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Bristol Myers Squibb or BMS is one of the world’s largest biopharmaceutical companies developing medicines in oncology, hematology, immunology and cardiovascular disease. It invests directly and via VC funds, including Life Sciences Partners (LSP) and BioGeneration Ventures, as LP. BMS is headquartered in New York and has 10 offices and facilities within the US and 13 in overseas locations, namely, Puerto Rico, Canada, France, Belgium, the UK, Ireland, Germany, Japan and China. 

Since his graduation in Lisbon as a computer engineer in 1999, Nuno Rodrigues has worked as a software engineer, solutions architect and business transformation manager for various companies including Amdocs, Vodafone, Hewlett-Packard, Zapp, Jazztel and CGI-AMS. His diverse roles led him to work overseas in Poland, Belgium, Germany and the Czech Republic.In May 2015, Rodrigues joined his wife and Doinn co-founder Noelia Novella to focus on building the housekeeping services platform as CIO and chief product officer. Since 2016, he has also been working as a lead business support system analyst for Belgian telco Telenet.

Sofina began in 1898 as Société Financière de Transport et d’Entreprises Industrielles, an engineering conglomerate in Belgium. In the late 1960s, Sofina changed course to become an investment company. As a holding company, its major investments lie in the consumer goods, energy, and distribution sectors, with stakes in companies like Danone and communications satellite operator SES. It has also been involved in various venture capital investment activities, both as an LP to other VCs and as a VC itself, running the Sofina Growth portfolio. The Sofina Growth portfolio spans a wide range of sectors and geographies, from China to Southeast Asia, with investments in notable companies like Zilingo, Byju’s and Kopi Kenangan.

Established in 2018, Jensen Group Investment Fund is the generalist investment fund of Danish entrepreneur Steen Ulf Jensen, founder of the Jensen Group, a global manufacturer of machines for the heavy-duty laundry industry based in Belgium. Jensen was also the CEO of Box TV and Digicel Cabel. The fund has so far invested in four startups with Jensen becoming board chairman at the investee companies. In 2020, the fund acquired stakes in the July €1.1m seed round of Danish alt-leather biotech Beyond Leather Materials and in the funding of Danish bike lock startup PentaLock earlier in March.

Bryan McEire was born in Costa Rica but spent most of his life in Spain and Belgium. The CTO of Spotahome has computer and software engineering degrees from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid and Université Libre de Bruxelles.Together with CEO Artacho, McEire tried to raise funds for Spotahome during the early days. However, investors were not interested and both went separate ways for a while. Artacho returned from London and approached McEire to revive Spotahome with new audiovisual viewings by home checkers. He had previously worked in the business intelligence, infrastructure and real estate sectors.

Belgian-born Laurence Fontinoy graduated in Commercial Engineering at Belgium’s Louvain Catholic University in 1994 and went on an exchange program for one year at New York’s Stern Graduate Business School. She worked for almost four years at Belgacom Mobile in Belgium, where she supervised the launch of its first prepaid card. In 1999, she moved to the Netherlands to join Dutch telecoms provider Ben as a customer development manager. After completing an MBA in 2002 at IESE University of Navarra, the mother-of-three joined eBay Spain as head of category and seller development. In 2005, she was promoted to marketing and communications director but left in 2008 to join Google as the regional country marketing manager for Spain and Portugal. In 2015, she left to become the CEO and co-founder of WOOM with former eBay colleague Clelia Morales.

Founded in 1813 as a small grain-trading firm in Arlon, France (now Belgium), Continental Grain Company (CGC) is now headquartered in New York. It has operations in 10 countries and employs over 13,500 people worldwide. Business activities include animal feeds, aquaculture and meat production.Besides interests in the food, agribusiness and commodities sectors, CGC also manages different asset classes like private equity, listed securities and venture capital. Its investment portfolio includes more than 30 food and agribusiness companies, ranging from early-stage ventures to established market leaders across the US, China and Latin America.CGC Asia mainly invests in feed milling, animal husbandry, meat production and processing businesses in the region. Direct investments are made through Continental Capital Limited in China, focusing on high‐growth food and agribusiness firms.

Julien Denoël is the Belgian co-founder and COO of UK-based VR edtech for soft-skills training Bodyswaps, where he has worked since its founding in 2019. Prior to this, he was CEO and managing director at VR marketing agency Somewhere Else from 2016, before the agency pivoted to training and skills development and became the basis of Bodyswaps’ product offer. The agency had clients such as Adidas, for which Somewhere Else produced an interactive VR in-store promotional tool that was deployed in over 100 locations in China, Europe and the US and was nominated for a VR Award and an Immersive Perspective award. Denoël has also been a guest lecturer in VR and AR at INSEEC business school in London and Geneva since 2017. Prior to this, Denoël  also co-founded another VR agency, Exheb, in 2014, where he worked for almost three years as VR Producer. He also worked in digital marketing for Quotient Technology, formerly for two years, and in business development and marketing at the WorldOne agency for the same amount of time. Denoël holds both a master’s and a bachelor’s degree from HEC Management School in Liege, Belgium, the former in Marketing and Organization, the latter in Management.    

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