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Multimedia and telecoms postgrad Carlos Blanco Vázquez is a serial entrepreneur, business angel and VC managing partner. He had worked in IT until 1996 when he founded OACE Servicios Informaticos SL. A sports fanatic, he also became a football talent scout (u15-u17) for RCD Espanyol de Barcelona S.A.D.His most profitable venture is his social gaming platform Akamon Entertainment that was sold for € 23.7 million to Imperus in 2015. He co-founded Nuclio Venture Builder to manage all his business interests, while VC firm Encomenda Smart Capital manages an investment fund of €20 million.

Ramón Blanco Duelo worked for Banco Santander before founding Selftrade.es in 1999. Selftrade.es, one of the first Spanish online brokers, was sold to Boursorama Banque in 2002. Blanco was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and has an MBA from the Harvard Business School in USA. A specialist in corporate digital transformation processes, he currently has roles as CEO, Executive Chairman and investor in several fintechs and other companies involved in internet banking, brokerage and e-commerce.

Carlos Pierre is the co-founder and CEO of Spanish online room rental platform Badi that was established in 2015 and secured Series B investment of US$30m in 2019. Pierre's first investment is the seed funding of household bill manager Polaroo in 2019.

Portuguese serial entrepreneur and angel investor, Carlos Oliveira is formerly the Secretary of State for Entrepreneurship, Competitiveness and Innovation in Portugal. He is also one of the 15 members of the European Commission's high-level group of innovators tasked with the creation of the European Innovation Council.In 2000, Oliveira founded a mobile services startup MobiComp and worked as its CEO until 2008 when he sold the company to Microsoft. He has also founded and invested in several startups, including StudentFinance fintech's €1.15m seed round. He is currently the executive president of the José Neves Foundation, set up by Farfetch founder José Neves to invest and transform Portugal into a knowledge economy.

Carlos Gallardo is an industrial engineer with an MBA from Stanford University. He spent most of his career at the pharmaceutical company Almirall and was promoted through the ranks rapidly holding multiple C-level roles. He became the MD for UK and Ireland for over five years and joined Almirall’s board of directors in 2014.In 2015, he founded CG Health Ventures, a VC firm investing in early-stage digital health companies worldwide. He’s also an active angel investor and advisor for startups developing frontier technologies in the healthcare sector. 

Co-founder of Seedrs, one of Europe’s most popular crowdfunding sites, and a founding member of Beta-i, a pioneer and one of the most influential organizations in the Portuguese startup scene today, Carlos Silva holds an MBA from the University of Oxford and a master’s in Computer Engineering from the Instituto Superior Technico. He is currently also Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Faber Ventures.

Carlos Montesinos, 25, is Co-founder, CEO, and CPO of Airhopping, a digital platform that enables multiple-destination travel planning at the lowest possible price. Montesinos launched the company upon graduating from Valencia's EDEM Business School with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He also studied Business Administration at the Development University in Chile. 

Currently based in the UK, Carlos González-Cadenas is a serial entrepreneur and business angel. In 2017, he became the CPO and CTO of GoCardless, one of the fintech partners of Billin. He founded Fogg in Barcelona in 2008 to build an advanced semantic search platform for the travel industry that was acquired by Scotland's Skyscanner in 2013. As CPO of Skyscanner in UK, he was able to scale the product development organization globally before the company was acquired by the Ctrip group for US$1.75 billion in November 2016. He was also part of Oberlo that was acquired by Shopify.

Carlos Castellano Aldave is co-founder and Technical Executive Officer of Spanish long-range drone technology startup FuVeX, where he has worked since 2015. From 2008 to 2017, he was head of R&D at the Public University of Navarre. He spent 17 years as technical director at electrical component manufacturer NACESA. Castellano holds two master's degrees, one in Communications from the Public University of Navarre and the other in Innovation Management from the Technical University of Madrid.

Juan Carlos Sesma Fraguas (b. 1983) is Founder and CEO of CO2 Revolution, based in Melida, near Tudela, Navarre, Spain. He established the company in May 2018, after two years spent developing intelligent seeds,  known as 'Iseeds', that he also patented. Before setting up CO2 Revolution, he worked in logistics and management at Aldi, El Corte Inglés and the International Meal Company. He previously completed an MBA at the European Forum School of Business of Navarre.

Carlos Matilla Codesal is co-founder and CEO of Spanish drone technology company FuVeX, which has been in operation since 2015. He was founder and president of FuVe-E, a student entrepreneurial association for participating in international engineering competitions at the Technical University of Madrid (UPM), where Matilla earned his degree in Aerospace Engineering in 2014. He managed two FuVe-E projects: designing one of the world's first gyrocopter UAVs and constructing an unmanned underwater vehicle. Matilla also studied Naval Architecture at UPM. He earned his Executive MBA from EOI Business School in 2017.

Juan Carlos López is a software engineer specializing in mobile applications. He worked for many years as an iOS Developer. In 2015, he co-founded Sensitrade, a revolutionary technology that captures sentiment about the stock market from social networks, predicting stock exchange evolution with a 87% success rate.A year later, with the same business partners, he co-founded Coinscrap, an app that facilitates micro-savings by rounding up purchases made with credit cards to the nearest euro. He is currently Coinscrap's Chief Mobile Officer.

Indexa Capital is Spain's first automated investment manager offering index funds. Its operations are based on passive investment management. The firm's objective is to offer diversified and transparent investments with commissions that are 80% lower than those charged by the financial sector. This is achieved through index funds investments and a machine that automatically assigns clients a portfolio from the available options, based on criteria such as the client's age, income and risk aversion, promising returns that are 3% higher than the average returns offered by banks and funds.The company was founded in 2015 by Unai Ansejo Barra, François Derbaix and Ramón Blanco, all of whom have extensive experience in the digital and investments ecosystems.  

Alvaro Polo Valdenebro is a co-founder of Coinffeine, a decentralized P2P bitcoin exchange platform and the first cryptocurrency project to be backed by a bank, Bankinter. Today he is Principal Software Development Engineer at Cabify. He has previously held positions as a Software Engineer at JobandTalent and in the R&D department of Telefonica. Valdenebro has also been a professor at Rey Juan Carlos University, teaching subjects including Networking, Distributed Software Architectures, Distributed Multimedia Services, Operating Systems and Foundations of Programming. 

Alejandro Hernandez has a master's in Computer Vision and a degree in Telecoms Engineering, both from King Juan Carlos University in Madrid. He is an advisor and co-founder of Alias Robotics in Spain. He is also employed as the CTO and Head of Engineering at Acutronic Robotics in Vitoria, Basque Country in Spain. He has previously worked as the Head of Software and as a software engineer at Erle Robotics and DTA, respectively. Erle was run by the Mayoral Vilches brothers until 2016 when it was sold to Acutronic that is now run by Victor Mayoral Vilches.

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