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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.

MONICA PESCE

is Managing Director of VVA Brussels, which within VVA Group focuses on European policy and studies. She has 18 years international experience working for private companies and public institutions across a number of different sectors, helping them better define their positioning and marketing strategy, develop business and strategic plans, evaluate policy impact and R&D programmes, her expertise being in Space, Spectrum, Agro-food and Innovation. She has the responsibility to develop and manage VVA's project portfolio and to successfully lead the Brussels office, including consulting projects with the GSA, the European Space Agency and the European Commission Directorate Growth and Connect and clients from the private sector such as regulatory bodies, multinationals and associations.

She is a graduate in economics of Università degli Studi di Genova and has been the President of the Board of the Professional Women’s Network of Milan for 8 years. The non-profit association aims to support women in their professional growth and career through mentoring programs, networking opportunities, skill building workshops and initiatives linked to the gender quota legislation today effective in Italy.

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THOMAS RIBEIRO

is a consultant in financing innovation and entrepreneurship for Ayming, a leading international business performance consulting group. He is supporting a client portfolio in developing and securing their Research Tax Credit, taking the responsibility of mission management, stakeholder coordination and reporting; analysis and prioritization of R & D projects; estimated project costs and associated gains; definition of action plans and control of deliverables; and scientific and technical support. He has work together with doctors of different subjects helping them in the construction of the business model, designing an operational process and sale of the offer.

Ribeiro has a PhD in Physical Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry, by Pierre and Marie Curie University (October 2010-December 2013) and also a Master in Chemistry, Computer Science, Spectroscopy and Analysis by Paul Cézanne University (Marseille) and University of New South Wales (Sydney).

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MARIO RECINELLA

is a experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the telecommunications industry. He is a strong entrepreneurship professional skilled in Negotiation, Sales, Entrepreneurship, Sales Management and Market Analysis. At the present, he puts his knowledge and experience at the service of different startups, coaching them in business development and networking. During his professional career, he assisted several companies, mainly in the sector of telecommunications, with the responsibility of the developing the business model and performing the sales. He has his own company, “Soluzioni – ICT Management & Innovation”, and through it provides management services and consultancy services with regard to the ICT business. 

Mario Recinella has a Mechanical Engineering degree as well as a MBA and a Master in ICT. People he worked with describe him as sharp, insightful, supportive, driven by innovation and refreshingly creative.

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MÓNIKA ALÍZ MÉSZÁROS

is the owner and managing director of the Intellexi Ltd. Hungarian consultancy company on international funding opportunities and the vice-president of the Agro-ICT Cluster which is the only cross-sectoral initiative in Hungary.
She is the contracted H2020 EIC SME instrument call for proposal’s evaluator for the European Commission and also for INTERREG Central Europe proposals. 
She finished her studies specialized in international relations, security and defense policy completed that with studies in Finland and Japan after which she became a business development and innovation expert. Since 18 years she has handled various international projects worth 20 m EUR so far.
She is actively mentoring and coaching various projects on EU level (H2020).
She is also active in civil society life as the founder of the Union of Hungarian Women Association and support women in the rural areas.

CHRISTOPHE BODIN

is the director of CBO Consulting, a consulting boutique based in Brussels specialised in Strategy, Finance and Development for innovative SMEs in the ICT Industry and the Digital Economy.
He helps entrepreneurs to make strategic choices, build realistic development and find appropriate financial resources (Grants, Capital and Debt).  He is a coach and a mentor in several European programmes: SME Instrument (Ph I and Ph II), Eureka Innovest, FET2RIN, Copernicus, Euromed, Tech Tour, KIC Europe, Invest Horizon … 
Christophe has more than 25 years of experience in the High-Tech industry, managing Strategic Projects and Strategic Plans for SMEs and for Blue Chip companies. He holds a Telecom Engineer degree from ENST (France) and is a graduate from INSEAD MBA
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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.

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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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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. He is experienced Business Office with a demonstrated history of working in the telecommunications industry. Skilled in 3G, LTE, Sales, Mobile Communications, and Go-to-market Strategy. Strong program and project management professional graduated from Ecole supérieure d'Informatique, Electronique et Automatique.

IRMA BORST

is 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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CAROLE THURSTON

is a Consultant with special responsibility for ICT projects/start-ups for the South East Business & Innovation Centre (South East BIC). South East BIC is a not-for-profit organisation, providing advice and assistance to start-ups and SMEs throughout the south east region of Ireland. The BIC works closely with Enterprise Ireland, the LEOs and other local and regional agencies in delivering concept feasibility, mentoring, business planning and modelling and sourcing investment to start-ups and SMEs.
She previously worked for a Venture Capital organisation in the City of London called Cinven and a Sears group company (Miss Selfridge) managing their IT departments and technology requirements. She was also co-founder of an IT start-up company in 2000, an online marketing business for retailers called homemaker.ie, unfortunately the company did not survive the dot.bomb era in the early 2000’s. However, she gained valuable insights into the pains and gains of entrepreneurship and business start-ups.​

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DANIELE MANGIAROTTI

is Principal at VVA Brussels, managing complex projects for ESA and DG GROW.
Daniele has 20 years of professional experience, of which 15 in the strategic consulting. He acted as partner in VVA until 2009 where he delivered as project leader several project mainly focused on: business modelling, business planning, go to market approaches, crises management, companies and products evaluation. He worked in Italy, UK, France, Poland, Egypt and Mongolia with National and Multinational Companies.
From 2009 to 2014 he served as General Manager in Forall Group (Vicenza, Italy) focusing the effort mainly on: reorganization, cost saving, new markets development and supply chain reengineering.
Daniele holds an MSc in Economics from Catholic University of Milan and a Geomarketing degree from the UCR in Los Angeles. His mother tongue is Italian and he speaks English fluently.
In the period 1993-1994 (18 months) Daniele served as Tactical Control Officer in the HAWK missile battery (NATO anti-aircraft weapon system) at the IV° Anti-Aircraft Artillery in Mantova. 

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HOMERO CARDOSO

is Chemical Engineer specialized in Environmental Protection Technologies, Postgraduate in Accredited Laboratories Management by the Independent University in 2006. From 2003 to 2006, he was training and Consulting Activities Coordinator at RELACRE, Portuguese Accredited Laboratories Association. Since 2007, he is specialized in incubation services, with more than 10 years of experience. He is Co-Founder of Tagusvalley CoderDojo and participant in several international cooperation projects and innovation, science and entrepreneurship networks, national (Portuguese) and international (IASP, EBN and ANPROTEC). He is also coordinating scientific and technological culture activities coordinator at TAGUSVALLEY.

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VOJTECH KRMICEK

is working on bringing an entrepreneurship education to high schools and to universities in Czech Republic, supporting young entrepreneurs and new spinoff univeristy companies and promoting entrepreneurial spirit in the region. Previously he had worked as a researcher at CESNET and Masaryk university, in the area of ICT security and monitoring of high-speed computer networks, where he also got his PhD.  

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JULIE BRUGHMANS

is Economics engineer graduated, joined the European Incubator « La Maison de l’Entreprise » (LME) as a business developer, in 2015.
LME is the Business Innovation Centre located in the heart of the “Coeur de Hainaut” region within the French speaking part of Belgium. It offers advice and support to up-and-coming entrepreneurs and young innovative companies (Jeunes Entreprises Innovantes, or JEI) keen to launch and nurture their project or grow their business. LME’s main goal is to encourage the growth of the concepts of entrepreneurship, innovation, design and creativity. 
As a Business Developer at LME, Julie offers a support to entrepreneurs, which is structured around the following stages: Organizing ideas, Business Model, Business Plan, Coaching Pitch, Financial hypothesis for funding and Public Incentives and Grants.

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MAXIME COUVREUR 

he joined the European Incubator «La Maison de l’Entreprise» in Octobre 2008. Previously, he worked in a glass international group called Gerresheimer, as a financial and sales officer. Maxime holds also a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from the Economic University of Mons. 
As a Business Developer at LME, Maxime is expert in Business idea assessment, Business and Financial Guidance towards investment readiness, Specific financial support and access to capital, coach for financial pitching and Physical incubation. 

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MARIANO IADANZA

Mariano Iadanza is currently the person responsible for the Business Incubation Centre in Città della Scienza. He is in charge of the supervision of the processes related to the incubation and acceleration of innovative SMEs, the High Training courses in themes related to Future Emerging Technologies and the European Grants Office.
He is the Coordinator of the Design and Research in Advanced Manufacturing (D.RE.A.M:). FabLab, a competence Centre based on Industry 4.0. As Responsible of Advanced Training, he is also in charge of the DREAM Academy, a post-graduate Training Programme entirely based on computational design, additive manufacturing, digitisation processes. 
He has a 15-year experience in domains such as internationalization of SMEs, European territorial cooperation, Research and Innovation programmes, Financial Engineering Instruments. As part of his professional experience, he had the chance to develop projects and networks with Middle Eastern Countries, European Union member states, China, Iran and Sub-Saharan countries.

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SAMUEL BACHELOT 

works at Atlanpole as BIC Manager (Business & Innovation Centre) and Coach in Business Development for innovative start-ups and SMEs from various sectors (IT, web, cleantech, manufacturing, health…) and in services and deeptech. He also manages different thematic acceleration programs such as Eco-innovation Factory and Manufacturing Factory. He was previously Operation Manager and Proposals Manager for international projects within 2 major companies in the water treatment sector.

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SANDRA GARCÍA

is Economist and Head Manager of the International Projects Department in BIC Euronova. She has over 20 years’ experience in business management as coordinator of different programs to support the creation, acceleration and consolidation of companies. 
Mentor in Smartagrifood project for ICT start ups helping them to bring their product to the market. Mentor in Commbebiz project for agro/bio start ups.

Homologated Mentor for the national School of Industrial Organization (EOI).

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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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