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

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!


And the winning team was:

Sleepy Waves, the project that saves love!

Millions of couples are suffering from snoring in the world. That leads to tensions, arguments and even breaks up! Our solution will solve this.

Sleepy Waves is a small device that the partner of the snorer wears on his ears during the night. Through its embedded technology, this device has the power to cancell the snore noise of the partner (but not the cry of the baby).

Sleep goes on, so does couples!

Team: Michel Collet (“the Brain”), Ksenia Kukushkina (“ZA designer”), Wissam Sammouri (Doc Data), Arnaud Bozec (“Code Magician”), Hans Wendel van Hespen (“Businessman”) and Mathieu Cattenoz (“Doctor Waves”)

More infoPresentation slides  |  Project website




Platinium Sponsors
Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors
Chiara De Bortoli
Luca Mazzi
Ephraim Bismuth
Paul Bennett
Ariel Sbdar


May 2
  • 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


May 3
  • 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


May 4
  • 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!

Philippe de Rouville

CEO & Founder   |   LinkedIn

Philippe de Rouville is the founder of He began the site in July 2009 and tries hard everyday to improve the site's services and to satisfy the entirety of our members.

Olivier Younes

Founding CEO @ EXPEN   |   LinkedIn

Olivier Younès, PhD, Certified Public Accountant, is the founder and CEO of EXPEN (, a one-stop shop advisory and CPA company for entrepreneurs and private equity ranked “Top 15 Best Advisors” in Transaction Services and in Fairness Opinion (Leader’s League 2014 ranking). He is an HEC Affiliate Professor with a focus on entrepreneurship, private equity and venture capital. He also is a visiting professor at UC Berkeley (Entrepreneurship track) and at Dauphine University (Master 225 Corporate Finance). Prior to launch his company, Olivier gained a 10-year experience in private equity investment, as a VC (18 SMEs financed, 14 exited, cash-to-cash positive track-record) and as an emerging markets investor (several funds designed, raised, and managed for USD200M).

Vincent Richard

VP Business & Operations @Madinventors

Vincent has a wide experience in the IT and telecom sectors. He held different positions in Telco companies, Investment fund and strategy consulting. He is passionate about new technologies. He enjoys transmitting his knowledge to others that is the reason he has been mentoring several startups in addition to his entrepreneurial activities



Didier Tranchier

Innovation Professor, Entrepreneur and Investor   |   LinkedIn

Didier Tranchier is a business consultant dedicated to innovation and business development in the high tech sector. He also works as a professor specialized in innovation management, educating students on how to develop, finance and sell innovation. In addition, he is a board director and shareholder of several start up companies.

Theophil Haberstroh

Mobile Product Manager at BlaBlaCar   |   LinkedIn

Theophil did his Master at HEC in 2010 and his final year was in the Entrepreneurship major. He is now a Mobile Product Manager at BlaBlaCar. Before joining BlaBlaCar he worked at Groupon for two years in Online Marketing, and was over a year a freelance consultant for French companies entering the German market. He loves running long distances, spending time in art exhibitions, and meeting people around the world

Julien Calvet

CEO chez MadInventors   |   LinkedIn

Julien is a serial entrepreneur, he is currently running several companies. He is always eager to learn new things and help others. He is passionate about new technologies, he has been developing his own tech tools and telecom products. He has been developing his network in the tech industry in Paris and New York.

Margaux Pelen

Entrepreneur in Residence at HEC Paris // Firestarter at   |   LinkedIn

Entrepreneur in Residence in HEC Paris to promote Entrepreneurship on the campus but also with great partners in soon-to-be Paris Saclay and abroad.

Graduated from this business school in June 2011. Busy working on Home'n'go to make home hunting as easy as pie until July 2013, ran the "Google Creativity Talks" for two years.

I'm also building as a result of a few months of travel around education and affordable technologies & leading the Ambassador Community for the Hello Tomorrow Challenge (Big final in Paris on April 18th, 2014).

Specialties: Digital strategies / Entrepreneurship / Connecting People / eStrategy / Mobile Augmented Reality / Real estate / Web service / Open Data / (Open) Education / Low tech.

Celine Bondard

Bondard & Partners - Avocate   |   LinkedIn

Céline Bondard is an attorney at the Paris and the New York Bars. She has practiced in large law firms in the United States, first in Washington D.C. at Kaye Scholer LLP, then in New York at Mayer Brown LLP. Operating internationally, Bondard law firm's practice is bilingual (English and French).

Bondard specializes in Intellectual property & business law. In her firm, Ms. Bondard provides legal and strategic advice, drafts contracts, and handles negotiations and litigation in the fields of intellectual property and business law, as well as technology law, e-commerce and media matters.

Lionel Chouraqui

Co Founder & CEO at Pitchy Bros Prod   |   LinkedIn

Diplômé de l'ESSEC, Lionel Chouraqui a co-fondé Cap Enseignement Supérieur, société de cours à domicile spécialisée dans les concours des Grandes Écoles (écoles de commerce, d'ingénieurs, sciences po...) et des filières sélectives du Supérieur (médecine, droit...). Serial entrepreneur, il est également co-fondateur de Pitchy (, start-up web dont la technologie inédite en France permet de démocratiser la vidéo comme support marketing pour les entrepreneurs. Lionel Chouraqui est également responsable de cours d'entrepreneuriat dans des grandes écoles de management parisiennes.

Mikael Outmezguine

Chef d'entreprise, Wizee   |   LinkedIn

Entrepreneur since adolescence, I created my first company at 13 selling on Internet online discussion systems. Passionate about entrepreneurship and tennis (i was teacher). after two other companies created during my studies, I ended my law degree at the Sorbonne to create Wizee, sold in 2013 to CHANGE agency. Alongside Wizee I worked directly for many business leaders and personalities, while continuing to support and fund a dozen startup in the digital sector.

Eléna Hagege

CEO & Founder @ Shoette   |   LinkedIn

Eléna graduated from the specialized master in innovation, entrepreneurship and product development at ESCP Europe. She founded Shoette, the first foldable and rollable back-up shoe in France. Have you ever heard a woman complaining about how her heels were hurting? Shoette is an after party ballerina flat, that women can keep in their bag or car as an emergency comfortable and cute little shoe, in case they want to take off their stilettos. The brand is sold online, and by over 70 point of sales in France, US, Canada, Morocco, Poland. Shoette is backed by Kima Ventures (Jérémie Berrebi, Xavier Niel).

Raphael Lebas de Lacour

CEO & Co-founder AËDLE SAS   |   LinkedIn

Raphael Lebas de Lacour is CEO & Co-founder of AËDLE SAS, a Paris based audio company. Specialised in nomadic acoustics, AËDLE is currently developing a new headphone model targeted for the lifestyle and audiophile market, offering both innovative design and acoustic engineering (patent pending air motion system). Raphael has previous experience in Business Development at U-Media / Migroup. He holds a degree from Audencia Nantes.

Ruxandra Creosteanu

Co-founder Babele   |   LinkedIn

Ruxandra is co-founder of Babele, an online platform helping entrepreneurs structure their business plan collaboratively. She organized workshops as a lean startup trainer in 10 different countries including Germany, Italy, France, Japan, Austria and Belgium.
She is graduated in International Management at ESCP (Paris - London - Berlin) in 2010. She speaks fluently 5 languages and she previously worked as a manager consultant within the sustainability team at Deloitte France and as a manager of a supermarket at Carrefour Romania.

Eric Lorphelin

Directeur d'affaires infogérance IBM   |   LinkedIn

Mon expérience la plus récente est celle de Directeur d'affaires en infogérance et Cloud à IBM France où je suis depuis 8 ans en charge de contrats jusqu'à 20M€ de revenu annuel, pour des clients de tous secteurs, des grands clients français ou des filiales françaises de clients internationaux. Ma responsabilité est celle d'un centre de profit avec toutes ses composantes techniques, opérationnelles, commerciales, financières et juridiques.
J'ai commencé mon expérience de l'infogérance par une année à IBM d'encadrement des chefs de projets en infogérance (budget annuel de 30M€) pour un grand client industriel.
Mon expérience précédente est celle de 12 années de conseil en management en cabinet. J'ai développé mes expertises en organisation par projets, en optimisation des processus et en définition de business plans.

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