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PABLO GARRIDO

is a startup acceleration professional currently leading KIC-Autobahn, a pioneer Korean-European bilateral programme helping young tech ventures grow in both continents. Previously, Pablo headed up the European Business Angels Network (EBAN), working closely with the stakeholders from early stage investing ecosystem to promote the excellence and expertise of the organisation to the global audience. With a background in corporate banking, Pablo graduated with honors from New Buckinghamshire University with a dual degree in Business and Marketing Management, followed by a Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the University of Cadiz.
Business acumen and real estate aficionado, Pablo mentors a number of international startups and in his spare time he enjoys playing football and travelling, this latter case because ''travelling gladens your heart, sharpens your mind, tires your feet, lightens your wallet and brightens your life''.

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THIBAUT CLAES

is Innovation manager at Startups.be, a non-profit organisation helping startups in Belgium to connect with investors and corporates. He is also involved in two investment funds: Serena Capital (French VC with 300M€ under management) and WING (Walloon governmental fund with 50M€ under management) as Investment manager. He was previously active in accelerators.

PHILIPPE RANGONI

works at Startups.be as Business Development Director. He's in charge of the commercial development of the organisation and the matchmaking process between corporate companies and startups. Before that, Philippe was Marketing and Communication Manager at international level for global companies. He was one of the pioneer of the interactive communication and web development in Belgium.

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MYRNA RODRÍGUEZ HAUSSÉGUY

has organized more than 50 investment forums, connecting countless entrepreneurs with partners and investors. For more than 10 years, she led the delivery of numerous Venturing Forums across Europe, including staple VC gatherings such as the Nordic Venture Forum and the European Venture Summit. Over the years, her focus has delved into providing connections to founders that are key to their success. Myrna is particularly invested in fostering the right conditions to start a business in Europe, and she works actively towards that as co-founder of the Startup Europe Week. In her spare time, she conducts training and mentoring sessions for start-up entrepreneurs and she is in the organization committee of TEDxWomen in Brussel.

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GAIL MANULA

is a legal researcher and doctoral candidate at the University of Turku, Faculty of Law in Finland. Her research focuses on the impact of digital disruption on institutional and regulatory interfaces, and vice versa. Many of her recent publications analyze the EU regulatory framework for crowdfunding, the future of work in digital environments and data protection and privacy. Dedicated to practical research that supports the growth of industry, Gail has developed a relationship with young, innovative businesses through participation in industry hacks and organizing workshops that bring practitioners and academics together to chart a meaningful path forward. Gail is a member of the Digital Disruption of Industry Project (DDI), a  multidisciplinary research consortium. She also hosts the Crowdspicious blog, which is dedicated to promoting responsible crowdfunding practices.

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SIMON BURNS

is the Kreab Brussels lead on taxation policy, while also working closely on matters affecting the provision of digital financial services. Prior to his arrival in Belgium he spent nearly four years working at the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association as the group’s Policy and Public Affairs Manager. Here, he focussed on both tax and regulatory policy, but also issues affecting the fundamental competitiveness as well as the profile of private equity and venture capital investments, many of which were well-known high-street brands in the retail market. 

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UMBERTO DE FEO

is Project Manager at META Group. He is specialized in the high tech and financial services environment supporting the internationalisation of high-growth companies and the effectiveness of European governments’ financial instruments. Expert in venture capital, he previously worked for the Ingenium Funds managed by Zernike META Ventures in Italy, Slovenia and Poland and for Italian Angels for Growth, the leading business angel club in Italy. Umberto graduated cum laude with a M.Sc. in International Management and Finance from the LUISS Business School in Rome

PIERRE-JULIEN BOSSER

is a social entrepreneur and youth activist. His background in philosophy and European studies led him to investigate the enormous potential of people for social transformation. He co-founded InternsGoPro because he believes in real democracy and in the power of communities to organize to pursue their interests. He was many times selected as representative of young European entrepreneurs for various programmes such as the “International Visitor Leadership Program” of the U.S. Department of States and “Connect Brazil” in order to study different ecosystems and their strategies to instill the entrepreneurial spirit to young people. He is now the head of Business Dev. at InternsGoPro and he is passionate about helping people take a stand and make a difference in the world. Prior to InternsGoPro he has been working in the field of development aid in consultancies and at the European Commission.

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NATALIE JONK

Natalie is the founder of Crowd.Science, a crowdfunding platform for scientists to raise money directly from the public, foundations and businesses for their research. Natalie has built Crowd.Science from the ground up and has a growing understanding of what motivates people to back science and the best way to present projects to appeal to potential funders.
Before starting Crowd.Science, she worked in big Pharma in a science communication role where she ensured that marketing messages were compliant with regulations.  Natalie aims for projects hosted on Crowd.Science to be represented in an accurate non bias way.  Simultaneously, she understands the value of helping scientists be concise and punchy with language where possible.
Currently Crowd.Science is working with advertising agency Ogilvy (pro bono) and UCL to raise £1m for a forensic science lab to better understand how to interpret forensic evidence to avoid miscarriages of justice.  This is an ambitious project that will be a part of a vital learning curve as a business to understand how to fund large projects.  This is much needed in crowdfunding science if it is to become a method of funding that creates real opportunities for up and coming scientists.

JOSEPH DE GHELDERE

is currently the Managing Director of Be Angels, the belgian network of Business Angels founded in 1999 to foster entrepreneurship throughout the country. He also served as the CEO of BeAngels from 2007 to 2013.

Before becoming a Business Angels, he spent more than 20 years in the consulting industry, becoming partner at KPMG and then at PwC.

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FLORENCE RICHARDSON

is A member of Femmes Business Angels since 2009 and Co-President since 2014. As a Business Angel, she actively works with more than twenty innovative companies. Florence regularly intervenes in juries, events or training courses on start-up financing. Florence has been a Director of IFA / Sciences Po since March 2012. She is a member of several strategic committees and board member of young ventures.

IRMA BORST

CEO of MatchingWINGS, a company dedicated to the professionalization of the ecosystem for funding of startups/scale-ups. She works on education programs for entrepreneurs (investment readiness, valuation), investors (selection, due diligence and investors tasks during the investment period) and corporate venturing (in development). She will also co-organize the trip for dutch investors to the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2018 in Las Vegas.​

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KEITH WALLACE

Keith is Managing Partner at DeInvesteerdersClub and Board member at Business Angels Networks the Netherlands (BANN).

He is experienced in company set up on two continents and in pre-seed capital, financing and coaching.

His specialties are: startup funding, idea creation, problem solving, company rescue, bootstrapping, strategy, and marketing. 

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PHILIPPE ELIMAS

Mr. Philippe ELIMAS IS a former Tel & IT engineer now coach of start ups and trainer. He is also an investor member of the French Finance & Technology association of business angels.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 687110

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