CEO Go Beyond Early Stage Investing | President Emeritus EBANBrigitte is the Founder and CEO of Go Beyond Early Stage Investing www.go-beyond.biz. Go Beyond enables novice to sophisticated investors to build, manage and exit diversified portfolios of direct investments in young, fast growing companies . It offers cross border investment opportunities, syndication/pooling, due diligence, investment monitoring services and training/coaching, Go Beyond works with individual investors, family offices, professional groups/associations and corporations. Go Beyond operates in Europe and the US. Its team is comprised of seasoned entrepreneurs/general managers who are now business angels. Brigitte is a Business Angel and serves on a number of selection and investment committees in Europe such as the WEF Tech Pioneer. Brigitte is President Emeritus of EBAN, the European trade association for Business Angels and Seed Funds www.eban.org Brigitte Chairs Young Presidents Organization’s www.ypowpo.org global Angel Investing group. Brigitte Baumann has 20+ years of experience in bringing new technologies to market in the US and Europe . She was the CEO and Director of iWORLD Group, a VC backed, global developer of mobile content. She was Senior Vice President and General Manager Internet at American Express (Amex) Corporate Services. There she launched a variety of internet businesses including online travel (strategic partner of Expedia.com and subject of HBS case study) and e-Procurement. Prior to that, Brigitte spent three years as President for US and Canada of Gemalto, the world’s leader in smart card technology and applications to introduce smart cards in the North America. Before, she spent six years in different Vice-Presidential/General Manager positions in the UK, France and Switzerland at Amex. She also spent five years with McKinsey & Company Inc. as Senior Engagement Manager, in New York, Paris and Tokyo. She began her career in manufacturing and sales with Rohm & Haas, a leading specialty chemicals company.Brigitte holds a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University, Boston and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the subject of a Harvard Business School case study.
Senior Partner at peacefulfish, is working in the creative industry since 25 years, providing business services to the audiovisual industries. As Executive Advisor she holds an extensive cross-industrial knowledge, specialising in financing and business consulting for audiovisual companies and entrepreneurs in the creative and cultural industries and in strategic advisory for public funding institutions and development agencies.She is Member of the Board of Media Deals, a pan-European investor network and expert, coach, and moderator at investment and innovation forums, at business training programmes, as well as at leading business incubators.She was previously director of the Multi-Platform Business School, lectured at the Media Business School, at the Maia Workshops and at Closing The Gap and taught at the Binger and Torino Filmlabs after coaching at the Creative Coaching Center in Berlin. She works on several projects for the European Commission and she is director of the MEDIA supported investor-training programme ENTER EUROPE.
Managing Director at Estonia Business Angels NetworkHeidi Kakko leads the Development Fund’s investment division by preparing the investments and developing the whole market.Heidi has been actively participating in financing and acquiring companies since 1995, she worked on business consultation and finance at the world`s biggest consultation company PricewaterhouseCoopers for more than 10 years.Before joining the Development Fund, Heidi worked as an M&A Leader at an international investment company East Partners, focusing on the markets of Ukraine, Russia and Georgia. As an executive manager, Heidi has gained experience working at the biggest BTL agency in the Baltics as well as developing one of the first Estonian training companies into a business school.
Professor Yael (Yuli) Tamir is the President of Shenkar College. She wasa deputy speaker of the Knesset and a member of the Finance committee, theEducation committee and the Security and Foreign Affairs committee; she servedas the Minister of Immigration (1999-2001) and as a Minister of Education(2006-2009).Tamir received her BA and MA from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem(Cum Laude), and her Ph.D. in political philosophy from Oxford University whereshe wrote her thesis under the supervision of Sir Isaiah Berlin. She was aprofessor at Tel-Aviv University and a scholar-in-residence at Princeton,Harvard, The University of Pennsylvania, the European University in Florence,the Central European University in Budapest.Tamir is the author of Liberal-Nationalism (Princeton UniversityPress), as well as numerous articles in the fields of moral and politicalphilosophy, philosophy of education, feminism and human rights. She is theeditor of Democratic Education in a Multicultural State (Blackwell) and,Moral and Political Education (New York University Press), withProfessor Macedo.Professor Tamir is a founding member of the Israelipeace movement "Peace Now" and served as the chairperson of theAssociation of Civil Rights in Israel and was a member of the politicalcommittee of Women’s Lobby.
Danish entrepreneur, CTO of YouNoodle in California. The San Francisco-based YouNoodle helps startup founders get advice, prizes, and opportunities through its global network of startup competitions. Today, the YouNoodle team counts 20 people of 10 different nationalities, and its products and services are used by Start-Up Chile, Amazon Startup Challenge, and Stanford's BASES E-Challenge, among many others.
Torsten has been building web products since he started his first company at age 16. He’s passionate about the global startup revolution and how entrepreneurs are changing the world, and regularly presents these findings as a keynote speaker at conferences around the world. Torsten loves algorithmic challenges and is an avid musician. He’s Danish at birth, European at heart.
Soha Hohnecker joined Microsoft in March 2012 to lead the Western European Microsoft Ventures team. She works with 14 countries across Europe promoting BizSpark program aimed at supporting early stage software developers and startups. BizSpark now has more than 52,000 startups in 110 countries and over 2,400 partners.Hohnecker began her career in a smaller French enterprise where she held different positions ranging from project management to sales, marketing and business development. She holds an MBA degree from HEC Paris and a computer engineering degree from the Lebanese American University.Soha Hohnecker is passionate about supporting entrepreneurship and represents Microsoft on the topics of early-stage developing, innovation and young enterprise. She works on daily basis with entrepreneurs across Europe coaching and mentoring them on how to develop and grow their company.
Business angel and professional Board member.Jesper has worked most of his life in professional services –culminating as managing partner of Arthur Andersen Assurance and Business Advisory in the Nordics, followed by three years as Managing Partner – Advisory Services, Deloitte Denmark. In these positions, he had executive responsibility for 1.100 and 800 professionals respectively.Jesper is Chairman of BAC, Business Angels Copenhagen, Denmark’s leading BA network. Jesper is Vice-Chairman of DVCA, the Danish Venture Capital Association and Jesper is Treasurer and Board member of EBAN, the European Federation of Business Angels Networks. Jesper is a guest lecturer at CBS, Copenhagen Business School, and an advisory Board member of NSE, the network for scientific entrepreneurs. Jesper is regular public speaker and author of articles on corporate governance, risk management and compliance.
Halla Tomasdottir is the founder & lead partner of Sisters Capital and her passion is releasing the incredible economic potential of women’s ways of doing business. Halla is a passionate entrepreneur, investor and change catalyst on a quest to bring about better balance in business and finance. She knows that extraordinary businesses are built and developed by diverse teams of people motivated by a meaningful mission. Halla received the Cartier Women’s Initiative Award for outstanding women entrepreneurs in Europe given by Cartier in cooperation with McKinsey and Insead and was a speaker at the TED Women conference in 2010. In March 2011 Newsweek named Halla one of 150 women who shake the world.
Christian Nicholas Stadil (born 1971) is a Danish business owner, founder, chairman, director, investor, author and an adjunct professor. Additionally, he is an active lecturer and talks internationally about management, branding, creativity, innovation and self-development. Christian is also an investor in the programme “Løvens Hule,” the Danish version of Dragons Den and Shark Tank.The Thornico Group consists of around 120 operational companies within food, technology, real estate, packaging, financing, sport and fashion the latter being in the form of hummel. Thornico owns 100 % since taking over the company in 1999, where they finally put it on the world map, re-launching hummel as a fashion brand but with its roots still tied to sport. By being true to hummel’s origin as a sports brand, the brand developed a uniqueness that has made it known and popular among stars like Daniel Craig, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and Gwen Stefani.
Anders Hoffmann serves as Deputy Director General at the Danish Business Authority. He holds a PhD in Economics. As Deputy Director General he is responsible for developing and implementing most of business development policies in Denmark both at the national but also regional level. He has previous been involved in a range of projects related to the development of a theoretical approach to micro--policy research, and has also been a key participant in the practical use of benchmarking analysis in identifying best--practice policies and evaluating the effects of policy instruments at a micro--level.Dr. Hoffmann was previous employed as a Senior Economist with the OECD supervising a team of economists and statisticians and coordinating activities related to micro--policy benchmarking. Prior to this Dr. Hoffmann served in various leadership positions with the Danish Ministry of Trade and Industry. He has published articles in several major journals including Journal of International Economics and Economic Modeling. Dr. Hoffmann served as External Assistant Professor in International Economics at the Copenhagen Business School.
Entrepreneur, Business Angel, Catalysor, Networker, Founder, Financer & Inspirator
New media dreamer. Old media lover.Jordi Sellas is the General Director for the Creation and Cultural Companies of Catalonia. He has the responsibility for the creation, production and dissemination of the performing arts, visual, musical, cinematic, literary, its infrastructure and regional networks, digital culture, business and cultural markets. He also manages the Catalan Institute of Cultural Industries (ICEC) and the Institution of the Catalan letters (Institució de les Lletres Catalanes).He is the founder of the cultural club Club TR3SC and has worked many years with television, radio, theater, and publishing.
Ruffus Gifford is the U.S. Ambassador in the Kingdom Of Denmark.He started his career in the entertainment industry, where he helped produce family blockbuster films such as the Dr. Dolittle franchise and Garfield: The Movie. In 2004, at the age of 29, he decided to leave the entertainment industry and enter the world of politics. He started his own political consultancy business and worked for numerous U.S. Senators and California politicians before meeting then-Senator Barack Obama in January 2007. He worked on President Obama’s 2008 Presidential race in California and moved to Washington, DC following Obama’s historic election. There he took the fundraising reins of the Democratic National Committee in 2009 as Finance Director. At the start of the 2012 election, Ambassador Gifford moved to Chicago to help launch the re-election campaign of the President. He served as a senior Staff member and Finance Director of the campaign – ultimately responsible for its more than billion dollar budget.Now-U.S. Ambassador Rufus Gifford is a man never afraid of a challenge and willing to take a risk with a smile wanting to do his small part to create a world that is more engaged and innovative.
President of AEBAN Juan Roure is a Professor in the Entrepreneurship Department and has been a member of IESE's International Advisory Board (IAB) for the last ten years. He also currently sits on the International Advisory Board of IAE (Argentina). He was a Visiting Professor at Stanford University, INSEAD, Harvard Business School and CEIBS (China). He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), an MBA from ESADE, an ISP from Harvard Business School and a PhD from Stanford University.
Member of the ERC Scientific Council and of the ERC WG on innovation and relations with industryKlaus Bock is at present with the Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education.He was born in 1944 and has a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark (1968) and a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the same university (1970).He was Associate Professor in Organic Chemistry at the Technical University of Denmark from 1970 to 1988. From 1988, he was appointed head and professor of the Chemistry Department at the Carlsberg Laboratory, from 1992 he was Head of Research at Carlsberg Research Centre and from 2001 to 2007 Executive Vice President for Research of Carlsberg A/S. He has published 260 papers in international journals and served as a referee in the areas of analytical and synthetic carbohydrate chemistry with special emphasis of the application of NMR spectroscopy in structural studies of carbohydrate derivatives and their interaction with enzymes. His latest interests focus upon proteincarbohydrate interactions, particularly the synthesis and structural analysis of glycopeptides. He received the International Carbohydrate Award in honour of Roy L. Whistler in 1986, the Alexander von Humboldt Research Award in 1992 and the Samuel Friedman Foundation Rescue Award presented by UCLA in 2006. From 2004 to 2012 he was Chairman of the Danish National Research Foundation, from 2005 to 2013 he served as Deputy Chairman of the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation and President of the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences between 2009 and 2011. From 2010 he has also been a member of the Standing Selection Committee for the Network of Centres of Excellence in Canada, and he was Champion of Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) 2014 held in Copenhagen.
Thierry Baujard is the founder of the pan-European investment network Media Deals, which focuses on cross-border investments in the mediatech sector. He is also CEO of peacefulfish, a financing consultancy firm specialized in the creative industries.Thierry has 20+ years of experience in the communications and entertainment industries. After graduating in Paris he worked in London as a business consultant for entertainment companies and telecom operators, then in France and Germany in business development for Vivendi, and then for ARTE--the Franco-German TV station--in Strasbourg. Thierry then completed an MBA at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy and at UCLA in Los Angeles, where he specialized in film financing and e-commerce. In 2012, he graduated from the European Executive Programme of the Ecole National d'Administration (ENA) in France. For Media Deals, Thierry is in charge of developing the investment network across Europe and managing the network's Investment Forums, which regularly bring mediatech companies and investors together for pitching sessions. With regard to this, he supports the network’s investors in identifying investment opportunities and in carrying out due diligence with a focus on cross-border transactions and exit strategies. He was also the project director of Media Deals' EU project ImMediaTe, which examined financial mechanisms for digital media between five European clusters (Barcelona, Rome, Malta, Paris, and Amsterdam) and is now the director of the new DG Connect project European Investor Gate (EIG). Thierry has also been developing different creative industries funds for the film, music, and video games sectors. He is a regular speaker at conferences and summits on content and technology as well as an expert for the European Commission on regulations for investment in the digital sector.
VicePresident of the ERC Scientific Council and Chairman of the WG on innovation and relations with industry Sierd Cloetingh is Head Tectonics Group, Dept. of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University.He was recently a visiting Professor at the University Pierre and Marie Curie (2008), at the ETH Zürich (2009), at the IFP Rueil-Malmaison (2009).He published more than 250 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and has been promotor of 55 PhD students of 18 different nationalities.He served the Earth Science community in various functions, including Presidency of the European Geophysical Society.He is currently the President of the International Lithosphere Programme, Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal “Global and Planetary Change” and Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the European Large Scale Collaborative Research Programme (EUROCORES) TOPO-EUROPE.He received honorary doctorates from four European universities and numerous honours and awards, including the Stephan Mueller Medal of the European Geosciences Union, Fellow and Honorary Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the Geological Society of America and the Leopold von Buch Medal of the German Geological Society.He recently received the Alexander von Humboldt research Prize (2010). He is member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and Foreign member of the Royal Norwegian Academy of Sciences, the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences, the Heidelberg Academy and the Bavarian Academy.In 2004 he was distinguished as Chevalier de Legion d’Honneur for his contributions to science and European scientific cooperation in research and education.He was elected member of Academia Europaea in 1994 and served Academia Europaea as Chair of the Earth and Marine and Earth and Cosmic Sciences Sections, and then as its Vice-President. In July 2014 he was elected the President of Academia Europaea.
Lars Iversen is a Senior Business Adviser and a Partner at Springfellow International - a creative concept agency that delivers innovation strategies for international companies. Lars always combines his extensive knowledge of emerging technologies with expertise in sales and business development. This mix works magically in bringing about novel solutions, products and concepts. Lars adopts an out-side-in perspective to companies, and he has the ability to adapt and grow in rapidly changing markets and technologies.Iversen “has a keen interest and instinct for business opportunities. Clients enjoy working with him for he never is stiﬂed by whatever is the norm, but is always able to provide a fresh and positively provoking view of a situation or opportunity”. Martin Kruse, Senior Lecturer at ZBC - Zealand Business College“Lars Iversen is a true visionary with good knowledge of the tomorrow's market demands. Furthermore he has an amazing capability of describing the future, to even the biggest audience”. Kim Friman, Country Manager at Unifaun Oy.Do you really see outside your box and how to distinct your business by offering the needed newness authentic to you? If you have an idea but are struggling how to make it super innovative from the future business perspective - talk to Lars. He already lives and works in the future!
Magnus Scheving is a public speaker, motivator, athlete and successful entrepreneur. He is the creator and star of LazyTown, an entertainment brand dedicated to motivate children to make healthy choices. The TV series that he writes, directs and produces has been broadcasted in more than 170 countries, has reached over 500 million homes and won numerous awards, including a BAFTA and the renowned US Telly Awards, as well as receiving two Emmy Award nominations among other accolades.Magnus has worked with world leaders on campaigns tackling children obesity such as First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign in the US, With David Cameron and UK´s Department of Health on the Change 4 Life public health campaign, the European Commission and former president Felipe Calderón and the Ministry of Health in Mexico and with First Lady Cecila Morel in Chile on Elige Vivir Sano among others.
Editor-in-Chief, Entrepreneur Magazine, Ducatista, runner, 'trep enthusiast.Amy Cosper is vice president and editor-in-chief of Entrepreneur Magazine and has through her own media consulting business acquired a unique understanding of what entrepreneurs want and need.Amy Cosper, knows what it means to drive a business idea forward with passion, creativity and knowledge. She knows that without the right information, tools and resources, small businesses stay small.At Entrepreneur Magazine, Cosper’s breadth of experience and technological know-how infuses cutting-edge ideas into the company with a 34-year legacy for serving the small business market. Her mission is to keep entrepreneurs alert to the network of tools fundamental to launching and growing their businesses—whether they’re people, technologies, funding sources, or best practices.Her journalism roots began in the tech world, as a reporter on assignment in several countries across the globe, from Israel to France to Brazil. Cosper later became publisher and editor-in-chief for Satellite Broadband magazine at Primedia, and then went on to redesign and direct five ASBPE award-winning financial magazines at WiesnerMedia.
Mei Tong is Executive Director at HOPU Investments. She is also Vice President of Strategic Investment and Development at Walmart China. In this capacity, she leads the strategic investment strategy of Walmart China and manages the corporate mergers and acquisitions projects.Prior to joining Wallmart China, Mei has had a rich career in a diversity of corporate roles, serving her well in her new leadership role. Most recently, Mei was a Director of Strategic Planning and Business Development with PPG Industries International, Asia Pacific, a global leader in performance and industrial coatings, specialty products and services serving the construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets.Mei has obtained an MBA from Peking University and she is also a Certified Management Accountant in Canada since 1997. Besides, Mei is completing her doctorate of Applied Social Science at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Serial entrepreneur and technology enthusiast. Founder of WGSN and CEO of Stylus an innovation and advisory firm. Just launched Stylus Fashion.Online media pioneer Marc Worth has been involved as a founder, executive and operational leader in consumer and media industries for over 25 years. He is currently Chairman and CEO of Stylus Media Group, a company he founded in 2009 to provide comprehensive consumer research and design insights to a broad spectrum of clients. The firm serves more than 300 blue-chip companies across industries such as food and beverage, fashion, retail and technology, among many others. It recently acquired Decoded Fashion, an events company driving innovation by connecting leaders in the fashion industry with technology startups.
Alongside his work at Stylus, Marc continues to invest in new businesses and mentor young entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds. Marc has also served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of Israel’s Shenkar College since 2013.
Lucia Seel is International Innovation Expert on Clusters and Creative Industries. She has more than 11 years of experience in European and international innovation policy with a strong focus on cluster development having acquired a broad expertise in the field through numerous European flagship projects.Lucia is well-known international speaker, trainer and moderator at international conferences and workshops, with a large record of presentations and moderations. In April 2012 she set up the Cluster Women European Network (ClusterWene), an entrepreneurial initiative to strengthen women’s position in the cluster community. Lucia is certified ESCA Cluster Benchmarking Expert and Gold Label Assessor and currently member of the Design for Europe Expert Group. Lucia is Austrian, but Romanian born and speaks 6 languages (Romanian, English, German, French, Italian and Spanish).
Håkan currently works as Head of Sustainability Innovation, within the IKEA Group. Håkan is aiming to establishing an innovation culture within IKEA and setting up innovation projects across IKEA units, with the aim of introducing new technologies, new innovative solutions and creating new business opportunities.Håkan joined IKEA close to 20 years ago, and has worked as Global Quality & Environmental Manager for IKEA Purchase, Global Quality & Environmental Manager for IKEA Supply chain operations, Global Business Compliance Manager IKEA Indirect Material & Services (IMS) and latest Global Category Manager Operations IMS. Håkan still acts as senior advisor to IMS. He has been on the advisory boards of IKEA purchase organisations in Greater China and South Asia. Håkan has a M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and has written a book on quality management “ISO 9000 – The way to success”.
Dr. Harry Barraza is an Open Innovation industrial practitioner, interested in all things future tech, complexity and biosemiotics. After more than 15 years as a materials scientist, Harry has developed a keen eye for spotting emerging science developments that can impact the FMCG business. On a day-to-day basis, he works closely with University academics, technology entrepreneurs, and other research professionals seeking to transform ideas into great products. Harry has led global co-located teams for successful blue chip companies and is a regular speaker in scientific and management conferences where he likes to share his views on good practice in research, contract negotiations, industrial collaborations (in particular with SMEs), and technology transfer. Besides traveling for work, Harry enjoys visiting UNESCO’s heritage sites wherever he goes (and often tweets about it on: @harrybarraza)
Kauffman Foundation VP Research & Policy; father; baseball fan.
As the Co-Director of the Ars Electronica Futurelab Christopher Lindinger is responsible for the area of research and innovation. His work is characterized by cooperations with international partners with whom he develops entrepreneurial innovation strategies or shifts concepts and trends of radical innovations for social future scenarios. Lindinger has worked together with large companies like AUDI, Toshiba, Vodafone, Honda Robotics and Nokia in the past few years, and recently with a strong emphasis on the topic of self-driving cars together with Mercedes-Benz.Beyond that he advises local authorities and government institutions on the formation and development of a creative industry and lectures at several European universities.
Deputy Head of Unit at European Commission
Executive Manager - Center of Competences for Future Cities at Universidade do Porto
Venture capitalist, entrepreneur, angel investor
Coordinator at Finnish Business Angel Network (@FiBAN_org) www.fiban.org Active with #boostturku #Rastor #ÅA
BD Director for Gust.
Head of InnovationAirbus Defence & SpaceHelene is Head of Innovation at Airbus Defence & Space. Her responsabilities are: to transform innovative ideas into products or services; to foster strategic partnerships with innovative companies; to develop the innovation skills & mindset of Airbus Defence & Space.Helene began her carrier as a high civil servant in the French Minstry of Research. Following her passion for entrpreneurship and innovation, she left the administration and managed the digital development of a European medium-sized media company. She then moved to FABERNOVEL which accelerates and invests in digital startups, and support large corporation in their digital transformation. She hold executive positions and led digital projects for capital intensive industries.At Airbus Defence & Space, Helene had the chance to start the newly created innovation department. She played a pitoval role in the creation of the Airbus Group Corporate Ventures Fund, and the Airbus Group Innovation Center in Silicon Valley.Helene holds a Master of Public Administration of ENA (Ecole Nationale d’Administration), and and Master of Sciences in Economics & Mathematics of Ecole Normale Supérieure rue d’Ulm. She has also completed the Big Data Professional Education Programm from the MIT. In 2015, Helene has been nominated young leader of the French American Foundation.Privately, Helene is married and has 4 children. She enjoys running and playing cello.
Founder and President of MBAN, Business Angel and Serial EntrepreneurAbdul-Malik Al Jaber, a full-time angel investor, believing that Arab Youth can contribute to global innovation. Invested in more than 20 start-ups and focused on building an innovation friendly Eco-system in MENA. He has leading the two most prominent telecom operators MENA. Managed to turn around the companies in term of profitability, commercial strategy, capacity building of the human cadre as well as introducing and running a very active CSR program with multi initiatives.Very active in regional cooperation and international and pan arab initiatives that promote entrepreneurship, education, empowering of women and creating an enabling and positive environment for the less privileged segments of the society. I’m the founder of the First Micro Finance Bank in the Arab Region, member of the World Economic Forum, Member of the Regional Board of INJAZ, member of the YPO, member of the regional Board of YAL, Co-Chairman of Arab Information Telecommunication Business Forum, member of Arab Business Council, member of the Management Board of Jordan University of Science and Technology. Also, Chairman of Al Hilal Football ClubChairman of Golden Mills, MEPS Group, United for Energy Services, the International Investment Group, WeziWezi, PayFellow, Sallaty.Jo, Experts911, Gallery Al Sharq, Mindset, Beye.
Head of the Technology Transfer Programme Office at ESA Frank M. Salzgeber is the Head of the Technology Transfer Programme Office at the European Space Agency (ESA). Prior this post he was the Head of Commercial Development in the European Astronaut Department of the Directorate of Human Spaceflight Microgravity and Exploration at the European Space Agency. Prior to joining ESA, Frank held the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO and CFO) at an IT startup headquartered in Munich, Germany. Frank also spent seven years at Apple Computer initially as an account manager and then as a sales manager, covering Central Europe and being positioned in the US and Czech Republic. Frank is a member of the advisory board of the Triangle Venture Capital Group, the board of directors of European Business Network (EBN) and was founding chairman of the EIROforum working group on Innovation management and knowledge/technology transfer.Frank is a senior expert and a passionate speaker in the field of open innovation, entrepreneurship, future trends and technologies. He holds a degree in Industrial Engineering, is married, has two sons and lives in the Netherlands and Bavaria.
Creative Business Cup *** Center for Cultural & Experience Economy *** ECIA - European Creative Industries Alliance *** KreaNord
President of EBANCandace Johnson is a co-founder of SES, the world’s pre-eminent satellite group and the architect of SES Global. She is also founding President of Europe Online Investments S.A., the world’s first internet-based online service and satellite broadband network, and founder of Loral Cyberstar-Teleport Europe, Europe’s first independent private trans-border satellite communications network. Ms. Johnson is also a founding investor and Member of the Board of Kacific, the high-throughput Satellite Internet System for the Pacific. She is also founding President of the VATM, the Association of Private Telecom Operators in Germany and founding President of the Global Telecom Women’s Network (GTWN). Under her presidency of EBAN, she has co-founded MBAN, the Middle East Business Angel Network and ABAN, the African Business Angel Network.Candace Johnson is also a Member of the Board of SES-ESL, Store Electronic Systems Electronic Shelf Labeling, a publicly quoted company on the EuroNext and President of Succes Europe, a French Investment Holding with an AMF Visa. President of Johnson Paradigm Ventures (JPV) which is a principal founding shareholder with AXA, Caisse des Depots, Bayerische Landesbank, and the SPEF of Sophia Euro Lab. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of numerous European and US ventures as well as being a Member of the Board of Governors of EDHEC (France), the University of Haifa in Israel, Sabanci University in Istanbul Turkey, and a Senior Enterprise Fellow for the University of Essex and its OECD-Leeds Program.Ms. Johnson has been decorated by the Government of Luxembourg with the Commander of Merit and the Officer of the Oak Leaf Crown for her work in founding and building SES to become one of the world’s largest satellite systems. She is also an Officer of the German Federal Order of Merit, bestowed on her for her work in privatizing telecommunications and media throughout Germany and Europe. Amongst many other honors, Ms. Johnson has received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” together with Vinton Cerf and Tim Berners Lee from the World Communications Awards for her work in providing universal access to telecommunications around the world.She holds Masters Degrees with Honors from the Sorbonne and Stanford Universities, a Bachelors Degree from Vassar College and her high-school degree from Punahou, Honolulu Hawaii.
Business Angel and Honoured Professor at CBS
Founder and CEO of Platinum Seed IncubatorMichal Cieminski is an expert in TMT market with over 20 years of experience and wide network of contacts among Polish TMT sector. Michal is a founder and CEO of Platinum Seed Incubator, which focuses on providing seed capital to projects connected mainly with TMT, health and lifestyle and renewable energy sources. Platinum Seed Incubator works for international cooperation in the territory of Europe to decrease the costs for starting up the company by using local software developers, internationalize Polish startups, give an access to polish market for successful “Western Europe startups”, investing and mentoring to startups.Michal is also involved in consulting activities on the level of the board for one of largest Polish CATV operator as well as he manages local branch of Entrepreneur Country and acts as an investment director at Bastion Group, group of VC/PE funds.He proofed his ability to effectively re-organize projects, startups, and corporations into highly effective businesses. He run i.e. “The City of Plus” – first social media project with mobile operator which was awarded in 2003 at The Globe Award competition as one of the five best projects in the world in New Media category.Michal holds a Master degree in Administration and Capital Investments from Private Higher School of Business and Administration (Warsaw). He also completed several programmes at INSEAD (Fontainebleau), LBS (London) and IESE Business School (Barcelona). His values and attitude focus on creating positive contribution to entities he helps, society and life itself.
A Bahraini Enterprenuer specilaize in Real Estate & Finance
I am the Co-Founder and CEO of the leading equity-based crowdfunding platform in the Northern Europe, @Invesdor. #crowdfunding
Lars Thinggaard is President and CEO of Milestone Systems A/S. Lars is a dynamic manager with years of entrepreneurial experience. He was Co-founder and CFO at Mondosoft, COO and CFO at Beologic (acquired by Baan), CFO at In2itive (acquired by SPSS), Auditor at Arthur Andersen and at Price Waterhouse, now Price Waterhouse Coopers. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Corporate Finance and Accounting from the Copenhagen Business School. Lars has been CEO of Milestone Systems A/S since 2003, steering the Danish-headquartered company to be the global industry leader in open platform Internet Protocol (IP) video management software. Under his leadership, Milestone Systems has followed a unique vision to bring the physical security industry together as a business eco- system. During his thirteen years as CEO, Milestone Systems’ revenue has increased more than fifteen-fold. Today, Milestone is one of the most valuable companies in the video management software industry.Milestone Systems today has app 600 employees in 20 countries, and was sold to Canon in 2014 after a race towards an IPO.
Serial entrepreneur & Business Angel
Master of Control (Director) at AppCampus Paolo Borella, a.k.a. Master Control, is the founder at Boro Ltd., an advisor service to help start-ups shape and grow their business, with a focus for Mobile/Online services and the sport segment. Paolo has passion for helping create new business. His previous work included running community as Vice President at Fox Mobile Distribution in Germany, and Director at Nokia, for the Porfolio Management for Service and Software GTM. He spent more than 10 years of his youth writing code in start ups, doing triathlon & downhill skiing, and studying for his degree in Management and Production Engineering.
CEO of CorkBIC Michael O’Connor is the CEO of CorkBIC, a private-sector led organisation, specifically set up to identify and build knowledge intensive companies based on promising technology usually involving international growth.Michael provides an integrated process for incubating and growing high potential technology driven companies. Previous experience was manufacturing and sales start ups with Raychem Corporation before co-founding Intepro, a venture capital backed Irish IT startup.
Angel Investor | Co-founder of FiBAN | Vice President of EBAN Ari is an angel investor and venture capitalist. He is the the founder of Lagoon Capital investment company. Ari has been a successful technology entrepreneur 20 years and a business angel for 10 years. He developed his company Komartek into an international success story. Komartek was bought in 2004 by WM-data (presently CGI). His position in WM-data was Vice President.Within the last 10 years, Ari has made angel investments in 26 companies in which all investment rounds total up to 81. These include Verso Globe, MariaDB, DealDash, Surveypal, Miradore, In4mo, Thirdpresence and 360 Cities. From the above mentioned investments, he has had three successful exits from Severa, Paytrail and The Switch.Ari is also an investor in venture capital funds which include Seedcamp, 500 Startups, True Global Ventures and Spintop Ventures. In Spintop he is also Senior advisor and Investment committee member. He is also a member of Seedcamp Investment commitee. Ari is an Investment council member in Finnish Industry Investments. He is also a member of the Committee for Approval of Investments in Fund for Innovations and Technology Development in Republic of Macedonia.Ari was nominated by EBAN as European Business Angel of the Year in 2009 and elected by FiBAN as Business Angel of the Year in Finland in 2014. He is a co-founder of FiBAN and Vice Chairman of the Board during 2010-2012. Ari has been EBAN board member and Vice-President since 2012. He is also a member of EstBAN and NFBAN. Ari has been featured in several business magazines and blogs. He holds a Master of Science degree in engineering from Lappeenranta University of Technology.
Board Member at NordicBANPer Arnold Dyrkoren is an experienced business – and project manager and a public and private sector reform specialist with more than 25 years of experience from Norway and 11 other countries on 3 continents.
Stiven is an Open Innovation entrepreneur at LEGO where he leads the development of a strategy and toolbox to systematically enable and empower open collaboration and value creation across the LEGO ecosystem. For his work Stiven has been recognized with dozens of international design & innovation awards and patents. Current areas of specific focus for Stiven include innovation management, sustainability, open innovation, product and participation (experience) design.
A leader and expert with a passionate yet sensible personality and an endless curiosity for technology, culture and the environment. A true innovator deploying initiative, ingenuity and technical aptitude in order to manifest opportunities and create value through the design process and synthesize simple & compelling solutions that align with strategic business & holistic user needs.
As founding partner in Nordic Foodworks Torsten B. Jakobsen is working with the visions of organizations, human motivation and provides strategic and management advice to companies, networks and organizations. He coaches to keep the inner fire burning even when busy weekdays and real-economic pressure are trying to turn it off.During the last 10 years, Torsten has focused on the transformation of business models on the food culture field. He has worked with such diverse projects as 'The Salty Island - transformation of Læsø Salt from municipal project to a commercial company based on site-potentials', 'Zone of Food Culture - creating a food culture business in Denmark,' 'The Court - Denmark's first regional house of food culture' and 'Copenhagen Food Loft '.
Girisimci, Yazar, Dragons' Den Turkiye Dragonu, TBAA - Melek Yatirimcilar Dernegi Baskani, EBAN Board Member www.baybarsaltuntas.com
Creative Visionary & Entrepreneuer, studying PPE at University Witten/Herdecke, just wanting to make a difference in the world!
Partner at Springfellow International - a creative concept agency that delivers innovation strategies for international companies.
European Angel of the Year 2013, Founder of True Global Ventures, Distantly Related to and Nikola Tesla Nerd
Love and care, good will follow!
Lord Mayor of Copenhagen. Overborgmester i København. Tweeter om #kbhpol og #dkpol.
I work at Aberdeen, but these thoughts are my own and in no way express the views of Aberdeen Asset Management.
Attempted to hitchhike disguised as a Chinese from Chengdu to Tibet in 1988. Not successful.
Jag hjälper entreprenörer att växa och utvecklar ständigt CONNECTs nätverk med nya aktiviteter, partners och projekt.
hunts and farms businesses @alskool, @deinvestclub and @droomzaken. Experience expert in entrepreneurship, informal investment, fatherhood and NACbreda.
Executive Board Member of IFD – Instituição Financeira de Desenvolvimento, SA. Board Member of EBAN - European Business Angel Network. Member of Risk Finance Advisory Group for Horizon 2020, Creative Business Cup Investor Board and Connect Investor Club. Guest and opinion maker on Porto Canal TV. Founder, Partner and CEO from 1994 to 2014 of Gestluz Consultores. Shareholder Founder and President from 2010 to 2014 of Invicta Angels, SGPS and IA-FCI, Creative Industries. Founder and President of Invicta Angels - Porto Business Angels Association, and Founder and Vice-President of FNABA - National Federation of Business Angels Associations, from 2007 to 2015. Former Board member of several SME´s and private associations, and Consultant of Strategy, Business and Cities Competitiveness. Former Professor of Higher Education of Courses of Management, Commercial and Sales, and Financial Management. Master degree in Design for Sustainability, Postgraduate Degree in Political Journalism, Undergraduate Degree in Economics
Where science and innovation meets business, that's my place
Private equity, entrepreneurial finance, innovation, long-run investing, donkey herd management
Business Angel passionate about Social Investing and changing the game