Rupert Cocke Mergermarket / Financial Times

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Rupert is Spanish bureau chief for Mergermarket / Financial Times

"I have been a full-time news reporter since 1995. I learnt the trade before the internet became commonplace; was trained to make split-second decisions on financial situations by Dow Jones Newswires; and was given the freedom to focus on in-depth reporting by the Mergermarket Group."

Neal Dempsey Serial Investor / Bay Partners

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Neal was one of the founding Investor in Starbucks - just one of many great decisions he has made based upon an intuitive sense of which entrepreneurs have the right DNA for success. Recently joining the Forbes Midas List, with 3 IPOs in 2012 alone (Eloqua - acquired in 2012 by Oracle for $871 million; Enphase Energy for $242 million; and Guidewire Software at market cap: $2.09 billion) along with a slew of other coups over his career, Neal's adventurous spirit has also taken him atop six of the seven tallest summits in the world.

Benedict Rodenstock ASTUTIA

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Benedict Rodenstock

is founder and CEO of ASTUTIA. He is an expert for the development of start up companies. In his professional carreer, he worked as a consultant for corporations and assisted the development of new businesses on company side and on investor’s side. Amongst others he worked for Hubert Burda Media, WEB.DE and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. Benedict Rodenstock got his MBA at the University St. Gallen; he studied internet technologies at New York University, and at the University Bologna he aquired a degree in history.

Oriol Juncosa

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Oriol is an investor and advisor
​ to tech companies
 with a particular focus on SaaS, fintech, security, BigData, Edtech and marketplaces in Southern Europe, in the UK and Germany. 

Mats Venndahl VENNDAHL

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Mats Venndahl is owner of consultant firm Venndahl Speaking Partner from Sweden. 

Frank Kelcz DN Capital

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Frank Kelcz is a Venture Partner at DN Capital since July 2, 2014. He works with the firm's international portfolio of companies to expand into the US markets as well as finding companies with the ability to expand to Europe.

Mr. Kelcz is Founder of Excelerance Limited and serves as its President. He has been an Advisor to the Venture Capital Unit of the Department of UK Trade and Investment, advising and supporting UK originated venture-backed companies to internationally investing VCs in the United States.

“We always invest with the exit in mind, and we begin the grooming process at least one year prior. ”

Greg Mortenson CAI / Three Cups of Tea

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Greg Mortenson is the co-founder of nonprofit Central Asia Institute www.ikat.org , founder of Pennies For Peace www.penniesforpeace.org , and co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Three Cups of Tea www.threecupsoftea.com , and author of the bestsellerStones into Schools www.stonesintoschools.com .
 

Toby Lewis Global Corporate Venturing

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Toby Lewis is the chief executive of Novum Insights, a data business focusing on complex areas of technology investment and strategy, specializing in fintech and cybersecurity. He has spoken at numerous international technology and venture capital events including those held by the NVCA, the Global Technology Symposium, Global Corporate Venturing, Tech Tour, White Bull and International Business Forum.  He was previously the chief analytics officer of Global Corporate Venturing, managing the development of its GCV Analytics platform.

Christopher Pommerening Active Venture Partners

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Christopher Pommerening started his professional career in Spain in 1998 co-founding AutoScout24 Spain as CEO and member of the Board of Directors. Autoscout24 is part of the Scout24 Group, Europe’s leading operator of virtual market places. Christopher was appointed Managing Director of Scout24 Spain in 2001. While preparing the internationalisation of the Scout24 Group, he also set up B24 Networks, a Europe wide on-line market place for the yachting sector.

Jason Ball Qualcomm Ventures

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Jason Ball is a Senior Investment Manager at Qualcomm Ventures Europe and is based in London. Jason has 8 years experience working with internet and mobile software start-ups. Prior to joining Qualcomm, he was the Investment Director at London Seed Capital, a seed and early stage venture capital fund, where he focused on material science and internet technology investments.

Jason holds an MBA from ESADE in Barcelona, where he was given the “Innovation and Strategy Award” from the Boston Consulting Group, and a BS in Chemistry from Mississippi College.