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Project co-funded by the European Union (ERDF, IPA).
Christo Balinow, KIC InnoEnergy SE
Outreach Development Manager
Christo participated in various research activities in the field of e-banking, investment funds and finance management. He gained experience in various fields including sales, finance operations and own entrepreneurship projects, but in majority developed his professional carer in Royal Dutch Shell holding the post of Credit Vetting Analyst. His responsibilities included operational project management, as well as an implementation of finance and service sector strategy.
Denis Beloglazov, Boost Guide
Denis focuses on consulting, evaluation, strategy with an emphasis on the team, the market and the solution of the consumer´s needs. He is in interaction with venture funds and clubs such as 2be.lu, SMART HUB, iidf.ru and Blockchain Capital. He also aims at the formation of portfolios with an emphasis on risk analysis. One of the examples of his co-own projects is venture BoostGuide (consulting, expert evaluation, assistance in the proper attraction of investments, transaction support) or in game industry xronos.space, globula.io or Mining Crypto-Currency.
Pavel Bartoš, Happyend
Pavel is a marketing expert focused on start-ups. Within the Happyend, where he is a co-founder, he helps to start-ups to find their ideal customer and build the whole start-up for the customer. He always works with data and facts instead of suppositions and thoughts. He acts as a mentor in the Google Launchpad, an incubator of European Space Agency, Czech invest and Vodafone Labs.
Akos Dervalics, InnoEnergy HUB, Hungary
Manager of InnoEnergy HUB
Akos is a strategic-minded, business development professional and coach type business leader who integrates “teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” approach with cultivating the ability of a team to focus on the core business. Ákos partnered with EH Invest and joined Power Alliance (the network of InnoEnergy HUBs) as leader of Hungary HUB in 2017. He is also SME Innovation Business coach, Founder of Knowledge to Money Club, Registered mentor of Hiventures and Mentor at BossConect Mentor Program.
Mark Downey, Verszatile
Mark is multi-dimensional and creative business strategist with a passion for business transformation, mentoring and opening Pandora's box. Blessed with the ability to translate technical challenges into simple language while viewing organizational challenges in a system mindset. He loves a debate and embraces conflict as the spark for creative tension which helps release innovation in organizations. He has worked with startups and corporates in developing business strategy and helped startups raise finance and holds advisory positions on a number of early-stage startups.
Antonín Ferdan, Skoda Auto
Project coordinator - Ideamanagement
Antonín works as a coordinator of projects focusing on ideamanagement (i.e. crwodstorm platform) in SKODA Auto. He is a trainer, project manager, politician, volunteer, and entrepreneur. He combines the experience from a multinational corporation with his political experience, voluntary work for local communities with a professional background in education. It enables him to provide valuable insights to accelerate teams of various scale and expertise.
Evgeny Frolov, ITACA Business Incubator
Business Development Director
Evgeny is responsible for investor’s relations in ITACA Bussiness Incubator. Since 2016 he is an ambassador in the Czech Republic of the international startup competition called Seedstars. He has 8 years of his own entrepreneurial experience in very different fields, organize lectures and seminars.
Expert for Latin America Market
Gustavo has aligned his IT & Services background with Imports and Exports to and from Latin America, which are his target market and knows really the best. His focus covers from “core banking”, IT and Telecommunication through food consumables to the creating of investment opportunities for Latin America and financial groups in CEE. He gained his experiences in NY as V.P. & Operation Manager NMB (ING) Bank, Manager of Delloite Touche Consulting CEE, and CA Computer Associates as Strategic Alliances Manager for CEE, Turkey and Switzerland.
Jakub Houska, 2050.Ventures
Jakub Houska is a business-oriented person with a passion for startups. Now he works as a business scout for 2050.Ventures based in Bucuresti and builds an east-west link. He is industry agnostic & looking for startups with marketable solutions and readiness to expand their market.
Martin Javnický, Erste Group Bank, Česká spořitelna
Business innovation, transformation and development
Martin focuses on the complex delivery of brand new business/products from initial idea to final real product on the market, tunning up of business effectivity. In past, he worked in different managing positions in ČSOB, O2 and Eurotel. He likes innovations, out of box thinking and prefers strong positive personal motivation. First "no" doesn´t mean "NO".
Bo Ji, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business
Chief Representative for Europe & Assistant Dean
Bo is an inspiring TEDx speaker, a Chinapreneur, and game changer for global start-ups expanding into China. Bo had an over 20 years successful business career in Global Business Development, Innovation, Strategy, Supply Chaing Management and M&A. He served as the senior executive at the headquarters of many fortune 500 companies such as Monsato, Cargill, Pfizer, Wrigley and Mars. Bo created the first "China Start" program to systematically bring global start-ups to China.
Michal Jordán, Patent Attorney, CEO
Michal´s job is to link technology and law in the way which helps to make the project successful. This is often used by patents, trademarks, and researchers. Michal spent much of his professional life in design and development, where he was responsible for the industrial-legal strategy and the success of several development projects. Therefore, besides the patent law, he has a good background to understand the priorities of the companies and pragmatically link all aspects.
Jan Kubalik, DEX Innovation Centre
Chairman of the Board
Jan has a technological background in computer science. His 20 years of professional career was all about start-ups, from working with them, through being a technological entrepreneur to be a social entrepreneur and support them. Jan builds the excellent network worldwide by serving the clients or building the partnership with Alcatel Lucent (Nokia), Alstom Energy (GE Energy), Fujitsu, T-Mobile, Fraunhofer and many other. His expertise is business development and fundraising for innovation and research.
Martin Kujan, Senior Consultant for Technology Transfer
Martin is a senior technology transfer consultant and start-up advisor at Neulogy. He specializes on bridging legal and business perspective in the process of commercialization and protection of intellectual property. He advises start-ups and research institutions on various strategic issues covering intellectual property strategies, legal aspects of investments and license negotiations.
Daniela Kuklová, EY
InnovEYtion Hub Advisor
Daniela has a strong background in the start-up ecosystem performed at the international scale. She has graduated from London University, where she was involved in a start-up platform located in the Silicon Round that aimed to support new businesses and accelerate their growth. Within EY she covers the agenda of Smart Cities and building feasible financial models for such infrastructure projects as well as corporate innovation focusing on the idea generation process, new product development and company’s innovation culture.
Tomáš Molnár, EY
Customer Experience and Digital Disruption Leader
Tomáš has over 10 years marketing and sales experience in consumer products and service sectors from international corporations and own business perspective. He is part of EY Digital master practitioners in CSE region with the focus on digital strategy and transformation design. He has experiences to help companies to identify, reach and engage customers in the relevant and most convenient way suitable for them.
Zuzana Nehajová, EY
InnovEYtion Hub Leader
Zuzana Nehajova has joined the ranks of EY in their campaign to promote innovation and modernization of industry and societies alike. She leads a formed EY InnovEYtion Hub dedicated to helping companies of all sizes as well as a public administration within the CEE region and beyond to adopt new technologies and trends, rendering optimization of processes and higher resource efficiencies.
Tomáš Nielsen, NIELSEN MEINL
Tomáš in an excellent lawyer with perfect knowledge of IT and copyright law, broadcasting and telco, media law, alternative dispute resolution (negotiation and mediation) and business contracting process. Tomáš lectures Telecommunications Law at the Faculty of Law of Charles University and ICT Law at CVUT. He is also the referee of the International Arbitration Court in Riga. He has also held the post of President of the Association of Electronic Communications Users in the Czech Republic in the past.
Jaroslav Novák, Wunderman, Ogilvy Group CZ
Group Business Director
Jaroslav works 20 years in client service and new business development in CEE region mainly in the advertising industry managing client´s portfolios, pitches, direct marketing, media, digital marketing and PR. At Wunderman, he established new client account team from the scratch without any given client and worked with FISCHER Group, AMAZON, SHERLOG, Česká spořitelna, Nestlé, Stock, Czech Tourism, Vitana, Carlsbad Mineral Waters, O2, Pilsner Urquell, Dr.Oetker, GE Money Bank, Danone and other.
Independent Business Consultant
Jan Marek, Liberec city
Member of Liberec city Council
Jan has wide experiences from public administration and he knows precisely needs of the city and how their processes in public procurement look like. He focuses on topics: Central municipal heating system, Urban planning and Development strategies of the city (Jan developed Smart specialization strategy for Liberec region). Following this knowledge, he can share his insider insights of successful sales to public procurers.
Nikola Rafaj, StartupYard
Chief Operation Officer
Nikola Rafaj is an internet entrepreneur with 20 years of experience. At StartupYard is responsible for managing the company and program and supporting new teams to launch and raise money. Nikola has experience in banking, e-commerce, and investments.
Jan Rakušan, PowerHUB
Jan works in the field of sustainable energy. He cooperates with a European leader in energy business KIC InnoEnergy, accelerates and invest in the best startups in Europe. His specialization is Intellectual Property Rights, Transfer Technology and Investment, Telco and ICT law. He worked for T-mobile and Skoda Auto in past. His most favoured and popular pitch is “Most popular failures - How to Fuck Up Projects in 10 steps”.
Akos Szepvolgyi, Central Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency
Akos is experienced in the management consulting industry. He is also skilled in Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Planning. Akos operates currently ALBA Accelerator together with partner Széchenyi Tőkealap-kezelő Zrt. / Venture Capital Fund. Akos will also represent the fund during the Investor challenge.
Vít Šoupal, Detecon International GmbH
Vit is passionate about innovation and product marketing. He joined recently Detecon consultancy team after several years at Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile, where he was successfully leading European M2M/IoT and Big Data marketing related activities. Detecon itself is a subsidiary of T-Systems International, the key account brand of Deutsche Telekom. Since 2015 he is also involved in startup mentoring.
Tomáš Votoček, Graphic designer
Tomáš has more than 8 years’ experience as a graphic designer. He is working in all areas of graphic design from logo design, brand design, brochure design, flyer design, business card design and social media content design. His goal is to come up with creative ideas to create a better presentation of the client. He likes teamwork and enjoying the creative process.
Startup Europe weeks 2016/2017/2018