Venture Day 7th, May 2014
IE BUSINESS SCHOOL'S STARTUP COMPETITION
IE Business School's Top Startups & More
Keynote: Martin Varsavsky
Martin Varsavsky is an Argentine/Spanish entrepreneur, former IE & current Columbia University Professor who founded 7 firms in the past 20 years. Today he's CEO of Fon, a global WiFi community that has grown to be the largest in the world. He started his entrepreneurial career in the 80s with Urban Capital Corporation, one of the early leaders of the loft movement in Manhattan. This was followed by Medicorp Services, a pioneer in AIDS testing. In the 90s he started Jazz Telecomunicaciones (Jazztel), Spanish telco giant. Ya.com, (today Orange) Spain’s third largest internet web provider was also among his successful ventures. The father of 6 is devoted to improve education and access to technology through the Varsavsky Foundation.
Keynote: Howard Lindzon
Keynote: Candace Johnson
Candace Johnson was named one of the 50 most powerful women in Europe by Time and Fortune magazines. She's a telecoms expert and entrepreneur, who helped to pioneer the satellite industry in Europe that earned her several awards. In her 40 year career she created several companies, including, SES/ASTRA. She is the most proud of her work that advanced the democratization of access to telecoms and internet, which earned her the name "The Satellady". Candice is playing a major role in the European startup scene. She is the President of JPV, Johnson Paradigm Ventures, which is one of the founding shareholders of Sophia Europe Lab, Europe’s first early-stage investment company. Candace is also co-founder of Ariadne Capital. She expanded her investments into tech and med tech businesses.
Keynote: Anshuman Vohra
Mr Vohra left his career in banking to put the finishing touches on launching his own business. Despite the economy, Bulldog Gin is proving to be a viable brand because, as Mr. Vohra explains, liquor is countercyclical.
Keynote: Bedy Yang
Keynote: Chenoa Farnsworth
Jeff, is a serial entrepreneur with a focus on social and tech ventures. He's CEO of J-Seed, Tokyo based venture incubator and he's also chief mentor at Venture Generation. Originally from Hawaii, Jeff has been a long-term resident of Japan. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Jeff worked as an attorney and investment banker. He's a Berkeley and Harvard Law School alumnus.
Nava is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, innovation and technology commercialization expert with 20 years of experience. She's an adviser to the Israeli Government on innovation and international R&D collaborations; President & Co-Founder of the International Commercialization Alliance that influences policy on commercialization for 22 member countries. She's also Vice Chair of the Excellence for Commercialization of Research Canada and Founder of NanoIsrael, the international nanotech conference & exhibition.
Angel is leading investor relations as CFO at Mola Factory, an investment fund based in the beautiful island of Mallorca, specializing in technology start-up companies at the seed stage. Previously Angel worked at Lazard, a leading investment advisory and asset management firm for 8 years in mergers and acquisitions.
Conor is a former Irish politician and currently a Vice President of the Skolkovo Foundation, a multi billion dollar global hub and innovation center for entrepreneurs in Russia. At the height of his political career Conor was Minister for Science, Technology & Innovation in Ireland until 2011. He accepted a position with the Skolkovo Foundation in 2011, a planned high-tech innovation centre in Moscow, where he works on international partnership development.
Wednesday, May 7th, 9am-7pm
Auditorio Rafael del Pino, Calle Rafael Calvo, 39, Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain
We are excited to celebrate Venture Day at Auditorio Rafael del Pino, thanks to our partner, Fundación Rafael del Pino - a nonprofit organization dedicated to promote leadership & entrepreneurship in honor of one of Spain's most important entrepreneurs, Don Rafael del Pino, Founder of Ferrovial.
Venture Lab @ IE Business School
Venture Day Statistics & Success Stories
Applications: approx. 70
Number of pitches participating in competition: 10
Audience: 500 entrepreneurs, investors, angels & students
Tyba.com - raised € 1M after participation
Club Kviar - raised € 1M after participation
Native Ad - joined 500 STARTUPS (Silicon Valley Accelerator)
People Sports - raised € 500K after participation