Inspiration Zone

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Learn from visionaries who have dramatically influenced our views on what the possibilities and abilities of startups can be and get inspired by some of the most promising startups that will share their stories of how they turned their dreams into reality. Book your seat now and plan to be inspired!

Benjamin Von Wong


Global Influencer


Benjamin Von Wong is a fighter against global climate change and draws attention to these issues through the unique photos and footage, which are then distributed primarily through social networks, with financing coming mainly through crowdfunding.

Frank Salzgeber
ESA

Head of Technology Transfer Programme Office

Frank Salzgeber works for the European Space Agency supervising the world’s biggest business network for the space industry. He leads a programme that facilitates the use of space technologies and systems in non-space applications.

Andres De León
Hyperloop TT

COO


Andres De León has nearly 30 years of international experience in manufacturing, financial and business sectors. He serves as a COO of innovative project Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, that is considered the largest and most successful crowd-sourced startup in history.

Peter Vesterbacka
Lightneer

Co-founder


Peter Vesterbacka is a global entrepreneur from Finland with over 20 years experience of building brands and communities. As the Mighty Eagle at Angry Birds, he took that brand to unprecedented heights. Time Magazine has named Peter one of the 100 most influential people on the planet in 2011.

Otto Fabri
Tesla Motors / Faraday Future

Principal Engineer

Otto Fabri is a Design Engineer in the automotive industry, experienced in the development of autonomous EVs and technologies related to renewable energy. At Tesla Motors, he worked on the Model S and Model X. Now he is at Faraday Future.

Karel Janeček
RSJ / D21 / UP21

Mathematician, visionary, D21 & P21 author, UP21 co-founder

Billionaire Karel Janeček is with his mathematical algorithm the biggest trader on the London-based derivative exchange. He is also co-founder of the UP21 startup accelerator and incubator.

David Pavlík


Software program manager

David Pavlík has a long-time experience in innovative companies around the world. He contributed to the launch of products such as Microsoft Office or House of Cards. In the SpaceX company, he works on the software equipment for the Dragon spacecraft.

Volker Hirsch


Advisor & Angel Investor

Volker is an entrepreneur, angel investor & advisor. He is a co-founder of Blue Beck, the founder of Quantified Ventures, a Venture Partner at Emerge Education, and the Chairman of Bibblio. He also acts as a board member and/or advisor to another seven companies in EdTech, IoT, Travel, Advertising and Gaming.

Jean-Francois Ott
Ott Partners

Chairman

Real estate developer Jean-Francois Ott, turned startup maven is working on funding and developing projects that are focused on saving lives, including those that are bringing defibrillators and air sensors to public spaces and office buildings.


Interactive Zone

powered by KPMG

This special program highlights the life of a startup from a firsthand perspective. Hosted within the relaxed atmosphere of the Lucerna Music Bar, some of the brightest stars of the startup and investment world will offer interactive presentations that will engage, excite, and delight the audience, while offering up vital information and learnings about the dynamic life of startup.

Božena Řežáb
Gamee

Co-founder & CEO


Bozena Rezab is the founder and CEO of Gamee, the social gaming network on a mission to make games easily playable with friends and shareable in all social environments. In Gamee she handles global strategy, partnerships and product development. Prior to Gamee she was responsible for YouTube monetization.

Cédric Maloux
StartupYard

CEO


Cédric Maloux is the CEO of StartupYard, the first Czech business accelerator which focuses on technological startups and is a member of the Global Accelerator Network. Cedric has already completed a series of successful projects.

Lukáš Hakoš
Clever Monitor

Founder & CTO


Lukáš Hakoš is the founder and CTO of Clever Monitor. Its product of the same name is the first direct marketing tool with artificial intelligence that learns by itself. Global users of the system are, for example, BMW, NASA, Aukro, Walt Disney or London Airport.

Blake Wittman
GoodCall

CEO


Blake Wittman is CEO of GoodCall, known as one of the first disruptors of the recruitment agency business in Central Europe. Blake has a 17-year career highlighted by a passion for people and purpose, with experience across a broad spectrum of companies – from internet startups to Fortune100 companies.

Flavia (Barbat) Anghel, Brandura International

CEO

As Editor-in-Chief of both top branding journal Brandingmag and Branding.news, Flavia is the go-to person for editorial dexterity. She founded Brandura International, a company encompassing marketing editorial expertise, and many experiential conferences.

Jan Beránek
U+

Founder & CEO

Jan Beránek is the founder and CEO of U+. His company helps makes ideas real by guiding founders and corporations through lean startup process, development and support of their platforms. U+ helped over 40 startups in the past two years.

Ondřej Krátký
Liftago

Co-founder, Chief Growth Officer

Ondřej Krátký is the co-founder of the Czech alternative taxi service Liftago, where he currently serves as the Chief Growth Officer focusing on the expansion of their services to other markets.

Paul Pöltner
CONDA

CEO

Paul Pöltner is the CEO and founder of CONDA, Europe’s biggest crowdinvestment platform, which offers startups and innovators an opportunity to gain capital from investors for further development. CONDA has given life to many projects across Europe.

Jörg Binnenbrücker
Capnamic Ventures

Founding Partner

Jörg is an attorney at law, studied Economics and has been active in the VC scene for more than 13 years. Before setting up Capnamic, he was the founding partner and managing director of DuMont Venture and built up the investment business of the DuMont media group.

Honza Tyl
Inventi

Competence Leader Analyst

Honza Tyl has over 12 years of experience in IT and works for big banking corporations throughout the day. During the night, he coordinates startups and leads analytical academies. Additionally Honza helps a group of analysts in professional growth at Inventi. His biggest obsession is modern technology.

Thomas Kösters
EIT Digital

International Outreach Lead

Managing partnerships in 14 countries Thomas Kösters has a wide knowledge of internationalization strategies. Before joining the EIT Digital accelerator, he worked for Microsoft Ventures. He is also the founder of the Startup Heatmap Europe project, which analyzes founder movements across Europe.

David Kovalsky
In2Greators

CEO

David is a serial entrepreneur with interest in FinTech and smart solutions for gastronomy. As the CEO of QFix Solutions he’s launched a mobile-first platform for top financial brokers. In 2016 he returned to startup land as a business mentor.

Barbora Tyllová
PayU

Country Manager

Barbora Tyllová is a country manager of PayU for the Czech republic, Slovakia and Hungary. PayU is one of three largest online payments providers in the Czech republic. Before 2013, Barbora worked as a marketing and sales manager at Microsoft and T-Mobile.

Karel Kučera
CzechInvest

CEO

Karel Kučera has experience from several multinational companies, including Deutsche Post, Accenture and M.C. TRITON, as well as Czech Television. Since October 2014, he has been the Chief Executive Officer of The Business and Investment Development Agency CzechInvest.

Maria Rockstroh
KPMG Legal

Senior Manager

Maria is a Senior Manager of the corporate law practice of KPMG Legal in Berlin. She has a comprehensive experience in advising national and international clients in all fields of corporate law, especially in M&A, reorganisations and cross border transactions. She is a member of the KPMG Smart Start initiative advising startups and VC Investors.

Rostya Gordon Smith
People Impact

Founder

Rostya Gordon-Smith has been involved with HR all over the world for more than 25 years. She was named one of the 50 most successful HR professionals in the world. Rostya is also the founder of a consulting company called PeopleIMPACT and an association for development of men and women MINERVA 21.

Jan Šmejkal
Startup Grind

China & APAC Community Director

Jan Šmejkal runs the world's largest entrepreneur community Startup Grind in China and APAC. Under Jan's leadership, Startup Grind community in China has more than doubled. He's currently based in Shenzhen and works effortlessly to help build a bridge between China and the rest of the world.

Václav Pavlečka
Air Ventures


Co-founder & CEO

Václav Pavlečka is connecting the world of innovations and startups with marketing. He is a founder of startup fund and accelerator Air Ventures. In 2014, he was behind the establishment of a Prague branch of Chicago innovation hub Farmhouse, before that he was working with American clients with his own agency called Kliché Killers in New York.

Vítek Šubert
UP21


Co-Founder & CEO

Vítek Šubert has worked mainly on top management positions in the areas of strategy, sales, marketing and products at international technology companies such as O2, Dell and LG Electronics. He has actively participated in UP21 since its establishment as a mentor of startups and director of the Main Board. In October 2016 he has become a Partner of UP21.

Daniel Vach
SENS Foods


Co-founder & Entomophagist

Daniel Vach is aiming to change the future of food and to make insects regular part of human diet. At SENS he helped to bring the first protein bar with cricket flour to the market. At the moment he is involved in building cricket farms in Thailand.

Colin Lamberton
Fallon Prague

Executive Creative Director

Colin Lamberton is an Executive Creative Director at Fallon Prague, working mainly for ŠKODA Auto and Asahi. They are an agency for companies that would rather outsmart the competition than outspend them. Over the years Colin worked in London, New York, Paris and Amsterdam at agencies including Lowe, Chiat/Day and Arnold.

Eliška Divoká
Oscar Senior

Chief Marketing Officer

Eliška Divoká is a CMO at Oscar Senior, which via their app helps senior citizens to easily enter the digital world and to stay connected to their friends and family. Oscar Senior is currently part of the first Residency Program at Google Campus Warsaw, into which was selected as 1 of 10 startups from the CEE region.

Marián Gazdík
Startup Grind Europe

Director

Marián Gazdík is the European Director of the Startup Grind global community, which is supported by the Google for Entrepreneurs and aims to train, inspire and connect entrepreneurs, helping them with the successful development of their companies.

Michael Prokop


Angel Investor

Michael Prokop is a British businessman. He has been a Business Angel for the past 25 years and a consultant to multinational companies such as Citibank and Czech Airlines. His publications “Financial guide for SME’s” and “How to write a business plan” were both published by CzechInvest.

Andrea Gontkovičová, PMI

Director RRP CZ, SK and HU

Andrea Gontkovičová is a member of the Board of Directors of Philip Morris ČR, where she has been since 1997. She has been a director of the Reduced Risk Products (RRP) department for CZE, SK and HU since September 2016. Her goal is to achieve that these smoke-less products will once replace the traditional ones.

Michael Mareš
Forbes

Editor

Michael Mareš is interested in the ideas of Czech internet visionaries and also the successes of Czech tech companies. He is a long-term observer of just what happens, when business and sport merge together.

Viktor Fischer
Rockaway Ventures

VC Investor

Viktor Fischer spent 5 years with McKinsey & Company, a leading consulting firm. Prior to McKinsey & Co he lived in France for 11 years where he co-founded Innovatrics, a technology startup providing fast biometric identification worldwide. He has also served as a mentor in several accelerators (StartupYard, Wayra, and the Spot).

David Nevečeřal Spendee

Co-founder & CEO

David Nevečeřal is a creative and experienced internet & ecommerce industry professional with a broad range of experience and knowledge in channel sales and support. He is an internet enthusiast with a deep understanding of Internet technologies and very good communication and coordination skills.

Jozef Vodička
Google

Regional Lead for South CEE

Jozef Vodička is a passionate Googler helping developers and startups in South CEE to be more successful and profitable. He co-founded and lead several startups such as Venzeo.com, TrashOut.ngo, Matura.sk and Stuzkova.EU. He is TEDx speaker, Slovak Forbes 30-under-30 & IT Auditor in AIESEC International.

Tomáš Studeník Insane Business Ideas

CEO

Tomáš Studeník is a radical innovator, event organizer and business failure expert. Since 2014, Tomas has been holding FuckUp Nights in Prague and Budapest. Since 2017, Tomas has been organizing global hackathon series CEE Hacks in Prague tackling mobility, energy and health issues of European cities.


Discussion Tables

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Join our discussion tables where experienced mentors from the local and global startup scene will take you through the essential aspects of a startup business. Look forward to hearing stories of those who have seen the ups and downs of a startup, learning tips and techniques about marketing and sales, discovering the best practices of bringing a product to market, finding out how to build a successful team, and plenty more.

You can register to the Discussion Tables by using the Swapcard app. Spaces are limited and only visitors with valid ticket can register.

Flavia (Barbat) Anghel, Brandura International

CEO

As Editor-in-Chief of both top branding journal Brandingmag and Branding.news, Flavia is the go-to person for editorial dexterity. She founded Brandura International, a company encompassing marketing editorial expertise, and many experiential conferences.

Cédric Maloux
StartupYard

CEO


Cédric Maloux is the CEO of StartupYard, the first Czech business accelerator which focuses on technological startups and is a member of the Global Accelerator Network. Cedric has already completed a series of successful projects.

Benjamin Von Wong


Global Influencer


Benjamin Von Wong is a fighter against global climate change and draws attention to these issues through the unique photos and footage, which are then distributed primarily through social networks, with financing coming mainly through crowdfunding.

Lubo Smid
STRV

Co-founder & COO


Lubo Smid is the co-founder & COO of STRV, Silicon Valley's go-to software development partner since 2012. Forbes's 30 under 30 alumnus. A startup-minded entrepreneur with extensive experience of leading engineering teams in a modern millennial way.

David Pavlík


Software program manager


David Pavlík has a long-time experience in innovative companies around the world. He contributed to the launch of products such as Microsoft Office or House of Cards. In the SpaceX company, he works on the software equipment for the Dragon spacecraft.

Lucie Tvarůžková
Zonky

Co-founder

As the CEO of Zonky, Lucie helped develop and launch their Czech P2P loan platform. In 2017, she successfully guided the firm through its acquisition by the Home Credit financial group and subsequently returned to the Creative Dock startup incubator.

Marián Gazdík
Startup Grind Europe

Director

Marián Gazdík is the European Director of the Startup Grind global community, which is supported by the Google for Entrepreneurs and aims to train, inspire and connect entrepreneurs, helping them with the successful development of their companies.

Margareta Křížová
CEAG

Head of Business Advisory

Margareta Křížová is one of the founding partners of CEAG, responsible mainly for strategy, business development and consultancy in the field of mergers and acquisitions. She also works with private equity funds, strategic investors and company owners. She was an investor in Den D series.

Martin Pejša
Creative Dock

Founder & Managing Director

Martin Pejša founded and runs the Creative Dock, which has become a place where are both independent and custom-made startups created. Before that, he worked for large companies, most recently as a sales director at Vodafone CZ, where he led more than 1,000 people in stores and call centers.

Ján Búza
HubHub

Business Development Manager

Jan Búza is a Business Development Manager at HubHub, where he helps startups connect with corporate clients. He has been working for venture capital fund LRJ Capital and in the past as the Head of Business Development at Exponea, one of the fastest growing SaaS companies.

Eva Čejková Vašková
Podnikavá žena

Founder

Eva as a member of the Supervisory Board of the AMSP ČR supports women's entrepreneurship in the project Podnikavá žena. She founded the PR agency ConPro, the project ŽENY s.r.o. and built up a dozen coworking places Pracovny ŽENY s.r.o.

Thomas Kösters
EIT Digital

International Outreach Lead

Managing partnerships in 14 countries Thomas Kösters has a wide knowledge of internationalization strategies. Before joining the EIT Digital accelerator, he worked for Microsoft Ventures. He is also the founder of the Startup Heatmap Europe project, which analyzes founder movements across Europe.

Jörg Binnenbrücker
Capnamic Ventures

Founding Partner

Jörg is an attorney at law, studied Economics and has been active in the VC scene for more than 13 years. Before setting up Capnamic, he was the founding partner and managing director of DuMont Venture and built up the investment business of the DuMont media group.

Jan Beránek
U+

Founder & CEO

Jan Beránek is the founder and CEO of U+. His company helps makes ideas real by guiding founders and corporations through lean startup process, development and support of their platforms. U+ helped over 40 startups in the past two years.

Jean-Francois Ott
Ott Partners

Chairman

Real estate developer Jean-Francois Ott, turned startup maven is working on funding and developing projects that are focused on saving lives, including those that are bringing defibrillators and air sensors to public spaces and office buildings.

Jindřich Fialka
Q Designers

CEO

Jindřich Fialka is the CEO of Q Designers studio that is using methods of Human Centred Desing, Desing Thinking and Customer Experience Desing for developing products and services. As a mentor, he is helping startups in Impact Hub and ESA Bic incubators.

Ondřej Krátký
Liftago

Co-founder, Chief Growth Officer

Ondřej Krátký is the co-founder of the Czech alternative taxi service Liftago, where he currently serves as the Chief Growth Officer focusing on the expansion of their services to other markets.

Paul Pöltner
CONDA

CEO

Paul Pöltner is the CEO and founder of CONDA, Europe’s biggest crowdinvestment platform, which offers startups and innovators an opportunity to gain capital from investors for further development. CONDA has given life to many projects across Europe.

Petr Beneš
6D Academy

Co-founder

Petr Beneš worked for over 20 years in banking sector. As a CIO he was developing new banking systems. In the long-term, he has devoted himself to the influence of the digital revolution on the economy and society. He addresses these issues in the 6D Academy he co-founded.

David Kovalsky
In2Greators

CEO

David is a serial entrepreneur with interest in FinTech and smart solutions for gastronomy. As the CEO of QFix Solutions he’s launched a mobile-first platform for top financial brokers. In 2016 he returned to startup land as a business mentor.

Petr Vítek
Impact Hub Prague

Co-founder & CEO

While working as a CFO in Deloitte, Petr gained over 10 years of experience in the fields of strategic planning, human capital and performance hacking. Now he is responsible for directing of ImpactHubs and development of their acceleration and innovation programs. He is also involved in several non-for-profits and foundations as a member of their boards of directors.

Mischa Wetzel
innogy Ventures

Investment Partner

Mischa has spent two decades in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, roughly half of which as a founder in the Internet, e-commerce, media and music space, the other half as a venture capitalist. Now he serves as an Investment Partner in innogy Ventures.

Colin Lamberton
Fallon Prague

Executive Creative Director

Colin Lamberton is an Executive Creative Director at Fallon Prague, working mainly for ŠKODA Auto and Asahi. They are an agency for companies that would rather outsmart the competition than outspend them. Over the years Colin worked in London, New York, Paris and Amsterdam at agencies including Lowe, Chiat/Day and Arnold.

Jan Nekovář
UP21

Ideamaker

Jan Petr Nekovář has 15 years of experience in HR and talent development within organizations. He has improved the application of Blanchard theory of situational leadership by adding visualization of different views on a person. He is the founder of Evoering, new style of group and individual work.

Štefan Šurina
LRJ Capital

Partner

Štefan Šurina is a Partner at LRJ Capital, an evergreen venture capital fund focused on CEE region, where he is responsible for deal structuring and execution. He worked as a manager at Deloitte’s Prague office, where he was responsible for IT and IP-related advisory.

Blake Wittman
GoodCall

CEO

Blake Wittman is CEO of GoodCall, known as one of the first disruptors of the recruitment agency business in Central Europe. Blake has a 17-year career highlighted by a passion for people and purpose, with experience across a broad spectrum of companies – from internet startups to Fortune100 companies.

Jitka Zoderová
BusinessAnimals

Founder

Jitka Zoderová is the founder of the biggest community of modern salespeople BusinessAnimals.cz. In the recent years she managed to go through more than 500 meetings with various companies regarding the setup of their sales teams and processes. Her and her team are actively promoting business of the 21. century through their own media channel.

Martin Hrdlík
KPMG Legal

Director

Martin Hrdlík is an attorney at law with more than 10 years of experience and has been with KPMG Legal from its early beginnings. He specialises in corporate law, transactions and restructuring, regulatory issues and labour law. He has extensive experience in court and arbitration proceedings.

Peter Ocasek
angelcam

CEO & Founder

Peter is founder & CEO at angelcam (security video integration and monetization platform), co-founder of startup accelerator StartupYard and incubator Node5. On a volunteering basis, he works as a mentor and advisor, especially for B2B startups and universities.

Rostya Gordon Smith
People Impact

Founder

Rostya Gordon-Smith has been involved with HR all over the world for more than 25 years. She was named one of the 50 most successful HR professionals in the world. Rostya is also the founder of a consulting company called PeopleIMPACT and an association for development of men and women MINERVA 21.

Karel Kučera
CzechInvest

CEO

Karel Kučera has experience from several multinational companies, including Deutsche Post, Accenture and M.C. TRITON, as well as Czech Television. Since October 2014, he has been the Chief Executive Officer of The Business and Investment Development Agency CzechInvest.

František Vašek
innogy

Senior Manager

František Vašek has a broad experience across electricity and gas markets since the early stage of liberalization. Currently, as a Senior Manager at innogy, he's leading team looking for an innovative business ideas that will shape the energy future.


Angel Academy

powered by Keiretsu Forum

Do you have the opportunity and resources to invest, but no clear idea how to do so successfully? If so, then be sure to visit the Angel Academy and become an investment angel that same day! Experienced mentors will share their investment advice and, if you want to try investing right away, take a seat in the Trial Pitch Zone and see potential opportunities firsthand.

You can register to the Angel Academy by using the Swapcard app. Spaces are limited and only visitors with valid ticket can register.

Michael Prokop


Angel Investor

Michael Prokop is a British businessman. He has been a Business Angel for the past 25 years and a consultant to multinational companies such as Citibank and Czech Airlines. His publications “Financial guide for SME’s” and “How to write a business plan” were both published by CzechInvest.

Peter Skrla


Angel Investor

Peter Skrla has had the good fortune to be involved over the past 30 years in three fantastic areas of business: start-ups, venture capital, and corporate restructuring. And the experiences from these three areas complement each other greatly.

Radek Musil
Fundlift

CEO

Radek Musil graduated from Business Administration at the UNYP and holds the Master of Science degree from LSE. In 2013 he was a member of the winning team of the CFA Research Challenge. He has been working with Fundlift since its inception and is currently running it as CEO.

Přemysl Rubeš
Bohemia Venture Capital

Managing Partner

In France, Přemysl Rubeš worked in Air France’s Revenue Management and at Amadeus, the leading technological giant. In the Czech Republic, he co-founded and managed a subsidiary of Alteris, a French IT company. He also led Bileto company within the Rockaway investment group. Now he manages Bohemia Venture Capital.

Miroslav Nosál
Keiretsu Forum CEE

Managing Director & Angel Investor

Miroslav Nosál is experienced manager and investor. He worked as a MD of Patria Finance and at Merrill Lynch in London as Equity Research Director. In addition, he worked in managerial positions in other financial institutions (PPF Investments, VÚB) and in energy (Pražská plynárenská, Tepláreň Košice).

Tomáš Ditrych
TD legal

Attorney-at-Law & Expert in VC transactions

Prior to establishing his own law firm focusing on startups & technology, Tomáš Ditrych worked for many years with a leading international law firm. He is a co-founder of Angel Academy and author of template documents for startups and investors in the Czech Republic.


Google Launchpad

One-off intensive mentoring by top mentors, for startups and app developers in different verticals and stage. For more information about Google Launchpad, including registration, click here.

Pavlína Louženská

Pavlína Louženská is strategist focused on delivering integrated campaigns blending storytelling with a data-driven approach. Pavlína is ex-Zoot Marketing Director.

Jan Beránek

Jan Beránek is the founder and CEO of U+. His company helps makes ideas real by guiding founders and corporations through lean startup process, development and support of their platforms. U+ helped over 40 startups in the past two years.

Vojta Roček

Vojta Roček is a Lead Launchpad Mentor in Prague. He was the first analyst in Keboola, BI vendor with worldwide presence. Right now he is COO in Stories.

Dorothy Gal

Formerly Head of Techlab at Design Terminal, currently Innovation Explorer. Dorothy Gal works a lot with early stage startups, coordinating the content of the accelerator programme & working with teams one on one. Experienced in organising workflows, she can help in structuring for future growth.

Daniel Vattay

Daniel Vattay is a Coach and Consultant with extensive management experience. After leading teams and managing products for game development companies and successful internet startups, he shifted to use decade worth of experience to help others up their game.

Hanoch Rabinovitz

Hanoch Rabinovitz comes from capital city of startup nation Israel. His specialties are value & growth strategy, design thinking, brand strategy, storytelling, communication strategy and innovation management. He is Google Developer Expert and one of first Google Developers Launchpad mentors in the program.


Investors in Trial Pitch Zone

In Trial Pitch Zone, there are startups that didn't make it among the TOP 10 projects. One space there is however reserved for the wild card, which will be awarded by the investors to the best project in the Trial Pitch Zone. Have a a look at which investors you can meet at SWCS!

Daniel Hastík
Nextech Ventures

Partner

Daniel Hastík is exCEO of Futurelytics, pioneer in predictive analytics in e-commerce and gaming industry. Currently is managing Nextech Ventures, VC fund with focus on seed stage technology startups in US and Europe.


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Philip Staehlin
Spectacler

Founder

Philip has held executive positions in Roland Berger, CCS, A.T. Kearney, T­-Mobile, Accenture and UniCredit. He's a co-owner of StartupYard, an angel investor, an Advisor to several startups, and he's currently launching his own social entrepreneurial venture, Spectacler.

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Martin Peška
WOOD & Co

Venture Investment Manager

Martin Peška spent many years of his career in top management consulting and investment banking only to realize that the world of venture capital is by far more interesting. Martin is currently primarily responsible for venture capital activities of WOOD & Co group.

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Markéta Havlová
CzechInvest

Director of Startup Department

As a Director of Startup Department at CzechInvest, Markéta is responsible for managing programs and activities for startup ecosystem and startups itself both in the Czech Republic and abroad. She was at the inception of the CzechStartups.org.

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Tomáš Jiroušek
Springtide Ventures

Associate

Tomáš Jiroušek is an entrepreneur and an investor. As the Associate at Springtide Ventures he’s responsible for seeking new investment opportunities, wide-ranging research and analytical tasks. He identifies and evaluates opportunities against the backdrop of relevant trends and markets.

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Peter Ocasek
angelcam

Founder & CEO

Peter is founder & CEO at angelcam (security video integration and monetization platform), co-founder of startup accelerator StartupYard and incubator Node5. On a volunteering basis, he works as a mentor and advisor, especially for B2B startups and universities.


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Zbyněk Solecký
innogy Energie

CFO

Zbyněk Solecký is CFO at innogy Energie in the Czech Republic. He graduated in mathematics and started his professional career in banking. Later on he has gained an extensive experience in the energy industry, where he has worked in executive roles in the Finance area for almost 20 years.

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Adam Kočík
J&T Ventures

Managing Director

Adam Kočík is Managing Director and Member of the Investment Committee at J&T Ventures, a venture capital fund. He has more than 13 years of professional experience in the investment industry and more than 7 years of investment experience in startups.


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Sabina Matzenauerová
MiddleCap Partners

Director

Sabina Matzenauerová is hands on, discipline, energetic and result oriented M&A professional with experience in private equity and venture capital.





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Nicolas Tomassini
Ott Partners

CEO

Real estate developer Nicolas Tommasini, turned startup maven is working on funding and developing projects that are focused on saving lives, including those that are bringing defibrillators and air sensors to public spaces and office buildings.



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Milan Ponert
UP21

COO

Milan Ponert is a COO in UP21, where he helps startups grow. Before UP21, he worked in Dell as a marketing director for CZE and SK, and was responsible for management, development and adaptation of tools for channel partners in all of the EMEA countries. He is actively interested in technology, blockchain and cryptocurrencies.

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Vojta Krmíček
JIC

Startup Programme Manager

Vojta Krmíček used to be involved in research of network security. Now for more than five hears he has been supporting starting companies at the JIC. He is an expert on the topics of inception and development of startup projects, market research and Lean startup methodology.


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Michal Ciffra
DEPO Ventures

Head of DEPO Ventures

Michal Ciffra spent several years as an analyst and consultant focused on business valuation and M&A. He is currently managing DEPO VENTURES, venture capital platform which connects the worlds of investors and startups. Michal helps startups as a mentor in the 100DC accelerator (Impact HUB).

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Roman Smola
MR Fund

Co-founder

Roman Smola is a co-founder of MR Fund, looking to back ambitious entrepreneurs who show great potential in technologies like AI, Machine-learning, IoT or Blockchain. He is also founder of digital agency WDF, edtech startup Glogster.com, online fashion store Answear.cz and lastly company Passengera, specialised in the field of connected vehicles.

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Lukáš Hudeček
Node5

Founder & CEO

Lukáš Hudeček worked in fields of e-commerce (B2B & B2C), hardware manufacturing (WiFi router for rural areas) and home automatization systems (Commax). He is a former senior engineer at Skype web secure systems. In 2011, he founded first startup accelerator in Czech Republic, StartupYard. Currently he is running Node5.

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