ex-CTO and Managing Director of N26 Group (DE)
Christian Rebernik was CTO and Managing Director of N26 Group, Europe’s first mobile bank that is setting new standards in banking and has redesigned banking for the smartphone. N26 group raised up to date $52 million from international investors. From early 2017 Christian is CEO of a new health-tech startup. Prior to N26 he has been CTO in companies such as Zanox, Immobilien, PARSHIP ELITE Group.
Sharing economy expert, Sharers.co (USA)
Chelsea Rustrum (San Francisco), one of the top 10 sharing economy experts, working with clients like Couchsurfing, the author of the book It’s a Shareable Life and the founder of a social and educational series in the Silicon Valley, dubbed The Sharer. She is advising dozens of marketplace and social economy businesses, that are VC-funded like Listia, NearMe, Yerdle, Inflection and IDEO.
The Lonely Entrepreneur (USA)
Michael Dermer (New York), founded a company IncentOne, providing financial rewards for healthy behavior. After 10 years of bootstrapping he received a private equity investment in 2008 but nearly lost all due to the financial crisis. In the following 2 years, he worked 20 hours per day to make a successful exit. Out of this experience he wrote the book and developed a methodology „The Lonely Entrepreneur“, a guideline for entrepreneurs and business leaders on how to thrive under pressure, chaos and the burden of being an entrepreneur.
Foundation Lead at Uptake (USA)
Toni Maraviglia founded Eneza Education in Africa, a company that offers tutoring to over 1,7 million primary school students in 7 African countries using mobile as the key tool for learning. Today she is the foundation lead of Beyond.Uptake, the impact arm of Uptake, the first Chicago Unicorn, a two billion dollar company. Uptake is a technology company that converts data into actionable insights to make the world more productive, reliable and safe and has been founded by Brad Keywell, who also founded Groupon.
Founder of Startup Port (USA)
Hal Tezcan created his first startup in 1987, has raised capital since the early 90’s, and built a telecom company TSquare Telecom (T2) in 1993, which he exited in 2001. As a business and technology facilitator with 34 years „from the trenches“ expertise, he co-founded Start-up Port, supporting early-stage entrepreneurs and established companies, commercializing ideas and concepts.
Founder & CEO of Ms.Tech (USA)
Nicole Yeary is founder and CEO of Ms. Tech, leading and building a community of female tech founders in Chicago. She also leads a program in partnership with 1871 accelerator and connects women to capital, community, and technology resources needed to scale their startup companies. Prior she has spent over fifteen years in leadership positions with Fortune 500 companies in capacities such as direct sales, marketing services, and learning development.
Co-founder & CEO D.Labs (SLO)
Jaka leads D.Labs from London, a technical cofounder company – specialized for supporting startup founders in their early-stage of product and customer development. Jaka, an entrepreneur, consultant and mentor to a wide variety of tech and digital initiatives across the globe is also Deputy Program Director, MSc Strategic Marketing, Imperial College Business School.
Founder of Avant Car (SLO)
Matej Čer Is the founder of Avant Car, a leading e-mobility provider and comprehensive electrical mobility developer in Slovenia, which is increasingly becoming a technology company. With an innovative development approach, the team combines megatrends that are taking place in the field of technology, energy and the sharing economy, thus developing mobility as a service with the goal of accessibility for everyone.
CEO and Co-founder of 4th Office (SLO)
Boštjan Bregar is the CEO and co-founder of 4th Office, that has raised $5 million investment to transform the way we communicate in business. 4th Office aims to build the next generation communication platform, that helps people and teams stay effective in dealing with their email networks. Before 4th Office he founded and led StorScape, which was recognized by a leading industry analyst as newcomer of the year in the storage resource management space. Bostjan began his career as an apprentice at HERMES Softlab rising up to Corporate Development Officer.
Founder & CEO of WeSolv (USA)
Stella Ashaolu is founder and CEO of ed-tech company, WeSolv, a platform connecting top MBA students across the U.S. and top companies to compete in solving real business challenges. Prior to WeSolv, she was a Senior Management Consultant in Gallup’s Chicago office, where she led teams to solve companies’ most challenging issues around enterprise performance by optimizing marketing, operations and workforce strategies.
Founder & CEO of TheSocReports (USA)
Carol Fowler is co-founder of digital content agency KloboMedia that developed a social media growth tool for personal brands, TheSocReports. She also helps brands succeed in social media and has more than 30 years of broadcast and digital management experience. She is a well recognized digital content strategist in the U.S.
Assistant Director at The Garage at Northwestern University (USA)
Elisa Mitchell is Assistant Director of Operations and Finance at The Garage at Northwestern University, a hub for student entrepreneurship and innovation. She‘s an accomplished attorney and Certified Public Accountant with 18 years of experience in the financial securities industry, bringing new investment products to market.
Assistant Director at The Garage at Northwestern University (USA)
Elisa Mitchell is an Assistant Director of Operations and Finance at The Garage at Northwestern University, hub for student entrepreneurship and innovation. They bring together a cross-disciplinary community of students, faculty, staff and alumni who all share a passion for building new ideas. Twice a year, The Garage runs Wildfire, a pre-accelerator program, to prepare student teams for the next stage of their start-ups.
She‘s an accomplished attorney and CPA with 18 years of experience in the financial securities industry, bringing new investment products to market. As a team member at Allstate, Van Kampen, Morgan Stanley, and Invesco, Elisa helped business leaders navigate a complex competitive landscape and a challenging regulatory framework.
President of SEAF (USA)
David Mathewson is the President of SEAF – Small Enterprise Assistance Fund, an investment management group that provides growth capital and business assistance to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in emerging and transition markets underserved by traditional sources of capital. He has over two decades of experience in managing and founding investment funds and has worked with groups such as Delphos international, Darby Private Equity/Franklin Templeton, Soros Fund Management, The Appian group and others.
Global Director of CEED (USA)
Peter Righi is a Global Director of CEED, that he co-founded 11 years ago, within Small Enterprise Assistance Funds (SEAF). CEED was set up to get SMEs better positioned to receive investment and to scale. Today, CEED has over 3000 annual member entrepreneurs and has reached over 30.000 companies in the last 11 years with various support and services.
CEED Slovenia (Center for Entrepreneurship and Executive Development) is part of the CEED global network of entrepreneurs. CEED builds entrepreneur communities and strengthens businesses by providing them with access to mentors, networks, knowledge and capital they need to grow. Today, CEED has over 3000 annual member entrepreneurs and has reached over 30,000 companies with its support and services. CEED operates in Morocco, Tunisia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Kosovo, Armenia, Moldova, Bangladesh, Albania and Tanzania, with HQ in Washington and projects in 10 other countries. More here.