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In his work, apart from EU issues, Kalle Palling is the spokesman on topics related to energy, environmental policy, digital society, e-residency, and the sharing economy. K. Palling has been leading on local legislation related to liberalising Estonian natural gas and electricity markets to broader competition. In 2016 he drafted the bill on regulating ridesharing in Estonia, which has brought the country at the forefront of regulatory progress in Europe.
Ingrid Vanderveldt (iV) is the Chairman and CEO of Empowering a Billion Women by 2020
(EBW2020). Previously, she was the first Entrepreneur-in- Residence (“EIR”) for Dell Inc.
where she oversaw entrepreneurial initiatives worldwide helping to build a $250 million
business segment and founded the $125M Dell Innovators Credit Fund, Dell Founders Club,
and the Dell Center for Entrepreneurs during her 3-year term. 
iV sits on the United Nations Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council, is a Managing
Partner of Belle Capital, founding organizer of the GLASS Forum (Global Leadership &
Sustainable Success), and co-founder of The Billionaire Girls Club. She also created and
hosted CNBC’s first original primetime series, “American Made,” reaching over 1M viewers
around the globe and serves on the Advisory boards of Springboard Enterprises, Current
Motor, and is a Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) Member. 
iV has been featured on outlets including NBC, CNBC, FOX, ABC, USA Today, The Wall Street
Journal, Forbes, Bloomberg, CNN Money, Fortune Magazine, Fast Company, Inc Magazine
and Entrepreneur Magazine. In 2016 she was named one of Oprah’s SuperSoul 100 Global
Leaders. She was ranked #1 Super Connector by Fast Company, is the recipient of the
Forbes and Northwestern Mutual Global “Entrepreneur in Excellence Award” and was just
named the 100 th Champion Celebration for the HearStrong Foundation. She holds a
Masters in Architecture at the Savannah College of Art & Design and an MBA in
Entrepreneurship from UT at Austin.
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Julie Meyer is the CEO of Ariadne Capital, an investment firm that she founded in 2000 with 62 leading technology entrepreneurs who include the founders of Hotmail, SES Astra, WorldPay, EasyNet, BetFair, Sportingbet, Net Beans, Dialog Semiconductor. She has backed explosive growth companies such as Skype, Zopa, Monitise and done £875 m of investments.   She was given an honorary doctorate from Warwick University for EcosystemEconomics(r), an MBA from INSEAD where she was named one of their top 50 alumni and served on the Board of Directors and an MBE from the UK for services to entrepreneurship. She founded EntrepreneurCountry, a community of 315,000 early adopter citizens, and published Welcome to EntrepreneurCountry in 2012 which was published by Little Brown. She is from California originally, but has lived in Europe for 30 years in Paris, London and Malta. 
Julie is well-known as the founder of First Tuesday which expanded to 500,000 digital entrepreneurs in 1998-2000 and many credit with having ignited the Internet generation across Europe; this was sold to Jerusalem Global Ventures in 2000 for $50 m.
She has acquired Portcullis Asset Management in Malta in 2016, and has taken to market a €1 bn AUM investment platform - Europe's first Multi-Manager Venture Capital investment platform.

Anat Avni-Papo is Scouting technologies for investors, mentor and consultant for start-ups.

Anat was the VP of Business Development and Operation of a private investment firm (Angel, private equity), following five years as a commercial attorney. She is highly involved with the start-ups and the venture Capital industry’s ecosystem in Israel, including academic institutions, accelerators, VC’s, angels etc.

She has gained extensive experience in leading and managing commercial and legal aspects of start-ups investments, from identifying new trends, moving on to locating and selecting worthy investments (mostly seed+), through managing the process of due diligence, commercial negotiations and culminating in finalizing the deals.

In addition to the above, she has also directly supervised the implementing of road maps and business plans for companies, which investments’ goal was to obtain the predetermined KPIs and assist them with their business development.

Anat hold a BA in law and a MBA with a specialization track in marketing and advertising.

She is a visiting lecturer at the Master of Business Administration (MBA), major in Entrepreneurial, Kiryat Ono Academic Collage, accelerators and other fund raising, start- ups and entrepreneurship forums.

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Csaba is the Founder and Managing Partner of Day One Capital. As the Chief Operations Officer, Csaba oversees the daily operations of Day One and therefore has led the deployment of 3.3 million euro into 11 portfolio companies. As the former Minister of Economy in Hungary, a senior regulatory expert in the National Bank of Hungary and in the Permanent Delegation of Hungary to the OECD, Csaba brings over 15 years of regulatory and financial experience, a strategic mindset and a wide international network. As a Venture Partner in PortfoLion Venture Capital, on behalf of the PortfoLion Regional Private Equity Fund, Csaba led the acquisition of the Hungarian market leader online booking marketplace, Szállás.hu in 2015 alongside OTP Bank, who was also on the buy side. Csaba holds a Diploma in Law from the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary.

Former director of online media EurActiv France, co founder of Lemondemoderne.media

Entrepreneur in the PR & media sector, Alexis has worked for NGOs, corporations and public institutions.

Alexis is an expert in EU affairs and public policies in tech, innovation and media.

He hosts a blog on Huffington Post and is a regular guest on France 24, France Info and BFM TV.

Alexis works with EIT Digital as communication lead for ARISE programme. He provides consulting services to governmental, commercial and civil society bodies on media management, lobbying, digital development and political strategy.

Born on 10th of November 1981. in Zagreb, Croatia. Stetner launched first company when he was 20. He is owner of various businesses in media & entertainment industry (Kreator TV, Kreator Film New York), hospitality industry and others. Stetner is an active angel investor with wide portfolio of investments in startup companies around the world, mainly in Croatia and USA.

He made a world breakthrough with acquisition of Formula 1™ media rights for Croatia in 2011. when he alone negotiated, and signed a contract with Bernie Ecclestone beating huge multinational companies. At 29 years old then, he thus became world’s youngest private F1™ rights holder. As he later said – Formula 1™ and the contacts and friendships he made there were his true breakthrough and lifetime value.

Stetner has huge premium sports and television experience. He worked and he is working with the biggest names in the industry like Formula 1™, Volvo Ocean Race™, MotoGP™, Eurosport and others. He leads multiple media projects for more than 15 years. He built a numerous media projects and TV stations from the scratch.

Motorsports is his big love. He founded Kreator Racing Team in 2012 to help young drivers to compete at the World stage. Kreator Racing made great results in Formula Renault, Karting and Motocross. Team holds more than 9 national Championships titles and is one of the most successful motorsports teams in Croatia.

From 2011 he is active in the National Car & Carting Federation (member of FIA) first as a Board member and from 2017 as a Deputy President. He is President at Croatian Business Angels Network (CRANE) and from the 2016 he is President of the Central-Eastern Europe Committee formed by EBAN – European Business Angels Network. From 2015. he is adviser to the Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović in her Economic Council.

At the end – other big love are the travels and the expeditions. Stetner is an adventurer who has traveled through many countries of the world like Ivory Coast, Liberia, DR Congo, Panama, Bhutan. So far he has visited more than 70 countries. He has a Pilot License (PPL) and he is a skipper.

Mirka Jozić

Mirka Jozić is the Head of the City Office for Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship operating under the Zagreb City Administration, which is responsible for developing entrepreneurship, reducing unemployment and stimulating investments. In the last few of years, she has been particularly involved in issues of financing start-ups in Croatia, VC funds, innovations and product and services commercialization. At the Zagreb City Administration, she initiated a number of projects to support the start-up community: establishing the entrepreneurial centre of the City of Zagreb - Plavi ured, preparing the establishment of the VC fund, constructing the new Technology Park, and many other measures to support entrepreneurs and attract investments. Mirka Jozić is also an expert in accounting, finance and banking. She specializes in the energy industry, tax policy and platforms linking the public and private sector.

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Bruno Kovacic is a founder and CEO of Axilis - a software development company with offices in Croatia and USA. Bruno started being involved in tech very early - he was a successful programming competitor since primary school. He started Axilis while still a student and, by today, has grown it into a trusted partner to a lot of international clients. Aside from design and development services, in last few years Bruno and Axilis were also involved in launching a few software products of their own.

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Luka is the CEO of Five, a mobile design and development agency with offices in New
York and Croatia. Five helps brands like Rosetta Stone, Rhapsody, Squarespace,
Marriott, and many others, to build and execute their mobile strategy and products, and
employs 150 people in Croatia and the US. Luka is also an active speaker, columnist,
and the author of 3 IT books.
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Nikola Škorić is the founder and CEO of Electrocoin, a Croatian cryptocurrency brokerage, one of the biggest in the EU. He holds a senior reactor operator licence and has a decade of experience in the nuclear industry. He received his MA in Computer Science with a thesis on cryptanalysis, stumbled upon cryptocurrencies in 2011 and was one of the first blockchain entrepreneurs in Croatia. He is an avid lecturer and coorganizer of Bitcoin Group Zagreb meetup.

Ivan Glavaš

Ivan Glavaš is a co-founder of the Forebit - prediction market and data feed platform of cryptocurrency trading based on reporting and transaction analysis from global cryptocurrency exchanges. Prior to Forebit project, he gained the experience on the Zagreb Stock Exchange and the investment company as a broker for the stock markets. Since 2015, he has been engaged in exploring blockchain industry and investing in cryptocurrencies.

Mislav Javor is a software developer and team leader at Ingemark d.o.o. Worked as a developer on databases, enterprise software and mobile applications. Ethereum developer working with Solidity and Viper - as well as poking around with the ethereum core clients. Held blockchain workshops and conferences and organised Zagreb Blockchain Developers Meetup. Actively promoting blockchain education in Croatia and neighbouring countries. Lecturer at the HUB385 Academy smart contract development programme.

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Croatian entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist. Mathematician, with careers in science, digital media, finance and human resources. Serial founder, with multiple successful exits.

Currently focused on digital transformation in education – founder of IRIM, the leading organisation in introducing STEM education in the region.

Special advisor to the President of Croatia for Digital Transformation and STEM.

Saša is an entrepreneur, fthe ounder of the first startup incubator in Zagreb - ZIP and a board member of CRANE (Croatian Business Angels Network): He is the ofnuder of Insako d.o.o. and investor in Repsly Inc, Entrio.hr, Once.de and many other startup companies. He has recently redeemed franchise rights for the world's largest franchise in the area of ​​package and shipping segments - MBE - Mail Boxes Etc. for the Adriatic region. He is a member of the EC Entrepreneur of the Year award winner and the winner of the Grand PRix - Communicator of the Year 2014.

 

Aljoša Domijan is an entrepreneur, startup investor, motivator and mentor with more than twenty years of business experience. He is widely considered to be a digital marketing expert.

Boris Guina was appointed the Deputy President of the Board of Directors of the Croatian Agency for SMEs, Innovations and Investments (HAMAG-BICRO) in June 2014.

Mr. Guina came to HAMAG-BICRO from the position of the Managing Board member of the company Zagreb plakat Ltd, before which he held the position of the Executive Director in Exports in Ledo jsc. He was born in 1976. In 2001, he graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb. In 2009, he successfully finished the Executive MBA program at Cotrugli Business School. In 2012 and 2013, due to exceptional business results, he was enlisted in the Golden Book of the best Croatian entrepreneurs and managers.

Hrvoje Prpic is a successful serial entrepreneur, business angel and investor. His first company was an electronic retail company similar to Best Buy which he had started from “a garage”. The business blossomed until it had 50+ stores throughout the region, a workforce of 350 and an annual turnover of USD 120m. At this point he exited the business via IPO and cashed out. Since then he has worked as an angel investing his own capital and skills in a range of local and regional start-up businesses.

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Gorjan Agačević is an entrepreneur who lives and works in Zagreb, Croatia. He is a digital expert with a successful 15-year track record in the fields of Digital Marketing, Customer Engagement and Insuretech. Over the years, Gorjan has worked as a digital consultant for Volvo Car corporation and a digital strategist for several international consumer brands (Nike, Molson Coors, etc.). Gorjan is also one of the co-founders of Revolucija, an acclaimed full service digital agency and the organizer of Internet Things Croatia, a bi-monthly Meetup group with over 800 members. As Chief Product Officer and founder of Amodo, he provides strategic direction for product development and Innovation Management of their main product Driver Copilot, currently used by some of the largest insurer’ and car distributors in the world.

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Luka runs Nest01, a coworking space in HUB385 Zagreb. Previously he was an investment Manager at Hub:raum, which links tech entrepreneurs and high growth startup companies with the expert network, capital and business opportunities of Deutsche Telekom. Before this, he was an innovation specialist in Croatian Telekom linking new business opportunities with corporations and ran his own startups before that.

Hrvoje Prpic is a successful serial entrepreneur, business angel and investor. His first company was an electronic retail company similar to Best Buy which he had started from “a garage”. The business blossomed until it had 50+ stores throughout the region, a workforce of 350 and an annual turnover of USD 120m. At this point he exited the business via IPO and cashed out. Since then he has worked as an angel investing his own capital and skills in a range of local and regional start-up businesses.

For the past 5 years Vanja Andrić is a local director of the Founder Institute, the largest startup accelerator that educates startup entrepreneurs how to create and run a meaningful and enduring companies. His expertise is directed toward helping and leading organisations, closely working with teams to achieve desired goals, advising them on innovation, presentation, communication, business development, marketing, branding and closing investments with focus on people, creativity and relationships.

Branko Drobnak

Branko Drobnak is the President of Business Angels of Slovenia. He cooperated in more than 15 start up companies as an investor. He has a lifetime of experience with setting up and managing companies. He was the CEO of Poteza d.d. between 2003 and 2011 and served as a member of Supervisory boards in numerous companies in Southeast Europe. He also serves as a mentor in CEED Slovenia.

Dr. Kičić graduated from Department of Physics, Faculty of Science at University of Zagreb on applications of biomagnetism in medical diagnostics. He earned his Ph.D. degree from Helsinki University of Technology (nowadays Aalto University) on combined methods for noninvasive functional brain imaging.


For a number of years, as an expert in clinical neuroscience, dr. Kičić worked also as a consultant for high-tech companies involved in development and implementation of technology and methodology for non-invasive neurodiagnostics. In healthcare company Elekta Oy (EKTA-B.ST) dr. Kičić manages an international R&D team capable of executing variety of projects financed e.g. by government funding agencies or private investors and partners. Experience with industrial and technological market in Croatia dr. Kičić gained as an Offset Business Development Manager for Finnish company Patria Land Systems.

 

His professional education he upgraded with an Executive MBA degree from Aalto Executive Education business management school in Helsinki and Singapore.

 

Aljoša Domijan is an entrepreneur, startup investor, motivator and mentor with more than twenty years of business experience. He is widely considered to be a digital marketing expert.

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Julie Meyer is the CEO of Ariadne Capital, an investment firm that she founded in 2000 with 62 leading technology entrepreneurs who include the founders of Hotmail, SES Astra, WorldPay, EasyNet, BetFair, Sportingbet, Net Beans, Dialog Semiconductor. She has backed explosive growth companies such as Skype, Zopa, Monitise and done £875 m of investments.   She was given an honorary doctorate from Warwick University for EcosystemEconomics(r), an MBA from INSEAD where she was named one of their top 50 alumni and served on the Board of Directors and an MBE from the UK for services to entrepreneurship. She founded EntrepreneurCountry, a community of 315,000 early adopter citizens, and published Welcome to EntrepreneurCountry in 2012 which was published by Little Brown. She is from California originally, but has lived in Europe for 30 years in Paris, London and Malta. 
Julie is well-known as the founder of First Tuesday which expanded to 500,000 digital entrepreneurs in 1998-2000 and many credit with having ignited the Internet generation across Europe; this was sold to Jerusalem Global Ventures in 2000 for $50 m.
She has acquired Portcullis Asset Management in Malta in 2016, and has taken to market a €1 bn AUM investment platform - Europe's first Multi-Manager Venture Capital investment platform.

Frane Sesnic is the CEO of the Development Agency Zagreb / Technology Park founded by the City of Zagreb. Within the Technology Park, manages programmes of pre-incubation for entrepreneurial teams, as well as incubation and post-incubation for startup companies developing innovative high-technology products. Initiator of the first public accelerator programme in Croatia, taking an active role in creation of innovative entrepreneurial ecosystem in Zagreb and Croatia. Passionate about entrepreneurial incentives and a prominent advocate for the development of innovative science, technology & business infrastructure.  Holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computing from the University of Split.

Keith has is an experienced startup ecosystem specialist. Since 2015 Keith has worked in Sibenik, Croatia as a key contributor in the preparation team for the application of EU funded projects, as a tech and entrepreneurship ecosystem development, education-programming consultant. Some of his achievements include: launching "Startup Sibenik" NGO, launching the Tech Teens Sibenik program, launching adult and “Silver Citizens”. Prior to this Keith worked in Chicago as the Managing Director of Blue1647, a startup incubator, coworking, and education organization. Keith has also served as a US State Department "Professional Fellows" program mentor and has been recognized twice as a finalist for the US State Department "Impact award" for his work in Sibenik.

 
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Active for several years in the Austrian startup scene, Lisa has already been able to go through several stops and get to know the ecosystem from different angles. The passionate hobby photographer is particularly interested in projects with digital components and supports startups hands-on in their further development. In addition to her role as Managing Director of the Austrian Angel Investors Association - Austria’s leading network for angel investors with more than 200 members - she is a co-founder of Female Founders, the largest initiative for Women in Entrepreneurship in Austria. 

Anat Avni-Papo is Scouting technologies for investors, mentor and consultant for start-ups.

Anat was the VP of Business Development and Operation of a private investment firm (Angel, private equity), following five years as a commercial attorney. She is highly involved with the start-ups and the venture Capital industry’s ecosystem in Israel, including academic institutions, accelerators, VC’s, angels etc.

She has gained extensive experience in leading and managing commercial and legal aspects of start-ups investments, from identifying new trends, moving on to locating and selecting worthy investments (mostly seed+), through managing the process of due diligence, commercial negotiations and culminating in finalizing the deals.

In addition to the above, she has also directly supervised the implementing of road maps and business plans for companies, which investments’ goal was to obtain the predetermined KPIs and assist them with their business development.

Anat hold a BA in law and a MBA with a specialization track in marketing and advertising.

She is a visiting lecturer at the Master of Business Administration (MBA), major in Entrepreneurial, Kiryat Ono Academic Collage, accelerators and other fund raising, start- ups and entrepreneurship forums.

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