EU New jobs for a New Economy is an evening of panel discussion and networking in the elegant setting of Luxembourg House. The event brings together leaders of public-private economic accelerator initiatives in both New York and the EU. Please join us to learn how these initiatives are providing capital to launch and grow hundreds of entrepreneurial companies and organizations across Europe and New York.

Photos from the event on October 14, 2015. Thanks to all the participants. Please stay posted for future events.

Euro - Innovation - Oct 25 2014

Opening Remarks by

Jean-Claude Knebeler

Consul General Luxembourg in New York

Jean-Claude Knebeler currently serves Consul General of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in New York City, with jurisdiction over the States of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

Furthermore he is the Executive Director of the Luxembourg Trade & Investment Office covering the Eastern half of North America, facilitating both US and Canadian investment in Luxembourg as well as commercial development of Luxembourg companies on the North American market.

Video of the symposium.

Panel Moderator

David S. Bennahum

Partner, Alpha Venture Partners

Alpha Venture Partners

David S. Bennahum is a serial technology entrepreneur, angel investor, and pioneering member of the New York technology community, starting in 1994, when David left his analyst position at McKinsey & Co to join the founding team at Wired magazine, as their first reporter in New York, where he helped build the defining magazine of the 1990s.

In 1999, David joined Ammirati Puris Lintas as Executive Vice President, then one of the largest ad agencies in the United States, to lead digital strategy across all divisions. Clients included Dell, Unilever, Lego, UPS, and Microsoft. David left the agency with its founder, Martin Puris, to form New Things Ventures LLC, an early-stage angel investing fund.  In this era of “Silicon Alley,” David worked to build path-breaking technology enterprises, as an advisor to AdOne, led by Steve Brotman (acquired by Hearst), director of DailyCandy, founded by Dany Levy (acquired by Comcast), and advised MediaBistro (acquired by Jupiter Media).

During the next phase of Internet growth, powered by mobile devices and social media, David co-founded and led Punch, which provided publishing tools for iPad to People Magazine, Time. Inc., JCPenney, Hunter Douglas, and other enterprises.  Punch’s intellectual property was acquired by Kandu. Co-founded with Geraldine Laybourne (Nickelodeon, Oxygen), Kandu  provides kids with the tools to express their own creativity through apps and games, without knowing how to code.

David has BA from Harvard University, magna cum laude.  He’s the author of Extra Life: Coming of Age in Cyberspace (Basic Books / HarperCollins, 1998).  His first computer was an Atari 800.  First programming language: BASIC.

Event Location

The Luxembourg House
17 Beekman Pl
New York NY 10022
Phone: (212)935-3589

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Panel Speakers

Diego De Biasio

CEO at Technoport Ltd. Board Member at Neopixl (Luxembourg)


Technoport is a technology-oriented business incubator in Luxembourg. It helps individuals validate and bridge their ideas to success through three main platforms : the business incubator, the coworking space and the digital fabrication laboratory. Over 100 startup companies have been officially accepted since inception and 45 left since. Out of these 45 one third got acquired by international groups. The main objective of Technoport is thus to contribute to stimulate the eco-system around startup creation and development by offering a range of services startup companies typically lack during their launching phase.

Francesca de Chiara

Representative FINODEX Accelerator


Finodex is one of the 16 accelerators of the Fiware Accelerate Programme. It is co-funded by the European Union to support SMEs and Web Entrepreneurs to develop products, services building upon FIWARE technologies and reusing Open Data and is part of the EU Future Internet-Public Private Partnership FI-PPP, offering €80 million euros of direct funding, mentoring, networking and other acceleration services to promote the use and adoption of FIWARE technologies and to help entrepreneurs create innovative Internet applications.

Jan Fried

Director of East Coast Operations, CzechInvest


CzechInvest advises and supports existing and new entrepreneurs and foreign investors in the Czech Republic through its services and development programmes. CzechInvest also promotes the Czech Republic abroad and acts as an intermediary between the EU and small and medium-sized enterprises in implementing structural funds in the Czech Republic.

Laurie Giddens

Senior Vice President, Partnership Fund for New York

Parnership Fund for New York

The Partnership Fund’s mission is to create jobs, spur new business creation and to expand opportunities to participate in the economy to all of the city’s residents and neighborhoods. We are an “evergreen” fund — realized gains are continuously reinvested in deserving projects. Since inception, the Fund has invested in excess of $135 million in over 150 exemplary projects.

Our enterprise tech programs—including the FinTech Innovation Lab, NY Digital Health Accelerator and NY Fashion Tech Lab—leverage NYC’s concentration of corporate customers to accelerate growth of early and growth stage tech companies in key sectors.

David Gilford

Vice President & Director, New York City Economic Development Corporation


NYCEDC is accelerating the transformation of urban systems and infrastructure and helping to solve the most pressing sustainability challenges facing NYC and other cities globally. From deploying resiliency technologies to supporting the entrepreneurship ecosystem, NYCEDC is making NYC into the world’s model for a smart, sustainable, and resilient city.

Antonio Parenti

Head of the Economic, Trade and Development Section, EU mission to the UN


The EU's commitment to effective multilateralism, with the UN at its core, is a central element of its external action. As a UN observer with enhanced status, the EU delegation coordinates with its 28 Member States to speak with one voice. The EU also works closely with the UN secretariat and its agencies, funds & programmes, partnering on a range of global issues and challenges.

Event Ticketing

Admission is free, but RSVP is required. Limited seating available. This event is supported by the European Union.

Ticket Reservation

Photos from 2014 event

Co-Hosted with the Italian Cultural Institute In New York