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Rafael de Alemar Vidal is based in Santa Caterina in Brazil, as the CTO and a co-founder of Sheetgo. He had previously worked for five years as an IT analyst in London UK. He also specialized in Business Information Technology at the South Bank University while in London. After graduating in 2011, he became a Microsoft certified professional in 2013. He returned to Brazil and worked as a systems analyst at Moon Tools and Abramar Construtora. Both companies were co-founded and run by fellow co-founder Yannick Rault van der Vaart.

Based in Spain since 2016, Yannick Rault van der Vaart is a Brazilian entrepreneur with diverse work experiences in USA, Latin America and Europe. The co-founder and CEO of Sheetgo is also a board member of Impact Hub Network that runs co-working spaces in Spain and Brazil.In 2006, the graduate from the University of Miami co-founded EsMiHogar to help immigrants finance property purchases back home. In 2007, he helped Spanish company Inmoferrocarril to launch 7,600 social home mixed-use urban development "Esmihogar". In 2008, he co-founded Abramar to build low income, environment-friendly residential buildings and neighborhoods in Brazil.

Established in 2014, WOW Aceleradora is a startup accelerator based in Porto Alegre, Brazil. It has invested over BR$8 million (US$2.1 million) through its network of 170 angel investors, specializing in tech companies.

Established in 2007, Exago is an innovation management software and service provider for companies in 19 countries across four continents. Its clients include Shell, Carrefour and Barclays. Exago has offices in Lisbon, London, and São Paulo, Brazil.

Seeking to reinvigorate higher education across Latin America, aligning it with global systems, Blox’s latest deal with Pearson Education will boost its expansion.

Concept Investimentos is a Brazilian mid-market private equity investor based in São Paulo. Focusing mainly on medtech, the firm was established in 2016 with its first investment in Maquira, a leading manufacturer of dental products in Brazil. It has invested in three companies so far, including participation in the R$1.7m seed investment round of Brazilian edtech Blox.Founding partner Rafael Pilotto Gonçalez previously worked at Pacific Investimentos’ private equity division and Pacific’s partnership with One Equity Partners, JPM’s former global private equity arm in Brazil. He has also worked for the private equity arm of Banco Votorantim and London-based private equity firm Actis.

Spain's most popular second-hand marketplace merged with LetGo in 2017 in the US and has 6 million daily users and topped US$150 million in funding.

Arifin Asydhad, a graduate from the University of Padjajaran, is a self-professed workaholic. Hailing from Bogor, Arifin is known to often work until 9 pm as a journalist. As the former director and editor in chief of Detikcom for almost 17 years, he has accompanied Indonesian government officials on visits to China and Brazil. However, Arifin left Detikcom in September 2016 to help ex-Detikcom seniors and colleagues to establish Kumparan in November.

Portuguese venture capital firm Best Horizon was established in 2014. Since then, its portfolio has grown to about 50 companies based in Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, Brazil and the US. The firm has €3m in two investment vehicles for pre-seed and seed investments in tech companies that either have their headquarters or a subsidiary in the North, Centre, Alentejo and Azores regions of Portugal.

Jonatan Gomes da Silva is the CMO and co-founder of cloud-based fintech Sheetgo. The Brazilian is an IT specialist based in Santa Caterina, Brazil. He has three degrees from two Brazilian universities and the think-tank Fundacao Getulio Vargas in Project Management, Web Programming and Computer Networks. He had previously worked at Moon Tools as a project manager. He was also a technology manager at Abramar Construtora. Both companies were run by fellow co-founder Yannick Rault van der Vaart.

After disrupting Portugal’s public healthcare system with video consultations via app, Knokcare is offering its SaaS services to health insurers in Europe and beyond.

A US national by birth, Chad Pittman is currently based in Sao Paulo, as a co-founder and Head of User Success at Sheetgo.  He had previously worked as an investment manager at Abramar Construtora in Brazil that was run by co-founder Yannick Rault van der Vaart.Pittman worked at CRC Homes in Los Angeles until 2011, after spending eight years as an engineer at Boeing in California. He graduated in Electrical Engineering from the University of California and went on to the University of Southern California to read an MBA in Corporate Finance and a master's in Real Estate Development.

Parejo is an MBA graduate from Barcelona's IESE Business School with double degrees in Law and Business Administration.He worked for several years as a lawyer for real estate and land development companies. He joined his first tech company in 2011, working as Head of Sales and Head of Department in Groupon Brazil.From 2014 to 2016, he was the managing director of iContainers, an online B2B and B2C platform for international ocean and airfreight shipments.He is now Co-founder and CMO of OnTruck, an innovation-oriented logistics company that optimizes road freight transportation through technology.

Hoffman is the COO and co-founder of Spanish AI-enhanced insurtech SingularCover, where he has worked since 2018. He previously worked as COO for Spain-based gaming startup Playtomic and in Indonesia as the CEO and founder of e-commerce startup eTailwind, a partner of Lazada Group. Previously, he worked in Indonesia as the Vice-President of Strategy at Alibaba Group and in management positions covering southern Europe for Berlin-based Zalando, Europe’s leading online fashion platform.Hoffman holds a master’s degree from Madrid’s Carlos III University in International Business Management, with exchange program participation in Switzerland and Brazil.  

Established in San Francisco in 1998, global VC firm e.ventures now has offices and teams in the US, Brazil, Germany, China and Japan. The company invests from seed stage to later stages in sums ranging from US$500,000 to US$30m. It has invested in over 275 companies to date, as lead investor in 70, and has managed 42 exits, including Groupon and Farfetch. Recent investments include cloud-based contract management company Icertis's US$115m Series E round and workforce app Staffbase's Series C round. The VC has six investment funds, totaling US$1.1bn, including a US$125m European-dedicated fund established in June 2019.

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