Claudia De Antoni is a London-based investment director at Virgin Management, the family office of the Branson family and the home of the Virgin brand.
In her current role Claudia looks after origination of investment opportunities for the Virgin group across a wide variety of industries and geographies. She is particularly passionate about early stage investments that have the potential to bring the group at the forefront of innovation.
Claudia joined Virgin Management in 2013 after spending one year building an online marketplace in the UK and experiencing first-hand all the aches of being a startup entrepreneur.Before embarking in her entrepreneurial journey Claudia worked for five years as an investment professional in the private equity industry (Arcapita, Vision Capital) and before that she started her career as a TMT banker at Morgan Stanley (London, New York).Claudia holds a corporate finance bachelor degree from Bocconi University in Milan and is fluent in Italian, English and French.
Adrià is currently the Executive Director for mVenturesBcn, the investment arm of the Mobile World Capital Barcelona Foundation. The company is focused into accelerating and investing in high-growth digital startups across Europe and incubating deep-tech research-based startups. Prior to this, Adrià was the executive director of 4 Years from Now, the event for entrepreneurs held last February during the Mobile World Congress: (15,000+ attendees).
Although he holds a BSc in Computer Science, started as assistant researcher at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, (and have some credits for his PhD on Artificial Intelligence), his professional career has been always related to business strategy and innovation for large corporations. Beyond his professional track record, he is lecturer in several master courses in business model innovation and entrepreneurship and mentor of digital startups.
Nuria is an industrial engineer, specialized in chemistry. She also has a Master in Management of Business by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and the École Polytechnique in Paris.
He began his professional career in the pharmaceutical sector in areas of quality and R&D. After to this, she developed various management tasks in pharmaceutical, food and electronic sectors.
In 2007 she created a food engineering specialised in strategic advice in the areas of production, environment, internationalization, quality and R+D and she became a business partner and general director until 2013 from it.
In June of 2013 she assumed the leadership of the programme “Catalunya Emprèn” with the aim of promoting and coordinating the Government’s entrepreneurship policy of the Government. On 2016 she was named General Director of Industry, a position that she combines with the role of CEO of ACCIÓ since October of 2014. Under his direction, ACCIÓ has driven the binomial innovation-internationalization as a strategy to reinforce the competitiveness of the company and has turned on the Catalonia brand Trade
Jaime García Cantero is an independent analyst, mentor at Founder Institute, professor at EOI and advisor at different start-ups. García Cantero was Analysis director at IDC, having worked previously as strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co. He studied engineering at UPM in Madrid and KHT (Stockholm), and has taken postgraduate studies at Stanford University. He is currently Content Director at El País RETINA.
Gregor is co-founder and head of the BMW Startup Garage, the Venture Client unit for early stage startups of the BMW Group. The Garage works with startups whose technologies can significantly advance the automotive sector. Prior to the Garage, Gregor helped create BMW InnovationWorks. Before BMW, Gregor started various software startups in Silicon Valley and Europe. Prior to entrepreneurship, Gregor worked at IDEO (Palo Alto) and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants (Germany).
Katherine is Head of Innovation & Ventures at Amadeus IT Group. With more than 20 years of experience in IT, Katherine has been on all sides of deals, entrepreneur, business angel and venture capitalist. As head of innovation and ventures, her role is to be at the forefront of innovation and to bring this insight back to impact the organization to shape the future of travel. In 2013 Katherine founded the venture fund, bringing the idea from inception to making their first two investments within the first 5 months. The portfolio now has investments all over the globe.
Prior her start-up career, Katherine led business development efforts held senior positions at Compaq Computer both at the European headquarters and the UK subsidiary. Katherine is originally from the US and is trilingual in English, Spanish and German.
Javier Placer joined Telefónica in May 2011and was appointed CEO of Telefonica Open Future_ in 2014. Telefónica Open Future_ is the division that ensembles together all the open innovation programs that exist within Telefónica Group. It includes initiatives such as Amerigo funds, a network of 6 VC funds which have, to date, invested in 60 startups; Telefónica Ventures, a corporate VC fund that invests worldwide in companies that fit the company’s global activities; acceleration programmes such as the renowned Wayra and the TOF crowdworking spaces, a series of co-working facilities deployed together with public or private partners.
Javier began his career in BBV in 1991. Before joining Telefónica, he owned and run his asset management company and an M&A advisory boutique. After working in Beta Capital, he joined Salomon Brothers.
Jens Pippig is the Founder & Managing Director of the ProSiebenSat.1 Accelerator. Before that he was leading the Group’s strategy department. Prior to that, Jens spent eight years at McKinsey & Company in Berlin and specialized in e-commerce, private equity, and retail. He also founded two successful companies in the field of market research and employer branding in Sweden. Jens studied economics at Witten/Herdecke University where he obtained his PhD. He also studied business administration and economics in Stockholm and at Harvard.
Prof. Prats’ primary area of interest is the entrepreneurial process, which includes the identification, evaluation and implementation of opportunities in any context. Central to this work is developing strategies and systems that help established firms achieve profitable growth. Her second work stream focuses on understanding the key factors in building and managing professional service firms.
Prof. Prats was nominated Kauffman Emerging Scholar for her dissertation work and has published in international journals, both for practitioners as well as for the academic community. She has also authored teaching materials and contributions to several books on entrepreneurship and growth strategy related topics.
At IESE, she teaches courses on entrepreneurship, growth strategies, in a wide variety of programs including the MBA Programs, and international executive education. She has also been visiting professor at The Wharton Business School (USA), IPADE (México), INALDE (Colombia), and The University Asia Pacific (Philippines) among others.
Professor Prats consults for some professional service firms, European high growth firms, and seats on the board of several nonprofit organizations.
Maurizio Rossi likes to understand people’s lifestyles, their local traditions and the influence of technology in our daily life. Italian pioneer of start-up business and Venture Capital, Maurizio is vice president of H-FARM and has over 10 years of experience in the start-up world. Between the 80’s and 90’s he worked in the fashion-footwear industry leading the internationalization of his family-run business Rossimoda. Between 2003 and 2004 he managed the launch of the Southern Europe and Mediterranean headquarters of yachtworld.com and boats.com, two of the main boat marketplaces in the world. Maurizio is now running H-FARM, a digital platform to help young entrepreneurs launch new initiatives and support the digitalization of traditional companies