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A serial entrepreneur who co-founded three startups, Tiago Craveiro graduated from the University of Porto with a master’s in Industrial Engineering Management. Craveiro co-founded HUUB, Iterar and Knokcare.

Rice Bank was founded by two former Alibaba executives in 2014. The VC mainly invests in early-stage startups across the sectors of mobile internet, digital entertainment, media, intelligent hardware and cloud computing.

Swanlaab Venture Factory is a Spanish-Israeli VC fund founded in 2013 in Israel and in 2017 in Madrid,  whose first investment fund totalled €40 million. Within Spain, its portfolio has 11 startups across different B2B verticals. Each startup selected for investment during investment rounds of €2–3 million, receives funds of €500,000 to €1.5 million.Swanlaab's Israeli backer Giza Venture Capital has already achieved more than 40 successful exits and is ranked amongst the top funds worldwide, investing over $600 million since 1992.Its most recent investments include in edtech and multimedia content platform Odilo’s July 2020 $10m undisclosed round and in the €3.5m Series A investment round of sales tech Sales Layer in May 2020.

Carlos Cadenas is a computer engineer with extensive industry experience. In 2008, he founded Fogg as CEO. The travel tech startup was later acquired by Skyscanner. He stayed on at Skyscanner as CPO and expanded the product development division from 150 to over 400 people across 10 sites globally, including engineering, design and product management.Cadenas is also an investor, mentor and board member in multiple startups. Currently, he’s the COO of GoCardless, one of the fastest-growing fintechs in Europe, helping the company to scale up its business internationally.

Maylis Chevalier is an executive director, mentor and angel investor in Spanish tech startups. She’s currently the Director of Innovation and Digital Product at Vocento, a Madrid-based media broadcaster.She was the Spanish country manager for Ligatus, a programmatic marketing solutions company. She was also an executive in the editorial and business development departments of media companies such as Gruner + Jahr GmbH and Axel Springer SE.

Jose Luis Vega de Seoane graduated in 2012 as a software engineer from the Complutense University of Madrid. He has also completed a global management program at IESE Business School.In 2013, he co-founded video games developer Upplication as CEO. The mobile app maker was sold in 2017 to Mobusi, a leading digital marketing company. He left Upplication in 2018 and became a digital strategy advisor at the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX).In 2018, he co-founded Capaball as COO. He is also a mentor at Conector Startup accelerator and a board member of IBECOSOL. In 2020, the serial entrepreneur has founded two new startups: Heris, a platform to cure patients affected by aphasia and a digital marketing agency Trevol.

Sixto Arias is a veteran entrepreneur based in Madrid. He graduated with a BA Communications degree from Complutense University in 1992.In 2001, he started his first venture as co-founder of Movilisto that was sold to London-based mobile value-added services group Itouch Plc in 2004. In 2007, he founded media planner Mobext that was sold to Havas Media six years later.He is an angel investor focusing on projects relating to AI, education, IoT and mobile. He was the managing partner of Conector Startup Accelerator in Madrid for over two years. He is also the founder of the Mobile Marketing Association in Spain.Arias currently runs two startups: digital innovation agency Made in Mobile that he founded in 2014 and edtech Capaball co-founded in 2018. As a digital marketing specialist and experienced lecturer, he also works as a professor at ESCP Europe in Madrid and University of Sergio Arboleda in Colombia.

Carlos Hernando is a Spanish computer engineer with significant experience as a CTO and as a leader of technology teams in startups.He’s also an active startup mentor through the Tetuan Valley Network. Currently, Hernando is CTO and co-founder of Zensei, a virtual clinic app aimed at preventing and assisting users in their management of respiratory problems.Prior to Zensei, Hernando held CTO roles in startups in the health and travel sectors, such as Doctor24 and Smartvel, noted for his contribution as technical leader, for his customer-centric approach and for the scalability of the technology he develops

BAN madri+d is a network of angel investors specializing in finding and backing technology-based startups in their seed stage of development and also headquartered in Madrid .With over 116 active investors, the institution aims to establish a competitive entrepreneurial ecosystem through collaboration with business experts, research centers and public institutions.To date, BAN madri+d has already invested (directly and indirectly) more than €70,000 across 480 projects.

David Martín-Corral is an industrial engineer with a PhD in Mathematical Engineering, focusing on complex systems, viral computing and machine learning.He has worked as an associate lecturer teaching classes in social network analysis, digital health and data visualization, and in R programming for top-notch Spanish universities such as CIFF Business School, the IE Business School and Carlos III University in Madrid.Martín-Corral was also the founder of Polibot, the popular chatbot for Telegram and Facebook. In 2018, he co-founded Zensei with Carlos Hernando, a virtual clinic app aimed at preventing and assisting users in their management of respiratory problems. Both founders are currently mentoring startups as part of the Tetuan Valley Network.

The first equity crowdfunding company to be licensed in Indonesia, Santara started locally in Yogyakarta to help SMEs in Indonesia, attract investors and raise capital.

Target Global is an international venture capital firm based in Berlin with offices in London, Tel Aviv and Barcelona.The firm has a total of more than €800m in assets under management, investing mainly in fast-growing tech startups across multiple investment stages and focusing on trillion-euro markets.  

Borja Aranguren Herrera has a MSc in Industrial Engineering specializing in both mechanical engineering and business administration. In 2012, he received a scholarship for an exchange program at the San Diego State University in California which he successfully completed with the best possible grades.Since 2018, he has been the CEO and co-founder of Cobee, a fast growing fintech app that helps companies manage employee benefits. Prior to this, Aranguren Herrera worked for several years as a consultant at McKinsey and late led strategy and business expansion at OnTruck, one of the most promising logistics startups in Spain. 

Chris Bouwer is a Barcelona-based angel investor, active in the Spanish tech ecosystem and known for backing startups including Delivery Hero, Fanly and Airhelp. More recently, he was the lead investor in a funding round by Polaroo, a mobile app that manages and automates household payments, as well as investing in Cobee, a compensation and benefits management SaaS. He’s currently Board Advisor in Cellulant, a financial service provider providing digital payments in Africa. Bouwer has a background in sales, with his last key position as VP of Sales (2007–2015) in Adyen, a Dutch PSP services fintech he co-founded.

Speedinvest is a pan-European, early-stage venture capital firm with offices in Vienna, Munich, San Francisco, Berlin, London and Paris. The firm helps startups grow internationally. Its raised its third and latest fund of €190m in Feburary 2020, bringing total AUM to over €400m. Each investment ticket size starts from €50,000 and goes up to €1.5m. Founded by Austrian Oliver Holle, a former entrepreneur who founded his business in the 2000s and went on to work another tech startup in Silicon Valley. With conviction that "European founders can win big in the Valley and beyond,” Rolle started Speedinvest with a €10m fund in 2011.The firm mainly invests in pan-European fintech startups, digital health, consumer tech, B2B SaaS and deep tech startups.   

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