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Startup Weekend Paris: Special Tech Edition – in English!

We’re kicking 2012 off right by bringing a whole new feel to Startup Weekend Paris: a new team, new venues, and a new language! We will be doing more events this year than any other year, and we hope to bring in the most passionate of startupers. For our first event, we’re hoping to bring the ‘action’ back to the startup weekend motto “No Talk. All Action” by making our first event an event focused on the developers and designers!

We’ve opened up registration for developers and designers ONLY for now, though we have reserved a few ‘Biz Guy’ spots as well, so keep an eye out on twitter and facebook for clues as to when those tickets will be made available.

We’re planning on having no more than 100 attendees for this first event; however, if there are enough people asking for it, we may extend that a little further.

The event will be in ENGLISH, which means pitches will be done in english, organizers & speakers will be speaking english, and we will be broadcast the event live – in English. We hope to show the world what France is capable of creating in a weekend! We will be hosting the event at DojoBoost, a new accelerator and private incubator located at 41 boulevard st. martin.

A warm ‘Thank You’ to our previous organizers

Our previous organizers, Clément, Sacha, and Cyril, have all gone on to bigger and better things. Clément’s company DocTrackr has been accepted into TechStars Boston, Sacha’s company Jimmy Fairly is growing daily, and Cyril has gone west for his next big thing. They did a great job building a strong Startup Weekend community in Paris, and we wish them continued success!



Mar 29
  • Pitchcamp for 1.5 Hours
  • Non-pitcher arrival time
  • Intro and Procedures
  • Pitches
  • Voting and cocktail
  • Vote Count
  • Sleep - we highly recommend it


Mar 30
  • Breakfast
  • onwards, mentors circulate
  • Lunch and presentation by Nezar Kadhem and Tomas Paulauskas about creating a winning presentation
  • Dinner plus announcements
  • Sleep - we highly recommend it


Mar 31
  • Breakfast
  • mentors circulate
  • Lunch + announcements + strong suggestion to work on the presentation
  • End of work
  • 17:00 Presentations
  • Jury deliberation + cocktail
  • Winners announced
  • The end
Silver Sponsors

Sacha Greif

Freelance Web Designer/ Founder of Folyo   |  

I’m a designer from Paris, France. I specialize in user interfaces for web and mobile apps, and I’ve worked for clients such as Le Monde, Hipmunk, and MileWise.Here are a couple fun facts about me:I co-founded my first “startup” at 17, a second-hand schoolbook marketplace. It never really took off, but we did collect a $2000 prize from the French government.Although I’m a designer, I have a technical background: I studied math & computer sciences for three years in college.I also studied (and speak) Chinese (Mandarin), and spent one year in China studying in Guangzhou and then working in a web agency in Beijing.I got my start as a professional designer by selling HTML templates and WordPress themes on Themeforest.I train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Luta Livre, and sometimes in MMA and Muay Thai, too. And I’m generally interested in all martial arts.

David Bizer

Talent Geek at HackFwd

Managing multi-cultural teams across geographies with a focus on team development and career growth.

Expert recruitment consultant, engaged with international technology companies, staffing prominent roles with highest caliber talent.

Passionate about social media and its role in building talent communities to create competitive advantage for recruiting organizations.

Evaluation and implementation of staffing technologies, ATS/CRM systems, sourcing tools, online advertising hubs, etc.

Experience recruiting at all levels and all types of positions throughout Europe, Middle East, Africa and North America.

Developed workshops and courses regarding recruitment and international business given at recruiting seminars, Grand Ecoles in France and Business Schools like INSEAD.

Complete knowledge of graduate recruitment schemes in Europe and North America.

Specialties :

Leadership, Management, Staffing, Recruitment, Sourcing, Graduate Programs, Training, Workshops for Students, Networking, Staffing Technologies, Social Media.

Wessel Kooyman

Managing Partner at Cole Street   |   LinkedIn

Wessel is an Web Developer and entrepreneur with 18 years of experience working in San Francisco, Amsterdam, and Paris. He founded his company, Cole Street, in 2001.

Cole Street does web and mobile development for numerous startups, and Wessel volunteers as a mentor at Dojoboost, as well as startup events.

John Burke

Business Development Director at Global Editors Network   |   LinkedIn

John combines his experiences in project management, business development and marketing to drive success for online media and e-commerce companies.

Alexandre Delivet

CEO & Co-Founder @ tripXP is an online marketplace for experiences and activities all around the world. People from all over the world can discover, buy, sell and propose unique travel experiences and activities. Everything is made online, from the discovery of an activity, to the booking and the payment, with A secure way, either for the guide or the tourist to live extra-ordinary experiences all over the world.

The company was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in Paris, France, the first touristic city and country in the world!

Also Editor @ Startup Digest Paris, co-organizer @ ApééroEntrepreneurs & Consultant for Startups

The PAUG Team

Representing Paris Android Users Group   |   Google+

Olivier Roberdet

Nazim Benbourahla

Yohann Melo

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John Lewis

Serial entrepreneur

is a serial entrepreneur with 30 years of experience in London, Paris, New York and Boston. He has experience in software startups, venture capital, programming, analytics, fund management and teaching.

He was the CEO of several successful exits from venture backed startups – most recently Risk Control Ltd and Scrittua inc. (sold to Interwoven).

He was a quantitative portfolio manager of international funds at Putnam, Natwest and Panagora Asset Management, and quantitative analyst at the OECD and Data Resources/McGraw-Hill. He taught finance at HEC Paris.

John is currently an adjunct professor of finance at IAE Gustave Eiffel, Mentor and Board of Advisors at the LeCamping Accelerator and Mentor at StartupWeekend.

Frédéric Dembak

CEO of DojoCrea

is the CEO of DojoCrea, the largest private incubator in France, and co-founder of DojoBoost.

Prior to DojoCrea, his career was with analytical and research companies as a founder, CEO or Scientific Director.

Through DojoCrea, he has extensive experience raising funds and investing in early stage companies with over 25M Euros raised. He is on the board of over 30 companies as an investor or advisor.

Frederic has a MS in Financial Mathematics from Ecole Normale Superieure, Communications Masters from Institute d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and a BE in Engineering from Ecole Normale Superieure de Techniques Avancees.

Matt Brown & Olivier Le Floch

Director of BD / CTO   |  

Work4Labs (

Media Sponsors
Pascal Vion
Liam Boogar
John Lewis
Emeric Callec
Joël Galeran Franz Hoffman équipe gagnante CandyPass

And the winner is….

by Startup Weekend Crew

La fin de cette édition s’est terminée dimanche soir par les présentations finales des projets devant les membres du jury, composé de Damien JORDAN (Responsable digital de l’Hétic), Nicolas Ferrary (Head of operations France, Morocco, Belgium chez Airbnb), Matthieu Rouif (co-fondateur de Heycrowd), Frédéric Dembak et de John Lewis.

And the winner is…..

SWPA – 3ième de l’année 2012

by Startup Weekend Crew

Seulement un mois après la précédente édition du Startup Weekend Paris (25-27 mai), cette 3ième édition 2012 est une édition estivale !

L’ambiance est propice à l’entraide et les rencontres entre tous les participants vont créer de forts liens durables ; cela s’annonce prometteur pour tous les développeurs, designers et Biz guys du weekend ! Les étudiants de La grande école de l’internet, l’Hétic, ont répondu à l’appel !

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