Annual National Conference


According to the European Commission, to remain a globally competitive player, the EU needs to find better ways to attract innovative migrant entrepreneurs and support migrant entrepreneurs already present in the EU. In this context, our annual conference entitled “Attracting start-up founders and innovative entrepreneurs from third countries” tries to offer a broad overview of several start-up schemes from across and beyond the EU which provide various incentives for start-up entrepreneurs from third countries.

The first panel will provide an insight into the strategies EU Member States and Israel, as a “start-up nation”, use to enhance the attractiveness of their national economic system, outlining possible challenges and good practices for the various Member States as well as Israel that navigate between start-up founders and innovative entrepreneurs attraction and immigration regulations.

The second panel will focus more on the national context by analysing the economic promotion strategy of Luxembourg in order to attract investors/entrepreneurs and the structure and measures in place to facilitate business creation for foreign entrepreneurs.

Finally, the last panel of the conference will discuss the role(s) that economic policies and incubators can play in the creation of an attractive framework for start-up founders and innovative entrepreneurs in Luxembourg.


Keynote Speaker

Werner Hoyer has been President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the European Investment Bank since 2012. He was Deputy Foreign Minister at the German Foreign Office between 2009 and 2011 after having been Deputy Chairman and Foreign Affairs Spokesman of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) between 2002 and 2009. He also was a Member of the German Bundestag between 1987 and 2011, Deputy Foreign Minister at the German Foreign Office between 1994-1998 and President of the European Liberal Democratic Reform Party (EDLR) between 2000 and 2005. Dr Hoyer holds a PhD (economics) from Cologne University where he also started his career, as senior research assistant then as associate lecturer, before becoming Director of Economics and Information (Carl Duisberg Society) in 1985.

Corinne Cahen

Minister for Family Affairs and Integration

Prof. Dr. Stéphane Pallage

Rector of the University of Luxembourg

Dr. Ralf Sänger

Head of Competence Center of Migrant Entrepreneurship

Prof. Dafna Schwartz

Interdisciplinary Center (IDC)- Herzliya- Israel

Jean-Michel Ludwig

Director Start-up and SME Performance – Luxinnovation

Guylaine Bouquet-Hanus

Business Manager – House of Entrepreneurship

Martin Guerin

CEO of the Luxembourg-City Incubator

Céline Gruffat

Policy officer Innovation – start-ups, Directorate general for Enterprise (DGE), Ministry of the Economy and Finance (France)

Michele Gallo

Director ICT coordination – Ministry of Economy