron McKee

I'm passionate about technology, solving interesting and complex problems, delighting and astounding users, and growing and managing teams focused on the same. My background lies in architecting webscale systems in the search and advertising sectors, dealing with massive quantities of data, and using machine learning, and other probabilistic approaches, for providing deep intelligence.

Dimitris Papadi
Senior Software Engineer at Skype

Experienced in the design and development of software based products and solutions. Fields or expertise: .NETPlatform, HTML5\JScript, Software Design and Development, Database Design, Business Analysis

Trevor Hunter
Online Sales & Marketing Professional

International online sales and marketing professional with a decade of experience leading & working in globale-commerce, online sales & business development, and digital marketing teams.

Thomas Becker

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Luxembourg team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.



Organizing Team

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

  • Diego
    De Biasio
  • Benoit
  • Sylvain
  • Charles
  • Annabelle
  • Georges
  • Itzel
  • Thibaut
  • Tomas
  • Laurent
  • Alex


Cindy Spelt

Passionate about building connections with people and bringing people together around purpose driven projects.

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