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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.

An industrial engineer by training, Rubén Blanco Carrera comes from a family of ranchers in Cabañas, 18 km from Ávila, Spain. Currently he is Commercial Director and co-founder of IoT startup SensoWave, as well as its brand Digitanimal, aimed at remote farming. The business idea of Digitanimal partly came about because of Blanco’s personal experience with his own livestock. Using IoT remote tracking, detecting heat and parturition through the use of sensors , which are analyzed to reflect the behavior of the cattle and notify alert ranchers to the anomalies detected, he was able to save a mother and calf from a difficult delivery. In another incident, the technology helped alert him to the attack of wolves. Blanco holds both a first degree and a master's degree from Madrid's Alfonso X El Sabio University, the former in Technical Engineering in Industrial and Product Design and the latter in Industrial Engineering and Industrial Electronics. He then worked as an industrial engineer at both private company Retailgas and at Alfa Imaging, the startup co-founded by Carlos Callejero, with whom Blanco later co-founded SensoWave.

Ramón Blanco Duelo worked for Banco Santander before founding in 1999., 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.

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. 

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.

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 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. 

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 Ricci Ricci has an MBA in marketing from Minas Gerais Catholic Pontifical University and an MBA in business finance from the Getulio Vargas Foundation.He has worked in banking for over 30 years, including more than 14 years in sales and risk management at Banco Fidis. He also worked as an account manager at ABN AMRO bank for over 16 years. He is now the co-founder and Head of Customer Success of edtech startup Blox.

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

Carlos Casanova is the CTO and co-founder of X1 Wind, a company developing a downwind turbine technology to reduce the Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) in offshore wind plants, named the PivotBuoy system. He conceived the concept that paved the way for PivotBuoy in 2012 during his MSc studies in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Prior to X1 Wind, Casanova worked as an engineer in companies developing similar solutions in the field of wind turbines and floating offshore systems, including Bluewater and Adwen Offshore.From 2012 to 2014, Casanova also was Research Assistant at MIT, investigating floating wind turbine advanced controls.

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 Lei Santos is the CEO and co-founder of P2P mesh network platform HypeLabs that was established in 2015. He graduated in Computer Science at the University of Porto in 2014 while working at Simbolo II.  Lei has worked for seven years as an IT manager at tech agency Simbolo II, providing assistance to clients like IBM and Banco Santander. He was also a mentor for various tech and startup initiatives.

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.

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