Summer is coming to a close, the leaves are turning & we're gearing up for another season of startup events & innovations.

Former Head of lux future lab Karin Schintgen has moved onto her next project within Luxembourg's ecosystem. On behalf of all of us here, we wish her well & thank her for pioneering the lab! Take a moment to meet the new Head of the lab below. 

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A Lean Approach: 

Get to know the new leader of the lab

At the helm of lux future lab, Head Olivier Selis talks strategy, partnerships & operating like a startup

In 2014, an opening popped up on BGL BNP Paribas’s internal job board: lux future lab — the bank’s new startup-centric CSR initiative — was seeking a manager.

Olivier Selis, then working as a financial analyst, jumped at the opportunity. With more than 10 years at the bank, a marketing degree, a diverse financial background and entrepreneurial experience, he secured the position.

Now, as the new Head of lux future lab, he shares with us the lab's strategy, his impressions of the ecosystem and his thoughts on Luxembourg's future. 

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Meet | Nektria

Nektria is a high-tech company from Spain with offices in Barcelona & Luxembourg. We develop digital logistics solutions that are based on optimization algorithms & artificial intelligence designed for urban mobility & logistics. Nektria recently closed a series A funding round of €2 million, which will help accelerate growth.

Last year, Nektria launched RECShipping (Responsive eCommerce Shipping), the first SaaS (Software as a Service) to allow online shoppers to choose delivery slots at a variable price (demand management) while optimizing delivery routes for carriers (supply management).

RECShipping, set to become the new standard for online grocery stores, has been deployed throughout large retailers, such as Supermercados Dia & Ulabox. Customers reduce logistics costs by 20% & improve shopper conversion by 10%. Nektria’s disruptive technological platform has won several awards, including Europe's most innovative SAAS e-commerce solution, best digital logistical solution & Barcelona's SME of the year in its category.

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See & Do | Lab Events

Check out what's happening & mark your calendars

Sept. 19, Pleased2MeetU, 5-7pm

Join us for happy hour at the lab as we kick off the season by welcoming three new startups: Kussbus, WeStyle & Univize (for members only) More

RECAP: Sept. 7, Founder's Meetup

Info session for members & alumni on the Innovfin guarantee program - through which the EIF helps banks cover credit risk More

RECAP: July 17-28, Summer School

Another year, another successful program, & another batch of hungry young innovators heading out into the world! We're proud of their determination & curiosity More

RECAP: July 5, Startup Pitching

Lab-nyuko joint event where startups from the recent training day presented their pitches More

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Apply | Job Openings

Spread the word: lux future lab startups are hiring!

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Catch Up | News 

Exciting announcements from lux future lab startups & the local ecosystem

Lab

An Interview with EMP Corp

Aug. 23; The Lëtzebuerger Journal interviewed CEO Gilles Moro about his cashless vision for the future and how EMP Corp's e-money payment solutions are making it a reality. More

Eight Luxembourgish Startups in Top 100 at European Fintech Awards

Aug. 25; At the second edition of the European Fintech Awards, eight startups from Luxembourg placed in the top 100: Birdee, Digicash, Alto, Governance.io, MyBucks, Scorechain, Seqvoia and SnapSwap. Ranking is determined by a combination of online voting and expert opinion. On Sept. 27th, shortlisted startups will pitch in Brussels for a chance to win the grand prize. More

BNP Paribas Partners with Gambit Financial Solutions

Sept. 7; BNP Paribas Asset Management has acquired a majority stake in robo-advisory company Gambit Financial Solutions. While maintaining its independence, Gambit will become the preferred provider of robo-advisory solutions for the BNP Paribas Group’s Retail and Wealth Management networks. More

Ecosystem

2nd Edition of Ideas for Europe is Underway

Sept. 8; The September 30th deadline for applications is fast approaching, so all entrepreneurs with potential solutions for global change should apply soon. Ideas for Europe is an EU-wide search for big ideas. Semifinalists will be invited to Tallinn where the final nine will be chosen. More

Third Edition of Mind & Market Coming Soon

Sept. 8; On November 14th, the Mind & Market Forum will bring together entrepreneurs, companies & investors to connect innovative projects with the market. Teams of startups or creative minds put forth ideas, receive feedback, network & boost visibility. Deadline for registration is October 15th. More

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