The ‘Startup Corner’ is a monthly podcast in Luxembourgish about startups and innovation in Luxembourg, presented by the House of Startups powered by the Chamber of Commerce and supported by the SCRIPT department of the Ministry of Education. Once per month, the House of Startups talks to founders, business angels and innovation experts about what they've achieved so far and where they want to go next. Be inspired by the latest news and trends in the digital world!
If you have any questions for the guests or feedback for us, please contact us at podcast(at)host.lu. If you want to know more about the startup ecosystem in Luxembourg in general, find and follow the House of Startups on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn).
You can listen to all of our editions here.
26th episode - The perfect mix of nostalgia and innovation. Join us in this episode as we chat with Jacques Pütz, Head of Product Management at Proximus Luxembourg.
The man behind the iconic party.lu, who was once the King of the club scene in Luxembourg. We'll discuss his transition to becoming CEO of LUXHUB, one of Luxembourg's top Fintech companies. Learn about his experience in PSD2, Open Banking, and being at the forefront of financial innovation in the financial world. So if you want to hear some stories about the good old party days in Luxembourg and get some expert insights into Fintech, then you won't want to miss this episode. Grab your headphones and let's get this party started!
Get ready for an inside look at the world of business angel investing with Romain Hoffmann, Board Director and Head of Investment Committee of the LBAN - Luxembourg Business Angel Network. In this episode, Romain shares tales of his own journey and sheds light on the invaluable resources that LBAN offers.
24th episode - If you are looking for a multi-entrepreneur in the Luxembourg technology sector, you can not go past Xavier Buck.
With the establishment of the computer club as a student, he made a name for himself and paved a way for today's successful company EuroDNS. In 2022, he also co-founded the Luxembourg Startup Association to give startups in this country a voice and help move the entire ecosystem forward. Tune in to discover what Xavier has to share with over 20 years of experience as a tech entrepreneur and investor!
23rd episode - What happens when technology and health converge?
In this episode, we chat with Carole Brückler who tells us about her work as the Head of Digital Health Technologies at the Ministry of the Economy and how she is helping to grow digital health companies in Luxembourg.She explains how she sees technology changing healthcare, what she thinks is important for digital health companies to focus on and why it's so important for governments to invest in this space.
22th episode - The sky is not the limit. We are letting our minds wander to the stars while Lynn Zoenen tells us all about the various activities of her investment fund Alpine Space Ventures.
With a strong team of seasoned professionals coming from companies like SpaceX, the fund is aiming to invest in the new generation of space technologies. Tune in to discover the importance of new space industries in our everyday life and the state of European laws on space.
21st episode - Spending the necessary time on recruiting is important to build your teams. Mike Reiffers, founder of Skeeled, tells us how employers and candidates can find the perfect match through their platform.
A win-win situation through digitization but also through new ways to better understand the profiles of the candidates. Tune in now and discover how Mike built his entrepreneurial spirit, and how he and his co-founder solved their first human resource challenge.
20th episode - We are back from summer break with the Luxembourgish entrepreneur Raphael Steil who founded his financial technology (FinTech) startup in Berlin where he’s still active
With his startup GetQuin, he wants to become the finance social media platform where you can exchange ideas about your investments, ideas and best practices. Raphael also explains to us why he thinks that founding a startup is better than any studies and why you have to commit to 100% if you want to be successful. You will also find out in this episode of the Startup Corner Podcast why he compares a startup team with a football team!
19th episode - Batteries are the key to a sustainable and renewable energy policy
Often when you think you're at the end of something, 'Circular Economy' makes you stand at the beginning of something else. With their company Circu Li-ion, Antoine Welter and Dr. Xavier Kohll ensure that your batteries have a sustainable life cycle. Tune in and listen to how a Luxembourgish startup gives batteries a second life!
18th episode - Sasha Baillie is the CEO of #Luxembourg’s national #Innovation Agency, Luxinnovation. She helps all companies (from large to small) reach new heights in the Luxembourg economy.
#Innovation happens only when the government sets the right stimuli and creates an environment where private and public innovation can find themselves. Listen now and discover the journey of Sasha, a true facilitator that has above all one goal: #MakingInnovationHappen.
17th episode - Startup WEO and its co-founders Charlotte Wirion and Imeshi Weerasinghe use satellite imagery to source more accurate information about our environment and to analyze it with artificial intelligence (AI)
The aim is to provide their clients with qualitative data enabling better decisions regarding soil quality, prevention of natural disasters but also about the development of vegetation worlwide. WEO was launched by two women, which is unfortunately still too rare in the startup world. Charlotte explains the reasons, the hurdles to overcome but also what can be done to motivate more women to try their luck in the entrepreneurship and technology sector.
Thanks to Patrick Malget and Taxx.lu, we no longer need to be experts in filling tax returns. Discover how to fill your taxes easily and digitised.
15th Episode - Who has never dreamed of optimizing their weight? André Wilmes and his company Rafinex live by the motto "less is more".
Their engineering design software, based on a whole new research in mathematics, optimizes products such as cars, airplanes, robots etc. Discover how Rafinex is revolutionizing the future of industrial design and working on brand new products like air taxis!
14th Episode - An entrepreneur like no other: Patrick Kersten is the perfect example of a multi-entrepreneur.
From founding leading platforms like Doctena and AtHome, to mentoring prominent startups like Silicon Luxembourg. His success is not a coincidence, but is based on the experiences gained through hs many successful projects but also of the ones that have not succeeded. In this episode, Patrick tells us about his current project "MediNation" and also how he has coached several startups in Luxembourg.
13th Episode - Raphaël Frank from the SnT, Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust tells us how researchers contribute to the development of innovation and also how the SnT founds their own startups.
Raphaël Frank came through the House of Startups Luxembourg with gift for the holiday season #ArtificialIntelligence, #Blockchain, #AutonomousDriving… These are buzzwords for the future of tomorrow. But this #DeepTech innovation must be developed and it will not happen overnight. These projects are often created through a #collaboration between private companies and the Government. In Luxembourg, the SnT makes the link between research and innovation in the field: Raphaël Frank from the SnT, Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust tells us how researchers contribute to the development of innovation and also how the SnT founds their own startups.
12th Episode - Co-Founders Laurent Hengesch & Alain Wildanger have always shared everything: traveling, education and most of all, a common vision.
In 2019, they founded their private equity firm Ilavska Vuillermoz Capital and today invest in the largest startups in Europe. Including N26, one of the largest neo-banks in the world with over 7 million customers. Tune in now to find out in which startups they have invested in. No risk, no funds ;)
11th Episode - Clubee - Gilles Mangen: from semi-professional hockey player to unavoidable partner for sports clubs!
Since its creation in his parents attic, Clubee has tackled the problem of volunteering in sports clubs management through a unique and innovative way. Today, more than 300 sports clubs in Luxembourg use their platform. Discover in this episode how Gilles managed, notably with the support of Technoport as an incubator, to grow from 300 sports clubs in Luxembourg to 4,000 clubs all over Europe.
Luxembourg represents a central innovation hub for FinTechs and is recognized among the world’s leaders when it comes to financial centers. This is especially true thanks to entrepreneurs like Raoul Mulheims and his startup Finologee. In this month’s “Startup Corner”, we discuss with Raoul how he started his digital career as a teenager and how he got the idea to launch, among others, the most known Fintech applications here in Luxembourg: Digicash !
9th Episode - Kodehyve - Felix Hemmerling: You want to know how it is to be a serial entrepreneur at the age of 25? Tune in now!
As the co-founder of two startups such as kodehyve and Univize, this young entrepreneur has already so many stories to tell from recently raising 1M€ in seed financing to digitalize the real-estate sector. He is also the co-founder of the Luxembourg Open Air (LOA) Festival, which in 2019 had its 1st edition with over 7,000 visitors.In this episode, we discuss with Felix about his impressive journey that should inspire every future entrepreneur out there.
Someone could say that Michel Hoffmann is in the “business of making people happy”. His startup Giftable is literally centered on enabling people to send gifts and create meaningful relationships. Michel also explains how he came up with the project, what every entrepreneur must do before starting his own startup and what Jonk Entrepreneuren (JEL) have contributed to his career.
Luxembourg may be a small country on this planet, but not to be underestimated when it comes to being a major player in space!
Marc Serres, CEO of the Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA), explains to us why Luxembourg is such a key player in the space industry, how it happened following the creation of the European Satellite Company (SES) and how we collaborate with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). We also asked Marc if we would ever have a Luxembourgish astronaut.
Which company in this country works simultaneously with Formula 1 and Tesla but also saves lives? Combining the innovation and engineering spirit, HITEC has a well-established reputation in Luxembourg. Therefore, it is with great enthusiasm that Philippe Linster receives the Senior Partner and CTO of HITEC Luxembourg as a guest for this episode of Startup Corner.
In this second episode, Philippe Linster, CEO of the House of Startups, meets Larissa Best, from the LBAN as she shares some great insights on being a “business angel” especially here in Luxembourg and how she invests in startups.
In the first episode, Philippe Linster, CEO of the House of Startups, talks to Tom Michels and Samuel Faber from Salonkee about their startup, their professional and educational background and about the challenges ahead.