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“I'M REALLY LUCKY AND GRATEFUL TO HAVE A GREAT, DEDICATED AND MULTICULTURAL TEAM TO HELP ME AT TECHNOPORT. INFRASTRUCTURE IS CERTAINLY IMPORTANT, BUT, THANKFULLY, IT IS STILL ULTIMATELY ABOUT PEOPLE.”
CATHERINE DELEVOYE (FRANCE)
I'm a senior business advisor with a background in economics and law. At Technoport, I provide customized advice and hands-on support for the business development of incubated companies in the areas of market strategy and facilitation of deals and collaborations with investors, clients and technology partners. I'm contributing to acceleration programs with corporates – establishing contacts between innovative ventures and companies, such as SES Techcom Services and Enovos. I'm also very much involved in innovation-related projects at the international level (through my role as coach, mentor, partner or reviewer of European networks and support schemes). Before joining Technoport in 2005, I worked as a senior consultant for 12 years for the European Commission's venture capital-related programs (DG Finance and DG Enterprise), as well as in the business advisory services of Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young.
OLIVIER ZEPHIR (MAURITIUS)
As a business advisor, I support startups in the assessment of their value propositions and in quick product prototyping in order to achieve a proof of concept and trigger early business-model validation and corporate collaboration. My previous professional experiences in the aeronautical sector with Emirates airlines and in the automotive sector with Peugeot forged my skills in connecting corporate strategic needs to innovative startup solutions. I also manage the Dx-studio, and I'm interested in the digital creative industry, where I support startups in revamping their digital content value chain through technical innovations in creation, production and distribution activities. I joined Technoport four years ago and have a PHD in Industrial Systems Engineering and Customer Experience Management.
MANON HEMPEL (LUXEMBOURG)
I'm the administrative assistant at Technoport and started my career in 2000 working for Luxair in the flight operations center. After a few years, I left the airline and relocated to Ireland, where I joined an Irish gas supply company, BOC, and became the team leader of the customer service center. After six years with BOC, I decided to change careers and moved to the Google headquarters in Dublin. I was outsourced to Arvato as a quality analyst for Google's Android market. In the summer of 2012, I decided it was time to come back home to Luxembourg, so I joined Technoport. As well as being Diego's assistant, I look after all the administration and event bookings and make sure everything runs smoothly for our coworkers and startup companies within our different buildings.
RODOLFO BAÏZ (VENEZUELA)
Born and raised in Caracas, I studied architecture and urban planning at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. After many years of gathering invaluable knowledge and experiences in this field, I decided to explore new ways of building structures with rapid prototyping tools. In 2009, I graduated with a Master in Advanced Architecture from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, where Fablab Barcelona is located. The usage of digital fabrication along my professional trajectory, and a multi-scalar approach to design characterizes my work. All this motivated me to launch the first fabrication laboratory in Luxembourg. This amazing adventure officially started in January 2013 with a position as a Fablab manager at Technoport and a small laboratory in Belval. Today, the Fablab is one of the largest open digital fabrication laboratories of the greater region.
DIOGO LANÇA (PORTUGAL)
The design process always fascinated me. After finishing my mechanical engineering bachelor's degree in Portugal, I came to Luxembourg in search of new challenges. At this point, I wasn't yet sure how this technical degree would work with my intrinsic passion for being creative. While concluding my Master of Science in Sustainable Product Creation at the University of Luxembourg, I found Technoport's Fablab and an opportunity to combine design and engineering in a creative environment. I joined the team in July of 2016, and my work at the Fablab allowed me to experience the digital fabrication world and its interplay with the market. Today, I help our users translate their projects into a digital fabrication format, design tools and processes to improve our activity, and teach others how to use the available machines.