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EYEC2014 Program


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The program and speaker bios of the 1st European Youth Entrepreneurship Conference by YES for Europe

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EYEC2014 Program

  1. 1. YES for Europe European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs 1st European Youth Entrepreneurship Conference Athens, June 26th - 28th , 2014 Turning Europe Young Again: “Overcoming the Fragmentation Barrier in Europe – Creating the European Entrepreneurial Identity” Jointly organized by the Hellenic Youth Entrepreneurship and Orange Grove Under the Auspices of the: Hellenic Presidency of the Council of the EU European Commission Municipality of Athens
  2. 2. 2 Preface Over the last six years the European Union and the European ideal in general have faced their most significant challenges since their introduction in the 1950s. When the global financial crisis that first hit the US economy came to Europe, the EU institutions were proven slow and lacking the decisiveness necessary for an effective response. A demand for concrete solidarity arose along with the realization of significant differences in economic and fiscal policies among the EU and the Euro zone member states. This unprecedented challenge came in a time of rapid change in the global geopolitical and economic landscape. Emerging economies keep growing at a strong pace, even challenging the ex. G7 countries in their previous strongholds of high-end products and services, while the political instability in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere creates further uncertainty. If we want to sustain the social standards that constitute the core of the European idea, the European economy needs to become more competitive and create more jobs. The role of youth entrepreneurship in this is extremely important. Young Entrepreneurs are very well aware that they are the actors of positive change. Young people who were born Europeans, grown up as Europeans, are now facing a conservative, populist rhetoric from older generations questioning the Europe's achievements and proposing alternative nationalistic and separatist routes. This option has been tried in the recent history and the consequences were disastrous. Creating a competitive economy and regaining the momentum of global business and thought leadership in Europe is the prerequisite for the economic surplus necessary to sustain and further improve the European living standards. In this context, European Young Entrepreneurs have identified the Fragmentation Barrier as our number one challenge. We want to take advantage of the huge single European market of 500 million people and its 13 trillion euros economic output. For that to happen, however, a truly united market is needed, something can only happen when the fragmentation in all aspects of the European economy, from capital markets, to telecom infrastructure and IPR & data protection regulations has been overcome. Our second challenge is the creation of a European Entrepreneurial Identity. European Young Entrepreneurs have deep respect to dominant growth models such as the “Silicon Valley” model. We are, however, convinced that the largest economy on this planet deserves its own growth model with sustainability in its core.
  3. 3. 3 With those thoughts in mind, the Young Entrepreneurs of Europe are gathering in Athens, Greece, from June 26th to June 28th to connect and discuss how they can work together and collaborate with other stakeholders in the direction of Overcoming the Fragmentation Barrier and Creating the European Entrepreneurial Identity. This will be the first of a series of events under the title “European Youth Entrepreneurship Conference” that will be taking place on a biannual basis at the EU Member State holding the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union. In addition to an impressive line-up of keynote speakers from Europe, US, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, the Leadership Assembly of the European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs will bring together European youth entrepreneurship leaders and publish the "DeclaraƟon of Athens" ― a call to acƟon for European young entrepreneurs to promote high growth and innovative entrepreneurship to drive sustainable quality jobs creation and generation of economic surplus. Last but not least, during the 1st European Youth Entrepreneurship Conference we will unveil the Greek Startup Manifesto, a document dealing with the actions and policy changes needed to enable innovative entrepreneurship in the EU member state most badly hit by the financial crisis. We strongly believe that startup entrepreneurship can take-off all around Europe, including in the most crisis-stricken areas, and completely change the dynamics of the European economy. Looking forward to welcoming you in Athens and working together for igniting youth and startup entrepreneurship in Europe! Dimitris Tsigos President YES for Europe – European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs
  4. 4. 4 Program Day 1 – Thursday June 26th Venue: INNOVATHENS Hub of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Technopolis City of Athens , Building D10 – Purifier 16:00 - 18:00 Registration 18:00 - 18:15 Welcome Remarks Dimitris Tsigos (Greece), President YES for Europe 18:15 - 18:45 Opening Speech Georgios Kaminis (Greece), Mayor of Athens 18:45 -19:00 Presentation of INNOVATHENS – Athens Innovation Hub Yiannis Giannarakis (Greece), Executive Director HAMAC – Hellenic Association of Mobile Applications Companies and Σynergies – Connecting Changemakers 19:00 Panel Discussion: Sectors of potential European leadership - 3Dprinting, Culture, Tourism and Mobile David Beijer (Netherlands),Founder & CEO at Dignify Glynn Pegler (UK), Founder & CEO at Culture Group Philipp Brinkmann (Greece), Co-founder and CEO at Travelplanet24/Tripsta Marco Veremis (Greece) Founder & CEO at Upstream, Vice President at HAMAC – Hellenic Association of Mobile Applications Moderator: Nikolaos Maniatis (Greece) Founder & CEO at Museofabber, Advisor to the Hellenic Start-up Association 20:00 Keynote Speech: The role of the social enterprise in the 21st Century's entrepreneurial ecosystem Nathaniel Peat (UK) Founder at The Safety Box Ltd 20:30 Visit to the INNOVATHENS exhibition space Presentation of the stakeholders of the Greek Innovation Startup scene
  5. 5. 5 21:00 B2B Speed-dating networking event All of the Participants will first have the chance of introducing themselves to every other participant and then the flexibility of networking at the INNOVATHENS space 22:00 The EYEC2014 startup party Day 2 – Friday June 27th Venue: Orange Grove - 8:00 Registrations 9:00 Welcome notes Dimitris Tsigos (Greece) President YES for Europe Varvara Roza (Greece) President, Hellenic Youth Entrepreneurship Jan Versteeg (Netherlands) Ambassador of the Netherlands in Greece 9:30 Opening speech Representative of the Hellenic Government 10:00 Keynote speech: "Pyramids to Pancakes, a decentralized and localized Socio-Techno-Economic Development Model and a new paradigm of Scarcity to Abundance" Josephine Green (UK), Founder at Beyond20:21st Century Stories 10:45 Coffee break 11:00 Presentation of Startup Europe initiatives : Innovate and Grow Viorel Peca, European Commission - DG CONNECT F2 11:30 Keynote Speech: "Entrepreneurship as the only way to turn Europe young again: What actually drives a teenage entrepreneur" Bastiaan Zwanenburg (Netherlands) Co-founder of Woodify, Award-winning teenage entrepreneur 12:00 Panel discussion: "Entrepreneurship and Governments - The Greek Startup Manifesto"
  6. 6. 6 Neelie Kroes (Netherlands), Vice President of the European Commission Kiriakos Mitsotakis (Greece), Minister of Administrative Reform & e- Governance Maria Pinelli (Italy), Global Vice Chair, Ernst & Young Dimitris Drakoulis (Greece), Founder & CEO Telesto Technologies, Member of the Greek Startup Manifesto Team Moderator: Ann Mettler (Belgium) Executive Director Lisbon Council 13:00 Lunch Break 14:00 Panel discussion: "How to develop a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem in Europe: Risk financing and the culture of failure" Candace Johnson (Luxembourg), President at EBAN – The European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds and other Early Stage Market Players Yigal Erlich (*) (Israel), Founder & Chairm at YOZMA Fund of Funds Giannis Papadopoulos (Greece), Chairman at the Hellenic Venture Capital Association, CEO at Attica Ventures Ann Mettler (Belgium) Executive Director Lisbon Council Maria Vlachou (Greece), Co-founder & CEO Fereikos Gefsis Moderator: Fotis Talantzis (Greece), CEO at EVNEO and BoD Member at the Hellenic Start-up Association 15:00 Keynote speech: "From the ocean depths to outer space" Peter Madsen (Denmark), Founder, Copenhagen Suborbitals 15:45 Coffee Break 16:00 Open Disruptive Innovation: smart tools in support of entrepreneurship Viorel Peca, European Commission - DG CONNECT F2 16:30 Panel Discussion: "Overcoming the Fragmentation Barrier in Europe: Towards a truly single market for entrepreneurs" Luca Donelli (Italy), Responsible for International and European Relations at Confindustria Young Entrepreneurs Alex Mitchell (UK), President at Young Brits Jerome Zois (Luxembourg) Managing Director, Europe4Startups. Prinicpal, Data4 Ventures Nils-Erik Jansson (Sweden), President at YEOS
  7. 7. 7 Sándor P. Mohácsi (Germany), President German Delegation to the G20 YEA Euchar Sultana (Malta), Founder, Young Business Entrepreneurs
 Moderator: George Papadopoulos (Greece) Secretary General at the Hellenic Start-up Association 17:45 Coffee Break 18:00 Panel Discussion: "Creating a Sustainable Entrepreneurship Partnership between Europe and the World" Eduardo Platon (Brazil),International Relations Chair, Brazilian Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs Hany Elhabibi (Egypt), Head of EJB international relations Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah (Ghana) Ghanaian Entrepreneur & Broadcaster Victor Soto (Belgium) Vice-President of JADE - European Confederation of Junior Enterprises Matthieu Schiffmann (Belgium) Communication Manager at Think Young Moderator: Pavlos Stampoulidis (Greece) CEO at Psycholate and BoD Member at the Hellenic Start-up Association 19:00 Leadership Assembly of the European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs By Invitation Only - Representatives of the European Association of Young Entrepreneurs 19:00 Visit to the Acropolis Museum Conference Participants - Contact the organizers to reserve your position 21:30 The 1st European Youth Entrepreneurship Conference Gala Dinner By Invitation Only - Speakers, Sponsors, Representatives of the European Youth Entrepreneurs Associations Day 3 – Saturday June 28th Jointly with the 5th Greek Startup Forum Venue: INNOVATHENS Hub of Innovation and Entrepreneurship , Technopolis City of Athens. 09:00 Registration
  8. 8. 8 9:30 Welcome notes Panos Zamanis (Greece), Vice President at the Hellenic Start-up Association Vangelis Antoniadis (Greece), Executive Director Σynergies – Connecting Changemakers 10:00 Panel discussion: "From cutting-edge research to fast growing startups: Connecting Research, Academia and Entrepreneurs" Candace Johnson (Luxembourd) President at EBAN - The European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds and other Early Stage Market Players Maxim Lobovsky (US), Founder & CEO at Formlabs Nadia Cheng (US) Director of Research and Development Empire Robotics Fotis Talantzis (Greece) Co-founder & CEO at EVNEO, BoD Member at the Hellenic Start-up Association Moderator: Dimitris Tsigos (Greece), Founder & CEO Virtual Trip, Chairman at the Hellenic Start-up Association 11:00 Coffee Break 11:15 Keynote speech: "The necessity for Advocacy Groups in the development of sustainable startup ecosystems" Michael McGeary (USA), Co- founder and Chief Political Strategist, Engine Advocacy 12:00 Panel discussion: "The role of incubators and accelerators in developing high- growth and innovative entrepreneurship" Stewart Youngblood (US), ex. Program Director, Tech Wildcatters incubator, Dallas Mario Paladini (Germany) Founder & CEO at GLOBALS Nick Gonios (Australia), Pollenizer Startup Studio Moderator Spiros Kapetanakis (Greece) Founder & CEO at CoLab Workspace, Advisor to the Hellenic Start-up Association 13:00 Coffee Break 13:15 Panel discussion: "Risk financing: Individual Vs Institutional Investors" Jerome Zois (Luxembourg) Managing Director, Europe4Startups, Prinicpal, Data4 Ventures Apostolos Apostolakis (Greece) Serial Tech Entrepreneur & Early Stage Investor Sotirios Papantonopoulos (Greece) CEO at MoneyMarket
  9. 9. 9 Dimitris Tsigos (Greece) CEO at StartTech Ventures, President at YES for Europe Moderator: Socratis Ploussas (Greece) Vice President at the Hellenic Start-up Association 14:15 The “Future Enterprise” project presentation: “Research Roadmap on new forms of Internet-based Enterprises” by John Aslanis, Senior Project Manager, YES for Europe Launch of the Future Enterprise competition in partnership with F6S rewarding European startups for successful exploitation of research results. 14:45 Coffee Break 15:00 European Commission – Digital Agenda for Europe Workshop “Cocreate ICT: Help crowd-source ideas for topics you'd like to see in Horizon 2020's next work programme for ICT research, innovation and entrepreneurship!” 17:00 Startup BBQ, Beer & Pizza party Addresses of Conference Venues Innovathens: Technopolis City of Athens -100, Pireos str. , 118 54 Gazi - Athens Orange Grove: Leoforos Vassileos Konstantinou 5, 106 74 Athens, ground floor
  10. 10. 10 Speakers - Table of Contents Neelie Kroes 11 Georgios Kaminis 12 Josephine Green 13 Ann Mettler 14 Candance Johnson 15 Maria Pinelli 16 Marco Veremis 17 Viorel Peca 18 Nadia Cheng 19 Maxim Lobovsky 20 Bastiaan Zwaanenburg 21 Eduardo Platon 22 Stewart Youngblood 23 Philipp Brinkmann 24 Peter Madsen 25 David Beijer 26 Dimitiris G.E. Tsigos 27 Alex Mitchell 28 Luca G. Donelli 29 Euchar Sultana 30 Nils – Erik Jansson 31 Yiannis Kotsis - Giannarakis 32 Socratis Ploussas 33 Nathaniel Peat 34 Nick Gonios 35 Michael McGeary 36 Kojo Oppung- Nkrumah 37 Glyn Pegler 38 Sandor Mohacsi 39 Pavlos Stampoulidis 40 Nikolaos Maniatis 41 Sotiris Papantonopoulos 42 Jerome Zois 43 Marco Paladini 44 Apostolos Apostolakis 45
  11. 11. 11 Keynote Speakers Neelie Kroes Vice-President of the European Commission I was born 1941 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, where I also attended school and helped to build my family's transport business. I studied economics at Erasmus University, before working there for six years as an Assistant Professor. My political career started on the Rotterdam Municipal Council, and in 1971 I was elected as a Member of the Dutch Parliament for the liberal VVD party. From 1982-1989 I served as Minister for Transport, Public Works and Telecommunication in the Netherlands. After politics I was appointed President of Nyenrode University from 1991-2000, and served on various company boards, including Lucent Technologies, Volvo, and P&O Nedlloyd. My charity work included advising the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund and World Cancer Research Fund, and I have an ongoing interest in mental health issues. Since 2004, I have worked for the European Commission, as one of the 27 Commissioners working to maintain a peaceful and prosperous Europe. From 2004 to 2009, I was Competition Commissioner, responsible for ensuring a level playing field for business in Europe, and fair prices and wide choice for consumers.In 2010, I became Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda for Europe. This portfolio includes the information and communications technology (ICT) and telecommunications sectors. For example: ensuring trust and security for the Internet and new technologies; ensuring competitive communications, such as in the mobile roaming market; building world-class European research and innovation in this sector; and above all getting every European Digital, with access to fast broadband, so we can make the most out of the Internet to support our economy and society. My current role is Vice President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda for Europe.
  12. 12. 12 Georgios Kaminis Mayor of Athens, Greece Mr. Kaminis was elected Mayor of Athens in November 2010 and re-elected to a second term in May 2014. Prior to his election as a Mayor of Athens, Mr. Kaminis served as Greek Ombudsman. From 1998 to May 2003, he was Deputy Ombudsman for Human Rights at the Greek Ombudsman. In 2003, he was unanimously elected Greek Ombudsman by the Greek Parliament, and he was re- elected for a second term in 2007. In August 2010, Mr. Kaminis resigned from the post of the Greek Ombudsman in order to stand as an independent mayoral candidate for the City of Athens. In the 1990s Mr. Kaminis worked as a lecturer and assistant professor of constitutional law in the Faculty of Law at the University of Athens. Mr. Kaminis studied law at the University of Athens, and holds a doctoral degree (Doctorat d’ Etat) from the University of Paris II. He was born in New York City and he has also lived in Osaka, Paris, Madrid and Heidelberg. In addition to his native Greek language, he speaks fluently English, French, Spanish and German. Mr. Kaminis is married and has two children.
  13. 13. Josephine Green Founder at Beyond 20:21 st Century Stories Josephine Green Century Through refreshing terms and paradigms, Josephine explores and articulates this dramatic period of transformation that we as a human society are experiencing. Using her frameworks of Pyramids to Pancakes and Scarcity to Abundance, she challenges us think and to act differently. Josephine regularly delivers international presentations and is an advisor to European Futures and Research platforms. She is Visiting Professor at the University of Northumberland in the faculty of Art and Design and So Sciences and she lectures at a number of European Universities and Design Schools. Josephine was appointed Senior Director of Trends and Strategy at Philips Design, in the Netherlands, in 1997. Philips published her manifesto ‘Democratizing the Futu in 2007. She left Philips in 2009 to return to the UK and her company, Beyond20: and 21st Century Stories explores our present Change of Age. She has lived in the UK, Italy Holland. 13 Through refreshing terms and paradigms, Josephine explores and articulates this dramatic period of transformation that we as a human society are experiencing. Using her frameworks of Pyramids to Pancakes and Scarcity to Abundance, she challenges us to Josephine regularly delivers international presentations and is an advisor to European Futures and Research platforms. She is Visiting Professor at the University of Northumberland in the faculty of Art and Design and Social Sciences and she lectures at a number of European Josephine was appointed Senior Director of Trends and Strategy at Philips Design, in the Netherlands, in 1997. Philips published her manifesto ‘Democratizing the Future’ in 2007. She left Philips in 2009 to return to the UK and her Century Stories explores our present Change of Age. She has lived in the UK, Italy
  14. 14. 14 Ann Mettler Executive Director of The Lisbon Council Ann Mettler is executive director and co-founder of the Lisbon Council, a Brussels-based knowledge economy think tank and innovation policy network. In addition, she serves as executive director of the European Digital Forum, a new think tank spearheaded by the Lisbon Council and Nesta, in collaboration with the Startup Europe Partnership and the European Commission. From 2000-2003, Ms. Mettler worked at the World Economic Forum, where she last served as Director for Europe. Prior to this appointment, she was responsible for the World Economic Forum’s activities in the United States and Canada. From 1997-2000, Ms. Mettler held positions on the Governmental Affairs Committee of the United States Senate, a strategic advisory firm in Washington, DC and the Foreign Policy Division of the European Commission, Brussels. Ms. Mettler is widely published and quoted in key media outlets, such as the Financial Times, The Economist, Wall Street Journal Europe, International Herald Tribune, Business Week and Newsweek. She has provided analysis of current affairs on CNBC, Bloomberg TV and BBC, and is a frequent speaker at high-level conferences across Europe. Ms. Mettler is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Europe and serves on the international advisory boards of the Telefónica 'Think Big' initiative and the Flemish Council for Science and Innovation. In 2006, she was named a young leader by the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt. A dual citizen of Germany and Sweden, Ms. Mettler has lived and worked in Greece, the United States, Switzerland and Belgium. She holds Masters degrees in political science and European law and economics, and graduated with distinction from the University of New Mexico, USA, and the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University in Bonn, Germany.
  15. 15. 15 Candace Johnson President at EBAN – The European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds and other Early Stage Market Players Candace Johnson is a serial entrepreneur and a global infrastructure, network and innovation expert. She is a founder of SES, the world’s pre-eminent satellite group and initiated, conceived and architected SES Global for which she was bestowed the Commander of Merit by the Government of Luxembourg. 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 founding President of the VATM, the Association of Private Telecom Operators in Germany and founding President of the Global Telecom Women’s Network (GTWN). Recently, she was elected to the Presidency of EBAN, the European Business Angel and Early-Stage Investment Network for a two-year period of office. Ms. Johnson is 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, Europe’s first trans-border early-stage investment company based in Sophia Antipolis. JPV is also a principal founding shareholder in London-based Ariadne Capital, “Architecting”, one of the earliest supporters and promoters of Skype, the global VoIP phenomenon. Ms. Johnson has served as Founding Member of the Boards of both companies. Ms. Johnson is founding Member and was President of the Board of the Sophia Business Angels in Sophia Antipolis, France from 2006 – 2008 as well as founding president of three multi-million Euro early stage investment vehicles, Succès Europe, Croissance Europe and Innovation Europe funding TMT, Med-Tech and Clean- Tech. Ms. Johnson is a Non –Executive Director of SES-ESL, a publicly quoted corporation on the French Stock Exchange as well as a member of the Advisory Board of numerous European and US ventures. Ms. Johnson has been decorated as Commander of the Luxembourg Order of Merit and Officer of the Couronne de la Chene as well as Officer of the Bundesverdienst Kreuz 1. Klasse (Germany) for her work in de-regulation, innovation, privatization, and globalization. Further, Ms. Johnson is the second recipient ever of the UN-sponsored World Teleport Associations’ “Founders Award”. Ms. Johnson has also received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” along with Vinton Cerf and Tim Berners Lee from the World Communication Awards, the prestigious global telecoms organization in 2002. Ms. Johnson 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.
  16. 16. 16 Maria Pinelli Global Vice Chair Strategic Growth Markets at EY Global, London, United Kingdom Maria Pinelli is Global Vice Chair of Strategic Growth Markets for EY Global. She oversees EY’s business unit that is the world leader in advising, guiding and recognizing entrepreneurs and high- growth companies. She advises clients who are focused on accelerating growth and achieving market leadership. Having more than 25 years of experience providing professional services to both private and public companies, Maria has led more than 20 IPOs in three continents. Maria has briefed members of the G20, The World Economic Forum, the London Stock Exchange, the US Senate Banking Committee and the US Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as the US, Russian, European Union and African governments, on the trends that are driving global activity in the IPO market, entrepreneurship and innovation, and economic growth. She has also testified before a subcommittee of the US House Financial Services Committee about the key findings of EY's annual Global IPO Trends Report. Maria has been quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Financial Times, as well as news services such as Reuters and Dow Jones Newswires. She has appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg and other related television stations to discuss her viewpoint on the economic climate. She has authored several reports and White Papers including leading EY’s renowned EY G20 Barometer 2013 Report, which ranks the G20 countries on their ability to foster entrepreneurship. Maria is truly passionate about supporting entrepreneurs and is heavily involved in creating a support network for such business enterprises and founded the Strategic Growth Forum which convenes high-growth companies to share insight and expertise of the market. She also oversees EY’s renowned Entrepreneur Of The Year ® program worldwide and founded EY’s Entrepreneurial Winning Women ™ program in 2008, designed to accelerate the growth of high-potential female entrepreneurs. At the World Economic Forum (WEF), Maria is a Member of Advisory Board, WEF Global Growth Companies, and a member of the Steering Council, WEF Fostering Entrepreneurship. She also supports Endeavor as a Senior Advisor. EY is a Strategic Partner to Endeavor. Maria is Chair of the Board of NFTE – Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship – which is committed to helping youth develop an entrepreneurial mind-set.
  17. 17. 17 Marco Veremis Founder & CEO at Upstream, Vice President at HAMAC – Hellenic Association of Mobile Applications Marco is Upstream’s CEO and co-founder and has been Chairman of the Board since 2002. Marco sets Upstream’s strategic direction and spearheads business development as the company continues its expansion into new geographical and product areas. As an experienced marketing strategist at leading advertising agencies Grey Advertising, McCann- Ericsson and DDB in London, Marco developed global and Pan-European communications strategies for brands such as Nestlé, Coca-Cola, Sony and SmithKline Beecham. Marco is a mentor at Endeavor and Openfund, Vice-Chairman of the Hellenic Association of Mobile Application Companies (HAMAC) and an angel investor and board advisor to Workable HR. Marco holds a Bachelor’s degree in Politics and International Studies from Warwick University and a Master’s in European Studies from Oxford University.
  18. 18. 18 Viorel Peca Head of Innovation Unit European Commission DG CONNECT F2 Viorel Peca is Head of the Innovation Unit with the European Commission, DG Connect. His unit's mission is to develop and inspire a new vision on ICT innovation and entrepreneurship. This addresses, in particular, entrepreneurship and innovation support actions and policies, access to finance, inducement prizes, innovation procurement, ICT innovation vouchers and coordination of standardisation activities (including the ICT multi- stakeholder platform). He joined the European Commission in 2008 and DG Connect in 2011 as Head of Unit for Networked Media; previously he was Project Manager and Chief Business Analyst for the eFP7 team of DG DIGIT. Viorel started his career in R&D at Alcatel Romania in 1996, and then moved to Belgium in 2000 where he worked for several Alcatel products spanning all the layers of the network. Later he worked as feature development team leader, then as IPTV project manager. Viorel holds an MSc in electronics and communications from University "Politehnica" from Timisoara, Romania and has a Master in Industrial Management from KU Leuven University, Belgium.
  19. 19. 19 Nadia Cheng Ph.D. Director of Research and Development Empire Robotics, Inc Nadia Cheng is the Director of Research and Development at Empire Robotics, a hardware startup in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Empire Robotics is developing a highly adaptive robotic gripper for industrial automation. Nadia received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of California, San Diego. She was also a National Defense Science and Engineering Research Fellow, has worked at the MIT Media Lab, and has held internships at various government and private institutions. Nadia has publications in robotics, air traffic management, tangible user interfaces, and nature-inspired cocktail garnishes, and has also worked in areas including medical devices, assistive technologies, and 3D printing.
  20. 20. 20 Maxim Lobovsky Co-Founder at Formlabs Maxim launched a successful career as an entrepreneur and start-up founder by age 23. As a master’s student at MIT’s Media Lab, Lobovsky enjoyed access to three-dimensional printers to create necessary components for his projects, designed and printed to spec. Lobovsky could see the potential applications of 3D printing for designers, architects, engineers, and other small businesses; however, the machines he used were prohibitively expensive. After graduating, Lobovsky worked with two of his friends to create the first small-scale, affordable 3D printer for prosumers and thus was born his start-up, Formlabs. Once they had a prototype, called the Form 1, Lobovsky and Formlabs’ co-founders began a Kickstarter campaign, using the power of crowdsourced funding to finance the production of commercial models. Formlabs raised nearly $3 million overall—30 times their original fundraising goal. Formlabs has since raised $19 million in venture funding and continues to lead the high- resolution desktop 3D printing market. @maxlobovsky
  21. 21. 21 Bastiaan Zwaanenburg Founder at Woodify Bastiaan (17 yrs) started his first company when he was 9 years old. He sold bottles of sauce from his dad's company via a website he made by himself. He continued making websites for tens of clients, including one of the biggest law firms in The Netherlands, and a telecom provider for youngsters, which is actually being run by youngsters: bliep. At bliep, he met Robert, who was marketing manager at the time. Together, they started Woodify, a webshop in which they sell Wooden Sunglasses, purely just to find out what it takes to start a webshop. It went quite well, they sold almost 5000 pairs of glasses in 2013, generating €200,000 in revenue. Besides from that, he advises the Dutch government on topics concerning the internet. He visited the IGF (Internet Governance Forum, organised by the UN) in Bali, Indonesia in 2013, as part of the Dutch Delegation. He also advised EU-Commisioner Neelie Kroes on young entrepreneurship.
  22. 22. 22 Eduardo Platon Founder and President at BBOSS BBOSS founder and president. Graduated in Business Administration from UFBA in Brazil with MBA in Finance & International Business and Academic Masters in Political Philosophy from Tulane University in the United States. Eduardo Platon lived 12 years in the U.S. working for the Louisiana International Trade Center, World Trade Center, and World Affairs Council of New Orleans as its Executive Director where he developed a global network with talented people. Upon return to Brazil, Platon worked at the Odebrecht Foundation in charge of international relations and planning for large and small enterprises. Current Chairman of the World Affairs Council of Brazil, Head of Innovation and international services of Rotary International District 4550, international relations chair of CONAJE - Brazil National Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs, Eduardo has provided advisory services to private, government, and NGO initiatives. Member of the Brazil American Chamber of Commerce, Portuguese Chamber of Commerce, Eduardo Platon aims at creating a global platform of services based on solid business principles to support investors, management teams, partners, and clients to do business in Brazil. Eduardo is a Yoga practitioner and enthusiast of a simple, healthy, and prosperous lifestyle.
  23. 23. 23 Stewart Youngblood ex. Program Director, Tech Wildcatters incubator, Dallas Stewart Youngblood is a 27 year-old entrepreneur, mentor, and speaker based in Dallas, Texas. He has been heavily involved in the creation and growth of the Dallas startup ecosystem since 2009, during which time Dallas has leapfrogged many other metro areas to now be recognized as one of the fastest growing startup ecosystems in the United States. Stewart was most recently Program Director of Tech Wildcatters in Dallas, TX. Tech Wildcatters is a Forbes Top Ten-ranked seed fund and startup accelerator that has graduated over 40 companies since 2010. Stewart has presented to crowds of over 500 attendees on topics such as startup ecosystems, investor pitches, mobile development, and many more. While at Tech Wildcatters, Stewart was responsible for and accomplished: - Raising a $600k+ investment fund from individual angel investors each year (no government or university funding) - Supporting the graduate companies in raising over $3mm in follow-on funding - Helping companies to land over $1.5mm in customer deals while still in the program - Being the go-to resource for companies during the program (help with biz dev strategy, operations, talent/customer/fundraising pipeline) - Analyzing company applications to get into the program (hundreds of applications for 10-15 spots) - Running the mentorship program (over 75 mentors and experts) - Adding new key mentors from Dallas and beyond - Adding new resources and relationships (Sponsors, freebies such as free hosting from Amazon, etc) - Expanding awareness for Tech Wildcatters in the press - Defending startups and technology companies from unnecessary government intervention (Uber, Lyft, and more) - Being a voice for the Dallas startup community both within Texas and at industry events worldwide
  24. 24. 24 Philipp Brinkmann Co-founder and CEO at Travelplanet24/Tripsta Philipp is half German half Greek and he was born in 1980 close to Munich. After receiving a Diploma in International Business Administration from the Munich Business School in 2005, he decided to move to Greece to co-found with Kristof Keim. Currently he is still acting as the CEO of Tripsta/travelplanet24. The company started in 2005 as one of the first “Online Travel Agencies” (OTAs) in Greece. In 2010 in the middle of the financial crises in Greece, the company set the goal to expand abroad and to become one of the five leading OTAs in South-Eastern-Europe. Travelplanet24 currently employs more than 160 professionals working in several departments (Development, Design, Marketing, Operations, Finance, HR,..) in its three offices in Athens, Bucharest & Sao Paolo. • Since September 2012, he is a member of the board of PETAGA (Greek Union of Air Travel agencies) • Since July 2013, he is a member of the board of a Greek website for real estate ads He loves his work; he is a tech enthusiast, an optimization junkie and a good old wine lover.
  25. 25. 25 Peter Madsen Founder of Copenhagen Suborbitals Peter Madsen is one of a kind submarine and space entrepreneur. Peter Madsen's story is about pursuing a childhood dream against all odds. It is about starting out, with scarse resources, but a lot of healthy ideas and succeeding with them. Furthermore it is about cutting corners to an extreme extent in order to make something happen that normally would seem completely impossible. In other words it is about extreme innovation, visions and dynamics, that makes realizing a dream possible. Peter Madsen will take you from your everyday live, deep into his dream, underwater, and ultimately into space.
  26. 26. 26 David Beijer Founder & CEO at Dignify After a bachalor's degree in Electrical engineering, David got his Master's degree in Systems & Control Engineering. He did his graduation research at Epyon, a Dutch start-up active in fast-charging of Electric Vehicles. After graduation he did global sales support for EV chargers at ABB (which had acquired Epyon by then) for about 2 years. He co-founded Dingify together with two of the former Epyon founders. During his studies he held various board positions at NPO's.
  27. 27. 27 Dimitris G.E. Tsigos President of YES for Europe Founding Chairman of HSA CEO at StartTech Ventures Dimitris Tsigos is the President of YES – European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs (, the Brussels-based organization representing young entrepreneurs of the European Union. YES also represents the EU at the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance (, the international network of young entrepreneurs from the G20 Countries. An Athens-based serial tech entrepreneur and early stage investor, he also is the Founding Chairman of the Hellenic Start-up Association ( and a Board Member at EBAN – The European Trade Association of Business Angels, Seed Funds and other Early Stage Market Players ( Having co-founded Virtual Trip (, the first student start-up in Greece, and then co-founded or invested in a dozen of high-tech companies, he currently is the CEO of StartTech Ventures (, a next generation venture incubator in Athens, Greece. Dimitris is an active citizen strongly believing in faster and deeper European integration.
  28. 28. 28 Alex Mitchell Founder, Causarma Co-Founder, Young Brits Network Co-Founder, Kit Us Out UK President, G20 Young Alex is the Founder and Director of Causarma (a social enterprise agency that works with organisations to develop their enterprise strategy), Co-founder and Director of the Young Brits Network (a social enterprise focused on prompting the views and interests of young entrepreneurs from Britain internationally), he is the current UK President of the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance (a global network of young entrepreneurs and the organisations that support them) and he is the UK representative on the European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs (the major association of young entrepreneurs throughout Europe). Alex is also Co-founder and Director of Kit Us Out, a charity setup during the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games with a focus on providing key sports equipment to Paralympic athletes from developing nations. Additional roles Alex currently holds is a Leadership Mentor for the Commonwealth Secretariats Asian Alliance for Young Entrepreneurs (creating a platform for entrepreneurs from
  29. 29. 29 Entrepreneurs Alliance UK Representative, European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs Commonwealth countries in Asia to share best practice and develop trade ties), a Member for the Institute of Directors London Committee (the IoDs largest region with the committee representing over 6,000 business leaders in the capital) and he is a member of the Advisory Board for Tasksquad by Vinspired (the UKs national youth volunteering charity). Prior to setting up on his own, Alex held senior roles at the Institute of Directors (Europe's largest professional body for company directors) the Confederation of British Industry (Europe’s leading independent employers' organisation) and the Association of MBAs (the international impartial authority on postgraduate business education). You can follow Alex on Twitter here: You can visit Alex’s blog here: Luca G. Donelli President Italian Delegation at G20 YEA - Responsible for International and European Relations at Confindustria Young Entrepreneurs Born in 1982, he graduated in International Economics and Management at Bocconi University in Milan. After an experience in McKinsey&Co. as a Business Analyst, Luca has started working with his family business, incorporated in 1911 and specialized in coating, maintenance & finishing services for Oil&Gas, industrial plants and building construction. Luca joined Confindustria Y.E. Alto Milanese Chapter, where he has held the VP position and he is now President. As part of the International Relations Committee, Luca has contributed to the establishment of MAME YE Network, a network of Young Entrepreneurs of Mediterranean, Africa and the Middle East. From 2011 to 2014 he served as Sherpa of the Italian delegation at G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance (@G20_YEA). He has recently joined the Confindustria Young Entrepreneurs Presidency team in charge of “International and European Relations – Strategic Alliances”.
  30. 30. 30 His decision to become an entrepreneur took place from a mix of sense of responsibility and willingness to have a riskier, but more rewarding life. He is learning how to be a fourth generation entrepreneur. He is reshaping part of the concept of the company through internationalization, establishing branches in the Balkans, and innovation, introducing energy saving services and more environmentally friendly technologies. His next challenge is to further introduce and promote the use of an innovative technology, already identified and currently being tested, which would revolutionize the way the company carries out maintenance projects offshore. Ad astra per aspera is his motto as well as that of the State of Kansas, where Luca was an exchange student in High School. Euchar Sultana Founder & CEO at Young Business Entrepreneurs Euchar Sultana is a graduate in the Bachelor of Science in Business and Computing and Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) Management from the University of Malta. His main stream of specialisation are Information and communications technology and Management with great interest on Entrepreneurship. He is currently also reading for a Masters degree in Creativity & Innovation at the Edward De Bono Institute for the design and development of thinking at the University of Malta. Euchar is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Young Business Entrepreneurs, a non governmental organisation based in Malta that work towards empowering and assisting young adults to develop their ideas into business opportunities. He is also the founder of Vaultspot, a web based start-up company. Euchar’s main interest include youth entrepreneurship, start-ups, health care, web business opportunities and EU public affairs in relation to entrepreneurship and trade.
  31. 31. 31 Euchar’s Quote: “Determination is the motivation that keeps every Entrepreneur going” Email - Twitter - @eucharsultana Nils – Erik Jansson President at YEOS, Founder of Jansson & Norin Alongside serving as president of Young Entrepreneurs of Sweden Mr Jansson is the founder of Swedens leading tech-driven law firm Jansson & Norin. Passionate about automating and disrupting the very industry he is a part of Jansson has built a firm renowned for challenging traditional fee arrangements and addressing transparency whilst being the go-to guy for some of the the hottest startups out of Sweden. Bridging the gap between Sweden and scaling on a global level Jansson has founded the legal-tech startup Precisely to create a lean way for companies to handle legal documents and contracts and as a result cutting costs and thus making legal advice for startups more accessible. Serves as President and on the board of several high- growth companies both as co-founder and advisor including Überhead,, Keycrunch, Metapic
  32. 32. 32 and Oddwork but also with a focus on sustainability at Global Focus and Unleash. Yiannis Kotsis – Giannarakis Executive Director HAMAC –Hellenic Association of Mobile Applications Companies and Σynergies – Connecting Changemakers Yiannis Kotsis-Giannarakis is an entrepreneur, active in electronic publishing and digital content since 1985. He was one of the founding members of the Greek leading internet portal where he acted as Managing Director for the first five years, from conception till its establishment as a major media factor. Among others he was Director of the Greek edition of National Geographic books and videos, newspaper collumnist and editor of various electronic and paper publications. He is founder and shareholder at Magenta Ltd. Born 1959 in Alexandria, he studied Biology in Athens, never finished his PhD in Bioinformatics, and spends some weekends hiking and mountain-top communicating with very low power in radiowaves. He is currently General Manager at Hellenic Association of Mobile Application Companies (HAMAC-SEKEE).
  33. 33. 33 Socratis Ploussas Vice President at the Hellenic Start- up Association, founder and CEO of MELLON Advisory Socratis Ploussas is the founder and CEO of MELLON Advisory, an investments advisor firm with international presence and a holding company for global brands that enter the East Med market like HORWATH, Hickey & Associates, FANS etc. Also, he is Managing Partner in IPMC Partners, an international business development company. He is also co-founder in a start-up that is launching equity crowdfunding site. He is active in the fields of Food and Beverage, technology, Energy and tourism. He is also founding Vice-president in Hellenic Start-up Association and member or Hellenic Business Angels Network. He has been working in the commercial departments of Greek multinationals – Hellenic Bottling Company (Coca Cola licensee for 26 countries) and Fourlis group (master franchisee of IKEA and Intersport and sole distributor of SAMSUNG). For the last years, he is advising companies that go global and is raising money for investments, especially at the Eastern Med area.
  34. 34. 34 His bachelors’ degree is from DEREE in business and his MBA in International business from HENLEY management school, where along with other Alumni academics, he initiated HENLEY Emerging Markets and International Business Forum.
  35. 35. 35 Nathaniel Peat Founder of The Safety Box Ltd Nathaniel is serial Entrepreneur and man of many talents and achievements, his most compelling trait being his dedication to helping young people rise above crime and make a positive difference in their own lives as well as in the lives of others in their community. He is the Co-founder of Gennex - an innovative renewable energy company, he is the Chairman of Jamaicans Inspired UK (Jamaica Diaspora Future Leaders ) and is also the CEO of the multiple award winning enterprise, The Safety Box Youth Services, which since 2006 has since grown the company from strength to strength with ambitions to reach schools worldwide. In 2007 he was the first double award winner of the Enterprising Young Brits competition. 2008 saw him feature on the BBC’s The Last Millionaire TV series, which took 12 of Britain’s most successful young entrepreneurs and dropped them into six of the world’s most exciting and demanding cities, to make money from scratch in just five days. Nathaniel was very successful and created a business in Egypt starting with only 30 Egyptian pounds that by the end of the week had made a profit of nearly 3,000 Egyptian pounds making him and his business partner the winners for that week. In 2009 Nathaniel was drafted into the Courvoisier Observers Future 500 Next Generation List and later that year he travelled to Jamaica along with 30 young people from the UK where he spoke at Jamaica’s first Youth Diaspora conference which was attended by former Prime Minister Bruce Golding. In 2010 Nathaniel represented Great Britain as a youth delegate for the G20 Toronto Young Entrepreneur’s Summit in Canada and was also featured in the under 40’s section of the 2011 JP Morgan / Powerful Media T h e Black Power List of Britain’s most influential black people. In July 2011 Nathaniel received an honourary medal from Brunel University as the Alumnus of the year for outstanding achievement. In 2012 Nathaniel’s business networking skills was mentioned in Sir Richard Branson’s book “Like a Virgin, the secrets they don’t teach you at business school”. In 2013 he was invited to become a Fellow of The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, later that year he was awarded the Precious Man of the Year Award and the UN/UPF Youth Achievement Award for his company Gennex. In 2014 Nathaniel became the youngest Trustee to the Ernst and Young Foundation. As a qualified pilot, engineer, entrepreneur, martial arts expert, professional speaker, mentor and academic his life continues to inspire many wishing to further themselves in life.
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  37. 37. 37 Nick Gonios Director / Investor / Advisor/ Corporate Vetnuring Nick Gonios, currently the Head of Corporate Venturing Program at Pollenizer, resides in Sydney, Australia and is an experienced executive, advisor and early stage investor with over 22 years in the online & technology markets internationally. He has extensive corporate experience working in large multinationals including Gartner Group, OpenText, Microsoft and Fujitsu globally, has been the cofounder of several technology startups and has worked with executive teams that have subsequently raised over $58m in early stage funds over the last 13 years.
  38. 38. 38 Micheal McGeary Co-founder and Chief Political Strategist, Engine Michael McGeary is the co-founder and Chief Political Strategist of Engine Advocacy, a non-profit based in San Francisco, working to connect startups with government to effect change on issues important to high-growth entrepreneurial tech businesses. Previously, he worked with Silicon Valley startup TuneIn as their social brand ambassador and evangelist, as well as stints with two Presidential campaigns, and work with a leading California law firm specializing in political compliance and disclosure. A Gloucester, Massachusetts native, he holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Tufts University, and resides with his wife, Sarah, and son, Jack, in Alameda, California.
  39. 39. 39 Kojo Oppong- Nkrumah Ghanaian Entrepreneur & Broadcaster Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah is a Ghanaian Entrepreneur. He holds a Bachelors of Commerce Degree, an MBA in Marketing, an LLB and is a Fellow of the Henry Crown Fellowship of the Aspen Institute. Kojo started his career as a treasury analyst at British American Tobacco. Between July 2006 and December 2013, he took up a broadcasting job at JOY-FM in Accra-Ghana, hosting flagship programs including the Super Morning Show, Newsfile and the 2012 Presidential and Vice- Presidential debates of Ghana. In January 2014, Kojo was appointed as Chief Operating Officer of Investment and Advisory Firm - Brownstone Capital. BROWNSTONE operates three (3) subsidiaries and offers Business Coaching Services to scores of other entrepreneurial ventures in Ghana. The company’s vision is to become one of Africa’s leading indigenous Investment firms, building profitable businesses that solve problems, create jobs and deliver sustainable value for Africa. Prior to this appointment, Kojo had served as a resource person to many corporate organizations including Standard Charted Bank Ghana, Barclays Bank Ghana, Friedrich Ebert- Stiftung Foundation, The University of Missouri, TIGO Ghana, Enterprise Life, the Springboard Roadshow Foundation and TED Talks. He consults on Business Process Modeling, Sales, Marketing and Performance Management. He is married to Akua Oppong-Nkrumah and has two children Kwaku and Afua.
  40. 40. 40 Glynn Pegler Founder & CEO at Culture Group Glynn is the founder and CEO of Culture Group, a strategy and content company whose clients include Google, Virgin Group, Red Bull and Comic Relief. Glynn serves as a Business Champion for the Welsh Government and sits on an Editorial Advisory Board for BBC Worldwide. He co-founded Young Brits as a social enterprise to champion young business talent from the UK to the rest of the world and is a UK Ambassador for the European Cultural Parliament's Youth Network. He is the UK’s Lead Entrepreneur delegate at the G20 Summits and served as a Director of UnLtd - a £100m Foundation for social entrepreneurs - for six years. Glynn works across private and public sectors; producing & marketing formats that entertain, inform and inspire. He started his career by establishing a leading youth consumer magazine at the age of 15. His content initiatives have been consumed by millions of print media readers, by tens of millions of television viewers and over a billion internet visitors. Glynn has worked with a 'who's who' of the entertainment industry and his core areas of expertise span entrepreneurship, youth market engagement and brand development. Twitter: @GlynnPegler Website: LinkedIn: Biography:
  41. 41. 41 Sándor Mohácsi German President at G20 YEA Managing Director at commlab GmbH Born in 1980, he graduated in Business Administration at St. Gallen in 2004. Sándor made his first experiences in Management and economy when he was still at school. It was his former decision to become an entrepreneur. His willpower and awareness, that he can only change anything; Sándor started his own business at the age of 18, when he founded his first business for movie and television production. He was responsible for Business Development and especially of the Business Unit „Corporate Film“. Since 2004 he is the owner and Managing Director of commlab GmbH – a international production company for film, online and events. Over the past 10 years he has taken the responsibility for several enterprises. At the same time he has enhanced the commitment of his volunteer activities. Sándor was national president of JCI Germany – Wirtschaftsjunioren Deutschland - the largest association of young entrepreneurs. Sándor accompanied the campaign "Youth strengths: 1000 chances" to encourage disadvantaged young people to make a high school diploma and to get a perspective for their future career. In 2012 he became the President Germany at G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance. His aim is to use the synergies between the Member States for example in order to counter the shortage of skilled workers. Entrepreneurship is a mindset.
  42. 42. 42 Pavlos Stampoulidis CEO at Psycolate and Board Member of the Hellenic Startup Association Pavlos Stampoulidis is cofounder and Psychometric Solutions, Director in Psycholate and Board Member of the Hellenic Startup Association. He studied Psychology at the University of Crete. He worked at SHL Greece for nine years as R & D Manager. He is currently combining the talents of his colleagues and his own in computer programming, statistics, psychometrics and research methodology to serve corporate clients in four continents. He is co-creator of the Moral DNA business ethics test. His current interests are item response theory, computational psychometrics, business ethics and the startup culture.
  43. 43. 43 Nikolaos Maniatis Founder & Managing Director, Museotechniki Ltd. Nikolaos Maniatis is an archaeological conservator, with a Masters degree in Cultural Management and an innate interest in technology and entrepreneurship. Since 2000, he has been working in the field of cultural heritage, participating in field projects and research programs in the UK, Greece and Syria. In April 2012, he founded Museotechniki Ltd. ( with the ambition to accelerate industry specific innovation in the field of cultural asset management. Museotechniki was one of the winners of the @Diversity – European Idean Competition Awards 2013 (, a pilot project launched by the European Parliament and organised by the Commission's Directorate General for Education and Culture, competing in the “access culture” category with the “ – Access to Printable Museum Collections” project. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Hellenic Startups Association ( and a member of the UK National Youth Network of the European Cultural Parliament ( Over the years he has been a member of European Working Groups discussing issues related to the preservation and management of cultural heritage. He has also been proposed as a Greek expert by ELOT (The Hellenic Organization for Standardization) to participate in Working Groups of the European Committee for Standardization – Technical Committee 346 for Conservation of Cultural Heritage (CEN- TC/346) on issues related to environment conditions & cultural heritage. Nikolaos has a keen interest in cultural economics and is a passionate advocate of openness when it comes to technology, data and innovation. He's also strongly believes that cultural diversity is, for society, as important as biodiversity is for biological evolution. email: | twitter: @n_maniatis| linkedin: nikolaosmaniatis
  44. 44. Sotiris Papantonopoulos - Mantopoulos CEO at MoneyMarket Sotiris holds BSc’s in Finance and International Marketing from Boston University and an MSc in Management from the Lond Economics. Prior to founding moneymarket s.a, Vice President for Institutional Sales at Gruntal & Co LLC in Boston and NYC and a fully licensed NASD Series 7 & 63 securities trader. He then worked as an associate for Partners and was Director of DTZ Greece S.A, an international real estate advisory firm. Sotiris is also an angel investor in an entertainment resevation and a real estate auction start up and an endeavor enterpreneur 44 Sotiris holds BSc’s in Finance and International Marketing from Boston University and an MSc in Management from the London School of Prior to founding moneymarket s.a, he was a Senior Vice President for Institutional Sales at Gruntal & Co LLC in Boston and NYC and a fully licensed NASD Series 7 & 63 securities trader. He then worked as an associate for Soros Real Estate Partners and was Director of DTZ Greece S.A, an international real estate advisory firm. Sotiris is also an angel investor in an entertainment resevation and a real estate auction start up and an
  45. 45. 45 Jerome Zois Managing Director, Europe4Startups, Prinicpal, Data4Ventures Jerome is a Luxembourg native and a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, who helped orbit a number of startups in the field of distributed evolutionary algorithms, cloud computing and big data. Prior to to managing Europe4Startups and overseeing venture capital investments at DATA4 Ventures, Jerome worked as an International Cultivator for Palantir Technologies in Palo Alto and in technology focused corporate finance at Hutchison Whampoa and Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong. Jerome was awarded a Bachelor's Degree in International Economics and a Masters Degree in Corporate Finance from Bocconi University in Milan (aged 19) and is an avid digerati & technology connaisseur who specializes in the financing of technology ventures and the scaling of startups in the US, Europe and Asia.
  46. 46. Mario Paladini Founder & CEO at GLOBALS Mario Paladini (Berlin), Founder & CEO, Co-Founder & Past President EClub Berlin Global, Startup Weekend Mentor Advisor to has more than 10 years experience in Business and Community Development. Mario´s main industries expertise is in the IT & hospitality industry. Prior to co-founding ClubGLOBALS, Mario gained experience at large organizations including Oracle Mario has a double degree in International Business Administration, specialized in eBusiness from Universidad Católica Córdoba and European University Viadrina. Social Profiles: 46 Mario Paladini (Berlin), Founder & CEO Founder & Past President Rotary , Startup Weekend Mentor & Strategic has more than 10 years experience in Business and Community Development. Mario´s main industries expertise is in the IT & hospitality industry. Prior founding ClubGLOBALS, Mario gained experience at Oracle Corporation and Mario has a double degree in International Business Administration, specialized in eBusiness from Universidad Católica Córdoba and European University
  47. 47. 47 Apostolos Apostolakis Serial Tech Entrepreneur & Early Stage Investor Apostolos is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor in the internet/technology sector. He started in 1998 when along with 2 friends cofounded the first and largest e-tailer in Greece. In 2009 he cofounded Openfund the first seed investing fund in South Europe that helped many startups including Taxibeat in which Apostolos serves on the board of directors. In 2011 he cofounded e-food the largest online food delivery aggregator in Greece and in 2012 he cofounded doctoranytime a web service helping patients look for, learn about a doctor or diagnostic center and book an appointment online. His latest involvement is with nannuka which allows parents to look for and find help for the children.
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