Roxanne Varza. Head of startup initiatives at Microsoft France

Roxanne Varza

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Roxanne Varza currently runs some of the startup-related initiatives at Microsoft in Europe, mainly the Bizspark and Spark programs.

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

She also co-founded the French and British chapters of Girls in Tech and is the co-organizer of the Failcon Paris conference.

Prior to TechCrunch, Roxanne worked for the French government’s foreign direct investment agency helping fast-growing startups develop their activities in France.

She has spoken, moderated, mentored and judged numerous startup events and programs throughout Europe and also helps European startups with content and communications.

In April 2013, Business Insider listed her as one of the 30 most important women under 30 in tech.

Roxanne has an Bachelor’s degree from UCLA and Master’s degrees from Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics.