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.