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Our Mentors

We cooperate with more than 80 international mentors with a business background, investors, startup growth experts and serial entrepreneurs. Get the most of their business & thematic expertise and international networks! Learn more about the best ones.

Michal Ambler, EY
Consultant at Advanced Analytics

Michal is a consultant at Advanced Analytics EY that focus on using advanced analytical methods for clients, mainly in the telecommunications, retail, consumer goods and automotive industries. Given the previous experience of EY's business consulting, he devotes himself to the development of the solution as well as to business development for clients from the largest international and regional corporations.

Seen Aquin, Skokani
Business Angel, Managing Director

Seen is a Partner of StartGuide. StartGuide is an Investment Fund & Startup Accelerator focussed on early-stage Tech Startup with high growth potential. At StartGuide, their mission is to identify and back the most interesting early-stage companies in the region, support them in their growth plans, and help achieve their objectives. They are looking for opportunities to invest in high-growth potential companies with international ambitions and competence to execute and deliver.

Pavel Bartoš, Happyend
Startup Expert

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.

Tamas Babel, EIT Health
Medical & Market Access Manager

Over the past 5 years, Tamas engaged in product development, investment valuation, health technology assessment consulting projects for private equities/investors, venture capitals applying advanced analytics on various biotech issues. Prior to that, he worked in management roles with increasing responsibilities in the healthcare, pharma industries AstraZeneca and management consulting sector BCG. He works part-time at EIT Health InnoStars/RIS as a medical and market access manager responsible for eHTA program among others.

Jan Bartovský
HR consultant

Jan is an HR consultant with 16 years of experience in all HR areas. Took part as HR person in several M&As: the merger of Živnostenská banka and HVB, forming of ICT division within T-Systems, acquisition of Siemens IT Solutions and Services by Atos Origin and forming of Atos on the Czech territory. He has deep experience in IT personnel outsourcing/insourcing when delivering IT as a service.

Martin Bednář
Project Manager at DNAnexus

Martin has invested his career into building and driving innovative products that improve people’s lives. Currently with the Silicon Valley company DNAnexus, he has been making scientific data analysis efficient, secure, and user-friendly for clients in pharma, medical diagnostics, and research. Most recently, he has helped build a development and services center for DNAnexus in Prague.

Denis Beloglazov, Bigle.cz
CEO, Founder

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 altaclub.vc, 2be.lu, smarthub.vc, iidf.ru, blockchain.capital, fortross.vc, addventure.vc, startaventures.com. 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 Bigle.cz (modern real estate portal providin online services in the real estate market) and Focus startup (productivity tools, fintech, proptech). He is member of csproptech.com. Active business angel, member of clubs: angelsband.by and investoro.com. Managing Partner at Velociter Invest a.s. (Estonia). 

Tamás Békási, EIT Health
Healthcare Startup Specialist, Business Development and Communication Expert

Passionate, results-driven leader and high performer with a can-do attitude. Highly organised Business Consultant and Communication Expert with over 10 years of experience spanning multiple industries such as IT, Telecommunication, Electronics (B/W) and Retail. Powerful interpersonal, communication and facilitation skills scout hidden capabilities in people and in organizations as well.

Martin Blokša, StreamBee
Co-Founder & CEO 

Martin is co-founder & CEO of early-stage startup StreamBee, focused on providing business intelligence, analytics and tools for the live streamers and the influence marketing industry. He has experience with building digital products for over 13 years. Previously he has worked for 6 years as Product Manager, building and managing products for companies like SAP, IBM, Mall.cz or Economia. His expertise includes product management, product & market validation, UX, product strategy and business development.

Kristýna Bokajová, Meatballs, s.r.o.

Kristýna is an experienced HR guru with a demonstrated history of working in the various industries on a full variety of positions. She is a strong entrepreneurship professional, skilled in HR Consulting and Advisory, Negotiation, Analytical Skills, Executive Search, and Technical Recruiting.

Juraj Boldiš, EY

From ERP integration to deep strategic planning, Juraj helps organizations reach new levels of success through effective IT management and solutions-based architecture. For more than a decade, He has led companies through turbulent periods by keeping processes running smoothly, no matter the circumstance. Whether it’s an acquisition or a new workflow, he is dedicated to change management and top-down leadership, get teams on board and adopt new challenges together.

Martin Breyl
Head of Accounting Controlling and Reporting in Sberbank CZ

Martin is a finance person, oriented on digitalisation and process optimization of the finance functions. His current area covers most of the finance agendas from taxes, accounting to reporting, controlling and corporate strategy. He is in the banking sector for more than 10 years working in various positions. He also has job experience in financial audit and FMCG. Martin can provide to startups expertise in a way how to join startup ideas with processes of big corporations.

Peter Breyl, Vychodoslovenska Energetika
Strategy Manager

Certified Senior Project Manager with international experiences in IT business, innovation and transformation projects with internal and external customers. Expertise in the entire scope of construction projects, estimation and management. Leader plan strategy and implementation of company-wide initiatives incorporation commercialization, industry partnership and business development viewpoints through effective bridge-building and articulate communication. Perfect understanding of global company management and processes. Communication and interpersonal skills to establish rapport with all levels of staff and management. In past, Peter worked in T-Systems Slovakia and NESS Czech.

Anupam Chatterjee, TheDecisionLabs
Founder & CEO

Anupam is the Founder and CEO of TheDecisionLabs. They provide a Customer Experience Management technology and analytics, primarily focussing on healthcare. Anupam works with hospitals across south-east Asia and the middle east to help improve patient experience through his flagship product CEMPIA (as well as KlikHelp and Liveserviz). Anupam has an MS in Quantitative Economics from the Indian Statistical Institute, and an MBA from HEC Paris and MIT Sloan(IEP). Recently, he has been selected as a Senior Executive Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School. He is an avid traveller and loves watching documentaries, movies and plays in his free time.

Hana Čepová, Právě teď'!

Experienced Project Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the professional training & coaching industry. Skilled in Marketing Management, Life Coaching, Analytical Skills, Coaching, and Advertising. Strong education professional with a Coach Practitioner by EMCC focused in Professional Coach from Academy of Coaching Excellence.

Akos Dervalics, EIT InnoEnergy HUB, Hungary
Manager of EIT InnoEnergy HUB

Ákos is an experienced European business developer and fundraising expert focusing on establishing innovation ecosystem in the energy, mobility, smart city and green technologies sectors. Ákos works as the manager of the EIT InnoEnergy Hub Hungary and leads portfolio management at Startup Campus Incubator.

Prior to this Ákos served in senior business development management roles within the research and consulting sectors. Ákos is also actively engaged as a coach and mentor of several incubation programs across Europe. 

His philosophy stands on the belief that guiding a team’s efforts is more beneficial for making businesses sustainable rather than delivering tailor-made models because the team learn and experience by doing and gets the capability to sustain results.

Mark Downey, Oriana International
Business Development Manager

Mark is currently leading the international expansion of a Hungarian B2B software vendor which specializes in workflow and process digitalization using the low-code methodology.

Josef Dvorak
Partner at Direct People

Josef helps clients to manage and develop new products and services, bring them to the market and deliver business results. He has 10+ years of experience as a product manager/owner of technological products and services and worked globally in different industries like healthcare, finance, media, retail, online, manufacturing.

Currently, Josef focuses on building a global digital business of one of our clients in the area of medical devices and IoT in the role of Marketing Product Manager / Business owner.

Martin Dzurjanin, Detecon International
Managing Consultant

Martin is an experienced management consultant with international project experience primarily in the telecommunications industry. He has also worked with clients from transportation and utility industries predominantly on topics focused around telecom and finance.


Alan has worked for several years in big corporation JABLOTRON. Now, he is the CEO of startup HARDWARIO pushing his project BigClown. 

Antonín Ferdan, Lipo.ink (previously SKODA Auto)
Idea manager

Antonín works as a coordinator of projects focusing on idea management 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.

Jakub Franc
Senior Director, UX & Software Engineering at GoodData

Jakub is a seasoned Software Engineering Executive with proven results in forming highly performing teams and scaling up companies in both B2C and B2B markets. Jakub intensively leverages his former UX Research career experience in helping international companies with developing successful Go to market strategies. Jakub is academically trained in Cognitive Psychology and Psychotherapy. Besides his leadership role, he helps to enhance leadership capabilities through soft skills development and lectures in the Czech Technical University. Key competencies: Driving innovation through UX Research, B2B and B2C GTM strategies development, Forming top-performing teams, Managing team dynamics, Soft skills development

Evgeny Frolov, DEX Innovation Centre
Business Development and Fundraising Manager

Evgeny is a team member of the DEX Innovation Centre with long term experiences in the startup ecosystem. He was 3 years an ambassador of the international startup competition called Seedstars in the Czech Republic. He was also responsible for investor relations in ITACA Business Incubator, has a business experience not only in CEE but in CIS and Central Asian regions. He has 8 years of his own entrepreneurial experience in very different fields, organizes lectures and seminars about entrepreneurship.

Aleksandar Giga
Economist, Data Scientist

Aleks is passionate about advancing innovation and technology startups. At TU Delft, he teaches entrepreneurial finance and helps students start their own companies.

He is skilled in econometric analysis of large datasets and experimental and survey design. His research was presented at USPTO, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, and several prestigious academic conferences. Aleksandar has wide experience with interdisciplinary collaboration with computer scientists, physicists, and systems engineers. 

Gustavo Guillen
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.

Adi Gaskell
Innovation writer

Adi is an innovation writer and consultant who has worked with leading organizations from the private and public sectors, including Deloitte, DellEMC, GSK, the Ministry of Defence, InnovateUK, Government Office for Science and National Health Service.  He writes regularly on business, innovation and technology for Forbes and the BBC, as well as academic publications such as the LSE Business Review.  He has also contributed authored and ghost-written content for companies such as Salesforce, Alcatel, BBVA, HCL Technologies, Adobe and InnoCentive, as well as white papers and journal articles.  He has also contributed to a couple of books on innovation and is currently co-writing a book on the future of workplaces. 

He has an academic background in computing and artificial intelligence and studied innovation at the Tuck School of Business.

Klara Horton
Head of Operations

Klára Horton is the Head of Operations at Deepnote, a startup focused on building a new kind of data science notebook that makes data science teams radically more productive. Apart from her work at Deepnote, Klara helps startups set up their culture, operations, and processes. She also organizes events for online medium CzechCrunch and is the founder of the Before You Shine startup community, which organizes educational and networking events, mentoring and helps young talent to explore and start their career in the startup ecosystem.

Jakub Houska, 2050.Ventures
Business Scout

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".

Tereza Jílková, InnovEYtion Hub
InnovEYtion Hub Advisor

Tereza is passionate about innovations, new technologies and new business models improving the world around us. Therefore she decided to join EY and focus on innovation management, community building, idea generation support, idea prioritization and product development. 

Michal Jordán, Patent Attorney, CEO
PatentEnter s.r.o.

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.

David Kovalský
Investor and advisor

David is a seasoned entrepreneur with a strong IT background. Through multiple companies, he’s spent a decade in bringing FinTech innovations to the CEE market. After successfully exiting, David redefined himself as an advisor, supporter, and an investor. He brings startup know-how and experience by taking a company to the next level. David loves to travel across Europe from west to east in search of startup talent. He’s also a huge space fan and still keeps his plans for outer space travel on the roadmap. Primarily he's working with CEE companies as a strategist and CEO coach.

Jakub Kozák

Jakub is a co-founder of Datlowe, a startup that develops smart solutions for hospitals using advanced data analytics such as natural language processing and machine learning. Together with Datlowe's team, Jakub has designed HAIDi, an AI-powered software solution for surveillance of healthcare-associated infections, which has been successfully tested and implemented in several hospitals in Czechia and Austria.

Jakub manages the company, is the lead designer of its solutions and has extensive experience with data analytics and integration. He graduated in mathematics from Charles University, plays volleyball, and rides a bicycle.

Jan Klesla
Coordinator for European AI Centers

Jan Klesla serves as the National Coordinator for European AI Centers at the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic and one of the co-authors of the National Artificial Intelligence Strategy.

He has focused on the digital economy, particularly investments and regulations in the area of the technological disruption of traditional industries. In these areas, he cooperates with Czech and foreign think-tanks. Previously he worked as an economic editor and commentator. Before joining the media, he gained experience in law, finance and information technology.

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.

Lenka Kučerová
Managing director

Lenka has been actively developing the Czech startup ecosystem since 2010 when she initiated the CzechAccelerator program enabling Czech technology companies to access some of the world’s most innovative ecosystems. She ran 2 startup accelerators and in 2015 co-founded StarLift foundation focusing on encouraging entrepreneurial spirit of promising Czech and Slovak developers. She currently heads the prg.ai initiative set on transforming Prague into an AI hub of international significance. 

Martin Kujan, Senior Consultant for Technology Transfer
Civitta Slovakia (previously Neulogy)

Martin is a senior technology transfer consultant and start-up advisor. He specializes in 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, EYBOX 
Management Consultant / Contractor

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 covered the agenda of sustainable urban development developing 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. Since last year, Daniela has become a part of the strategy-led team based in Copenhagen that also drives the innovation agenda across EY Nordics. Her main responsibilities include commercializing new service offerings in the areas of corporate innovation, exploring a future wave of M&A, and driving tech-led transformation projects for the private sector.

Pavlína Louženská

Pavlína is a Marketing, Product and Business Consultant with focus on technology, e-commerce and fashion companies. She is a Lead Mentor in Google for Startups for Europe and Africa, as well as in various other accelerators. She founded #HolkyzMarketingu, a female empowerment community which currently unites 24 000+ women. She is a Transparency International Board member and a Google Certified Trainer for Design Thinking. 

Ivan Lukšíček
Czech Chamber of Patent Attorneys

Ivan started to work in the IP sector in 2004. Since that he has gained extensive experience in patent, design and trademark law and also in other related fields. In the beginning, he provided services as an independent registered patent attorney. In 2017 he co-founded PatentEnter, Czech patent firm that helps large and small enterprises, start-ups, and academic institutions to protect their new ideas, both in the Czech Republic and abroad. In 2019 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Czech Chamber of Patent Attorneys.

Kristýna Machová, Inven Capital
Investment Manager

Kristýna is an Investment manager in the captive fund established by a major European energy utility ČEZ. She seeks investments into small to middle-market innovative clean-tech companies in Europe. 

Martin May
eHealth Consultant & Innovator at Bindworks s.r.o.

Martin works as a consultant for healthcare digitalization with major Czech hospitals. Currently, he is focusing on the application of mobile apps in daily hospital operations, working together with doctors and nurses, to design modern apps to improve their work as well as efficiency of treatment.
He also works as product/business development manager at www.bindworks.eu.

Anna Martynenko, EY
Senior Consultant

Anna is a Senior Consultant for Financial Accounting Advisory Services at EY. She can help with financial reporting assistance and accounting support in connection with the preparation of the financial statements in accordance with IFRS and Czech GAAP.

Agata Mazepus, EY

Agata is a communications professional with a background in journalism, event organization and international relations. She currently works in the brand, marketing and communications department at EY. Before joining EY, Agata worked for a Czech travel startup Kiwi.com and prior to that she was a part of EIT InnoEnergy where she was responsible for projects like PowerUp! and Primer. As DEX IC mentor, Agata supports startups with their pitch, presentation and communication skills.

Jaroslav Menčík, MAVERICKS
Partner & Attorney-at-law

Jaroslav focuses on legal consultancy for startups, venture capital funds and technology companies. Prior to joining MAVERICKS, Jaroslav worked almost 10 years for a leading international law firm, where he acquired extensive experience in all aspects of transactional law, corporate law and IP & IT law. When advising startups, Jaroslav likes to draw on his expertise in U.S. law, which he gained during an LL.M. program at New York University School of Law.

Tomáš Molnár, Schaeffler
Head of Digital Transformation Europe

Tomáš has over 10 years marketing and sales experience in consumer products and service sectors from international corporations (e.g. EY) and own business perspective.  He has experiences to help companies to identify, reach and engage customers in the relevant and most convenient way suitable for them. Within Schaeffler he focus on enabling organization to stay successful also in future by driving, encouraging and supporting transformation internally and externally.

Tomáš Morava, HARDWARIO

His lifelong career includes finance and investment that he seeks, manages and manages through his own consulting firm, LIFTIA.
He is one of the founders of the start-up HARDWARIO where he works as financial management, besides securing investment resources and legal issues. He is also responsible for B2B company business activities. Tomáš graduated in business economics at the University of Economics in Prague and completed a six-month internship at the CBS Commercial College in Copenhagen. He obtained a doctorate in business management and management at UoE in Prague.

Tomas has more than 17 years of experience with M&A, buying and selling companies, start-ups and investments, which he managed for major private companies and private investors. After 12 years in the investment group EXPANDIA and 2 years of investment management in JABLOTRON, he started his own business to help both start-ups and experienced entrepreneurs grow their business.

Jiří Mzourek, GoodData

Experienced executive with a deep knowledge of software engineering and user experience with proven delivery of results with 15+ years of experience with remote management.

Strong in rapid product definition/innovation and design, based on the latest industry trends (research - prototyping - testing/design - delivery)

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, ePace s.r.o.
Founder, CEO

Jaroslav works 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. After more than 15 years working at the Ogilvy and Wunderman agencies, he focused especially on marketing automation and founded ePace. During his career, he has 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.

Michal Novák
Independent Business Consultant

Experienced consultant and entrepreneur with a primary focus on Internet, telecoms, and marketing. He has experience in business development and sales, project management, product management, analysis, and strategy. He works with international clients from all over the world, covering mainly Central and Eastern Europe operations.

Jan Marek, Liberec city
Member of Liberec city Council

Jan graduated in political science and public administration. Since 2011, he is active in regional and municipal politics, now 2. electoral term in the municipal board of city Liberec. He acts as a member of the supervisory board of the Public regional hospital Liberec. Moreover, Jan is a manager for R&D project in the machinery research institute VÚTS. Therefore he has wide experience with public procurement from more points of view. Avid cross country skier.

Martina Pipiskova, EY

Martina is an experienced Senior Consultant in EY, driving Digital Agenda in Financial Accounting Advisory Services. She is passionate about new technologies in finance and also excited to share her knowledge and experience with start-ups. Martina is also responsible for business development activities and actively participates on the sales process. She is an Ambassador for financial planning tool - EY Finance Navigator in the Czech Republic and has significant experience in optimisation of financial processes, financial planning and RPA.

Eva Pešková, Jobs 2030

Eva has experience as a Member of the Board of the IT company, a supporter, coach, and job consultant. She has 20 years of experience in building a successful IT holding company from the beginning. Gradually, she built business teams, operational and HR teams, defined processes, and implemented them into the company.

She participated in defining the vision, mission, and strategy of the companies in the holding, she has experience in project management, including subsidies. Areas of mentoring are mainly: strategy, operation, back-office process settings (accounting, finance, HR, legal, etc.), project management, the position of efficient, effective, and healthy teams.

Hanka Púllová, Jobs 2030

Hanka worked for 5 years in the position of Managing Director of Randstad CR (a trading company in the field of HR services). Randstad has built over 4 years from a company with 50 employees and a turnover of CZK 0.5 billion, to a company with 250 employees and a turnover of CZK 2 billion, to become number two in the Czech - highly competitive - market.

Hanka is the co-chair of the Transformative Technologies community with Deloitte. Areas of mentoring: vision, strategy, sustainable growth of companies, the business approach of the whole company, setting KPIs. Business flywheel to fulfil the vision and wealth of the company.

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.

Dana Rajtarová
Business Developer

Dana's professional background is in corporate management and business development. She has 15+ years of experience in corporate banking, digital innovation and advisory services to SMEs. Currently, she is leading HealthMode's business development efforts, helping to create a portfolio of novel digital measures for clinical trials and next-generation medicine."

Osman Salih, O2
Innovation wizard at O2 , Start-up Development & Innovations

Osman studied psychology but spent most of his professional career in IT thanks to his fondness for technology. He was involved in the implementation of enterprise information systems and consulting activities. From there it was not far from the innovation and startup world. He is dedicated to marketing and helping startups to grow. He has practical experience in project management and product management as well.

Jaroslav Salva
Mentor, Senior Advisor & Trainer with Passion for People Development

Jaroslav worked not only for small Czech companies but also for big international corporations. He was responsible both for direct sales and sales through a channel. Worked with simple SW and HW products, but also with complex systems such as ERP. He has been improving his management skills while leading various teams. Management experience taught him how important is every single member of the team for the final success and helped to build knowledge in leadership.

Didier Schapiro
Founder of Hermes Consultants, Mentor @Google for Startups

Didier is the founder of Hermes Consultants, specialized in business development and sales teams support. He combines his field experience (48 countries), with systemic thinking and psychology of sales to help his clients develop individual and team performance. Didier recently created The Sales Doctor to bring practical and agile support for startups to grow faster.

He is also part of Google High-Performance Coaching Team and acts as a mentor in the Google for Startups Accelerator.

Teun Schutte
Managing consultant, digital strategy at Mobiquity

Teun Schutte joined Mobiquity in 2016 as the managing consultant of digital strategy healthcare. Teun has an established career in healthcare, with 15 years of experience in clinical research, pharmaceutical commercial and organisational roles and over 7 years experience in digital strategy and human-centred design. Teun has broad experience driving digital strategy projects for hospitals, care organisations and pharmaceutical companies throughout Europe. Teun believes in putting real human behaviour at the heart of innovation (in healthcare), predefined processes and open communication.

Essam Sharaf
Education Coordinator

Essam works at Karolinska Institutet focusing on master-level courses as well as projects focusing on innovation in healthcare with special focus on digital health, and product development in life sciences. Previously Essam has worked in supporting and mentoring various startups in Europe as well as the Middle East & North Africa.

Philip Staehelin
CEO, Mentor

Philip is the Founder and CEO of DOT Glasses, a social enterprise that developed a radical approach to address the needs of the 1 billion of people in the world that need glasses but can't afford them. Previously, he worked as an executive in firms such as T-Mobile, Accenture, A.T. Kearney and Unicredit, he was CEO of a $500m payments company, as well as Managing Partner in Roland Berger consulting.

He’s on the Board of Transparency Int’l and Gjirafa (the fastest growing startup in the Balkans), and he's a co-owner (and mentor) in the oldest startup accelerator in CEE - StartupYard.  

Shyam Sunder, Parkway Pantai

Shyam is currently the Head of Customer Experience and Call Centre operations for the India Operations Division - Parkway Pantai.

Parkway Pantai is one of Asia’s largest integrated private healthcare groups operating in Singapore, Malaysia, India, China, Brunei and others. It is part of IHH Healthcare, one of the world’s largest healthcare group by market capitalisation. IHH operates more than 15,000 licensed beds across 77 hospitals in 10 countries worldwide, offering the full spectrum of integrated healthcare services from clinics to hospitals to quaternary care and a wide range of ancillary services including medical education.

Shyam is responsible for strategizing and delivering world-class customer experience across all channels and touchpoints, from enquiries to post-treatment periods. He is also leading a cultural change movement through digital transformation, to deliver world-class service excellence by improvising on processes, practices and people alignment.

He is furthermore leading the efforts of integration of all call centres through technology augmentation, people alignment, and delivering increased conversions and business traction.

Jakub Svoboda

Jakub is cooperating with Air Ventures and his primary focus is to scout startups. He has worked with many founders and has experience with both international and local startups. He can help you with investor communications and give you great feedback.

Akos Szepvolgyi, Central Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency 
Managing Director

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
Managing Consultant

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.

Marta Tallon

Over the past ten years, Marta has worked in Pharmaceutical and medical devices multinationals such as Roche, GSK and Stryker in countries such as the UK, The Netherlands, Switzerland and Spain. She has extensive knowledge of the technologies challenges and opportunities facing the healthcare industry from R&D to commercial phases, most recently in the chronic disease management area.

Marta has developed deep expertise in the healthcare and IT alignment and delivered commercial projects to streamline Pharma business processes and translate findings into meaningful insights for decision-making and strategic planning. 

Štěpánka Uličná, Ph.D.

Graduate of the Mathematical Department at VŠB Technical University in Ostrava focused on the implementation of tools LEAN and KAIZEN. She has more than 15 years of experience in introducing change through coaching and mentoring. Stepanka is Focused on Industry 4.0 and she is a Google Certified Trainer for Design Thinking.

Zoltan Vardy
Business Growth Mentor, Founder of ‘The Launch Code’

Zoltan Vardy is a business growth mentor with 30 years of global corporate and entrepreneurial experience who helps B2B startup founders scale their business internationally by applying his 9-step business development framework called ‘The Launch Code.’

Aleksandar Vladimirov, Thales
Technical Project Manager

Aleks’s specialities are technologies, product development and delivering training sessions. He worked in many industries for the leaders in the market, such as SAP and Barclays. In his current position in Thales, he manages SW Development Projects for key government customers. He has experienced organizing conferences and training events. He had won startup competitions and public speaking contests. He volunteers his time and supports the startup community.

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. 

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