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Ever dreamed of building a startup team with people from all over the world?

For the first time ever, Startup Weekend is partnering with the United States Department of State to promote entrepreneurship and social business to young people from around the world, in connection with the 8th UNESCO YOUTH FORUM.

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.

This one-time exceptional event will focus on Social Business projects and will gather:

  • 30 UNESCO delegates from 30 countries around the world (China, Egypt, Chile, Russia, Ghana, Indonesia, Uzbekistan, New Zealand, and many many more…)
  • local, French or European, Startup Weekend fans looking to meet new people and build great social businesses
  • All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation.

    But this Startup Weekend is particularly special: the global partnership with the United States Department of State aims at exporting Startup Weekend's methods and events all around the planet in order to foster entrepreneurship in far regions of the world. The 30 Youth Forum delegates will have the opportunity to spread the passion of entrepreneurship back home and even organize a Startup Weekend event in their country!

    The weekend will culminate with presentations before a jury composed of figures from the business, government and NGO worlds. The "winning" team will be invited to the UNESCO Youth Forum in the days that follow to be publically rewarded and congratulated for their work.

    If you want to meet enriching people from around the globe and put yourself in the shoes of a social entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!



    Oct 25
    • Registration Starts
    • Welcome & Speakers
    • Ice breaker game!
    • Pitches Start
    • Attendees vote for the top ideas
    • Announcing selected ideas. Dinner & teams start forming and discussing ideas
    • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow (12pm)


    Oct 26
    • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
    • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
    • Lunch
    • Micro-Workshop YouthMobile
    • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
    • Dinner
    • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
    • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow (12pm)


    Oct 27
    • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
    • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy). Coaches arrive...
    • Lunch
    • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
    • Judging & awards
    • Cocktail
    • Go home & enjoy Paris!
    Tier 1 Sponsors

    Jacques Attali

    Professor, writer, Honorary Member of the Council of State, Special Adviser to the French President of the Republic from 1981 to 1991, founder and first President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London from 1991 to 1993, Jacques Attali ( is currently CEO of A&A, an international consulting firm in strategy, based in Paris, and President of PlaNet Finance, an international non-profit organisation assisting microfinance institutions all over the world. PlaNet Finance is the most important world institution of support to the microfinance. PlaNet Finance advises and finances the development of the microfinance in 80 countries, and launched the LH Forum, movement for positive economy (

    He founded Action Contre la Faim in 1980 and the European programme Eurêka (a major European programme on new technologies that invented, among other things, the MP3). In, 1989, he also launched an international programme of action against the disastrous floods in Bangladesh. Jacques Attali then advised the Secretary General of the United Nations on the risks of nuclear proliferation. He is at the origin of the higher education reform, known as LMD, to bring all European degrees into line.

    He belongs to the top 100 public intellectuals in the world, according to the Foreign Policy Magazine (May/June 2008 and 2010).

    Romain Lacombe

    Romain Lacombe is the Head of Innovation at the French Prime Minister’s task force for Open Government Data. At Etalab (, he focuses on policy delivery, startups outreach and international relations, and represented France in negotiations on the G8 Open Data Charter. A Silicon Valley entrepreneur – he founded venture-backed mobile startup Focal Labs, later acquired, in 2008 – and a civil servant, Romain authored a seminal report to the French government on Open Data’s potential in 2011. He graduated from MIT’s Technology & Policy M.Sc. as a Fulbright Scholar, holds an engineering degree from Ecole Polytechnique and teaches technology innovation at Sciences Po Paris.

    Franck Nouyrigat


    Franck is the Vice-President of UP Global and co-Founder of Startup Weekend. UP Global exists to empower startup community leaders and the entrepreneurs they serve worldwide. With a platform offering action-based learning programs, resources, and networks for entrepreneurs and leaders, UP Global aims to be the leading organization furthering human welfare through entrepreneurship. UP Global currently powers Startup Weekend, the Startup America Partnership, Startup Digest, NYSE Corporate Connections, and more. Entrepreneurship is something that can be both taught and learned, and Franck's on a mission to ensure the world takes advantage of that. To learn more visit

    David T. Killion

    Ambassador David T. Killion was nominated as U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) with the rank of Ambassador on June 25, 2009 by President Obama and was sworn into office on August 12, 2009. Under Ambassador Killion’s leadership, the United States has championed innovative and effective initiatives across the education, science, culture, and communication and information sectors at UNESCO. The United States Mission to UNESCO played a leading role in the establishment of the Global Partnership for Girls’ and Women’s Education, supported UNESCO’s role in promoting the use of Open Educational Resources, and facilitated new public-private partnerships with U.S. companies such as Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, and Intel. Ambassador Killion also successfully recruited prominent Americans such as Forest Whitaker and Herbie Hancock to be UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors and has worked effectively to support their work in peace building and jazz diplomacy. Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Killion served as a Senior Professional Staff Member of the United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs and was the Committee’s top expert on International Organizations and State Department Operations.

    Lindsey Nefesh-Clarke

    Lindsey is the Founder and Managing Director of Women's WorldWide Web, Europe's first crowdfunding platform dedicated to girls' and women's empowerment, which raises financial and in-kind support for grassroots organizations around the world.

    Lindsey has extensive experience in the development and social business sectors. After completing her B.A. at King’s College, Cambridge University, Lindsey joined Human Rights Watch in New York and then moved to Africa for several years, first in Cameroon and later in Ivory Coast, where she worked for three years at the West African regional office of UNICEF on a project to promote girls’ education. Upon her return to Europe, Lindsey began working as a Board Member and Director of the Philippines Program with Paris-based NGO, Enfants d’Asie, which operates humanitarian programs in Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and the Philippines, providing care for over 10,000 children in South-East Asia. In May 2008, Lindsey trained in Bangladesh with Grameen Bank (founded by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus), obtaining a qualification to implement microcredit programs for the alleviation of poverty, and enabling her to implement microfinance programs in city and cemetary slums in the Philippines.

    In 2009, Lindsey obtained an Executive MBA at ESCP-Europe in Paris for which she received the International MBA Student of the Year award, bestowed by the AMBA (the Association of MBAs) and the Independent newspaper, in recognition of her talent for leadership and her determination to “make a difference” in the world, a difference she is striving to achieve through her work at W4.

    Elisabeth Bargès

    Public policy manager at Google for 3 years, she notably manages the partnerships with the digital ecosystem in France.

    Previous to Google, she spent 8 years as a consultant in the sectors of telecom strategy and competition analysis and 3 years in the Prime Minister services in charge of studies on the digital economy. She hold a Phd in Economy about the impact of disruptive innovation on the French system of funding movies.


    Sagih Keinan

    A passionate and experienced social activist that has been training and mentoring youth social and entrepreneurship community work for many years.
    Sagih Keinan has been working at Appleseeds Academy for the past six years. He currently leads the organizations' Alumni Association, with over 3000 graduates and leads the business development for the MyTech program. Sagih is also responsible for the training development of the youth program’s leadership year, volunteers' projects and community development projects. Throughout his years with Appleseeds, he trained a mixed group of Jewish and Arab teenagers in Ramla for three years supervised the group’s training, headed community programs and more.
    Sagih is a certified instructor in global business entrepreneurship program for NFTE - Joint Israel. He is a first prize winner of global business entrepreneurship program established by Goldman Sachs and Ernst & Young.
    This year Sagih will be completing his LLB.

    Leila Hoballah

    Co-founder of MakeSense, Co-founder of CommonsSense   |   LinkedIn

    Graduated from ESCP Europe, Leila has co-founded MakeSense. After meeting many several entrepreneurs during a world tour, she worked for Danone Communities before founding MakeSense, a global community of people mobilizing time, skills and energy to help social entrepreneurs solve their challenges. She then founded CommonsSense, a start-up helping companies to develop and animate communities within their organizations.

    Said Khalil Elime

    Said Elime has a wide and multidisciplinary background in technology, social activism and working with youth and people with disabilities. A former student at Appleseeds' technological youth movement-Neta@ - Said become a senior instructor at the organization, and led one of the MyTech groups. Under this role, Said worked with both Arab and Jewish youth to provide them with both IT skills and on leverage technology to generate dialogue and interaction between different religious and ethnic groups.
    Said holds a B.A in psychology from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and M.A. in educational counseling from Haifa University.

    Alizée Lozac'hmeur

    Co-backpacker at MakeSense, Founder of SenseCube   |   LinkedIn

    Graduated from HEC Paris, Alizée has been an active member for 2 years. After an experience at the impact investing fund of Groupe SOS, “le Comptoir de l’Innovation”, Alizée joined the MakeSense team. She is developing SenseCube, an intensive acceleration program for innovative start-ups that use new technologies and communities to solve social issues. SenseCube is being developed in Paris, Singapore and Colombia.

    Tristan De Viaris


    Tristan is a seasoned entrepreneur specialized in the digital economy.
    He founded, and developed his first company for 10 years and sold it to a listed Web Agency that he joined as COO in charge of e-Business. He founded two more companies before joining a group of advisers dedicated to entrepreneurs, Melcion Chassagne & Cie.
    He now advises 25 business owners, helping them to reach their personal objectives while developing their companies.

    Passionate about Entrepreneurship, Tristan also teaches and mentors students and young entrepreneurs at HEC entrepreneurs and école Polytechnique.

    Tristan de Viaris holds an engineering degree from école Polytechnique and a management degree from école des Mines de Paris.

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