Entrepreneurs

Czech Republic

HE3DA

Dr. Jan ProcházkaDr. Jan Procházka is the president and co-founder of HE3DA Ltd., Dr. Jan Procházka has spent years in Nano-technology research in the USA. He discovered the possibility of using lithium Nano-materials to create a whole new generation of high-power batteries with unique three-dimensional electrodes. This new 3D concept offers high storage capacity and offers many new benefits when compared to the currently used 2D thin film technology of lithium accumulators. Dr. Procházka continued his intensive research in the Czech Republic and created HE3DA Ltd.. He and his team have brought the technology into today's phase, close to utilization in the mass market. Dr. Procházka is the holder of several patents in this area. The technology of HE3DA is patent-protected globally.


Finland

Firstbeat

Joni KettunenJoni Kettunen, PhD, is a pioneer in physiological analytics and its applications. He is leading Firstbeat at the cutting edge of heartbeat analytics for wearables, fitness devices, wellbeing services and professional sports. As of today, Firstbeat analytics is used by hundreds of elite sports teams, thousands of corporations, and millions of consumers to improve their performance and wellbeing. Before founding Firstbeat in 2002, Joni has done and published research in the areas of psychophysiology, behavioral medicine, autonomic nervous system function and stress quantification. Joni received his PhD from the Department of Psychology at the University of Helsinki in 1999.


EASME - Europe Executive Agency for SME

ICEYE

Rafal ModrzewskiRafal Modrzewski is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of ICEYE. ICEYE aims to launch and operate a constellation of micro-SAR satellites providing access to timely and reliable Earth observation data. ICEYE is the first company that has successfully miniaturized a SAR satellite, creating a unit that is 100x more cost- efficient than the closest counterpart. With the 18-satellite constellation, ICEYE will offer its partners a set of unprecedented surveillance capabilities, accessing an area or interest faster, more frequently and at lower cost. Since co-founding the project in 2012, which became the company in 2014, with Pekka Laurila, Modrzewski is responsible for overseeing the organization’s strategic direction and implementing ICEYE’s overall vision. Modrzewski brings with him deep domain expertise in engineering through his years as a researcher. Prior to co-founding ICEYE, Modrzewski researched innovative products at VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland) in the RFID and wireless sensing group. He attended Warsaw University of Technology in Poland, where he studied Electrical Engineering and co-founded the Multimedia Technologies Science Group. Modrzewski continued his studies in Radio Science and Engineering at Aalto University where he led the on-board data handling team working on Aalto-1, Finland’s flagship satellite project.

Pekka LaurilaPekka Laurila is the Chief Financial Officer and co-founder of ICEYE. ICEYE aims to launch and operate a constellation of micro-SAR satellites providing access to timely and reliable Earth observation data. ICEYE is the first company that has successfully miniaturized a SAR satellite, creating a unit that is 100x more cost- efficient than the closest counterpart. With the 18-satellite constellation, ICEYE will offer its partners a set of unprecedented surveillance capabilities, accessing an area or interest faster, more frequently and at lower cost. As CFO, Laurila has been instrumental in establishing company-wide financial procedures and raising funds for ICEYE, which has now received over $15M in recent capital infusions. As a Nordic native from Finland watching the Arctic ice caps melt, Laurila joined forces with Rafal Modrzewski to create synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) microsatellites in hopes of ensuring the sustainability of global warming research. Prior to co-founding ICEYE, Laurila played an instrumental role in Finland’s Aalto University Nanosatellite Program, where he studied as a student of the Engineering and Geo-information Systems program. Using this engineering and entrepreneurial experience, Laurila helped to co-found a spin-out company of Aalto University, which would later become ICEYE.


France

Domalys

Maximilien PetitgenetMaximilien Petitgenet CEO at Domalys. A will: to improve humanity by carrying out meaningful projects.

A conviction: we must be the change we want to see in the world (Gandhi). Values: passion, innovation, integrity, listening. ​As a passionate entrepreneur, ​Maximilien think​s​ ​that ​to face the challenges of this world, it is our responsibility to roll up our sleeves and try to improve it. By the passion of what we do. By benevolence towards our collaborators. Maximilien first set up an innovative start-up in vertical axis wind power. ​He​ experienced that federating a team of enthusiasts around a common goal was fantastic. ​He caught the virus of entrepreneurship. He is now an associate director at Domalys​, a fantastic team who works daily to improve vulnerable people's lives, especially the elderly. Its great team of committed collaborators ​tries​ to make a difference. ​Their latest product, "Aladin", is a connected magic lamp, with a genius inside, who watches over the isolated elderly to allow them to stay longer at home safely.


Germany

ProGlove

Paul GüntherPaul Günther, founder and lead product engineer at ProGlove, is an inventive talent. He transforms ideas into prototypes overnight, such as the smart glove. Paul studied Technology and Management at TU München and got the idea during his practice at BMW.


Portugal

Follow Inspiration

Luís de MatosLuís de Matos is the Chairman and CEO of Follow Inspiration a company founded in 2012, based in Fundão, where, in recent years, it has developed the wiiGO project and other technological solutions specially adapted to the specifics of its users and industry. The wiiGO project is born of a personal need of Luís de Matos (paraplegic since the age of 14) who, not finding a true solution that would allow him to transport his purchases in a simple way, created wiiGO, a robotic shopping cart, capable to follow its user autonomously without anything in the person. With the wiiGO project, it has already achieved important national and international awards, of which the distinctions from Microsoft, the Altran Foundation and Intel stand out. He leads a team of 16 people and together they have already achieved 2 VC’s and European projects worth around 3 million euros. Luís holds a degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Beira Interior.


Sweden

myFC

Björn Westerholm Björn Westerholm has been the CEO for myFC since 2007. He has extensive experience from managing positions from different companies, primarily within the IT-sector. Björn has earlier worked as the CEO for Mobilaris AB (2000-2007) and Integrated System and Services AB (1997-2000). He has also worked at Intel (1995-1997). Björn has board experience from myFC AB, Mobilaris AB and Inpendo AB.

Max RydahlMax Rydahl has extensive experience from different management positions within the telecom industry. Prior to joining myFC in 2017 he worked for Telia Company on Group level but also within Telia Sweden where he was manager for the business development department for mobile hardware and services. Max has also worked at the Phone House (2009-2014) where he was Purchasing and Product Director and prior to that, he worked at Tele2 (2004-2009) in different Product Management positions. Max has a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology.


The Netherlands

Travis the Translator

Elissa GlorieElissa Glorie is the Manager of International Affairs at Travis the Translator and International Manager with Travis Foundation. Driven by curiosity and her global network, she’s excited to share social impact stories through innovative marketing strategies. Her experience in Australia and the Netherlands has been with purpose driven organisations and looks forward to continuing amplifying the impact of technology, education and preservation with Travis.


Luxembourg

Ujet
Motion-S

Guido von SchefferGuido von Scheffer is the CEO of the Luxembourgish Startup Motion-S. Founded in 2014 as a spin off from University of Luxembourg, they are experts in augmenting mobility data collected from any source. Users create their individual mobility profile that can be used within their eco-system to get the best offers for their personal mobility demand.

The Motion-S Mobility Data Augmentation Platform offers one solution for multiple applications. The customers gain native visibility and multiple touch points with their clients and prospects. They enable them to use the telematics platform and gamification UI to interact with their customers daily, predict their demand and become their coordinator for mobility and related add on services.


Denmark

Lizn

Michael Lovbjerg, CEO


Wallonia

Tessares

Denis PeriquetDenis Periquet is one of the co-founders and the CEO of Tessares. In today's world where Internet access has become as vital as water or electricity, there are still a lot of people who suffer a marginal service, even in the most developed countries. Our vision is that everyone and every thing shall be hyper-connected at any time, at any place. Tessares has developed an innovative solution that combines any type of access networks into a single and bigger pipe to deliver more speed to those in needs. Tessares was founded in 2015 as a spin from UCL, Belgium where a new Internet protocol was designed and developed.

Graduated Civil Engineer in Electrical Engineering at UCL in 1996, Denis has more than 20 years of experience in the telecom sector. From R&D engineer to Senior Management positions at Alcatel, Nokia, NSN and telco operators in Europe, Asia and the USA.

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