The Luxembourg Creative Industries Cluster brings together interconnected players from different disciplines in order to increase their visibility and enhance their innovation and business potential.
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Do you think we are wasting resources and energy?
Do you feel we could do better?
Do you have ideas that could help?
Do you need help in developing your ideas further?
Then you came to the right place!
We want to give the best ideas a life-extension by making them come true
The Circular by Design Challenge connects creative minds with technology, manufacturing and traditional industry to kick-start the development and market launch of new, circular products, services and digital solutions.
Building on the government’s goal of positioning Luxembourg as a frontrunner in the circular economy, the Challenge invites creatives to develop their circular ideas through a 12-week coaching programme.
At the end of the programme, the winners of the Challenge will be rewarded with partnership deals with industry partners in order to jointly implement and produce their ideas. Each winner will also receive an award of €7,000, participation in a 4-week virtual international accelerator programme provided by the US accelerator gener8tor and 6 months of free access to co-working office space.
This edition of the Challenge will support early stage ideas, business models and design developments in 5 categories:
Creatives are invited to submit their ideas for solutions and compete for a place on the coaching programme. Submitted solutions can be B2B or B2C, depending on the individual challenge brief.
Here is a reminder of the few very simple questions you will be asked when you apply: HOW TO APPLY.
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Dr. Pranjul Shah as the Head of the Incubator is responsible for building the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the University of Luxembourg. He is an award winning innovator, entrepreneur, educator and an active mentor to over 40 aspiring entrepreneurs. In between mentoring startups, he is building world-class entrepreneurship training programs in Luxembourg to meet the imminent needs of the future entrepreneurs. He is the chief architect behind the University's entrepreneurship, mentoring and mostly recently, the acceleration program. During his PhD from the Technical University of Denmark, he was handpicked as a Kauffman Global Scholar for his entrepreneurial acumen to embark on an intensive entrepreneurial fellowship coordinated by the Kauffman Foundation, MIT, Stanford University and Harvard University. He is recipient of numerous research and innovation awards including Outstanding Research-Driven Innovation award from Fonds National de la Recherche offered to key innovators in Luxembourg.
Laurent Federspiel joined Ceratizit as the Head of the Group Operational Excellence in January 2019, responsible for oversight, direction and leadership of the operational excellence initiative, guiding and supporting the OE teams from all sites of the group in charge of the continuous improvement programs. Recently in 2021, Laurent was appointed as Director Digital & Data, in charge of the digital transformation of the Plansee Group.
Laurent started his professional career in 1997 at IEE International Electronics & Engineering Sàrl, Luxembourg, where he worked on the development and manufacturing of automotive passive safety products.
From October 1999 to August 2000, he took on the role of Department Manager of the US based application development department at IEE Automotive Inc., Michigan, USA and in February 2000 he became Director of the advanced engineering department for IEE S.A., Luxembourg - Contern, global supplier for intelligent sensing systems for safety, security, process automation and medical application, where he stayed until 2012.
In March 2012, Laurent joined Luxinnovation as Director, in charge of the Sector Development & Cluster initiative, following a long career in product innovation and business development. He holds a Welch MBA from Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA as well as a Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kaiserslautern in Germany.
With an MBA from Sacred Heart University in Luxembourg and a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management from Glion Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland, Bastien Berg joined the House of Startups in 2018 as Community & Operations Manager after five years of experience in the international hotel industry. He contributed to the development and success of the House of Startups.
In 2021 he took up his duties as the new head of the Luxembourg-City Incubator, where he puts his experience as an entrepreneur as well as his excellent knowledge of the entrepreneurial and startup network to the benefit of the startups hosted at the Luxembourg-City Incubator.
Events and Product Manager for the “Luxembourg – Let’s make it happen”-initiative at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Catherine Pastoret is passionate about bringing Luxembourg to the world and the world to Luxembourg.
With of over twenty years of experience in event organizing, she has travelled the world during her former career in health working both in professional and amateur sports and is a two-time Olympian participant. Catherine has been an independent business owner for more than two decades before changing careers and enabling her to live out her creative talents and organizational skills in her current occupation working for the nation branding initiative. She has a passion for developing new articles for the “LuXembourg Collection”, aiming a local production wherever possible. Sustainability is a key factor in the process, as well as the contextualization potential.
Catherine is a mother of two young ladies and holds a Master of Science Degree from the Université Libre de Bruxelles.
Michel Hoffmann is a born and raised Luxembourgish serial entrepreneur. He currently serves as Chief Executive Officer at Giftable and as Managing Director at The Kindness Group.
He built and sold his latest venture, Individuum, from 2012 to 2017. Helping others, being generous and always open for a good discussion are part of his entrepreneurial DNA.
Sébastien Zinck holds a Master’s degree in Materials Science (EEIGM / Université de Lorraine, France) and an Advanced Master’s degree in Ecodesign and Environmental Management (Arts & Métiers ParisTech, France). He worked for 10 years as Eco-design Expert, and then Eco-design Manager at Steelcase, the global leader in the office furniture industry. Since 2016, he has been working at LIST as Senior Engineer in Circular Economy with a focus on topics such as eco-design, product life extension and recycling. He is currently involved in ISO standardisation work: participant to ISO/DIS 14009 (“Environmental management systems - Guidelines for incorporating material circulation in design and development”) and President of the Luxembourgish Mirror for the ISO/TC323 “Circular Economy”.
I graduated in 2018 with a Master in Mechanical Engineering and aminor in Management, Technology & Entrepreneurship from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland.
I performed my Master thesis in the space industry with the company LuxSpace in Luxembourg, before moving to the automotive industry working for Accumalux as Project Engineer for three years now.
Graduated from the University of Liège in Environmental Sciences and Management, Ariane began her career as an environmental consultant for small and large companies. She then worked in the construction sector and specialised in sustainable building certification and the circular economy. She recently joined the Municipality of Wiltz to develop the activities of the Circular Innovation HUB.
A creative polymath Lia Ghilardi is internationally recognized as a leader in the delivery of culture-based urban plans and innovative visitor’s strategies based on mapping the unique DNA of places. In the UK, she has served for three years as member of the Mayor of London’s Advisory Group on Culture and Development. She is a member of the Academy of Urbanism, a network of influential thinkers, professionals and decision makers passionate about a better living for people in towns and cities. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a research organization, which encourages the development of a principled, prosperous society and the release of human potential and creativity.
With a background in architecture and construction, Patty has specialised in circular economy project management and development over the past years. She is now working in the department of circular economy at the Municipality of Wiltz, where she is responsible for the development, supervision and management of multiple projects in the field of circular economy.
Lars is an expert in creative industries promotion with five years of lobbying experience at the largest independent music association, VUT. He worked on behalf of 1,200 companies to improve their business environment. He co-founded the Berlin-based innovation agency PUNDG for three years, helping companies identify market opportunities and develop use cases. Since 2019, he has been leading DOCK 11 and developing funding formats with stakeholders from business and politics.
Digital omnivore & Design Thinker living in Luxembourg, Romain is driven by elevating the Human Experience (CX, EX, UX) especially in a marketing, sales and service transformation journeys.
Romain has a background in marketing and the creative industries and specialist in Service Design, Digital Marketing, Branding and Advertising.
He is currently Director at Deloitte, leading the Customer Strategy & Applied Design team.
Before joining Deloitte, Romain has been working for 12 years on major web and digital marketing projects in Luxembourg (at Nvision, digital & brand agency) and in an international work environment (at Devoteam, EMEA innovative technology consulting company).
Josephine Hage a cultural and creative industries advocate und activist based in Leipzig.
She has a background in public policy and non-profit management. Josephine initiates cross innovation projects between creative industries and other business sectors in the context of the bottom-up initiative KREATIVES SACHSEN. A cross innovation initiative with the tourism sector recently was awarded a special price at the German Tourism Award.
Since 2020, she is spokesperson of the network promoting cultural and creative industries, a peer-learning network of over 40 organizations supporting creative industries in Germany.
Stéphanie Damgé holds a university degree in work sociology and in business management. In 2006 she started her career in Human Resources at a Big Four, where she gained significant experience in human capital and talent management coupled with business and strategic management.
Deeply engaged in entrepreneurship education, she joined Jonk Entrepreneuren Luxembourg in 2013 as CEO. Together with her team, she dedicates her passion to preparing young people for the future of work. Indeed, the organisation inspires and prepares young people for entrepreneurship and employment through various programmes and projects taking place at all education levels.
Besides her current position, Stéphanie is also Board Member of the FNR – Fonds National de la Recherche as well as Board Member of Idea Foundation.
Stylianee Parascha is the President of Fashion Revolution Luxembourg and a Sustainable Fashion and Conscious Communications Consultant. During her Masters in Sustainability in Fashion, she undertook research on fashiontech trends, mass customisation, circular fashion models, how to use the SDGs as a compass for the fashion industry, and how Immigration and Fashion are interconnected and can benefit from each other. As a designer, she has incorporated upcycling in her practice early on and has been leading Upcycling workshops for a variety of audiences. Together with her team, she has started the trend for Sustainable Fashion Markets and Clothes Swaps in the area, throwing successful events and bringing together an enthusiastic conscious community. She is experimenting with conscious design concepts through her brand What.Eve.Wears and explores synergies with fashion Made in Greece on every occasion.
Samuel Majerus, Partner of Simon-Christiansen & Associés (member of L.S.C. Engineering Group), joined the firm in 2018. Samuel worked previously in Switzerland in renewable energies before coming back to Luxembourg.
He is specialized in circular economy, helping his clients in implementing the circular economy principles into their organizations and projects. Samuel is the Director of the Quality, Safety, Environment and Energy Department. Additionally, he is teaching circular economy at University of Luxembourg.
Gaston Trauffler is the Head of Industrial Policy at Fedil and member of the Management Committee. He is in charge of projects and political actions related to supervising industrial investments and activities to help strengthening the competitiveness of the local industry.
Before joining FEDIL, Gaston was the Director of Communication, Marketing and Strategy and a member of the Management Committee at Luxinnovation, Luxembourg’s National Innovation Agency. Previously, Gaston held several positions with the Agency, among others as Head of Strategy, Department Head of Innovation Management, Design & Strategic Intelligence and as a Head of Start-up Support and SME Performance where he developed the programs Fit for Innovation and initiated Fit for Start.
Before re-joining Luxinnovation as the Head of Strategy, Gaston worked as a senior manager at Ernst & Young, EY Luxembourg’s business advisory practice in strategy, management and innovation. He also spent several years working in Tokyo, Japan as an industrial analyst in the field of foreign direct investment and as a consultant in Zurich advising technology-based companies in Switzerland, Austria and Germany in innovation management.
Gaston holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, a master’s degree in business engineering and Industrial Management with a major in Biocompatible Material Sciences, and a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich. He authored articles on innovation and technology management and published a book on strategic innovation management. He was appointed a member of the expert panel for the evaluation of the European Commission’s H2020 ERC PoC Grant Program in 2013, 2014 and 2017.
In 2018, Gaston was appointed an Adjunct Professorship at the Sacred Heart University’s MBA programme. He lectures in the subjects of Operations Management and Digital Transformation.
Benjamin Kinn is President at ACEL, the largest student representative in Luxemburg. As a long term member occupying different positions in the directors board, he has a significant experience in representing students.
Before joining ACEL, Benjamin was also a Member of ALEM- Luxembourgish Medical Students' Association, where he was in charge of partnerships and represented Luxemburgish medical students studying in Germany.
Currently in his last year of medical studies at the Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main, Benjamin is also writing his medical doctoral thesis at the institute for Neuroradiology at the University Hospital in Frankfurt/Main (Germany).
Sophie Öberg is a sustainability and communications professional with over 25 years´ experience in Luxembourg, Stockholm and Paris.
She has been working with strategy development and activation, project leading and management, design thinking and facilitation both as a manager and as a consultant within large corporations, smaller businesses, own ventures, profit and non-profit, such as RTL Group, Ceratizit, McKinsey & Company and Sandvik.
Besides her current position as Deputy Director at IMS Inspiring More Sustainability, Luxembourg's leading network for Corporate Responsibility, Sophie is Co-Chair of the Sustainability Strategy for Boards working committee at ILA.
She holds a BA in Communications and Media Sciences from Sciences Po Paris and a Master of Arts in History from Sorbonne University, Paris, France.
Holding a doctoral degree in natural sciences, Anne Majerus started her professional career in 2008, working first as a Research assistant at the RWTH Aachen University and later on at the Forschungszentrum Jülich. After working for the trade policy team of the Permanent Representation of Luxembourg in Brussels during Luxembourg’s EU Presidency, she joined the Chamber of Skilled Trades and Crafts in 2016. She has been reinforcing the team of policy advisers in the department of environmental, technology and innovation affairs and has been covering subjects related to the circular economy. In 2017, she became head of the team supporting the digitalisation of skilled crafts companies, and since summer 2021 she has been member of the board of the Chamber of Skilled Trades and Crafts, where she oversees EU-related issues.
Meng wants to live in a world filled with flowers, trees and clean ocean with colorful corals. Although started his early career as a private banker and financial analyst, Meng ended up spending the last decade managing a fashion consultancy named Poly Global Advisory and expanded across 3 continent. Meng is a bit overactive, always excited to face new challenges, He's been producing fashion shows in Milan and New York fashion weeks, casting models and talents for show and advertising, doing brand development consultancy, public relationship and even commercial distribution development for the firm's clients. For years now, Meng has been exploring and looking for solutions that could impact this wasteful fashion industry.
After studying international relations and business, Frèdèric worked for TotalEnergies and Chevron as a management controller and supply manager Benelux.
Frederic has been working for more than 20 years as an Economic and Commercial Advisor for Wallonia.be.
Anabel Witry studied communication science, intercultural communication and organisational psychology at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich. After several years of professional experience in marketing and PR for the architecture and construction industry in Munich and Luxembourg, she joined the management board of her parents' architectural office witry & witry architecture urbanisme. Witry & Witry was one of the pioneers of sustainable architecture and urbanism in Luxembourg and still has a strong emphasis on planning and constructing in the philosophy of circular economy today. The project focus of the office is on public buildings, especially school buildings, day-care centres and larger residential buildings. Anabel Witry has been a committee member of the asbl Design Friends since 2010, since 2020 in the function of president.
Sarah is an educator with a psychology degree who has been working at the Service national de la jeunesse (SNJ) since 2018.
As a coordinator of the team “Experience creativity”, her mission is to promote makerspaces and the maker movement across the country and beyond. For the past years, Sarah has been working with partners like the FNR to bring maker activities to kids and youngsters. Being a maker herself, she knows how important it is to encourage youngsters to be creative and realize their own projects. Her focus lies on empowering youngsters to acquire new skills through creative work with the help of professionals from different fields such as sewing, coding, 3D design and illustration.
Doctor in organic chemistry, Dr Serge Quazzotti first worked as a researcher. Since 1994, his career was focused on patents and industrial property, and he has set up and managed a department within the Henri Tudor Public Research Center aiming to develop public services and research activities in these fields for the benefit of local businesses and researchers. He is the first director of the Institute of Intellectual Property Luxembourg (IPIL), set up by the Luxembourg government in 2014. During his 26 years of activity, he has been appointed several times to join different groups of experts on patents and intellectual property, in particular by the European Commission, and as a member of the academic advisory group of the Academy of the European Patent Office. He is a lecturer at the University of Luxembourg. Since 2019, he has chaired the jury of the Jonk Fuerscher competition in Luxembourg. Convinced that "Intellectual property concerns everyone", that it is essential to make innovation and creativity useful for society, Dr Serge Quazzotti is happy to be part of the Circular design challenge.
Professor Martin Charter MBA FRSA has worked as a manager, researcher and trainer on sustainable innovation and product sustainability for 30 years in academia, business and consultancy. He is the founding Director of The Centre for Sustainable Design ® at University for the Creative Arts (UCA), Senior Associate, Business School for the Creative Industries at UCA and is the author/co-author of Greener Marketing 1 & 2, Sustainable Solutions, System Innovation for Sustainability, Eco-innovate and Designing for the Circular Economy. Martin is the Chairman, Board of Trustees, Farnham Repair Café and is a regular speaker in conferences worldwide.
Mr. Benedict Reimann is Innovation Manager at UNITED CAPS. He joined the company in November 2015 and is in charge of innovation within UNITED CAPS.
Prior to that, Benedict was Product Marketing Manager for the beverage segment in UNITED CAPS where he was responsible for product and project management, market intelligence and marketing strategy.
Before joining UNITED CAPS Benedict hold several positions in consulting, most recently as Senior Consultant for the Automotive industry.
Benedict holds an MBA from Copenhagen Business School.
Sara is one of the co-founders of the ANKAA Project. She has a bachelor’s degree in education science from HERS Virton. During her curriculum, she has followed regular trainings regarding children with special needs and classroom management. She has worked for nearly ten years as a teacher in various levels and projects. In 2015 she started to get involved in facilitating social inclusion of refugees. She volunteered in Luxembourg with the Red Cross, supporting families and children in their first steps integrating the local community. In March 2016, she organized a private convoy of 2 vans going to the Greek-Macedonian border. After this journey, she asked for an unpaid leave from the Luxembourgish Government to dedicate herself to the European migration crisis in Greece.
Line is one of the co-founders of the ANKAA Project. She has a triple master’s degree in business administration of ICHEC, ULB and UCL. During her curriculum, she specialized in entrepreneurship and SME’s which gave her the necessary tools regarding business creation, how to use the business model canvas as well as drafting a financial plan. Passionate about sustainable and alternative business models, she followed courses that gave an in-depth insights into CSR and ethics, intercultural approaches and human resource management. She worked at ICHEC Brussels Management school for two years and was in charge of a development project in Benin. Besides, she coached Master 2 students during the yearly sustainability challenge (hackathon) based on the methodology of design thinking.
My name is Sébastien Fontaine and I was born in August 1979 in Ettelbrück, Luxembourg, which means I just passed the 40 years milestone…
I got my graduation (Bac) at the Lycée Technique Ettelbrück in the branch “Technique General”.
As Design and Art always took a major part of my life starting very young, I did a Master’s degree in Industrial Designer graduating from Strate School of Design, Paris. With this, I decided to turn my passion into a job by learning drawing, painting, sculpting, graphic design, product design, global design, 3D Modeling, design methodologies like Design Thinking, Intuitive Technology, Visual Communication, Branding and all the incredible software available to a Designer’s job. Of course, I had the chance to visit plenty of art museums and exhibitions during my time in Paris. Hence I discovered my passion for paintings and sculptures like those from Joseph M. W. Turner, Henry Moore, Salvador Dali, Alberto Giacometti, Pierre Soulages and many more.
During my studies, I had the opportunity to do several internships and summer time jobs at the Goodyear Innovation Center Luxembourg where my father was working as a Tire Engineering Manager. This led to also include a 5 months internship at the Advanced Design Studio Goodyear Innovation Center Akron, Ohio.
Shortly after my graduation in 2005, I was hired by Goodyear to integrate the Advanced Design Studio at the Goodyear Innovation Center Luxembourg. Moving from Industrial Designer, Associate Designer, Staff Designer, Senior Designer, I was promoted Lead Designer in 2019 after 14 years of dedicated and passionate services.
My task at the Advanced Design Studio covers both Applied Technologies, which means working on up-coming production tires, and futuristic visions. I always like to challenge the status quo internally and externally and develop with the Design Team futuristic concepts getting global visibility through all kind of media help to inspire the world and push the boundaries of what is possible today. I am excessively curious, using out of the box thinking and empathy to ideate and design products and services which are based on today’s and future trends. I always start from a societal problem or change to ideate and design solutions, which ultimately aims to make people’s life better and easier.
Here some examples of creations of concepts that did generate huge interest throughout the automotive industry and obtained various Design Awards:
Goodyear Eagle 360 Concept 2016:
Goodyear Eagle 360 Urban Concept 2017:
Goodyear Oxygene Concept 2018:
Goodyear Aero Concept 2019:
Goodyear reCharge Concept 2020:
With the design team, I also created many concept tires tailored to fit concept cars from many prestigious Car Manufacturers. They are the result of great collaborations with renowned Automotive Design Teams from all over the world, which are pieces of inspirations helping me to continuously extend my expertise in design and keep it up to date trend wise. I had the chance to also work with some of my classmates from Design School, as some of them are working at management level of renowned car companies. These were also great moments for me that I will never forget.
Apart from the future research activities, the biggest part of my job is to design tomorrow’s production products from initial idea, throughout the development together with the engineers up to the best way to market it. I work on marketing activities around product and brand identity at strategy level. I have the chance to work on all products from the Goodyear, Dunlop & associated brands portfolio of Europe, Middle-East, Africa & Asia Pacific. This covers all tire segments from passenger, light truck, truck and motorcycle and all tire applications like summer, winter, all seasons and Nordics.
Throughout my career, I worked on 96 released products, 32 concept tires and I hold more than 100 patents. I was internally awarded 8 times ‘Inventor of the Year’ throughout my career.
I also had the chance to act as a jury member of Mobility Design Graduation programs of the Strate School of Design, Paris and of Rubika Design School, Valenciennes.
Beside my profession which is also my passion, I enjoy life with my lovely wife, our 8 years young daughter and our 2 years young son. I am also part of our family business Oa6 Wellness in Oberfeulen, Luxembourg, for which I also enjoyed modelling and designing its interior.
I like 1940-1960 US cars while owning a Chevy Pick-Up from 1949. By the way, I like the music of the same years from Rock’n’roll, Rockabilly throughout any Blues music.
Lycée des Arts et Métiers
Chaos fighter x Love for travelling and curious about the world x Passion for entrepreneurship and innovation
This passion has translated as well into a career as I was always looking to create impact by supporting entrepreneurs in their day to day: Exchanging ideas to increase business opportunities, drive customer satisfaction and building a network! After working years with start-ups and innovative companies, I got the chance to set the coworking space Silversquare up for Luxembourg. It resonated deeply with me as the heart of the business is building a strong community of great entrepreneurs from different phases, cultures, backgrounds and activities which grow stronger together!