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IT firms sweep prize

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Photo: Charles Caratini

Start-ups: Thibaut Britz received first prize at the 6th annual Creative Young Entrepreneurs Luxembourg ceremony on Wednesday.

Thibaut Britz (centre) received first prize at the 6th annual Creative Young Entrepreneurs Luxembourg ceremony
Thibaut Britz (centre) received first prize at the 6th annual Creative Young Entrepreneurs Luxembourg ceremony
Pedro Castilho
Pedro Castilho
Aukse Packeviciute
Aukse Packeviciute
Jean-Pierre Lutgen, presenting a case study on start-up, Ice-Watch
Jean-Pierre Lutgen, presenting a case study on start-up, Ice-Watch
Antoine David
Antoine David
Gary Kneip
Gary Kneip
Norbert Friob
Norbert Friob
Tom Treves
Tom Treves
Jean-Claude Bintz (right)
Jean-Claude Bintz (right)
Jury's choice prize went to Nicholas Crechat, represented by his partners at Funds for Good (on right)
Jury's choice prize went to Nicholas Crechat, represented by his partners at Funds for Good (on right)
From left: Sven Breckler, Thibaut Britz and Fabrice Dewasmes
From left: Sven Breckler, Thibaut Britz and Fabrice Dewasmes
Luxembourg city mayor, Xavier Bettel (second from right)
Luxembourg city mayor, Xavier Bettel (second from right)
Nicolas Hamel and Philippe Corbard
Nicolas Hamel and Philippe Corbard
Valerie Ghanime and Jean-Pierre Lutgen
Valerie Ghanime and Jean-Pierre Lutgen
Gilles Zeimut (centre) and Sophie Krauss (right)
Gilles Zeimut (centre) and Sophie Krauss (right)
From left: Eliane Fuchs, Nicolas Ries and Rachid Mallouck
From left: Eliane Fuchs, Nicolas Ries and Rachid Mallouck
Olivier Peuscet and Krystina Charniak
Olivier Peuscet and Krystina Charniak
Kathrin Lauckner (left), Cyprian Zimecki (second from left), Titiana Penel (third from left) and Marie-Eve Penel (right)
Kathrin Lauckner (left), Cyprian Zimecki (second from left), Titiana Penel (third from left) and Marie-Eve Penel (right)
From left: Robert Glaesener, Jean-Claude Bintz and Dan Schneider
From left: Robert Glaesener, Jean-Claude Bintz and Dan Schneider
Frederic Theate (left), Georges Elias (centre)
Frederic Theate (left), Georges Elias (centre)
Frédéric Becker (centre), Stéphanie Wagemans (right)
Frédéric Becker (centre), Stéphanie Wagemans (right)
Diego De Biasio and Fabrice Dewasmes
Diego De Biasio and Fabrice Dewasmes
From left: Luisa Ferreira, Isaura Rodrigues and Isabelle Ehlinger
From left: Luisa Ferreira, Isaura Rodrigues and Isabelle Ehlinger
Marin Lucie and Aurélien Lalahy
Marin Lucie and Aurélien Lalahy
Dana Violeta Pop and Camelia Craciun
Dana Violeta Pop and Camelia Craciun
Patrick Somerhausen (centre)
Patrick Somerhausen (centre)
Frank Kok (centre), Nico Crelot (right)
Frank Kok (centre), Nico Crelot (right)
Marie-Aline Peetermans and Alix Reboul-Salze
Marie-Aline Peetermans and Alix Reboul-Salze
Selvaraj Alaguamalai and Stefano Soattin
Selvaraj Alaguamalai and Stefano Soattin
The theme of the soirée was superheroes
The theme of the soirée was "superheroes"
Photo: Charles Caratini

Britz co-founded Trendiction, which collects and analyses data found on social media sites for marketing and market research purposes.

The CYEL award is organised by the Junior Chamber International Luxembourg, which fosters entrepreneurship among those 18 to 40. The chamber began the prize to counter the lack--or at least the perceived lack--of entrepreneurial spirit in the Grand Duchy, Pedro Castilho of the organisers committee said during the ceremony, which was held at ArcelorMittal’s headquarters.

Explaining the evening’s “superheroes” theme, the chamber’s president Antoine David (photo, far left) said “entrepreneurs are heroes of the economy, of society and for themselves. They foster new ideas and employment opportunities, and help generate new dreams for others.”

Noting that at age 56 he was well over the 40-year-old limit for the competition, guest speaker Gary Kneip said “I still feel young.” The founder of 12 firms and current head of employers’ federation CLC reckoned “the way to feel young is to stay an entrepreneur your whole life.”

Noting that about 75 percent of entrepreneurs in the Grand Duchy are foreigners, Kneip announced that CLC would soon end its practice of holding meetings only in Luxembourgish, to encourage more participation by international residents in the association.

In his view the CYEL award’s original message is as relevant as ever for Luxembourg. Kneip cited the latest Eurobarometer poll which found that only 35% of residents in the Grand Duchy had ever considered starting their own firm, compared to an average 50% in the EU and 70% in the US.

However, the same Eurobarometer study shows that Luxembourg’s figures are similar to neighbours Belgium, France and Germany, noted Tom Treves (photo, far right), chief counsellor at the Grand Duchy’s economy ministry. He added that 8% of workers in Luxembourg are self-employed, compared to the EU average of 12%. Nevertheless “entrepreneurship is a mindset and changing mindsets is very difficult,” he conceded in his speech.

The second prize awarded last night went to Sven Breckler of Beewee Media, which provides tools for producing online, mobile and desktop applications.

Fabrice Dewasmes of Neopixl received the third prize. His firm provides software development tools for Mac and mobile devices.

Serial entrepreneur and CYEL jury president Jean-Claude Bintz proclaimed that-- having already founded two mobile operators in Luxembourg--listening to the entrepreneurs who participated was exciting enough that “I might start another one.”