Speakers

    • Michael Fox, Venture Mentor with MIT’s Venture Mentor Program

      Michael Fox, Venture Mentor with MIT’s Venture Mentor Program 

      In addition to being an Adjunct Professor with CCA teaching Venture Studio for the MBA Program in Design Strategy, Michael Fox consults for a number of startup companies. He has spent the past four years as an active Venture Mentor with MIT’s Venture Mentor Program supporting over 200 initiatives focusing on technology innovation. In 2011, Michael was asked by TiE to assist with TiECON to organise a panel on effective models and methodology for clean-tech capitalization. Having worked fo

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    • Uli Fricke, Managing General Partner (CEO), Triangle Venture Capital Group

      Uli Fricke, Managing General Partner (CEO), Triangle Venture Capital Group 

      Uli Fricke is one of Triangle’s founders. She focuses on internet and media-related software companies. In addition to her work at Triangle, Uli served as Chairwoman of the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EVCA) in 2010-2011. She was also named the most powerful person in private equity for 2010 by Real Deals and has been recognised by Dow Jones as one of the 100 most influential women in Europe’s finance industry. She currently serves on the boards of iPharro, SemEO and semafora. She is also the CEO of FunderNation, Germany’s only crowdinvesting platform that is

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    • testimonial - Jack Fuchs, CFO of ForteBio and Consulting Associate Professor, Stanford University

      Jack Fuchs, CFO of ForteBio and Consulting Associate Professor, Stanford University 

      Jack Fuchs is an entrepreneur a teacher, and an angel investor. From 2007 through 2012, Jack was chief financial officer (CFO) of ForteBio, a private life science equipment company, which was sold to Pall Corporation on 1 March 2012. Previously, he has held Finance, Business Development, Sales, Marketing, and Product Management positions at a number of private companies, including IPWireless, a 120-person broadband wireless company that was sold to a strategic buyer in 2007. He also sold Lumitrend, a leading SAS applications provider, to Asurion, a device insurance company. Previously in hi

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    • Anne Glover, Chief Executive and Co-founder of Amadeus Capital Partners

      Anne Glover, Chief Executive and Co-founder of Amadeus Capital Partners 

      Anne Glover is Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Amadeus Capital Partners, which has raised £600m for investment in high growth technology companies since 1998. Early in her career, she worked in the US, in manufacturing before moving into strategy consulting.  In 1989, she joined Apax Partners (& Co) in the UK to invest in early stage companies, before becoming a business angel and then Chief Operating Officer of Virtuality Group. Anne was Chairman of the British Venture Capital Association (BVCA) from 2004 to 2005 and is currently Chairman of the European Venture Capital Associatio

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    • Bernardo Gradin, Chief Executive Officer of GranBio

      Bernardo Gradin, Chief Executive Officer of GranBio 

      Bernardo Gradin has worked in Odebrecht Engineering Company from 1988 to 1999 in Brazil and in the US. In 2000 he has moved to Braskem, where he was President and CEO from 2008 to 2010. In 2011 he founded and became CEO of GranBio, a biotechnology Industrial company and President of Inspirare Institute, a non-profit organization oriented to foster basic education in Brazil. Bernardo is Board Member of ABIQUIM (Brazilian Chemical Association), Board Member of CNPEM (Brazilian National Labs), and Leader of the CNI Bioeconomy Commission. Bernardo is a Civil Engineer by Politechnic School

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    • Jouni Hakala, Director at Finnish Industry Investment

      Jouni Hakala, Director at Finnish Industry Investment 

      Jouni Hakala is a Director at Finnish Industry Investment, a government owned private equity and venture capital company with some €900m of assets under management. Jouni has been employed by the company between 2008-2011, when he was running the fund investments team and again since January 2013 being now responsible for new investments. Jouni is acting as Deputy Chairman of the European Venture Fund Investors Network, following his Chairman position during 2013 - 2014. Previously, Jouni was State Secretary at the Ministry of Employment and the Economy during 2011 - 2012. In 2007 - 2008

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    • Richard Holliday, Deputy Head of Technology Transfer at Isis Innovation

      Richard Holliday, Deputy Head of Technology Transfer at Isis Innovation 

      Richard Holliday is Deputy Head of Technology Transfer at Isis Innovation, the technology transfer company of the University of Oxford. He has worked in innovation roles with Corus Steel (now Tata), BMW Group, Land Rover and the World Gold Council, where he led an initiative to commercialise new industrial uses of the metal through seed funding of early-stage technology ventures. Richard was a board representative at one of these ventures, Nanostellar, a Silicon Valley-based company that successfully commercialised new catalytic emission control technology. Richard’s current focus is

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    • Travis Hollingsworth, Director at Big Society Capital

      Travis Hollingsworth, Director at Big Society Capital 

      Travis Hollingsworth is a Director at Big Society Capital, a UK impact investor launched by the UK government in 2012. He is responsible for Big Society Capital’s investment strategy, manages ‘social innovation’ investments, and coordinates the organisation's international partnerships. Prior to joining, Travis developed strategies for development, ethical, Islamic and retail banks in the UK, US, Brazil, Turkey, France, Egypt, Ghana and India while working with Oliver Wyman. Travis previously worked for Goldman Sachs.

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    • Shigeo Kagami, General Manager – Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Division of University Corporate Relations (DUCR), The University of Tokyo

      Shigeo Kagami, General Manager – Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Division of University Corporate Relations (DUCR), The University of Tokyo 

      Professor Shigeo Kagami is General Manager – Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Division of University Corporate Relations (DUCR), at the University of Tokyo, Japan. Before he joined the University of Tokyo, he was a consultant at Boston Consulting Group (1982-1986), a founding partner of Corporate Directions Inc. (CDI, 1986-1997), and Partner of Heidrick & Struggles International (2000-2002). At the University of Tokyo, he became Associate Professor, Pharmaco-Business Innovation Course at Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and he had been Professor and General Manager

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    • Eugene Kaerts, Founder of NextOEM

      Eugene Kaerts, Founder of NextOEM 

      Eugene Kaerts started the NextOEM program in 2013 and currently manages the first edition of this programme. Prior to joining the NextOEM program he was as a finance executive in international high tech companies, most recently as VP Finance at FEI Company, which he had joined in 2003. Before that he was the CFO of PANalytical, which he joined in 1998. He started his career at Royal Philips and holds degrees in finance and business administration.

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