Keynote speakers

Alessandro Tappi

Alessandro Tappi

Chief Investment Officer at European Investment Fund

Alessandro Tappi is the Chief Investment Officer at the European Investment Fund (EIF), responsible for the investments in venture capital and private equity funds, as well as stru...Read More

Alessandro Tappi

Chief Investment Officer at European Investment Fund
Laurence Gillois

Laurence Gillois

Deputy Director at UN Women Brussels Office

Laurence Gillois is the Acting Head of UN Women Brussels Office. She has held several positions within the office, including as the deputy director and as a programme and partnersh...Read More

Laurence Gillois

Deputy Director at UN Women Brussels Office
Christer Fuglesang

Christer Fuglesang

Swedish physicist and astronaut

Christer Fuglesang is a Swedish physicist and astronaut, the first Swedish citizen in space.

Fuglesang earned a master’s degree in engineering physics from the Royal Institute...Read More

Christer Fuglesang

Swedish physicist and astronaut
Erick Yong

Erick Yong

Co-Founder at Zeitec Investment Office

Erick Yong is an accomplished investor and venture builder who has dedicated his career to empowering African startups. Fueled by a deep-seated commitment to the continent's growth...Read More

Erick Yong

Co-Founder at Zeitec Investment Office
Gabriele Mazzini

Gabriele Mazzini

Team Leader AI Act at DG CNECT

As officer of the European Commission since August 2017, Gabriele has focused on legal and policy questions raised by new technologies. In that role, he contributed to shaping and ...Read More

Gabriele Mazzini

Team Leader AI Act at DG CNECT
Kerstin Jorna

Kerstin Jorna

Director General at DG GROW

Kerstin Jorna is Director General of Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW).

She is a German national and a civil servant at the Eur...Read More

Kerstin Jorna

Director General at DG GROW
Janneke Niessen

Janneke Niessen

Co-founder at CapitalT

Janneke is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, board member and mentor for startups and co-founder of CapitalT, a VC fund that invests in technology companies using proprietary ...Read More

Janneke Niessen

Co-founder at CapitalT
Michal Kosina

Michal Kosina

Senior Officer, Mandate Management – Equity at European Investment Fund (EIF)

Michal is responsible for the management of several EIF-advised investment programmes, particularly the multi-country Central Europe Fund of Funds, the European Angels Fund and VC ...Read More

Michal Kosina

Senior Officer, Mandate Management – Equity at European Investment Fund (EIF)
Tomi Davies

Tomi Davies

Collaborator-in-Chief at TVC Labs

Harry ‘Tomi Davies (TD) is Collaborator-in-Chief (CiC)' at TVC Labs, an entrepreneurship support organisation working with technology-enabled innovation in Lagos, Nigeria which h...Read More

Tomi Davies

Collaborator-in-Chief at TVC Labs
Selma Prodanovic

Selma Prodanovic

Vice President at EBAN

Named Startup-Grande-Dame by the media and elected “TOP 100: Europe’s most influential women in the startup & VC space” in 2022, Selma is an internationally celebrated ke...Read More

Selma Prodanovic

Vice President at EBAN
Dr. Gianluigi Baldesi

Dr. Gianluigi Baldesi

Head of Ventures and Financing Office at ESA

With 20+ years of business and technology leadership experience for future aerospace missions in a cross-cultural environment, he has served several positions in the Technical and ...Read More

Dr. Gianluigi Baldesi

Head of Ventures and Financing Office at ESA

Speakers

Rita Sakus

Rita Sakus

Board member at Lithuanian Business Angel Network

Rita Sakus is an active business angel investor, board member & advisor in innovative start-ups and is one of the founding members and currently proud board member of best perf...Read More

Rita Sakus

Board member at Lithuanian Business Angel Network
Ted Elvhage

Ted Elvhage

Founding Partner at Rymdkapital

Ted has over 20 years of investor experience in early stage and scale-up companies in Sweden, Norway, USA and Taiwan, and has a solid network in Europe and Silicon Valley.

His p...Read More

Ted Elvhage

Founding Partner at Rymdkapital
Audra Shallal

Audra Shallal

Board Member at EBAN

A bilingual (English, French) American national and French Resident received her International Business and International Economics degrees from the American University of Paris (A...Read More

Audra Shallal

Board Member at EBAN
Candace Johnson

Candace Johnson

President Emeritus at EBAN

Candace Johnson - Chair of Advisory Board and Partner of Seraphim Space Fund, Founding Vice Chair and Member of the Board of NorthStar Earth and Space, and Non-Executive Director a...Read More

Candace Johnson

President Emeritus at EBAN
Rešad Začina

Rešad Začina

Co-founder and co-CEO at Ministry of Programming

Rešad Začina is a founder, product leader, and investor focused on innovation and startups. After a software engineering career where he managed to work on 3 of the top 50 startu...Read More

Rešad Začina

Co-founder and co-CEO at Ministry of Programming
Kambis Kohansal Vajargah

Kambis Kohansal Vajargah

Head of Startup-Services at WKÖ

Kambis Kohansal Vajargah is the Head of Startup-Services at the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. He is also the founding partner of several startup companies, incl. Carployee, Fr...Read More

Kambis Kohansal Vajargah

Head of Startup-Services at WKÖ
Steven Laken

Steven Laken

CEO at ACI

Steve is President and CEO of Advise Connect Inspire, LLC (ACI), a strategic consulting firm formed in 2018. ACI operates a European Accelerator called GOLDTRACK. The program is a ...Read More

Steven Laken

CEO at ACI
Barbara Belvisi

Barbara Belvisi

Founder and CEO at Interstellar Lab

Barbara Belvisi

Founder and CEO at Interstellar Lab
Maria Hala

Maria Hala

Business Angel, Head Startups’ Cluster at ICC WOMEN HELLAS

Maria Hala is a senior strategist consultant and an angel investor. She has been concentrated on the expansion of the Greek technologically innovative startups’ ecosystem and on ...Read More

Maria Hala

Business Angel, Head Startups’ Cluster at ICC WOMEN HELLAS
Andrew Crawford

Andrew Crawford

Head of Finance at Founder Institute

Andrew is currently the Head of Finance at the Founder Institute, overseeing global financial, legal and asset management strategies for the accelerator. Additionally, as the Manag...Read More

Andrew Crawford

Head of Finance at Founder Institute
Merete Clausen

Merete Clausen

Director for Investment at DG GROW

Merete Clausen, Director for Investment in the European Commission’s Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW). The Directorate is th...Read More

Merete Clausen

Director for Investment at DG GROW
Janne Jormalainen

Janne Jormalainen

Entrepreneur and angel investor, President of EBAN

Janne Jormalainen is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. He is active in the angel investment scene in Northern Europe, he has invested to over thirty high tech and education...Read More

Janne Jormalainen

Entrepreneur and angel investor, President of EBAN
Tomas S. Jonsson

Tomas S. Jonsson

CASSINI Space Entrepreneurship Initiative at European Commission

Tomas S. Jonsson

CASSINI Space Entrepreneurship Initiative at European Commission
Daniela Haunstein

Daniela Haunstein

Managing Director at invest.austria

Daniela Haunstein

Managing Director at invest.austria
Anna Magiera

Anna Magiera

Executive Partner at ICLUB

Anna has over 15 years of corporate, venture, and startup experience and a vast business and investor network in the CEE region. She worked as a part of EY, and PwC advisory practi...Read More

Anna Magiera

Executive Partner at ICLUB
Anu Oks

Anu Oks

Managing Director at EstBAN

Anu Oks

Managing Director at EstBAN
Giorgio Chiarion Casoni

Giorgio Chiarion Casoni

Director of Directorate L at InvestEU and financial institutions, DG Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission

Giorgio Chiarion Casoni, Director of Directorate L – InvestEU and financial institutions, DG Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission.

Giorgio Chiarion Casoni devel...Read More

Giorgio Chiarion Casoni

Director of Directorate L at InvestEU and financial institutions, DG Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission
YeSeul Kim

YeSeul Kim

Founder and CEO at Constitute Meta

YeSeul Kim is a Korean American serial entrepreneur based in Treviso, Italy. She graduated from MIT with degrees in Urban Planning. Her career has spanned across multiple industrie...Read More

YeSeul Kim

Founder and CEO at Constitute Meta
Fadilah Tchoumba

Fadilah Tchoumba

CEO at African Business Angel Network

Fadilah Tchoumba is CEO at ABAN and the fund manager for Catalytic Africa, a matching fund for early stage startups in Africa. Before joining ABAN, Fadilah managed investment portf...Read More

Fadilah Tchoumba

CEO at African Business Angel Network
Leo Largillet

Leo Largillet

President at Junior Enterprises Europe

Leo Largillet

President at Junior Enterprises Europe
Nina Dremelj

Nina Dremelj

President at Business Angels of Slovenia

Nina Dremelj is the president of Business Angels of Slovenia. Her greatest passion is to help entrepreneurs turn their ideas into real, successful businesses. In last 5 years she i...Read More

Nina Dremelj

President at Business Angels of Slovenia
Cyril Golub

Cyril Golub

Chairman of the Board at Latvian Business Angels Network

Cyril is a venture capital professional and well-known business angel in Baltic countries. In 2023, Cyril was awarded as a Business Angel of the Year in Latvia. Co-founder of two b...Read More

Cyril Golub

Chairman of the Board at Latvian Business Angels Network
Martynas Kandzeras

Martynas Kandzeras

Chairman of the Board at JUNICORNS Endowment Fund

Martynas has over 19 years of experience in establishing and growing business ventures across Europe. He holds board positions in various companies and NGOs, with a keen emphasis o...Read More

Martynas Kandzeras

Chairman of the Board at JUNICORNS Endowment Fund
Viktorija Trimbel

Viktorija Trimbel

Managing Director at Coinvest Capital, Board Member at LitBAN

Viktorija Trimbel manages EUR 25,5 million early-state venture capital fund Coinvest Capital, mandated to co-invest into promising Lithuanian startups and strengthening business an...Read More

Viktorija Trimbel

Managing Director at Coinvest Capital, Board Member at LitBAN
Cheyenne Lake

Cheyenne Lake

Sales & Customer Success Lead at bunch

Cheyenne is leading sales and customer success at bunch, the OS for private market investments. The bunch platform makes navigating private markets easy, cost-efficient & fast ...Read More

Cheyenne Lake

Sales & Customer Success Lead at bunch
Ricardo Luz

Ricardo Luz

Founder & Partner at Gestluz Consultores, Matching Ventures

Founder of Gestluz, Invicta Angels and FNABA. Board Member of EBAN and member of the Fiscal Council of 321 Crédito. A former member of the Board of Directors at Instituição Fina...Read More

Ricardo Luz

Founder & Partner at Gestluz Consultores, Matching Ventures
Erik Ehasoo

Erik Ehasoo

Creative Strategist, Project Lead at CIVITTA

Erik Ehasoo is a creative innovation leader who has built and launched new businesses in both large companies as well as a startup entrepreneur for 9 years. He is currently leading...Read More

Erik Ehasoo

Creative Strategist, Project Lead at CIVITTA
Guillen Lopez

Guillen Lopez

Founder at Discovery Ventures

Guillen has an interdisciplinary background, with over 15 years of experience in venture

capital, technology, and life sciences entrepreneurship. Before transitioning to venture...Read More

Guillen Lopez

Founder at Discovery Ventures
Jaak Ennuste

Jaak Ennuste

Senior Managing Partner at Elevator Startups

Jaak Ennuste

Senior Managing Partner at Elevator Startups
Hüseyin R. Demirhisar

Hüseyin R. Demirhisar

Founding CEO at BiD Capital Partners

Hüseyin R. Demirhisar, a luminary in emerging markets with a specific focus on Africa, impact investment, asset management, and finance, brings over 25 years of seasoned experienc...Read More

Hüseyin R. Demirhisar

Founding CEO at BiD Capital Partners
Angelo Dalli

Angelo Dalli

Director at 111 Holdings

Angelo Dalli is a serial entrepreneur with involvement in a number of companies in the Technology, Entertainment and Gaming industries. Since the late nineties he has distinguished...Read More

Angelo Dalli

Director at 111 Holdings
Thomas van Halen

Thomas van Halen

CEO at VC4Africa

Thomas van Halen

CEO at VC4Africa
Juan Alvarez de Lara

Juan Alvarez de Lara

CEO & Founder at Seed&Click

Juan Alvarez de Lara

CEO & Founder at Seed&Click
Stefania Quaini

Stefania Quaini

Managing Director at Angels4Women

Master's degree in Economy and Management of Arts and Cultural Activities at Ca' Foscari University in Venice completed with an in-field study on young European designers and craft...Read More

Stefania Quaini

Managing Director at Angels4Women
Ana Carvalho

Ana Carvalho

CEO at Banco Português de Fomento

Ana Carvalho

CEO at Banco Português de Fomento
Keith Ippel

Keith Ippel

CEO and Co-Founder at Spring

With over 25 years experience, Keith is a serial entrepreneur and impact leader. Keith co-founded Spring Activator, a Vancouver based organization that exists to change the w...Read More

Keith Ippel

CEO and Co-Founder at Spring
Polona Cigoj

Polona Cigoj

Policy Officer at the European Commission, Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN).

Polona Cigoj is a Policy Officer at the European Commission, Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN). She is mainly involved in work on the InvestEU Porta...Read More

Polona Cigoj

Policy Officer at the European Commission, Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN).
Ron Levin

Ron Levin

Managing Partner at Alumni Ventures

Ron invests in early-stage startup companies as Managing Partner and Head of the AV Seed fund at Alumni Ventures, the most active VC firm in the United States. Ron has spent his ca...Read More

Ron Levin

Managing Partner at Alumni Ventures
Christine Bjärkby

Christine Bjärkby

Member of the Board at EBAN

Christine has a broad experience from business development worldwide from large public global companies, as Electrolux, Saab to small start-up companies and representative for loca...Read More

Christine Bjärkby

Member of the Board at EBAN
Alex Farcet

Alex Farcet

Partner at Rainmaking

Alex Farcet is a partner at global innovation and venture building firm Rainmaking. He leads the Rainmaking Impact syndicate, a group of 2.100 individuals co-investing with VCs in ...Read More

Alex Farcet

Partner at Rainmaking
Simone De Toni

Simone De Toni

Growth Manager at LEVA

Simone has a business background with a strong focus on entrepreneurship. He has graduated in Business Administration from the University of Trieste and has completed an MSc in Inn...Read More

Simone De Toni

Growth Manager at LEVA

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