search

Colette DierickCombining old and modern

Colette Dierick knows all about male-dominated industries: her family comes from the construction sector and she studied engineering at university. During her 30-year career at ING where she currently is CEO, she has been an outspoken advocate for more women in all industries.

“I’m really interested in innovation and technology,” she explains. “I visited Silicon Valley and was one of the founding partners of Zembro, a Belgian start-up that helps elderly people stay connected with smart bracelets.”

Originally from Ghent in Belgium, she has lived in Luxembourg since August 2019. From the stylish Mudam museum to the old town in the Grund, “everything is within easy reach in the city! The combination of old and modern is a trademark of Luxembourg and a reflection of its spirit: respect for the past while building the future.”

She believes “innovation is the key to a sustainable future. This country has demonstrated time and again its adaptability and entrepreneurial spirit.” Her daughters study in Belgium, and while she enjoys living in this small yet vibrant, international community, she looks forward to family weekends back home.

Frédéric StiernonIncreasingly attractive for start-ups

Frédéric Stiernon started out in the automotive industry, then moved to banking solutions and mobile payments. In 2016, he combined the three experiences to create CarPay-Diem, a mobile payment system for fuel. He is currently CEO of the company with the same name.

Luxembourg is an increasingly attractive place for start-ups: “With so many different incubators and accelerators launched over the past years, there’s a kind of consolidation and synergy between different incubators and smaller initiatives that now became bigger projects.” It is also perfect geographically (“easy to move everywhere”), and “the people running the country manage it like a company. They are open and really push the country to move on and to be the best in Europe for the development of employment.”

For him, “Luxembourg is synonymous with solidarity. There is such a dynamic and innovative interaction between different companies. Lots of events means you’re part of a small business world, where everyone knows one another. If you need to meet someone, you’re just two clicks away.”

Pierre BarreauA tech-friendly place

After studying computing science at LCL in London, Pierre Barreau left in search of better opportunities in Luxembourg. His company Aiva, which uses artificial intelligence to create personalised music, soon landed a spot at Luxinnovation’s acceleration programme Fit 4 Start. He hopes that Aiva will help “change and diversify the image of Luxembourg, moving away from being known as the financial centre of Europe, to being a tech-friendly place.”

What advantages does Luxembourg offer compared to London? “It’s a no-brainer, it’s the mindset of the people. Open-mindedness is required for innovation. And the people here are very receptive to new technology projects coming from Luxembourg.”

He continues: “The quality of life here is very good. The maximum commute time for all our employees is 15 minutes, and all over Luxembourg, it’s green. You can get out of the city so quickly, go for a run or a hike.” These are just some of the many advantages convincing talents that this is a great place to live. “And with people comes innovation.”

 

Photo credits: Mike Zenari, Maison Moderne

Read more

Luxembourg will host the 2020 Cleantech Forum Europe

23-05-2019

Luxembourg has been selected to host the 2020 edition of the Cleantech Forum Europe, a major international event in the field of clean technologies. The forum will provide excellent opportunities for the exchange of ideas on the latest cleantech trends with leading stakeholders from all over Europe. It will also showcase Luxembourg’s most dynamic organisations and projects in the field.
Read more

Luxembourg launches LSA Data Center to promote access to space data

22-05-2019

During the Space Forum 2019, Luxembourg Marc Serres, CEO of the Luxembourg Space Agency, announces the creation of the Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA) Data Center, to support businesses in Luxembourg with reliable, fast and intuitive access to data streams from the European Copernicus Earth Observation programme.
Read more

Luxembourg passport the best in the world

14-05-2019

For the second consecutive year, the Luxembourg passport has been listed as the best in the world by the Nomad Passport Index.
Read more

US and Luxembourg sign space cooperation memorandum

10-05-2019

The United States and Luxembourg have signed a memorandum of understanding aiming at strengthening the cooperation in the field of space. Both countries are at the forefront of promoting the harvesting and exploitation of space resources.
Read more

Anisoprint: Luxembourg an ideal EU base

07-05-2019

When Russian start-up Anisoprint decided in 2018 to bring its pioneering 3D printing technology for composite materials to the European market, Luxembourg quickly stood out as the ideal EU base. One year later, the company is in the process of moving its headquarters as well as most of its staff here. Convinced by the country’s start-up friendly environment and excellent support network, Anisoprint is also counting on a strategic research partnership to meet the requirements of large industrial clients.
Read more

All news

Close