Speakers

    • Ken Cooper, Managing Director of Venture Capital Solutions at British Business Bank

      Ken Cooper, Managing Director of Venture Capital Solutions at British Business Bank 

      Ken Cooper is responsible for the design and delivery of a range of British Business Bank programmes that support the flow of venture capital based investment into smaller UK businesses. From April 2008, Ken held a similar role as part of the senior management team at Capital for Enterprise, designing and managing a range of UK government-backed equity support programmes, including many that are now part of the British Business Bank, such as the Angel Co-Fund, the Enterprise Capital Funds and the Aspire Fund. Prior to that, he spent six years with the government’s Small Business Service whe

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    • Stephan Decher, Co-Founder of ZAZ Ventures

      Stephan Decher, Co-Founder of ZAZ Ventures 

      Stephan Decher is a Co-Founder of ZAZ Ventures, the European innovation funding experts and has been involved in the clean-tech financing sector over the past 10 years. As Partner in Clean Capital, Stephan has conducted a number of seed and series A venture deals, most notably the $3m investment by Castrol InnoVentures into Danish Greensteam. With the emergence of the €800m a year SME Instrument he has increased focus to Horizon2020 funding opportunities for Europe’s most innovative SMEs. Prior to Clean Capital and ZAZ Ventures, Stephan has spent his career in market intelligence and sof

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    • Jean-Michel Deligny, Founder and Managing Director of Go4Venture Advisers

      Jean-Michel Deligny, Founder and Managing Director of Go4Venture Advisers 

      Jean-Michel Deligny is the Founder and Managing Director of Go4Venture Advisers. Created in 2000, Go4Venture is an investment bank specialising in structuring and executing growth strategies for fast-growing innovative companies and their shareholders. Jean-Michel has over 20 years of investment banking and European technology industry experience. Following an initial career as a strategy consultant with Coopers and Lybrand, Jean-Michel moved to investment banking in the early 1990s, first with Broadview International, the technology and media focused M&A advisory firm and then with

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    • Janke Dittmer, Partner with Gilde Healthcare

      Janke Dittmer, Partner with Gilde Healthcare 

      Janke Dittmer is a Partner with Gilde Healthcare and is focused on investing in med-tech, diagnostics, digital health and home healthcare businesses. Prior to joining Gilde, he was a Venture General Manager and Head of Business Development & Strategy within Philips’ Healthcare Corporate Venturing unit. On top of shaping the strategy, he was responsible for selecting new investment opportunities. He also started and led two ventures in the fields of cardiology and sepsis. Before his time at Philips, Janke was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company advising leading high-tech p

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    • Miriam Dragstra, Director of Capital at Brabantse Ontwikkelings Maatschappij (BOM)

      Miriam Dragstra, Director of Capital at Brabantse Ontwikkelings Maatschappij (BOM) 

      After graduating from law school Miriam Dragstra launched her career at ABN AMRO, and spent over 25 years in a variety of management posts in the company. Her final post at ABN AMRO saw her set up the Public Banking Netherlands division. It was the experience she gained there that led her to take the step to an organisation that straddles the public and private sectors, and in January 2011 she joined the board at the Brabant Development Agency (Brabantse Ontwikkelings Maatschappij -BOM). As the Director of Capital, she is responsible for various investment funds that invests some €225m o

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    • Hans Duisters, CEO of Sioux

      Hans Duisters, CEO of Sioux 

      In 1996, Hans Duisters started and is CEO of Sioux. Previously, Hans used his seven-year education in Computer Science and Industrial Marketing at BSO, under the inspiring leadership of Eckart Wintzen. Then he spent four years in a commercial role at High Tech Automation. Next to his role as CEO, Hans Duisters is a founder and active member and spokesperson for Brainport Industries, the cooperation of Dutch suppliers in the high-tech industry.

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    • Gilles Duruflé, Executive Vice-President of the Quebec City Conference and President of its Public Policy Forum on Venture Capital and Innovation

      Gilles Duruflé, Executive Vice-President of the Quebec City Conference and President of its Public Policy Forum on Venture Capital and Innovation 

      Gilles Duruflé is an independent consultant advising venture capital and private equity funds, institutional investors and governments. He is also Executive Vice-President of the Quebec City Conference and President of its Public Policy Forum on Venture Capital and Innovation. He was until 2004 Senior Partner at CDP Capital Technology Ventures, the venture capital subsidiary of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, in charge of the funds of funds portfolio, investing in North American and European VC funds. He was previously Head of Strategic Studies at the Caisse de dépôt et place

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    • Shiva Dustdar, Head of the Research, Development and Innovation Advisory Services at European Investment Bank (EIB)

      Shiva Dustdar, Head of the Research, Development and Innovation Advisory Services at European Investment Bank (EIB) 

      Shiva Dustdar is currently working at the European Investment Bank (EIB) in Luxembourg, where she is heading the Research, Development and Innovation Advisory Services, a partnership with the European Commission under the InnovFin Programme of Horizon 2020 (InnovFin Advisory). She has been at the EIB since 2003, first in its Risk Management Directorate, then in its EU Lending Directorate where she was responsible for financing of R&D projects using the Risk Sharing Finance Facility (RSFF). Before joining the EIB, Shiva worked at Fitch as Director of High Yield where she was responsible

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    • Eric van den Eijnden, Founder Dutch Expansion Capital

      Eric van den Eijnden, Founder Dutch Expansion Capital 

      Eric van den Eijnden has 16 years of experience in fund management, private equity, deal origination, execution, structuring and managing in various business sectors. He founded and heads Dutch Expansion Capital, a venture capital company focused on early stage investments. DEC is the founder of Startupbootcamp HighTechXL. Earlier he co-headed the European Growth Fund for the Riverside Company headquartered in the US. Previous to that he managed the Berghave Fonds and was managing partner for the Dutch investment company Greenfield. Prior to Greenfield, he worked at the private equity gr

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    • Sarah Fisher, Commercial Director for Janssen Healthcare Innovation, Europe

      Sarah Fisher, Commercial Director for Janssen Healthcare Innovation, Europe 

      Sarah Fisher is the Commercial Director for Janssen Healthcare Innovation, Europe, within Johnson & Johnson. She specializes in global commercialisation strategies for new technology introductions with a focus on execution excellence and the formation of new business units. She started her career with J&J in New York City, and has a combined 12 years of experience across medical device and pharmaceutical business units within the Johnson & Johnson portfolio of companies. Sarah’s passion for entrepreneurial ventures has driven her to serve in various commercial and operational roles

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