Simon is a Senior Partner at Wellstreet and an award-winning entrepreneur with substantial experience in the online industry in general and the e-commerce domain in particular. Sïmon is founding partner at Wellstreet, one of Scandinavia's most active investors in early stage tech startups. Sïmon focuses on meaningful entrepreneurship by supporting entrepreneurs to explore and develop sustainable and impactful businesses. In the last decade, he has held several executive positions and advisory roles in global enterprises.
As a seven-time startup veteran and CEO and founder of Tech Ranch Austin, a venture accelerator for early-stage technology companies, Kevin Koym is a recognized pioneer in the startup community whose influence has been felt by over 6,500 entrepreneurs from over 42+ countries. His motivation to work with startups stems from his belief that supported entrepreneurs create more innovation, which leads to more solutions to address society’s most pressing issues. As a result, Kevin is known worldwide for his work in establishing entrepreneur networks in the U.S., Mexico, Chile, Singapore, Korea and Australia.
Algirdas Stonys is a man like no other. CEO of TeleSoftas, the largest mobile software development company in the Baltics and Scandinavia: start-up mentor, investor, philanthropist and all round good guy. While acting as the founding father of a long list of successful business initiatives, Algirdas can be legitimately called one of the guardian angels of tech startup ecosystems regionally and beyond. However, what sets Algirdas apart is his unique outlook in building business communities founded on the principles of sustainability, sharing, trust, and love. Algirdas’ ambitions don’t rest there. His life goal is to create the largest tribe of happy people in the world, putting fulfillment indicators forefront.
Skinner Layne is the Founder of Exosphere, a learning and problem-solving community building the institutions of the future. The Exosphere Academy of Science & the Arts, the Exosphere community's first such project, has been operating since 2013, delivering intensive, experimental educational programs that bring together science, technology, entrepreneurship, philosophy, and psychology in Latin America and Europe.
Gleb, Co-Founder of Fundwise, listens to around 900 speeches a year ranging from a 60-second pitch to a 45-minute keynote. He’s trained presenters for industry-wide pitching showcases such as Slush, Latitude59, TechChill and LOGIN. He’s the co-founder of Fundwise, a founder-to-investor pitching platform with a 65% success rate and raising over 889K EUR for over a dozen projects. Every year he works with executives from almost every industry that would make the world a bit better, or at least have a shot at doing so. Around a 100 of those execs have gone on to pitch at trade fairs such as the Mobile World Congress, Smart City Expo, conhIT, boot Düsseldorf, Bygg Reis Deg, or BAU.
Kęstutis, a Co-Founder of CUJO, has over 15 years of Leading QA and Management experience with scalable US finance, e-Commerce, and security projects. He brings deep insight on problematic areas during early development and focusing on quality product delivery for growth-oriented companies.
Neil Cocker is Director & Senior Partner at Tomorrow Street. He has worked in international business for 18 years. Since 2011, he has been working at the Vodafone Procurement Company (VPC) in Luxembourg. He is currently a Director at the Tomorrow Street innovation centre, where he is in charge of the scouting operation. Tomorrow Street is a joint venture with the Luxembourg government and aims to grow late-stage startups through the power of Vodafone’s global footprint. Neil holds an MBA from the Open University Business School and a Master’s in English from the University of Aberdeen.
Magnus Olby has over 14 years of experience of growing and expanding digital businesses in Europe. Originally from the private banking sector, he has since held a number of senior marketing and business development positions at both startup ventures to pubic companies, like Kindred Group Plc and most recently as CMO at TransferGo.
Rytis Lauris is the Co-founder and CEO of Omnisend, the powerful marketing automation platform that’s focused on moving ecommerce marketers beyond the generic email marketing tools. Rytis is a successful entrepreneur who has spent the last 10 years building and driving a few startups which has brought him to ecommerce field. He has shared his knowledge and expertise in numerous ecommerce conferences, including Litmus Live and Magento Imagine.
Emmet is a Founding Partner and CIO at J12 Ventures, a Stockholm-based early stage fund active across the Nordics and Baltics. J12 works closely with the teams in which it invests, particularly focusing on supporting go-to-market strategies. By building exclusive groups of local angel investors who then work closely with the fund team, J12 provides startups with the combination of the best that angels and funds have to offer. Previously co-founder and CPO of fintech company NOWO, Emmet is passionate about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business, and working with ambitious founders towards significant positive impact.
Phil Dardier is a Senior Partner at Avolta Partners who now Advises Tech Startups across the spectrumof fund raising M&A and ICOz’s. He also ran European and Global equity, derivatives and Emerging market sales businesses at Merrill Lynch and at BNPParibas. He is one of the founding members of the European Crowdfunding Network and a Senior Partner of the leading European Tech Investment Bank where he advises European Tech firms primarily in the French Baltic and Nordic region, in fund raising and in an advisory capacity and longstanding Start-up investor into such firms as Vistaprint (CMPR), Attenda (UK), Digital Keys (FR).
Andris is a Managing Partner at Change Ventures and a prominent leader in Baltic startup ecosystem and co-founder of TechHub Riga and TechChill. He now leads the Baltic seed investment fund Change Ventures. In the past, he has held leadership roles at various startups including AeroScout ($240M exit) and Bookatable ($110M exit). He is a former Bain & Company strategist and investment advisor at Creandum, and holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Hasan is a Venture Consultant at One/10 with an entrepreneurial background having founded and co-founded several tech companies as well as a trader in the financial and crypto markets. Currently consulting start-ups on investor relations, investment strategies and fundraising across Europe as well as scouting for VC's and private investors.
Hailing from San Francisco, California, Lloyd Waldo, the self-proclaimed “3rd most-famous American in Prague,” is a Partner at StartupYard, and resident Copywriter and Community Manager. Lloyd brings many years of professional writing and speaking experience to StartupYard, as well as an eye for defining the unique voice of a young company. Lloyd is a frequent speaker and panelist at startup and tech events throughout Europe, and he is a mentor at GjirafaLab, Kosovo’s first ever incubator for tech startups, and Numa, a leading tech accelerator in France. In 2014, he joined Gjirafa, a StartupYard startup, as a member of the Advisory Board.
Sophia is an American/ Peruvian investment consultant with a marketing background. She recently completed her undergraduate degree at NYU’s portal campus in Shanghai, China where she formed part of the inaugural class and majored in Business and Finance. Her interests in marketing and finance were strengthened during her year abroad in New York City, where she interned and worked in both fields, analyzing investments and raising sales. Sophia is also a cryptocurrency investor, writer, and speaker.
Tomas is Managing Partner at Goldfishfund, leading e-commerce and foodtech fund in Baltics who invested in such companies like Pigu Group, Pawame, Dorado.tech, Dancerbus, Foodout group, Chilivery, Welltrado.io, SnapnSave.co.za, and few more. Startups operate in 9 markets (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine, Belarus, Iran, Spain, South Africa, Spain, Nigeria and Kenya).