Startup World Cup: The unique pitching competition coming soon to Luxembourg!

8 March 2017 is undoubtedly a red-letter day in the agendas of the Great Region and Luxembourg’s startups. It will be the D-day of the Startup World Cup, the first event of its kind ever held in Europe. But most importantly, this exceptional event organized by the famous event creator Farvest, will take place in Luxembourg. This is no coincidence due to the efforts made by the Government of Luxembourg to maintain its reputation as a startup nation and its rapidly developing ecosystem.

Startup World Cup is a global series of conferences and competitions with the goal of bridging startup ecosystems worldwide, and it encourages the most talented entrepreneurs to battle for the prestige of winning the Startup World Cup. 16 regional events are scheduled all over the world, leading up to the Grand Finale in Silicon Valley. Startup World Cup is organized by Fenox Venture Capital, an early stage, Silicon Valley based VC firm. The March event in Luxembourg represents the European debut of the competition.

A Partner of choice
Because of its strong local anchorage and well-known international experience in supporting startups from all around the world, from creation to transformation into multinational companies, EY Luxembourg was chosen to be the main partner of this event, which will take place in the EY premises.

“At EY Luxembourg, entrepreneurship is part of our DNA. We are therefore very pleased to collaborate with Farvest and to host this world-class event which perfectly fits with our “Building a Better Working World” mission. As part of it, our EYnovation program aims at providing full support to startups around the world and brings us to the center of the Luxembourg startup nation, while providing opportunities to our professionals to innovate and develop an entrepreneurship spirit”, said Olivier Lemaire, Technology, Media and Telecom Leader and EYnovation Leader at EY Luxembourg.

An international aura… in Luxembourg
The event will include pitches from the top startups across Europe, and a few guest keynote speakers, including Olivier Lemaire of EY Luxembourg.

“We are thrilled to host Startup World Cup in Luxembourg,” said Kamel Amroune, partner of Farvest Group & co-founder of ICT Spring. “The soul of this Startup World Cup is innovation and the spirit of competition that often goes hand in hand with it. We could not be more excited to introduce this event to our community, regionally as well as across all of Europe. We expect this event to  be a resounding success and we will use all the know-how the firm has acquired through the organization of ICT Spring, a two-day yearly Global Tech Conference held in Luxembourg, to help  create, host and support this new regional event.”

“We are very excited to partner with Farvest Group,” said Anis Uzzaman, CEO and General Partner of Fenox Venture Capital and Chairman of Startup World Cup. “Our joint forces will be able to deliver one of the best startup events in the region and cater to the entrepreneurs.”

And the worldwide winner is…
The Grand Finale will take place in San Francisco on March 24th, 2017. The winner of the pitching competition will represent Europe and compete alongside 15 other startups from all over the world for a chance to win a U.S. $1,000,000 prize in investment.

Estoppey-Addor SA rachète Bicrom SA à Corgémont

Au 1er janvier 2017, la société biennoise de galvanoplatie Estoppey-Addor reprendra les activités de Bicrom SA à Corgémont dans le Jura bernois. L’ensemble du personnel est repris et le site de Corgémont est conservé.


L’entreprise Bicrom SA, fondée en 1993 par M. Christian Jungen est spécialisée dans le chromage, en particulier le chromage noir et le chromage blanc. Elle est active dans les domaines de l’horlogerie-bijouterie, le médical, le dentaire, l’optique, la fibre optique et l’automobile.

Les spécialités de Bicrom SA viendront compléter et renforcer la palette de produits proposés par Estoppey-Addor SA de Bienne, entreprise fondée en 1880 et gérée par sa 5e génération. Riche d’un savoir-faire éprouvé en dorage, nickelage chimique ou encore cuivrage, Estoppey-Addor mettra au profit de Bicrom, sa maîtrise de son management de la Qualité (ISO 9001 et 14001).

Les premières négociations ont débuté en mai de cette année. Les deux actionnaires principaux, Sandrine Estoppey et son frère Cyril Estoppey ont rapidement été convaincus du bien-fondé de la reprise commerciale et industrielle de Bicrom SA afin d’intégrer par croissance externe : d’une part, un savoir-faire précieux avec son outil de production dédié et, d’autre part, des synergies commerciales évidentes à développer.

Les parties ont signé le 15 décembre dernier le contrat de reprise de Bicrom SA par Estoppey-Addor Chromage SA. Le dossier de reprise a été conduit par Langel M&A Consulting de Bevaix, société spécialisée en transmission d’entreprises. Les parties ont convenu de garder le prix et les détails de la transaction confidentiels. En ce qui concerne le personnel, Bicrom SA emploiera au 1er janvier 2017 sept collaborateurs dont M. Christian Jungen qui occupera le poste de responsable de production du site actuel de Corgémont de 1’200 m2.

La direction générale sera assurée par Sandrine et Cyril Estoppey et l’ensemble des activités commerciales de Bicrom SA sera transféré et communiqué sous la nouvelle entité en formation d’Estoppey-Addor Chromage SA. La vingtaine d’employés d’Estoppey-Addor SA de Bienne ne sera pas non plus affectée par la reprise de Bicrom SA.



MachineWorks Teams with Stratasys to Accelerate 3D Print Environments via Polygonica Software

Further enabling 3D printing to be more accurate and reliable, MachineWorks Ltd. today announced a new partnership with Stratasys Ltd. Core to the agreement, the company’s premier Polygonica software will now work seamlessly inside Stratasys GrabCAD Print.


Designed to make 3D printing easier and more accurate, GrabCAD Print resides on the popular SaaS platform and is powered by a new “design-to-3D print” workflow application. Taking this solution further, it will now incorporate Polygonica mesh libraries – enabling automatic mesh repair, mesh offsetting, Boolean operations, and analysis functions.

Dr Fenqiang Lin, MachineWorks Managing Director, explained, “GrabCAD and Polygonica share the same philosophy of enabling a single ‘click-to-print’ methodology for 3D models, in the same way we do with 2D printing.  The user doesn’t want or need to know about what software is used to prepare the file, they just want their CAD model printed with the minimum of fuss.”

Polygonica’s mesh repair functions ensure models are closed and watertight, free of self-intersections, badly oriented triangles, noise shells and non-manifold edges. The algorithms can be applied either fully or semi-automatically to ensure minimal disruption to the printing workflow. Robust Boolean and offsetting operations are vital for preparation tasks such as splitting models, engraving meshes, hollowing and infilling meshes; Polygonica analysis tools such as optimal orientation and clash detection can be used for build plate optimisation.

 “MachineWorks has set an industry standard for CNC simulation and verification software – backed by its robust Polygonica solid modelling toolkit for processing polygon meshes,” said Jon Stevenson, Senior Vice President Global Software, Stratasys. “Combined with the power of GrabCAD Print to streamline and simplify the 3D printing process, customers can dramatically enhance 3D printing design freedom and creativity to accelerate the prototyping, tooling and manufacturing process.”

About Polygonica
Polygonica is a solid modelling software toolkit for processing polygon meshes. Built on MachineWorks’ core engines, Polygonica’s unique polygonal modelling technology takes advantage of 22 years of development providing automatic, fast and robust Boolean operations. Other algorithms in Polygonica allow solid healing, remeshing, simplification, offsetting and point cloud manipulation.

Polygonica has a wide range of applications such as CFD/FEA meshing, CAD/CAM/CAE, additive manufacturing where there is a requirement to repair defective models with vast numbers of polygons, rapid prototyping, reverse engineering, 3D movies and gaming, geo-exploring, urban modelling and other 3D digital applications.