Currency One SA is a company running two online foreign exchange platforms: internetowykantor.pl and walutomat.pl). Internetowykantor.pl is the leader of online foreign currency exchange in Poland! 125k+ customers, 50+ employees. Łukasz conducts a research in requirements engineering field. During his research he created a tool for analyst: UC Workbench. Ernst&Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2013. Read his success story here.
IT Director, Mindseater, Project Manager, Poznań University of Technology
Piotr has worked at Poznań University of Technology since 2004, at first mainly dealing with administrative tasks, but later started to develop IT solutions for the University. He worked as an IT analyst, project manager and architect in number of IT projects at the University, such as: Ksantypa (recruitment system for candidates), eProto (electronic student’s book), BIS (Bibliometric system) and new Didactics system.In 2011 he started to teach software engineering and project management at Poznań University of Technology. Also in 2011, Miklosik co-founded Mindseater Ltd. and started to work there as an IT Director and vice president. Find out more about Piotr’s success story.
Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, Talend
Talend is a French open source software vendor that provides big data services. Talend has 400 employees in 7 countries and has raised so far >100M€. Prior to Talend, as Technical Director of the integration practice for a large European systems integrator, Fabrice managed complex projects for large clients. Fabrice also co-founded an IT Asset Management software company, based in France with offices in the Silicon Valley. Fabrice holds a degree in Computer Science from EPITA in Paris.
Founder & CEO, BlaBlaCar
BlaBlaCar is Ridesharing marketplace in Europe with 90+ employees in 10 European countries and has more than 5M members. Frederic holds a Masters degree in Physics from ENS Ulm in France, a Masters degree in Computer Science from Stanford University and an MBA from INSEAD. He currently teaches the “Startups” class at Sciences Po in Paris. Read his success story here.
CEO & Co-founder of meltyNetwork
MeltyNetwork is the #1 web media group dedicated to young people in France (15 million unique visitors per month) with presence in Italy and Spain. In 2013 Melty generated more than 4M€ in revenues. Alexandre graduated from Epitech in Computer Science in 2008.
Founder, CEO, Sky & Sand GmbH
Dr. Fabian Heilemann is a successful serial-entrepreneur and investor from Berlin, Germany. In 2009 he and his brother Ferry founded DailyDeal – the first European couponing portal. In September 2011 DailyDeal was acquired by Google. When Fabian and Ferry Heilemann repurchased the company in February 2013, they set the fundamentals for their company-builder Sky & Sand. To this day, DailyDeal, the e-business agency Heilemann & Co , the Google AdWords Premier SMB Partner LOCALIZE! as well as the POS system provider pepperbill, are part of the Sky & Sand Group.Fabian and Ferry Heilemann are also early stage VC-investors in Germany and Europe: They actively support companies with focus on e-commerce and SaaS/B2B. Their holding Heilemann Ventures is currently invested in 15 companies.
Benedikt Constantin Franke has been involved with various roles and companies of Rocket Internet before launching Latin American Media Group, a content and advertising network for Latin America in 2010. He currently works on making the purchase of household services as easy and convenient as buying a flight online or ordering a cab on your smartphone.
Co-Founder & Managing Director, Outfittery
After her studies in Munich, Madrid and at the Columbia University she started her career at different smaller business before she became Head of Business Development at Zalando in Berlin, where she met Anna Alex, her later Co-Founder. Both quickly realized that they would like to found their own business and during a stay in New York Julia had the idea for Outfittery. She was visiting the Big Apple with a friend who wanted to look good without having the time to go shopping – he then treated himself with a personal shopper. And this was the pivitol moment where the idea to make an Online Personal Shopping Service for everyone was created. Not for privileged people but for every man who does not have the time or patience to do shopping himself. Back in Berlin, Julia got Anna Alex on board and together they founded Outfittery in 2012. And it seems like men in Germany, Switzerland and Austria were waiting for exact that service. In the first year Outfittery sent outfit boxes to 50.000 happy customers. Today, in 2014 the Personal Shopping Service counts 100.000 customers, 50 Style-Experts. Julia Bösch and Anna Alex launched their own Outfittery Magazin and a TV Spot. This year they want to expand to other European countries, starting with Holland in order to have more well dressed men on our streets!
Founder & MD at Todaytickets.de| Board member German Startup Association e.V.
He is a serial entrepreneur, business angel and Member of the Board of the German Startup Association, where he acts as a lobbyist for the startup industry. His most recent company, Todaytickets.de, markets last-minute tickets and helps event promoters to monetize their unsold ticket inventory last minute. Before that Christian was employed as a Director at Rocket Internet, where he was involved in the rollouts of Payleven and Westwing. Christian started out his career as an Executive Assistant at Bertelsmann AG, where he was engaged in the setup of the Bertelsmann India Investment Fund. Christian holds a degree in International Business from Cologne Business School, Germany.
Legal and Corporate Affairs Lead, Microsoft
Václav has joined Microsoft in the Czech Republic as Government and Corporate Affairs Manager in September 2008. He come to Microsoft from Vodafone where he has held a number of managerial positions since 1999 in the area of external and regulatory affairs. He is a graduate of Czech Technical University in Prague and has also completed a number of post-graduate management courses. In his role he is promoting the spread of modern information technologies in the area of Central and Eastern Europe. He is representing Microsoft in the number of professional industry associations: He was elected as the Member of Board of Directors of ICT UNIE z.s., Member of the Steering Committee for the Information Society, Vice chairman of the Supervisory Board of Prague Business Club, Member of the Advisory Board of the Czech System Integrator Association, he is acting as the representative of Czech Industry Coalition on Data Protection and the Member of the Working Group for Data Protection and Cybersecurity in the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic and active Member of the Czech ICT Alliance. He supports also the goal to create a system reflecting the real needs and demands of employers to their employees, their skills and education as the expert of the Sector Council for ICT. Václav is married and has two children. Golf and tennis are among his favorite hobbies.
Founder and CEO, OptimSys
Pavel acquired a deep knowledge of computer science and software design and development during his studies at the Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University Brno, specializing in human language and speech processing technologies and human-computer interaction. After graduation in 2000 he was active in research for a few years. He spent two years in a Norwegian research institute Norut IT and also worked with Masaryk University and externally with Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland. In 2004 Pavel started OptimSys, a company that develops and provides software technologies and solutions for working with voice communication. OptimSys’ cutting edge and innovative technologies and solutions are used by customers on four continents today. Pavel held many roles within the company as it has been evolving. From software architect and developer through team leader up to product and marketing manager. Currently he is mainly focused on strategic planning and business development.
Entrepreneur in the field of computer graphics.
Zuzana has got more than 10 years experience as a freelancer in commercial graphic design, realization of internet projects, online communication, social media marketing and using virtual worlds in business and education. he hosts several university projects in most popular virtual world – Second Life, and creates content and programme of virtual workshops for university students. She is also using virtual worlds for online marketing of virtual brands, publishing popular science articles in online magazines, creating tutorials in Czech language, and organizing online courses for beginners and experienced residents in virtual worlds.
Managing Director, Militos Emerging Technologies and Services
Olga Stavropoulou is an active entrepreneur and a recognized mentor, specialized in the design and implementation of numerous projects and actions that enhance, advance and promote entrepreneurship, employment, mobility, lifelong learning and training. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Sociology (Northeastern University, USA) and her Master’s degree in International Politics (University of Brussels). She is a Member of the National Council for the Global Entrepreneurship Week.
Cofounder and General Manager, Doctoranytime.gr
Eleftheria’s first interaction with a “customer” was in the small toy shop of her grandfather, where she understood early enough that sales increase when you sell what consumer needs. She studied Business administration and marketing in University of Piraeus and started her career in Procter and Gamble, where she learned that a good marketer should be in touch with the consumer and get in his shoes, a more formal way to put what she had early enough understood. Then she moved to ΔΟΛ, where she did marketing for women magazines and having acquired interesting experience from the media world she moved to L’Oreal. Nothing compares to her entrepreneurial life, which has just begun, bringing into life a new fresh idea in the internet/health sector, DOCTORANYTIME.GR. It’s the idea that brings her closer to what she dreamt for: an easier, faster and more patient friendly access to the Greek healthcare system.
John is the CEO of Warply. John is passionate about two things, big data and complex systems. He founded and grew three companies, managed teams, build products and while starting in Europe, scaled businesses to South and North America.He has studied theoretical physics at UOA, NTUA and University of Cambridge. He has published more than 100 articles and co-authored one book about web technologies.He divides his time between US and Greece, where he focuses on mobile loyalty models and programmatic media buying.
Founder partner, CEO and technology responsible, TwinDocs
Alfonso studied Industrial Engineering at the University of Zaragoza. At 23,created his first business: Click Magazine, publisher of the first Internet orientated magazine in Spain. In 1995, he promoted and was founder partner of the Internet Users Association (AUI), as well as the 1st Congress Internet orientated in Spain, celebrated in Madrid. The same year, he set up Dreams Factory, a consulting company specialized in the development of Internet solutions. Moreover, he is member of Technical Board Advisor of the Congress “Mundo Internet”, Adviser of several technological companies; Founder of APTICE (Association for the promotion of ICT and E-commerce) and Vice-president of the Association of Young Entrepreneurs.
Founding partner and adviser, Hiberus Tecnología
Sergio is also the General Director of Innovation and Solutions at Hiberus. He was born in Zaragoza 32 years ago. He studied IT Engineer at the University of Zaragoza, carried out several jobs in Madrid at the technological subsidiary of Grupo Santander, and went back to his born city to create, at 24, his first technological business: IRITEC. Eight years later, IRITEC was the head of a group of technological companies employing over 180 specialists and with innovative subsidiaries as Zonaprint, Ovvoe Telecom, Zaquia eTrade o Play2u where Sergio was CEO. He has been awarded with a large number of prizes and acknowledgements, among them, Aragon Young Entrepreneur prize; second prize Spanish Young Entrepreneur and FORBES included him as one of the 12 young Spanish talents in 2012.
The Softlead platform isn’t my first attempt as entrepreneur. I’m part of the ICT business for almost 6 years. Romania’s software industry is not only defined by dynamics, market research and testing, but also by the anticipation of a permanent end-user needs. An essential aspect of this entrepreneurship sector is that it has to be linked with at least two relevant business channels, as a promotional and informing opportunity, or why not, as a plus for a technical and rigid product, as the software applications are. When the www.softlead.ro was launched, the idea that the software is a less creative and innovative sector has become a myth.Softlead managed to gather 248 software applications developed by local and multinational companies as legal, human resources, finance and accounting, administration, transportation, retail, health, agriculture, finance, research, education and media.
Radu Stanescu has over 10 years of experience in the IT Sec industry, focused on network and web application penetration testing and training services. He worked as an IT Security Consultant for several large companies from the public sector and among his certifications you can find CEH, ECSA, LPT, CEI,Security+, ISS, CCNA, CCAI and APT and custom Exploit Development Radu makes speaking appearances and gives seminars at security events such as HackerHalted, Hacktivity and DefCamp. In early 2007 he started “Sandline” an IT Security company focused on penetration testing and consultancy services.
Managing Partner, UpDivision
Web developer, he built his first website in 2003, fell in love with the possibilities of the Internet and quickly became a freelancer. As an NGO, for the last nine years he organized the National Theatre Festival “Young Ideo Ideis” the largest of its kind in Romania. Since 2012 he is Managing Partner at UPDIVISION, agency web development and internet marketing. In 2013 he founded “Alternopedia”, a program of personal development through theater techniques. Also, in 2013 he founded “Complement”, a software initiative that promises to improve the Romanian education and focus on learning in the classroom to learning outside the classroom through new experiences.
CEO and Founder, Mydeo.com
She graduated with an honours degree in Manufacturing Engineering from The University of Nottingham. Cary launched Mydeo in 2005 following a DTI Research and Development grant for Technical Innovation. Mydeo was the first and only European hosting service to be fully integrated into Microsoft’s Windows Movie Maker software. Mydeo provides high-quality streaming video and content delivery services to thousands of individuals and businesses around the world. In October 2007 Mydeo announced investment from Best Buy, the largest consumer electronics retailer in the US. Mydeo won a commendation in the ‘Best Streaming Service’ category at the UK Internet Service Provider awards for four years running and was named a Red Herring Europe 100 finalist. Cary was awarded the inaugural Iris Award at the NatWest Everywoman Awards in recognition of her business success through effective implementation and use of IT and Communications. She was named UKRC Woman of Outstanding Achievement 2011 winner for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, and was the Breakthrough Pioneer award winner in Red Magazine’s Hot Women Awards 2011. Cary regularly speaks at events as a STEM ambassador about her passion for getting more girls interested in science and technology, knowing that enthusiastic role models can change lives. Cary is a Board Member of Cancer Research’s ‘Women of Influence’ campaign – Influential businesswomen coming together to help beat cancer by supporting world class women in science.
GoSquared is a real-time website analytics service program that James built. The company serves today thousands of other companies worldwide and is one of the top analytics company in the world.
Kristo lived and breathed the world of finance from the inside. At PwC and Deloitte, he helped banks and insurers bring their processes and systems into the 21st century. But stunned by the inefficiency of financial institutions, he wanted to do more. At TransferWise, he is in charge of all operations activities, technology, development, compliance and regulatory issues.
Co-Owner and Vice-President, KÜRT Co.
Tamás Kürti is co-owner and Vice President of KÜRT Information Management who is also in charge for the Entrepreneurs Organization of Hungary and the European Family Business- GEEF. He graduated from the University of Pannonia with a Mechanical Manager degree, specializing on entrepreneurship. His other degree is from the International Business School where he was majoring in Supervision and Innovation. He is a second generation Entrepreneur and Innovator and started his career at Carnation at the web and marketing strategy department, later he worked in the US as online strategist of USAnotebook.com. He founded the R+D branch of the family business KÜRT Co. and the FuturIT informatics security research center in 2004. Beside his job he works on ownership, financial, family, legal and behavioral issues of responsible ownership and succession management. He focuses on developing entrepreneur families from family enterprises as well as on Central and Eastern European expansion. He is a regular lecturer at Central European University (CEU), Corvinus University, and University of Pannonia. Kürti Tamás is 35 years old and lives in Csillebérc with his fiancée.
While all the people were only texting on Facebook, he managed to build new facebook pages as a hobby with communities several hundreds of thousands people. I ♥Alvás is being liked by more than 580,000 people. Within 2 years Dávid managed to create on of the most visited news portal all over Hungary (http://www.
Challenge, competence, performance. These are the guiding principles since my childhood, because I was integrated into the family business from the age of 15. I took part from the online marketing, marketing, product development, transactions and export. There was no doubt, that I will graduate in commerce and marketing at the Corvinus University of Budapest. Growing up and socializing in a venture atmosphere has led me to establish my own company, that is online private teaching site that runs properly and has a big popularity. Since then the startup world and the business development are my passion.