Startup Weekend Luxembourg 10th edition!

    Friday, December 7 - 9, 2018

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  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Luxembourg 10th edition!

Friday, December 7 - 9, 2018

Friday, December 7 - 9, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

9 avenue des Hauts Fourneaux
Esch Belval, 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 Buy a Ticket now!

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Suggested Topics

During this 10th edition we are quite ambitious and aim to address global problems to be solved in 3 days: we propose 10 major topics which you can use to start generating new ideas for disruptive solutions.

1. Climate change, air pollution, nature destruction. Climate change is one of the major challenges of our time and adds considerable stress to our societies and to the environment. From shifting weather patterns that threaten food production, to rising sea levels that increase the risk of catastrophic flooding, the impacts of climate change are global in scope and unprecedented in scale. Without drastic action today, adapting to these impacts in the future will be more difficult and costly. Air pollution is a global environmental problem that causes health issues and food shortages. Pollutants harm food supplies and crops, which further create problems for malnutrition and hunger. Pollutants also directly harm human life. According to Conserve Energy Future, 65 percent of deaths in Asia and 25 percent of deaths in India are due to air pollution.

2. Malnutrition. Malnutrition and hunger continue to be issues in developing countries, such as the Central African Republic, Chad and Yemen. According to the Food Aid Foundation, 795 million people in the world are not receiving the proper amount of nutrients. Additionally, hunger is the leading health problem among children and adults, causing approximately 45 percent of children’s deaths.

3. Immigration/Integration. The number of individuals who were forced to flee their homes has skyrocketed drastically in recent years. The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (iDMC) reported that 31.1 million individuals were displaced in 2016. Displacement could occur after natural disasters or throughout war. Unfortunately, displaced individuals have increased to approximately 59.5 million due to continuing conflict in the Middle East. In Syria alone, there are about 11 million refugees, which include young children.

4. Education.
  • Lack of access to education: The right to education is not guaranteed within developing countries because of issues such as inequality among different ethnicities or classes, interstate or intrastate conflict, and poverty. 72 million children are unschooled, and about 759 million adults are illiterate. Additionally, girls are the least likely to receive an education.
  • Excess of high educational profiles: Millennials are the most educated generation in history. This sounds exciting, but with the supply of educated workers much higher than the demand for them in the workforce, it has created a perfect storm for unemployment, and a flat-out frustrating beginning to our career. Then there's college debt, albeit not so much in Europe.
5. Access to renewable energies. There are still a lot of people around the world – 1.2 billion or so – who do not have access to modern energy services.

6. Gender Inequality. Due to gender inequality, education and economic opportunity are inaccessible to many women of all backgrounds. About 150 countries have laws that discriminate against women’s rights. Underrepresented in governmental bodies, women only hold an average of 23 percent in parliamentary seats.

7. Ageing. According to data from World Population Prospects: the 2017 Revision, the number of older persons — those aged 60 years or over — is expected to more than double by 2050 and to more than triple by 2100, rising from 962 million globally in 2017 to 2.1 billion in 2050 and 3.1 billion in 2100. Globally, population aged 60 or over is growing faster than all younger age groups.

8. Water scarcity. Like with food, there is actually enough fresh water for each person currently living on the planet. However, access to that water is not always possible for everyone. Poor infrastructure and conflict mean that many people often have to use unsafe water sources and, as a result, many people each year die due to poor sanitation.

9. Well-being. Millennials are reporting the highest levels of clinical anxiety, stress, and depression than any other generation at the same age.

10. Too Connected. The excessive use of the smartphone (and so the constant exposure to electromagnetic wave) leads to eyesight problems as well as a negative impact on attention, memory and cognitive performance. Moreover, it is confirmed the presence of a dependence on web and social networks with its related psychological problems, for instance the so-called FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). Also, the majority of jobs today are carried out in front of the PC: a too much sedentary job badly influences health problems regarding weight, cardio vascularity, posture and eyesight.

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Setup for Success Before/After Startup Weekend


Friday December 7th

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

8:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

8:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:45 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:15 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 December 8th

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 December 9th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

2:00 pm
Pitch Prep & Rehearsal, Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Dinner & Judging

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Anniversary Cake

10:30 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Stéphane Ambrosini
Senior Associate – European & Chartered Patent Attorney

Stéphane Ambrosini a rejoint Marks & Clerk Luxembourg en Mars 2018, après une longue expérience dans des cabinets en Grande-Bretagne et en Irlande. Sa spécialité est l’innovation digitale, tant logicielle que matérielle, mais Stéphane pratique aussi l’électronique et la mécanique. Son expérience et son expertise recouvrent l’ensemble des services liés aux brevets, marques et modèles, depuis l’évaluation préliminaire des droits jusqu’à la gestion de contentieux internationaux, dont la rédaction de dépôts et leur suivi jusqu’à délivrance, dans des juridictions majeures telles que l’Europe, les États-Unis et la Chine.

Marc Castejon
CEO/Founder at Silent Breach

CEO/Founder at Silent Breach

Coaches and Mentors

Galo Vargas
CEO - Inkspired

He has been part of entrepreneurial communities including Start-Up Chile in Santiago, LatamStartups Hub in Toronto, Fit4Start in Luxembourg, and has also helped as coach in Startup Weekend Santiago and Startup Weekend Conception in Chile as an experienced Product Designer and Product Manager. He currently serves as Founder and CEO of Inkspired. Inskspired is a digital publishing platform for emerging writers and readers, to read, write and publish creative stories and book series. Inkspired acts as a community of writers and readers helping them to connect, reach new audiences, and grow their authors' careers for free.

Dan Romescu

Dan has strong interest on Mobile Augmented Reality, Social Networks Physics, Artificial Intelligence working on a new concept to sustainable increase our lifestyle in the Cognitive City.
Dan was IT Director of Hiwave GmbH, Germany's first system house for Mobile Marketing technologies that mainly operate on the basis of Bluetooth®, infrared, WLAN and NFC.  Dan develop the first proximity marketing network in the o2 Word Arena in Berlin where Digital Signage meets Proximity Marketing. Dan was Board Director of Cellixx S.A. , the European leader in mobile software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
Dan created a mobile ecosystem based on secure and trusted transaction that give a maximum on reliability for mobile environment. As  founder and Chief Software Architect, Mr. Romescu knows this business inside and out.
In 2000 at The Microsoft Partner Congress, when he was CTO of Vision to Reality, helped launch—with Compaq, T-Mobile, Microsoft –“the first Data GPRS Application worldwide.” Still, Mr. Romescu is most proud of (and globally respected for) the Home Zone Project for mm02 plc. Taking the market by storm, the Home Zone Project formed the base of the Genion Leadership Product by mm02.

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

André Siegl

André is a Sport Scientist (M.Sc.), who founded GbR during his Master studies in Saarbrücken and Cape Town. He is currently founding enduco ( and is founding advisor at the KWT/Saarland University

Cedric Compagnon
Product & Agile Consultant

Both Product Manager and Mentor; he ensures that teams work on "the right problems", by identifying, prioritizing and supervising projects that maximize the value created for users and the return on investment of companies while teaching through videoconferences his passion for the product . Cedric has many years of experience in various multidisciplinary skills through his career. From an entrepreneurial spirit he won the 1st edition of Startup Weekend Metz!

Ivo Radulovski
Co-Director, Founder Institute

Ivo is a serial Founder with several exits and currently CEO & Founder at Segments Accelerator, Co-Director at Founder Institute Luxembourg, Adviser & Consultant at the European Investment Bank and Investor in a Portfolio of 16 TOP Founder Institute Graduates. Ivo shares his knowledge in combining technology and business at various occasions as a jury and mentor at Investment Forums, Techstars Startup Weekend, Lean Startup Machine, Pioneers Festival and other formats, as speaker at various occasions like international conferences such as WEBIT, DrupalCon, the European Accelerator Summit and the European Conference on the Future Internet and as a guest lecturer giving workshops and seminars for the European Commission, Vienna University of Economics and many others. He has also been featured at Digital Marketing and Policy-oriented conferences like the Global Webit Congress and DIGIT.EMEA and honoured with the Audience Choice Award.

Laure Chemla
Intellectual Property Senior Associate at CMS Luxembourg

Specialties: Intellectual Property Lobbying European Business Law.
Laure has more than 10 years’ experience advising clients on all aspects of industrial and intellectual property. She is leading the IP/IT department in Luxembourg and is part of CMS IP/TMC practice group.Her practice spans both contentious and non-contentious matters in relation to trademarks, patents, designs, copyright, unfair competition and image’s right. She also has substantial experience in the areas of IP portfolio management, anti-counterfeiting and customs notably in Latin America, Africa and Middle East countries. Laure also advises on strategic and other intellectual property matters in corporate transactions as well as in advertising, press, e-commerce and TMC law.Her clients include multinational companies from luxury goods to tobacco. She has built long-term relationships with high profile clients who commend her for her dedication, client-centric and pragmatic approach.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Luxembourg 10th edition! 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 Luxembourg is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Diego
    De Biasio
  • Sylvain
  • Mircea
  • Georges
  • Nicole
  • Alex
  • Laurent
  • Benoit


Tracey Keogh
Community Manager at Bank of Ireland

Tracy is Co Founder at Lokr.

Previously Tracy has won best pitch at Startup Weekend Dublin and has also organised and been lead organiser at Startup Weekend Dublin!

She runs a number of community events, holds a board seat on the Irish Internet Assoc. and has experience in getting multiple startups off the ground.

Event Staff

Eros Sharma
Global Human Capital Consultant, Adjunct Leadership Professor, Executive Coach, Leadership Development, Talent Mgmt.

Eros Sharma is an Adjunct Professor of Leadership at Sacred Heart University, Executive Coach, and Leadership Development Consultant in Luxembourg. He is a former Accenture change management consultant and has been responsible for leadership and learning and development at Canon Europe, Philip Morris International and the European Stability Mechanism. Amongst his interest is the formation of compact startup teams that can work together efficiently.

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