Mr. Alessandro Balboni, Innovation Centre Director at Intesa Sanpaolo, Italy
Alessandro Balboni works at the Innovation Center of Intesa Sanpaolo since May 2018. His main focus are products and services dedicated at Startup and Scaleup segment. Since January 2019, he is also Senior Investor at Neva Finventures, CVC of Intesa Sanpaolo Group. With a master’s degree in Political Sciences, Economic addressed at the University of Bologna, he developed his carrier in two Credit institutes, dealing with firms’ segment, and he attained roles as Corporate responsible and Merchant Banking and, successively Chief Lending Officer. Alessandro has been board member of Mac Spa (later become AIM Spa of Italian stock exchange), Palladio Leasing (Selmabipiemme – Mediobanca group), Polis Funds Sgr, Nordest Merchant Spa e Nem Sgr
Mr. Andreas Zagos, Managing Partner at InTraCoM GmbH, Germany
Mr. Andreas Zagos is one of the founders and management partners of the German based InTraCoM Group. He holds a degree in Chemical Engineering and is nominated as Guest professor in several Universities/research centers. His research field is since the year 1995 the intellectual property rights management [IPRm], namely patent valuation. He has published several research papers and one patent application. He led several national and European joint research projects in the area of IPR.
Mr. Brad Meyer, Founder, Director and Principal Coach for Collaboration Ltd., UK
Founder, Director and Principal Coach for Collaboration Ltd., providing both personal and professional coaching, mentoring, facilitation and training services to executives and their teams in global organisations. Our focus is to help people find their own reasons and then their own ways to work together more effectively. We achieve this using both behavioural and computing technologies as appropriate to assist the process. Clients have included people and teams working within BP, GSK, SAIC, UNAIDS and UNEP among others.
Ms. Catherine Delevoye, Project Leader at Technoport, Luxembourg
Catherine Delevoye is a senior business advisor with a background in economics and law. She provides coaching and hands-on support for the development of innovation-driven ICT and creative companies at a national and international level. Before joining Technoport, Catherine Delevoye was working as a senior consultant for venture capital European programmes (Eurotech Capital, I-TEC) and in the Entrepreneurial Services teams of Arthur Andersen and Ernst and Young. She has more than 20 years of experience in analyzing business models and supporting the development, acceleration and growth of start-up companies and is an independemt expert in Technologies for creative industries, social media and convergence for the European Commission in Luxembourg.
Mr. Georgi Kadrev, CEO at Imagga, Bulgaria
Mr. Kadrev started computer programming in 1995, at the age of 11, and his professional career as a software engineer in 2004. In 2008 he founded the deep-technology company Imagga. The company is now a leader in image recognition A.I. and has been awarded multiple international awards like:
– Best Technology Vendor at South Summit ’15 by HM The King of Spain;
– Global Champion in News and Media tech at World Summit Awards ’16 by the United Nations;
– Global Innovator in Image Analytics ’16 by IDC, among others.
Imagga has been also recognized as one of the most innovative companies across all industries in Bulgaria by the Presidency of Republic of Bulgaria. Mr. Kadrev has been personally recognized as one of the “30 under 30” by Forbes Bulgaria for 2013. Since 2009 he is also actively teaching technology entrepreneurship to M.Sc. students in Sofia University.
Mr. Grigoris Chatzikostas, Head of Business Development Department at BioSense Institute, Serbia
Mr. Grigoris Chatzikostas is a Business Developer in the field of advanced ICT technologies for the agri-food sector. As Head of the Business Development Department of BioSense, he is building the relationships of the Institute with industry and academia across Europe. His experience in business consulting and IT start-ups has played a key role in developing the entrepreneurial mentality of BioSense as a results-driven Centre of Excellence.
As an expert in European projects, Mr. Chatzikostas is managing multi-national and cross-sectoral consortia, writing proposals for EU funding and coordinating large-scale projects that promote tech-enabled entrepreneurship in the agri-food sector. In the past 15 years he has managed projects exceeding the total value of 95 Million EUR.
As an engaging public speaker and trainer, he makes complex subjects related to EU funding and technologies accessible and easy to understand. He also offers mentoring and strategic consulting to a small number of carefully selected companies that are aligned with his interests.
Ms. Krisztina Tóth, Director of Corporate Affairs at EMG Group plc, Hungary
Ms. Krisztina Tóth is the Director of Corporate Affairs at Europa Media. She has nine years of experience in developing and managing EU-funded projects under Horizon 2020, FP7, CIP-EE programmes and LIFE+ with a specific focus on international cooperation, science communication, SME and start-up support, youth entrepreneurship. Krisztina is leading the start-up activities at EMG Group and supporting the improvement of the Hungarian start-up ecosystem as Start-up Europe Ambassador.
She holds an MSc degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Debrecen, Hungary.
Her main area of interest is supporting the future generation of innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders by building businesses, connecting and engaging people and creating new and innovative ideas.
Mr. Marco Streparava, Chairman of 1Control, Italy
Since 2010, Mr. Marco Streparava has been a Startup Angel Investor and he founded Potakoi, a Holding Company with investment in different sectors and countries. From 2013 he became also a partner of the Superpartes Innovation Campus, an entrepreneurial reality created with the philosophy of Open Innovation, where young talents and wise entrepreneurs work together to create Startups with projects related to Internet of Things and Web and software and hardware development. Since 2000, he has been board member of the Streparava Holding s.p.a., a leader firm in the automotive industry and partner of the most important enterprises of this field.
Mr. Reza Momeni
Reza is an experienced and highly motivated entrepreneur with industrial engineering, MBA, and Ph.D. in Economics background and broad expertise in patent and patent analysis. His academic research is sorted the number one by google scholar in the field of disruptive technologies, patents and has extensive experience in implementing his knowledge for well-known multinational companies in management consultancy, private equity, and manufacturing areas. He is passionate about startups and has experience in mentoring entrepreneurs. He aims to help entrepreneurs who might have future technologies and support investors to invest in the right time and the right place (investing in high growth potential startups/SMEs).
Ms. Alessia Moltani, Founder and Chief Executive Officer at ComfTech, Italy
Ms. Alessia Moltani, with a consolidated experience in the textile industry as well as in the field of enterprise strategy, business development and start-ups, is currently the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at ComfTech.
After long experience in fashion industry, she realised that new technological materials and textile can offer new stimuli and features and saw the opportunity to change roles and positions in such an industry. Based on these assumptions, she founded Comftech srl, and the company started with a project of wearable monitoring systems for neonatal intensive care units. Today Comftech is ISO 13485 company and this difficult but exciting experience in healthcare allowed her to become an expert in textile sensors and in smart garments projects. She believes in the continuous research and mix of competences and loves being involved in new projects and challenging innovative ideas.
Mr. Antonio Carbone, Project Manager – Horizon 2020 National Contact Point for SMEs, ICT and Access to Risk Finance at Agency for Promotion of European Research APRE, Italy
Mr. Antonio Carbone is a Horizon 2020 National Contact Point for SMEs, ICT and Access to Risk Finance Company Name APRE – Agency for the Promotion of European Research. Expert in the European Commission “SMEs and Access to risk finance” Programme Committee. Mr. Carbone is also a trainer with a focus on Innovation, H2020, SMEs funding, and is a Member of the ICT Sector Group.
Mr. Bruno Combe, Chief Executive Officer at Belco Consulting, Belgium
Mr. Bruno Combe does international advisory work focused on support to SME management and private equity/venture capital funds, acquisitions, divestitures and fund raising. Mr. Combe is an active investor in tech start-ups and innovative services. He has background in general management with strong financial and international components: corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, equity management, financial management, restructuring. Mr. Combe specialises in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, international development, partnerships. He also holds interests in private equity/venture capital advisory and Board positions.
Ms. Cindy Carpentier, Product and Partnership Development Officer at BPIFrance
Ms. Cindy Carpentier graduated École de Management Léonard de Vinci and is specialized in corporate finance and audit. She creates and designs for Bpifrance new financings products for French innovative SMEs and Small Mid-Caps. Ms. Carpentier mission at BPIFrance is to drive new finance products development for French innovative SMEs and Small Mid-Caps in relation with Public Institutions (Europe, state, administrative areas), to ensure good quality and sustainability of the new products, and to promote and forward BPIFrance partners network.
Mr. Gilles Le Cocguen, Head of EuroQuity at Bpifrance, France
Gilles Le Cocguen is the head of EuroQuity at Bpifrance, the matchmaking service for companies to promote and match with investors, SMEs, research laboratories and business supports, especially in an international context. Gilles created several ICTs companies such as Smartline Systems (in the field of cloud computing) and VocalFruits (it turns XML feeds into Voice feeds). He was also Senior Manager of the dot.com activity at Valoris (Sopra Group). Morever, Gilles was the CEO of Servia, a European B to B retail network, gathering 30 companies based in France, Great Britain, Spain, Poland and Ukrain. In 2007, he started working at OSEO (one of the four entities from which Bpifrance outcomes) as Head of Digital Services and Events. When Bpifrance was founded in 2013, Gilles was appointed Head of International Partnerships and Services. Gilles is graduated from ESSCA (France) and from Dublin City University (Ireland). In addition, he holds a DEA in Economics at the Pantheon University (France).
Mr. Ioannis Bastas, Vice President and Private Banker at Barclays Wealth, UK
Mr. Ioannis Bastas is Vice President at Barclays Wealth, where he has been working for over 7 years. Barclays Wealth Management serves affluent and high net worth clients through offices across the UK, offering personalised banking, credit, investment management and wealth planning services.
Mr. Bastas has a strong background as financial advisor, consolidated through various previous experiences as Relationship Manager for Citibank, as Derivatives Confirmation Analyst for JP Morgan and Supervisor of Loans Department, Business Centre for SME’s at the Bank of Cyprus
Dr. Laura Spinardi, TTO Manager at IRCCS, Italy
Dr. Laura Spinardi is managing the Technology Transfer Office in Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, the first Italian public Research Hospital in Milan.
Dr. Spinardi graduated Biology at the University of Turin in 1991 and got a PhD in Neuroscience in 1997 at the New York University Medical Center. After she moved as a postdoctoral fellow to the EMBL in Heidelberg and then in Monterotondo (Roma). After working successfully as a research scientist in USA, France and Germany, in 2007 she joined the Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico of Milan. There Dr. Spinardi was instrumental in setting up the TTO and in managing IPR protection, exploitation strategies, networking with industry and spin-off creation.
Dr. Spinardi is author of more than 15 papers on peer reviewed journals, conference proceeding, book chapter and patents. She is passionate about science and medical research and their potential applications in society. She moved to the innovation sector bridging academic life science research to the biotech/pharmaceutical industry to help generate new products for medical patients and the community at large.
Dr. Spinardi is currently advisor of Unismart and Board Member of Netval, the Italian Network of technology transfer offices of Universities and Research Organizations. She is also member of AICIPI and ASTP – Proton.
Mr. Michael Gold, Managing Director at Crimson Capital, North Macedonia/Montenegro
Mr. Michael Gold is an investment and commercial banker and management consultant with over 39 years of experience. His specializations include increasing access to finance, competitiveness, privatization, foreign direct investment, trade, SME development, and legal and regulatory reform. Mr. Gold has achieved over $7 billion USD in debt and equity financing, foreign direct investment, and export transactions in developing and emerging countries. He was worked closely with banks, central banks, investment funds and MFIs in the US and throughout the developing world. Mr. Gold holds an Executive Management degree from UCLA, and a B.A. in biochemistry and physiology from Kalamazoo College in Michigan.
Dr. Sara Medina, Board Member at SPI&SPI Ventures, Portugal
Dr. Sara Medina is a Member of the Board of SPI – www.spieurope.eu, an international consulting Group with offices located in Europe (Portugal and Spain), North America (USA) and Asia (Beijing, Macao and Singapore) and SPI Ventures. Dr. Medina contributes to the overall management of SPI and is responsible for managing SPI’s activities and services in China since 2004 as well as in the Southeast Asian market.
Dr. Medina has coordinated projects for public and private sector clients in Europe and around the world, including projects for international organizations in innovation management, technology transfer, R&D, internationalization, sector studies, establishment of partnerships and policy development. She also manages projects funded by the European Commission, the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank. Dr. Medina is also an invited member of the Access to Risk Finance Advisory Group appointed by the European Commission, DG Research and Innovation. In addition, Dr. Medina is an expert evaluator for Horizon 2020´s SME Instrument.
Dr. Medina has a Bachelors degree in Food Engineering from the College of Biotechnology in Portugal, a European Masters degree in Food Studies from 5 major European Universities and a Ph.D. degree in Food and Resource Economics from the University of Florida, USA. Dr. Medina has concluded courses on Innovation and Leadership at the Universities of Wharton and Harvard and successfully completed the INSEAD Asia International Executive Programme in Singapore.
Mr. Andrea di Anselmo, Vice President of Meta Group, Italy
Mr. Andrea Di Anselmo is the vice president of META Group, an international advisory and investment firm with offices in Italy, Slovenia, Poland, Sweden and Belgium (Brussels). He is the President of INSME (the International Network for SMEs), sits in the Board of Directors of META Ventures, the fund management company operating Ingenium Funds, EURADA, the European Association of Regional Development Agencies and of several companies. Mr. Anselmo’s most recent professional experience is at international level and concentrates on challenge-based innovation, innovation strategies (S3), financial tools and support to “Knowledge Intensive” enterprises and entrepreneurs, exploitation of research results. He has a background as civil engineer and research experience in materials science at the University of Storrs Connecticut (USA).
Mr. Bertrand Moal, Chief Executive Officer at Deski, France
Deski’s co-founder and CEO, Mr. Moal is currently a medical resident. Bertrand Moal also holds a PhD in Biomechanics. Deski is a young and innovative company, combining a strong expertise in both medical imaging and artificial intelligence. Deski works hand in hand with medical practitioners and researchers to develop automated, accurate, and data-driven image analysis tools for an enhanced patient care.
Mr. Carlos Lee, Chief Executive Officer at EPIC, Belgium
As the President of the European Photonic Industry Consortium, Mr. Carlos Lee works closely with industrial photonic companies to ensure a vibrant and competitive ecosystem by maintaining a strong network and acting as a catalyst and facilitator for technological and commercial advancement. He brings with him a strong background in microelectronics which was acquired through 15 years of management positions held at the global industry association SEMI.
Mr. Didier Roux, R&D Vice President, Saint Gobain, France
Mr. Didier Roux is a chemist, and a member of the French Academy of Sciences. He is currently Director of Research and Innovation at Saint-Gobain. A former student of Ecole Normale Supérieure de Saint-Cloud, Mr. Didier Roux received his PhD at Bordeaux University. His work got the interest of the oil industry and especially Exxon where he was appointed associate scientist in 1986. Named director of research at CNRS in Bordeaux, Roux co-founded two biotech start-ups: Capsulis, specializing in microencapsulation of active substance, and Rheocontrol which sells a new rheometer. In 1998, he was appointed Deputy Scientific Director of Rhône-Poulenc and Director of Research and Innovation of Saint-Gobain in 2005. Didier Roux is a member of the Scientific Council of the Institut Curie, the ESPCI ParisTech and the Board of Directors of the ENS Lyon.
Mr. Gorazd Lampic, Chief Executive Officer at Elaphe, Slovenia
Gorazd Lampič is an ambitious entrepreneur with a technical background in physics and alternative energy sources. He started his first business in 2000 at the age of 21 and began working on in-wheel motors in 2003. When Elaphe was founded in 2006, he became the CEO and directed the company’s vision and business decisions. He led Elaphe from an R&D direct-drive powertrain development company to considerable growth by launching its own products, starting industrialisation and commercialisation of in-wheel technology for the mass OEM market. Gorazd received the national Young Manager of the Year Award in 2016.
Mr. Jari Strandman, Chief Executive Officer of Information Services at the University of Helsinki – Institute of Science and technology studies (University of Helsinki TTO), Finland
Mr. Strandman specialised in the commercialisation of ideas and inventions. His experience includes business development, partnerships and internationalisation of start-up companies, both as an entrepreneur and a board member, in Finland, Canada and the UK.
Mr. Strandman has strong international business experience from large, international technology corporations, such as Sisu and Partek Cargotec, as well as small and medium size companies. Co-founder of several university-based startups in Finland and abroad. He also has long experience in working in the interface between industry and academia, including partnerships with most of the Finnish universities, MIT’s Industrial Liaisons Program and commercialising research originated at Oxford University.
Mr. Ludo Pyis, Founder and President, Areopa, Belgium
Mr. Ludo Pyis is the founder and president of AREOPA He started his career in 1977 as Management Trainer for General Motors, and as Sales and Management Trainer for Dip Adviesbureau. In 1983, he joined Hewlett Packard as European Quality Manager. In 1988, he became President of Atlas Consult, a management consulting group active in W-Europe, Bulgaria, US. In 1992, he founded AREOPA, a management consulting group specialized in Change Management, Intellectual Capital Calculation and Learning & Knowledge Management.
Mr. Pascal le Merrer, CEO and Managing Parther at Le Bipe, France
Mr. Pascal le Merrer is a specialist in corporate and market finance, and has been chairing BIPE since 2008, a data driven strategy consultancy, allied to the BDO network since 2018. His professional experience includes presidency of an asset management company and public and private appointments in finance. Mr. Le Merrer has broad sector expertise in insurance, banking, asset management, defence, transport mobility and specialises in financial modelling, implementation of data science applied to the operational strategy, asset allocation consulting for dedicated investment solutions, as well as selection of better investment solutions in asset management.
Ms. Zlatolina Mukova, Managing Partner at NEVEQ Capital, Bulgaria
Ms. Zlatolina Mukova is an experienced investor with a track record in private equity, start-ups, turnarounds and financial management. Prior to joining NEVEQ, she was the CEO of EuroIns Insurance Group, a publicly listed insurance business active in Southeast Europe. She also worked as a Deputy Minister of Transport and Telecommunications, overseeing transformational transactions of the authority’s portfolio companies. Prior to this, she worked as a senior investment executive with a regional private equity fund, launched by EBRD.
Ms. Mukova holds an ACCA certified diploma, in addition to master’s degrees in engineering and accounting, and speaks English and Russian.
InnoRate has received funding from the European Union’ Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement no. 821518