Roxanne Varza

Roxanne Varza is the Director of the Halle Freyssinet / 1000 Startups project, which is set to be the largest startup incubator worldwide.

Prior to her current role, Roxanne was the lead for Microsoft’s start-up activities in France, running both Bizspark and Microsoft Ventures programmes for 3 years.

Prior to Microsoft she worked for several European startups and was the former Editor of TechCrunch France (2010-2011). Roxanne has also contributed to other publications, including The Telegraph, The Kernel, Betakit and Business Insider.

Roxanne also co-founded the French and British chapters of Girls in Tech and is the co-prganizer of the Failcon Paris conference. More recently, she co-founded, a European tech media backed by Dave McClure, Adeo Ressi, Daniel Waterhouse and more.

Prior to TechCrunch, Roxanne worked for the French government’s foreign direct investment agency helping fast-growing startups develop their activities in France. Roxanne has spoken, moderated, mentored and judged numerous startup events and programmes throughout Europe and also helps European startups with content and communications.

Roxanne is trilingual and holds degrees from UCLA, Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics. She is also an epilepsy advocate.

She has been listed in numerous rankings recognising her influence and contribution in tech.