Dr. Kjell Anders Nordström
Dr. Kjell Anders Nordström
Kjell Anders Nordström is a Swedish economist, writer and public speaker. Kjell Nordström has published four books and numerous articles on the internationalization process of firms. His book Funky Business (co-authored with Jonas Ridderstråle) sold more than 300,000 copies. His latest book Urban Express, co-authored with Per Schlingmann, tells a story about a silent revolution, spearheaded by cities and women.
Dr Nordström has 25 years’ experience working with multinational companies and has served as an adviser and consultant to several large multinationals around the world. He holds a doctoral degree in International Business from the Stockholm School of Economics. His research and consulting focus is on the areas of corporate strategy, multinational corporations and globalization. Besides public speaking, Kjell A. Nordström is also active as an investor and entrepreneur and runs a prominent Shakespeare theatre.
Benjamin is General Partner at HAX, the world’s top accelerator for hardware startups, where he works with startups on strategy, marketing, PR and fundraising. HAX has invested in over 200 startups in robotics, IoT, consumer and health tech. HAX is part of SOSV, an early stage fund with $525M AUM ranked as #3 most active globally in 2018 by Crunchbase.
Benjamin is a recognized thought leader on hardware, IoT and innovation ecosystems with 15 years of experience across China, Japan, Korea and USA. He now splits his time between Hong Kong, Shenzhen and the world. Benjamin is also an angel investor and speaks English, Japanese, Mandarin, Korean and Spanish with a French accent. His experience covers several tech industries: telecom, mobile, gaming and hardware. In case you have some questions for Benjamin before or after Deep Tech Atelier, please contact him via Twitter @benjaminjoffe.
Dr. Thomas Kostka
Dr. Thomas Kostka
Senior Investment Manager, Adhesive Technologies at Henkel Ventures. Thomas holds a PhD in Chemistry from the FAU University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany.
He has first-hand experience working in two start-ups and his own consultancy in the field of Chemoinformatics & Computer-Aided Drug Design (USA & Germany).
He joined Henkel in 2007 and held several positions in R&D, heading teams in Scientific Computing and in Technology Scouting.
He then moved to Strategy and New Business development, identifying and evaluating innovation opportunities through strategic Foresight Management, Scouting, Start-up Screening, and Venturing.
Thomas’ current position is Senior Investment Manager for Adhesive Technologies at Henkel Ventures.
Start-up accelerator, corporate innovator and public speaker. Paul specialises in helping start-up and deeptech teams develop the best strategies to grow their business, validate their market, get investment, and partner with industry. At Growth Studio he has worked with over 250 start-ups globally and work with some of the biggest corporate names to help them partner with emerging technologies and innovators.
Ella is Commercialization Reactor’s Acceleration Programme Director. She is a great believer in entrepreneurial talent and systems approach to entrepreneurship. Ella has been trained in developing entrepreneurs at Harvard Business School, she has designed and delivered eight deep-tech start-up support programmes for Commercialization Reactor companies. Ella is also a CEO and co-founder of a bio-tech startup Arlabion developing a new generation agrochemicals for crop protection.
Groglass Founder and CEO. Groglass is one of the world’s leading developers and manufacturers of anti-reflective and other high-performance optical coatings on large area glass and acrylic for high-end electronic and static displays, picture framing, museum showcases, food display and other applications. Groglass is a greenfield start up, built as a spin-off from the Soviet-era nanotechnology research center Sidrabe AS.
Head of Venture Management @Schaeffler Technologies.
Elena Mueller joined the Schaeffler Group in 2011. After key responsibilities, she transferred to the Schaeffler Asia Pacific organization in 2014 and spent the last 5 years in Shanghai, China. After successfully leading reorganization projects for the region, she took a 3-year entrepreneurial sabbatical and founded her own startup in Shanghai in 2016. With mulan labs – she helped OEMs and tier 1 suppliers in the Automotive, Pharma and IT sector in China to establish an innovation culture with inside out and outside in strategies, cooperating successfully with startups, universities and experts in open innovation platforms.
During this time, she was also elected as Vice President of the German-Chinese University of Applied Science at Tongji University, China.
She holds 2 Master degrees: Global Management from Northumbria University in the UK and Organizational Psychology from University of Applied Science Hamburg, Germany.
Co-founder and CEO of Conelum. He has completed BSc in Infection Biology (University of Glasgow) in 2011,
and is also alumni of SKOLKOVO Start-up Academy (Moscow School of Management) since 2012.
First ever person from Baltic’s to be chosen for European “Forbes Top 30 under 30” (Category: Industry), list of promising Entrepreneurs for TOP 100 by Google for “New Europe 100 project” – a list of outstanding challengers, Anton is a Hi-Tech Venture Entrepreneur, who is sharply focused on commercializing science and true innovations.
Carl van der Grift
Carl van der Grift
Carl van der Grift obtained his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Utrecht in 1990. After a career at SHELL, CRI, and Porocel in R&D, manufacturing and site management, he joined Albemarle in 2010 where he became the division VP hydroprocessing catalysts and he served on the boards of Eurecat, and NipponKetjen. Since 2016, he is the owner and sole manager of a Catalyst Intelligence, a consulting company that provides independent advice to oil refineries, petrochemical plants, catalyst manufacturers, and financial investors in the catalyst space. After three years the start-up company has more than 10 subject matter experts in areas such as catalyst R&D, reactor optimization, catalyst manufacturing, selection, sales and marketing, and business optimization, and an expanding customer-base.
Entrepreneurial Business Development Manager at INAM Berlin, supporting Science Startups to find their way. Over 6 years’ experience in Advertising, Consultative Sales and Online Measurement and Attribution in Google.
Founder of an Art Social Enterprise (www.ArtCraft.Gallery), empowering homeless & disabled artists sell their artwork and tell their stories.
Senior Project Manager / Innovation Consultant ESA BIC Austria at Science Park Graz.
Working on preparation and management of EU projects led me to implementation of the Technical Assistance project for BIOCentre (incubation centre for biosciences) in Zagreb. This experience introduced me to multiple aspects of business support organizations so I continued my career as a Senior Administrator and later Senior Analyst in newly established BIOCentre. As a geographer specialized in GIS currently enrolled in an MBA program, I am excited to work in Science Park Graz as Senior Project Manager and Innovation Consultant at ESA BIC Austria where I can support space technology ecosystem.
Marko J. Koski
Marko J. Koski
EnergySpin – Energy Solutions Business Accelerator – Operations, FiBAN Finnish Business Angels area coordinator, startup enthusiast.
Marko runs the EnergySpin accelerator program, which is intended for helping energy related startups and growth companies in boosting their international development and growth.
Managing Partner – Buildit Latvia Hardware Accelerator.
For the last four years, he was the director of Green technology incubator. Now he has decided to move forward and at the moment he is Managing Partners of the Accelerator of the Things – Buildit Latvia.
He believes innovation is not about earning more money, but generating wealth for society in a responsible way.
EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator Head Coach.
Experienced Board Member and entrepreneur. Skilled in Product and business model development, Marketing Management, Digital Strategy, Sales and Customer Relationship Management (CRM), with a passion on innovation and business design.
Founder at Growth Studio and Programme Director at CityVerve Smart Cities Open Innovation. specialises in helping start-up and deeptech teams develop the best strategies to grow their business, validate their market, get investment, and partner with industry. At Growth Studio he has worked with over 250 start-ups globally and work with some of the biggest corporate names to help them partner with emerging technologies and innovators.
Dr. Kaspars Ozols
Dr. Kaspars Ozols
A senior researcher who leads teams of engineers and researchers in EDI. He holds a Ph.D. in Electronics from Riga Technical University. He has been involved in various international projects related to development of novel data acquisition, transmission and signal/image processing methods and devices for different applications in the fields of transport, health, manufacturing, etc., including participation in 7 European joint research projects (in ARTEMIS, ECSEL and ERA-NET programs). Expertise in ICT system simulation, modelling, design, development, implementation, system integration, testing and validation. Author of 10 scientific articles. Research interests includes Artificial Intelligence, Cyber-Physical Systems, Signal/Image Processing, Wireless Communications, Wireless Sensor Networks, Internet of Things, Embedded and Low Power solutions, Robotics, Industry 4.0, Connected and Automated driving, etc.
Educational background in Business Economics, Finance and Strategy from Edinburgh Business School, University of Wageningen, NTNU and NMBU. Worked with Business Development, Investments, Financing, Tech transfer and IP management from Research Institutions and private companies since 2004. Currently in the board of 6 promising start-ups, advising additionally 15 companies in different stages of development and partly working for an early-venture capital fund. Interested in the following Tech sectors: ICT (Cyber Security, IOT, Digitalization/IT transformation), Industry (Manufacturing, Additive Manufacturing, Metals, Composites, Robotics).
Dr. Eugene Buff
Dr. Eugene Buff
Primary Care Innovation Consulting, Founder and President.
Dr. Eugene Buff is a Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP) and Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) with over twenty years of combined scientific, consulting and management experience. He has substantial expertise in a wide variety of industries, including but not limited to healthcare, biotechnology, medical devices, consumer products, materials and chemical manufacturing.
Ferdinand Bartels studied material science at the University of Stuttgart, the Max Planck Institute (Germany) and the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (US). He has over 20 years of experience managing technology businesses in Germany, France, UK, China and Singapore. In 2014, he became the CEO of the SPECS Group which is headquartered in Berlin, Germany.
In addition to managing SPECS, he has been the Executive Director of the Board at the Innovation Network for Advanced Materials (www.inam.berlin) since 2017. INAM is a non-profit network of industry and research institutions which aims to accelerate innovations in the field of advanced materials. Furthermore, he also heads InnoEU GmbH which is an initiative that supports startups with growth potential in the Chinese market.
Head of Science Commercialization Division, Investment and Development Agency of Latvia. With previous experience in innovation and higher education policy making process in Ministry of Economics and Ministry of Education and Science. Currently working with brightest minds and innovative ideas of public research institutions of Latvia. While being a PhD student himself, in his daily work Reinis meets with innovators from research organisations, businesses and start-ups.
Chief Innovation Officer in DTEK.
In 1998, he graduated from the Polytechnic University of Milan in Aerospace Engineering.
1998-2006 – working for HIRSCH Group, international machine building company.
2006-2008 – managing oil and gas projects in Amec Foster Wheeler engineering company.
At the end of 2008, Emanuele Volpe started his career as Project Manager in ENEL, a global energy company.
Since 2013, he has been responsible for innovation in an ENEL oversea representative office. In particular, for the introduction of the open innovation culture in the company, new technologies and start up scouting and their involvement in energy company business, creation of the innovation hub.
Researcher from Institute of Physics of University of Latvia and expert in technology transfer in Department of Communication and Innovation. Main research interests are linked to studying and developing new technologies for heavy industry. He believes that cooperation between science and industry is the best way to grow both.
Lauma is the Deputy Director of Technology Department – Head of Technology Transfer Unit at the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia – organisation actively involved in supporting and facilitating knowledge and technology transfer and entrepreneurship in Latvia. Commercialisation of research and intellectual property management are her fields of expertise that she has developed by working with and within research organisations.
Dr.phys. Andris Anspoks
Dr.phys. Andris Anspoks
Deputy director, Innovation, Institute of Solid State Physics, General manager of Materize
Andris is managing innovation development system in Institute of Solid State Physics transforming research outcomes into products that will enhance our life. He has created Materize unit for cooperation with the industry, serving as a hub connecting business and research. Andris has an experience in business development and management. He has created some successful companies like Capital, RIX Technologies. He has implemented many large scale projects, like register of Enterprises of Latvia. Andris research interests are linked into advanced topics of solid state physics.
Aleksandrs Parfinovics is Managing Director of Schaeffler Baltic. He was a co-founder and co-owner of a start-up Naco Technologies that was acquired by Schaeffler Goup in 2015. Aleksandrs has 11 years’ experience working in Management Consulting at Deloitte and CIMA graduated.
Mikko is a Business and Strategy Development Professional with 20 years of international business experience from working in a variety of different business development and innovation related roles, both in small and large scale organisations. In his current role Mikko provides Business Creation services and funding to start-ups and SME’s, helping them to translate their early seed ideas into scalable business.
LatBAN, Deputy Chairman of the Board.
Armands Jurjevs has more than twenty years experience in management and business administration in international business environment. Since early nineties, he has been holding top management position in multinational companies like – International Executive Service Corps, US; IBM Latvia, Telenor Media and Interinfo Latvia as well as others.
Aleksejs, Innovation Project Manager at Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU), has 10+ years’ experience in creation and implementation of entrepreneurship and innovation support programmes. Now, responsible for RSU innovation projects and relation building with the industry and start-ups. Start-up Entrepreneurship programme, Business-incubator, Innovation grants – there is much to come from Riga Start-up University this year (RSU).
Cleantech ForEst, CEO
Erki has background from environmental technology, environmental management and engineering. He became involved in cleantech entrepreneurship in the Netherlands while self-studying business management and implementing it in his first startup in 2015. Erki has good industry knowledge as he was previously advancing the adoption of renewables at the Estonian Renewable Energy Association. Since becoming the CEO for Cleantech ForEst he has been organising and running many incubator and accelerator programs as well increased the scope of Cleantech ForEst’s network nationally and internationally in the US, Asia and Europe. Erki is responsible for keeping track of Estonian cleantech startups’ scene and very motivated to find best possible support mechanisms for promising startups as well as environmental awareness and sustainable development in general.
Talis Juhna is a professor of Water Technology and Vice-Rector for Research at Riga Technical university (Rīgas Tehniskā universitāte). In 2014 he recieved an ITERA award for contribution to environmental science and in 2016 – the World Culture Council Special Recognitions.
He is among the Top 10 Latvian researchers of 2013, as listed by “Ir” magazine. Since 2017 Dr. Juhna is the Vice Chairman of Latvian Council of Science. His research about the pathogenic microorganisms that cannot be detected with cultivation methods but are still present alive in the drinking water supply networks is amongst the most read in the journals of the American Society for Microbiology.
Olga Barreto Gonçalves
Olga Barreto Gonçalves
Investment and Development Agency of Latvia, Chief Startup Instigator.
Olga holds BSc from Stockholm School of Economics in Riga and MSc from Norwegian School of Economics. She has also completed several MBA courses in Innovative Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Conflict Resolution at the Asian Institute of Management.
Her career started in investment banking and over time deviated towards developmental work, social entrepreneurship and startups. Olga lead Social Actions team at ASSIST Asia (Philippines) – an international NGO which works with Asian Development Bank and various UN agencies on projects related to renewable energy, digital technologies for development and youth leadership, among others.
She also co-managed a Singapore-based IIX Impact Accelerator programme for social startups in the Philippines. Olga helped pioneering design thinking approach at Microsoft Asia.
In late 2016, she returned to her home country and in May 2017 accepted a new challenge – Chief Startup Instigator at Investment and Development Agency of Latvia. At the moment, at the Agency she leads a Startup Support Team and in this capacity, she seeks to boost Latvian startup ecosystem, thus placing the country on the global startup map.
Founder and CEO at Commercialization Reactor.
Founder and CEO of the Commercialization Reactor science-based start-up creation and acceleration platform, business angel investor and entrepreneur. Entered the venture capital business in 2006, after exiting a $100M+ turnover FMCG business in Russia and Latvia.
Currently serves as a board member at more than 30 high-tech companies, including: Eventech, Adaplab, Conelum Biotech, Pogritech, EVOLed, NCapture, Snowision, ET Tech, Arlabion, Mahydy, NanoOptoMetrics, Vortex Oil Engineering, Koatum, Adiabatic Nanotechnologies, Nano Ray T, ConvertIQ, Alloy Advisor, Catalyco, Earth Pumps, Nivetap, Medhydrogel and Semantic Intelligence. For more information, see: http://www.commercializationreactor.com
“The achievement of the possible is not possible without challenging the impossible over and over again” – this personal quote of Mr. Reiling underlines, that success comes along with risk taking and decision making. It also describes his strong personal commitment of being a CEO.
He leads the SERO GmbH being an EMS service-provider. Clients from automotive and industry trust in the competences and skills of SERO. More than 270 employees are involved in designing, developing and manufacturing reliable electronic components. Their turnover has beaten the line of 90+ mill. € in 2018.
Mr Reiling will present the current and future challenges in the automotive sector from the perspective of a specialized supplier. It will contain an outlook on human resource development and instruments of innovation at SERO.
Reach out for him to learn more about brand management and corporate building in highly competitive and globalized markets!
Hendrikje is a young professional and she is your contact point the autoregion e.v. She has recently joined this cluster association as community manager. More than different 130 automotive industry corporates are members.
OEMs like Porsche, BMW and Mercedes-Benz have joined this largest and only cross-border network between Germany, France, Luxembourg and Belgium. First class Tier1 and Tier 2 supplier like Continental, Eberspächer and Johnson Controls are examples for worldwide recognized automotive suppliers.
The autoregion offers active participation in the cluster work, exchange of experience with experts on selected topics, Cooperation projects for new product ideas,
Increased market transparency through targeted marketing campaigns, Direct contacts to members, partners and OEMs and Navigation to funding programs.
Reach out for Hendrikje to get introduced their corporate members or involved in joint projects.
Dr. Dietrich Rodermund
Dr. Dietrich Rodermund
Dr. Rodermund has promoted Technical University of Kaiserslautern. He is a specialist for Carbon Composites and he is the expert to ask, if you want to connect with the German automotive industry.
He is the director of Fahrzeug-Initiative Rheinland-Pfalz being an industry association for automotive and smart city. His presentation and discussion will cope with the question: How to approach and partner with German corporates?
Entrepreneurship and Intrepreneurship are the hot topics to discuss with André.
Since 2013 he works as business consultant and technology scout for ICT, Industry 4.0 and IoT. His professional deep tech career has started at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits ISS. He has build the business foundations and network for the successfully commercialisation MIOTY and Holodeck VR.
Currently he is strongly promoting the Latvian start up scene among the German industry. He is also a co-founder of the Digital Health Cluster Latvia, which brings together professionals and corporates from different fields to create and establish new solutions and services for health care, medicine and med-tech.
His speech will show particular ways to establish relationships with German industries on project and business base.
Dr. Sylvio Abrats
Dr. Sylvio Abrats
Dr. Sylvio Abrats has promoted in Organic Chamistry and Biochemestry at the “Keulé-Institute” at the University in Bonn. He has worked as lead-consultant for production process optimization at the Daimler AG (Mercedes) and Bayer AG. Being a German-Latvian makes his heart beating for both countries.
As a business men he knows about the details and the particularities of both markets. He has experiences to share from his positions as LIAA representative to Germany and as contact point of the Federal State of Rheinland-Pfalz to Latvia.
Did you ever listen to the golden stories of German white wine?
Ask Sylvio for those and listen to his learnings as entrepreneur in the wine importing business 10 years ago. Meanwhile he has attracted investors to Latvia in the fields of tourism, sports equipment and car part production.
The panel “Cooperation opportunities with the German automotive industry” will be moderated by Sylvio.
Beijing Belt & Road International Co-Incubation
Xia Wenhuan is a Founder of Beijing Belt & Road International Co-Incubation (ICI), founder of International Technology Transfer Network (ITTN); Vice chairman of Beijing Technology Market Association; technology transfer expert, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and an advisory board member of ENRICH project.
Janis Hübner, Manager Merck Accelerator Program, looking for startups in the field of Healthcare, Life Science and Performance Materials to connect to our global network for future collaboration. Janis holds a MSc in Industrial Engineering from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) focusing on Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship.
Aleksey Korabovsky has more than 8 years of experience working with the Commercialization Reactor. Currently Aleksey is running a start-up company Snowision, and take a part in start-ups EVOLED and N-Capture, which in total raised more than 500 k EUR of seed investments. Aleksey holds Master of Economics degree with specialization in Innovative Entrepreneurship.
Managing Director at FOOD CONCEPT. Experienced Director with a demonstrated history of working in the food production industry. Skilled in Negotiation, Food & Beverage, Business Planning, Market Research, and Management. Strong professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) focused in University of Warmia and Mazury from MBA ICAN Institute.
Project Manager – Disruptive Innovation – Business Development – Deep Tech – Digital Transformation – Speaker
“When the wind of change blows, some people build walls, others build windmills.”
For more than 20 years, I have worked in the development and commercialization of innovative, disruptive and emerging technologies. Entrepreneurial leader and manager, I am used to acting in a complex and uncertain environment within different cultures.
I have played pivotal role in the elaboration and implementation of start-ups, private and public organizations dedicated to entrepreneurship and commercialization of early-stage technology since 2004.
Skills and over 20 years of experience in the design, implementation, governance, evaluation and assessment of research and innovation policies and other knowledge policies. Experience and skills in the design, implementation, governance, evaluation and management of research and innovation policy measures and mixes. Experience and skills in designing, commissioning and implementing organizational, innovation system, policy mix, programme and project evaluations. Experience in coaching and consulting policy makers both at ministries and R&D and innovation agencies in the area of R&D and innovation policies, implementation and evaluation. Knowledge and experience of foresight and other strategic intelligence activities. Speaker in many workshops and conferences dealing with R&D and innovation. Experience in expert groups and/or consulting assignments from Finland, Estonia, EU Commission, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium and Austria.
Head of FASTTRACK – The Family Business Accelerator and Head of the Ceravis Incubator, which offers early stage incubation services to employees from the automotive Tier 1 supplier “Hirschvogel Automotive Group”. In his function at Ceravis he works on New Business Development projects, establishing the base for value-add collaboration and strategic investments in high-tech B2B startups (mainly hardware) for a successful transition towards new mobility. His focus lies on Strategy, Innovation and Marketing.
Michael Strommer has a background in Technology Management from Technical University Munich. He has gained experienced in several innovation labs within the media industry, started his own media-based startup and is running an agency for photography and strategic communication as a side gig.
An experienced CEO, Non Executive Director and Fund Manager. Deep business & technology background, including extensive international business, finance, sales & marketing experience across a wide range of industries.
Successful innovation/commercialisation background and extended personal board level international network in both venture capital, private equity, finance and private/public companies.
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