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.
Entrepreneur focused on technological companies, he is expert in digital innovation, prototyping and digital transformation. He develops and manages projects with a high strategic impact for organizations through technical assistance and execution in the area of innovation and communication, bringing large companies closer to the model of innovation that is applied by leading startups in the market.
He also collaborates as advisor in many organizations among which are banking entities, administrations and solidarity projects. He is an Industrial Engineer and has studies at ESADE. He has also attended the Executive Program for Growing Companies at Stanford University in California and is a graduate of MIT’s Entrepreneurship Center (Massachusetts).
Gregor is cofounderndador and head of the BMW Garage Startup, the incubator for automotive startups in a seed stage of the BMW Group. The Garage helps startups with technologies that can transform or to advance significantly in the automotive sector. Previously, Gregor helped to create BMW Innovation Worlds. Previously, Gregor started several software companies in Silicon Valley and Europe. And prior to being an entrepreneur, had worked for IDEO (Palo Alto), and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants (Germany)
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.
Josep Maria Boixeda de Miquel is a Telecommunications engineer. He has a Bachelor of Science in Physics and a Master in Computer Sciences and Business Managemenr with more than 30 years experience in Telecomunications and IT Systems. He is the director of strategy, technology and innovation of information systems in Gas Natural Fenosa Group. Before joining to Gas Natural Fenosa Group, Josep Maria was the general manager of Origin Technologies and Chief Information Officer at Philips Electronics. He also has professional experience in large corporations such as Merck and IBM.
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.
RocaSalvatella President, business consulting firm with offices in Barcelona, Madrid and Bogotá specialized in the digital transformation of organizations, their processes and business models.
With more than twenty years of experience in business management, Internet projects and exploration of the potential networks, he is an expert in Digital Transformation and its impact on personal, professional and business environments. In 2013 and 2014, he was one of the 25 most influential Spaniards of the Internet for El Mundo newspapper.
He is member of different advisory boards and boards of directors, its Opinion has been requested in government committees, maintains Stable in the press and radio, and is a regular guest as an expert in different TV channels. In 2010, the employers’ association awarded him the best Lecturer of the year.
He is an archaeologist specialized in Lower Palaeolithic, graduated from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and an MBA from ESADE. He is a guest lecturer in multiple University centers and business schools.
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
Currently, Managing Director of Idneo Ventures, the corporate ventures fund from Ficosa.
Entrepreneur profile with high experience in technological start-up projects, he participated in the foundation of Fractus, a well-known growing European Technology start-up in the global telecom industry, Advanced Automotive Antennas, today the core business of Ficosa Advanced Communication, Wireless BCN and Social & Beyond in Wayra, and Teraki in Hub:Raum, the Deutsch Telekom accelerator.
He is collaborating and participating in major accelerators networks like Wayra (Telefonica), Startupbootcamp, BWM startup Garage, Airbus Bizlab and Challenge Up (Cisco, Intel and Deutsche Telekom program).
Edouard main interests include IoT, Wireless technologies, Big Data and collaborative economy models. Between Barcelona and Berlin.
Mr. Salvador is an entrepreneur that co-founded Altac in 2003, a company specialized in new computer technologies applied to the design and the study of new construction materials such as CSP solar towers or chimneys.
Ever since, he has hold managerial positions related with engineering at several corporations including The Celsa Group, one of Europe’s top four steelmakers.
Since May 2016, he is the Innovation Director of the Celsa Group, where he is in charge of “Ingenium”, an accelerator program striving to lead industry transformation via innovation in energy storage, traceability in the supply chain, “smart steel” and recycling byproducts.
He holds a civil engineering degree from Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya and an MBA from IESE Business School.
For years, Mr. Servat has held managerial positions at Fluidra, a public Spanish multinational group dedicated to the development of applications for the sustainable use of water.
Since 2014, he is in charge of Fluidra Accelera, one of the few industrial accelerators in Spain, focused on technology and water. Its goal is twofold: to complement its internal innovation by seeking out entrepreneurs that can leverage the existing R&D projects of the while seeking a financial yield at the same time.
Fabian Simmer is 33 years old. He was born in Austria but he has been living in Spain since he was 3 years old. Simmer is the Chief Digital Officer at SEAT since 9 years ago. He is the responsible of the connected cars and for the future urban mobility concepts where he also leads the digital transformation of the company.
Jonathan is Ventures Director at Castrol innoVentures, the strategic develop and corporate investment team of the BP’s lubricants business. Jonathan joined BP in 2012 after senior roles in venture capital in and outside corporates since the late 1990s. He previously worked for QinetiQ in the UK, Carl Zeiss foundation in Germany and as a partner in UK –US venture firm. His work has covered life sciences, software, sensors and materials. Jonathan graduated sum cum laude with a Doctorate in Chemistry from Oxford University.
A mathematician and engineer with a Ph.D. in Fluid Mechanics, Aleix Valls began his professional career in the field of research at the International Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE) at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), where he served from 2000 to 2004. During this period he also began his association with Compass Ingeniería y Sistemas, where he worked as project manager until 2006.
Between 2006 and 2012 Valls worked at different companies and on projects related to the field of Strategic Consulting. In January 2006 he joined The NODE Company, a provider of innovation services, as a senior associate. Between 2008 and 2010 Valls worked at LOOP Consultancy where as a senior manager he took on responsibility for the Dubai office and the management of business development for the entire region of Northern Africa and the Middle East. In July of 2010, Aleix Valls became a manager with the consulting firm Accenture, where he headed up Strategic Consulting projects in different sectors.
Aleix Valls is the current CEO of the Mobile World Capital Barcelona Foundation (MWCB) and responsible of 4YFN.
Guillermo Sánchez Vega is a senior journalist at paper Cinco Días paper, Grupo Prisa’s economic paper. He studied translation (both for german and Russian), before receiving a bachelor of Journalism dregree. He has also worked at Cadena Ser radio. At Cinco Días, he has covered broad themes like financial services and media before joining the journal’s website as an editor and social media strategist.