Speakers

Head of Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) and India Expansion, Uber
Jambu Palaniappan, Uber

Jambu Palaniappan, Uber

Jambu Palaniappan is the Head of Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) and India Expansion for Uber, based in London. In this role, Jambu manages new market entry strategy and execution for Uber in EMEA and India region. He joined Uber in 2012 working in the U.S. expansion team, before moving to his current role. Growing up in the Silicon Valley, Jambu's passion for technology innovation began at an early age. He studied Public Policy and Economics at Vanderbilt University.

Head of International Developer Relations @Twitter
Chris Chabot, Twitter

Chris Chabot, Twitter

Chris has been a driving force of the social web for as long as it's been been around; As a lead on OpenSocial, heading up the Developer Relations teams for Google Buzz and Google+, and now as the Head of International Developer Relations at Twitter. He's always had a passion for creating meaningful connections between people through technology and driving change through innovation. With decades of experience working with, mentoring, and founding startups, running developer platforms and evangelising APIs; Chris loves to work with startups and developers on how to make the most of the social tools that are available to them.

Founding partner at Passion Capital 
Stefan Glänzer, Passion Capital

Stefan Glänzer, Passion Capital

Stefan Glänzer is founding partner at Passion Capital in London. He was recently named the best angel investor in Europe by readers and editors of TechCrunch Europe, and was the first investor and executive chairman of Last.fm, seeing that company through to its sale to CBS (2007 USD $280 million). Prior to that Stefan was co-founder of Ricardo.de, one of the first European online auction and classified sites, which he took public in 1999 and sold to QXL ricardo in 2000 (2008 sold to Naspers for USD 1.8bn).He was first investor and executive chairman in Mendeley (2013 sold to Elsevier for ca USD 100m) and first investor in Dailydeal (2011 sold to Google for USD 130m).


Partner, Seedcamp
Reshma Sohoni,  Seedcamp

Reshma Sohoni, Seedcamp

As Partner, Reshma co-manages Seedcamp. Her investment focus is on B2B, Fashion, Gaming, Travel, and Financial Services. Reshma helped found Seedcamp in 2007. During her tenure, she has managed companies like Mobclix (acquired by Velti), Zemanta, and Ubervu. Reshma was also on the board of Zoombu before it was acquired by Skyscanner and advises Launch48. She joined Seedcamp from the Venture team at 3i. Prior to 3i, Reshma spent over 3 years at Vodafone in their Commercial Strategy team, working across the Europe and Japan footprints in marketing strategy and pricing functions.

Partner, U.S. Venture Partners
Dafina Toncheva, USVP

Dafina Toncheva, USVP

Dafina is a partner at USVP with focus on enterprise applications and security. She has spent five years in the venture industry and has led investments in the areas of SaaS, virtualization, infrastructure and security. Some of Dafina’s investments include Aria Systems, CloudFlare and InsideSales.com. Before becoming a venture capitalist, Dafina held positions in development and product management at Microsoft, where she focused on authentication systems, digital signatures and business workflow. She earned an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in Computer Science, magna cum laude, with special focus on cryptography, efficient algorithms and database systems from Harvard University. 

Venture Capitalist, Global Investor, Startup Advisor
Scott Hartley, MDV

Scott Hartley, MDV

Scott Hartley has served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at the White House, and a Partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV), a $2 billion Silicon Valley venture capital firm, where he focused on how new technology layers like mobile, social, data, and analytics disrupt traditional industries. Prior to MDV, Scott worked at Google, Facebook, and Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. He is author of “The Venture Frontier,” a Forbes column on trends in international entrepreneurship and venture capital. Scott has been a global entrepreneurship speaker for Google, MIT, and the US State Department across the Middle East, Africa, South East Asia, and Latin America.


MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT AND A DIGITAL FUTURIST
Paul Papadimitriou, Digital Futurist

Paul Papadimitriou, Digital Futurist

Paul Papadimitriou is the expert of the emerging digital revolution and its transformative effect on businesses. Paul maps the dots between macro and micro trends. He looks at the world of cultures, politics, economics and technologies to find the DNA of digital and identities, building business foresight-Digital Intelligence-to guide clients through the opportunities and challenges of innovation, closing the loop between offline and online behaviors. He translates the world of digital, mobile and social into business experiences shaped for a new augmented, nomadic and tribal consumer. He’s been active in digital for 19 years, in mobile for 15. 

    EVP, Group Creative Director, Deutsch NY     
Jeremy Bernstein, Deutsch NY

Jeremy Bernstein, Deutsch NY

Jeremy Bernstein will be in Sofia and is part of the DigitalK 2014 agenda with the support of the Sofia Tech Park. Jeremy is an award-winning creative director with over 15 years of experience. As Group Creative Directorat Deutsch, Jeremy has directed integrated and digital campaigns for clients including Got Milk?, Tylenol, PNC Bank, Microsoft, Lunesta, and H&R Block to name a few. WIth his strong digital and user experience background, Jeremy mixes creativity and technology to create great experiences and solve businessproblems. Jeremy's work has been recognized by Cannes Lions, One Show, CommArts, Webby Awards, FWA andFWA Mobile, Adobe, Mashable, FastCompany, PSFK, Contagious and more.​

Venture Partner at 500 Startups
Marvin Liao, 500 Startups

Marvin Liao, 500 Startups

Marvin is a Venture Partner at global Seed VC Firm & Startup Accelerator 500 Startups based in Silicon Valley. He invests in Digital Media, Adtech, Marketing Cloud, Ecommerce & Mobile startups across the globe. Formerly of Yahoo! Inc. (10.5 years), Marvin Liao has held roles in the various departments of Sales, Business Development, Ad Operations and Marketing. He also serves on the boards/advisory boards of several internet advertising and ad technology companies across the globe. In addition, he is a Mentor for several Startup Accelerator programs in Europe, Israel and the US, helping guide startup teams with their sales, marketing and partner development efforts.


Head of Cloud Media Engineering at Netflix
Tony Koinov, Netflix

Tony Koinov, Netflix

Tony is a technologist at heart with extensive experience in leading Internet systems and services. As the Head of Cloud Media Engineering at Netflix, he leads R&D and engineering, working with industry partners to develop and implement standards to lead the innovation in the digital media ecosystem. Prior to that, Tony led a number of high-visibility projects at YouTube, launching YouTube Live Streaming, lead Disaster Recovery for Google and worked in several other roles at Google. Tony earned his Masters in Computer Science degree from the Michigan State University, followed by Executive Leadership  programs at Stanford and the Center for Creative Leadership.  

 Managing Director for EMEA at HotelTonight    
Heather Leisman, HotelTonight

Heather Leisman, HotelTonight

A travel and adventure enthusiast, Heather Leisman brings more than 16 years of travel experience to her role as Managing Director for EMEA at HotelTonight. Heather leads the strategic direction and day-to-day execution of HotelTonight operations in EMEA and her considerable expertise in the online travel and marketing sectors make her the perfect addition to the team. Before joining HotelTonight, Heather served as Vice President of Partner Development and Operations at Jetsetter, where she was responsible for partner relationships, operations and customer service.

General Manager CEE, BlaBlaCar
Piotr Jaś, BlaBlaCar

Piotr Jaś, BlaBlaCar

Piotr is General Manager CEE responsible for regional expansion of BlaBlaCar. Works with local teams introducing new inter-city transport system that disrupts the way how people travel in countries of the region. Joined BlaBlaCar in fall 2012 after acquisition of local ridesharing platform he co-founded. Before joining BlaBlaCar, he was an entepreneur who worked on projects around document processing and B2B marketplaces."


Cofounder, Sprayable Energy
Deven Soni, Sprayable Energy

Deven Soni, Sprayable Energy

Deven is the Cofounder of Sprayable Energy, a revolutionary consumer products company launched in 2013. The Company has been featured in thousands of media outlets including The New York Times, CNN, BusinessWeek, and Rolling Stone. He was formerly a VC investor with funds including NEVEQ, Highland Capital Partners, and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners.  Deven is also an active advisor to several global venture capital funds and startups.

Director at Javelin Group
Fraser Davidson, Javelin Group

Fraser Davidson, Javelin Group

Fraser Davidson is a Director at Javelin Group, Europe's leading ecommerce and Omni-channel retail consultancy and systems integrator. Fraser is head of the technology practice and company CTO. The technology practice is responsible for the development of world-class ecommerce and mobile solutions for leading retailers and brands across the globe and has engaged in over 60 major eCommerce developments. Prior to joining Javelin Group, Fraser spent 10 years as a member of the IBM senior leadership team. Javelin Group advises retailers, brands and online businesses. Clients include all of the top 10 UK retailers and 50 of the worlds top brands, including Tesco, Sony, Nike, Harrods, M&S and Wallmart. 

Head of Performance Marketing of Fashion Days
Gabor Cseh, Fashion Days

Gabor Cseh, Fashion Days

Gabor is a 16 year veteran of the digital industry who is currently Head of the Performance Marketing Team of Fashion Days, driving conversions for the leading online fashion destination in 7 markets across CEE. Gabor launched his first venture at the end of the last millennium and attracted investments from VC funds for two subsequent projects. He led the remodelling and relaunch of the most successful social network iWIW in Hungary up until its sale to Telekom and spent two years attempting to bring the same concept and service to several markets in CEE. He has been with Fashion Days since its launch in Hungary and has recently been appointed to lead Performance Marketing for the Group.


Managing Director at 212
Ali Karabey, 212

Ali Karabey, 212

Ali Karabey is a Managing Director at 212 focusing on investments in internet, communication and technology companies. Ali currently serves on the boards of Butigo.com, online fashion retail start-up focusing on fast fashion, Hazinem.com, online jewelry store, and Solvoyo, Software as a Service provider of advanced supply chain optimization software. In 2002 he joined Morgan Stanley Capital International to manage North American and European finance teams consecutively. Meanwhile he was involved in the valuation, due diligence, and the post-acquisition integration of acquisition targets. After Morgan Stanley Ali transferred to Deutsche Bank to focus on the Bank's principal investments.

Partner at Earlybird Venture Capital
Dan Lupu, Earlybird Venture Capital

Dan Lupu, Earlybird Venture Capital

Dan is currently a Partner at Earlybird Venture Capital, after having spent 4 years as an Investment Director at Intel Capital, where he was in charge of South-East Europe. Before that, he gained a lot of valuable experience at SigmaBleyzer (a private equity fund focused on South-East Europe) as an Investment Executive and as an equity research analyst covering diverse industrial and services sectors. MBA (General Management), IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain.

Director at Qualcomm Ventures Europe
Jason Ball, Qualcomm Ventures Europe

Jason Ball, Qualcomm Ventures Europe

Jason Ball is a Director at Qualcomm Ventures Europe and is based in London. He currently serves as a board member or observer for Bitbar, Blippar, Cambridge Temperature Concepts, Grand Cru, Videoplaza, Wonder PL and Wrapp. Jason has also led Qualcomm Ventures investments in Arteris (acquired by Qualcomm) and We7 (acquired by Tesco). Jason has 10 years experience working with internet and mobile software start-ups. Prior to joining Qualcomm, he was the Investment Director at London Seed Capital, a seed and early stage venture capital fund, where he focused on material science and internet technology investments.


Managing partner, LAUNCHub
Lyuben Belov, LAUNCHub

Lyuben Belov, LAUNCHub

Lyuben Belov is a successful entrepreneur and one of the pioneers of the Internet sector in Bulgaria. After co-founding Net Info in 1998, he served as the company's CEO until 2007. He is credited with successfully founding and growing Net Info (organically and through acquisitions) into the top digital brand in Bulgaria that was ultimately acquired in 2008 by "Sanoma Magazines International" - a transaction that represents the highest valuation achieved in this sector in Bulgaria. After exiting, Net Info, Lyuben has focused on investing and developing digital businesses within the SEE region. Lyuben recently co-founded LAUNCHub, €9 million seed fund, which starting in Q3 2012, would invest, develop and grow startup companies in the ICT sector in the SEE region.

Partner of NEVEQ Capital Partners
Pavel Ezekiev, NEVEQ

Pavel Ezekiev, NEVEQ

Pavel is a founding partner of NEVEQ Capital Partners, managing two venture capital funds which invest in enterprise, web and mobile markets. He serves on the boards of FinAnalytica, a financial risk management vendor and Vayant, a travel distribution technology provider. Prior to NEVEQ, he co-founded Sofica Group, a customer management business with over 1000 employees, acquired by TeleTech. Pavel also managed Deutsche Bank in Bulgaria, after working as an investment banker in London and led InvestBulgaria Agency, a government institution. Pavel serves as a trustee of the American University in Bulgaria. He has travelled to 40 countries and has lived in Bulgaria, Argentina, Spain, France, UK and USA. He graduated from Northeastern University in Boston.

Co-founder and Partner, GSV Asset Management
Luben Pampoulov, GSV Asset Management

Luben Pampoulov, GSV Asset Management

Luben is a co-founder and Partner of GSV Asset Management since the company’s inception in 2010. Based on his multinational background from Europe and the U.S., Luben offers unique perspective on some of the world’s most promising emerging economies. Luben has served as principal and co-portfolio manager of GSV Asset Management alongside GSV co-founder Michael Moe. Prior to starting GSV, Luben worked several years at ThinkEquity Partners, an asset management and investment banking firm focusing on venture capital, entrepreneurial and emerging growth companies.


Partner, LAUNCHub
Stephane Gantchev, LAUNCHub

Stephane Gantchev, LAUNCHub

Stephane Gantchev is Partner at LAUNCHub, a 9M seed fund supporting the most promising entrepreneurs and digital startups in Bulgaria and South Eastern Europe. Prior to Launchub, Stephane started his career in France, initially in the largest IT service provider company Atos Origin. He moved later to Orange (France Telecom) where he was Head of Innovations for the Orange France Mobile entity, discovering and trialing start-up in the mobile/telecom space. Stephane has been very active in the Bulgarian mobile and entrepreneur event scene contributing its grow, he co-founded in 2009 MobileMonday Sofia, and recently co-organized the Balkan Venture Forum 2013.

General Manager, Global Ultrasound Probes, GE Healthcare
Todor Sheljaskow, GE Healthcare

Todor Sheljaskow, GE Healthcare

Todor Sheljaskow manages GE’s $650 million business with ultrasound probes. Ultrasound is a fast growing imaging modality within GE Healthcare’s $18 billion portfolio. The competitiveness of this industry requires cutting-edge developments in software, hardware, information technologies, signal processing, and ASICs. Todor’s organization includes teams in the USA, Austria, France, Norway, India, China, and Japan. Prior to this role, Todor served as the CEO of Eltrak Bulgaria - the nationwide dealer of Caterpillar. He tripled Caterpillar’s market share in Bulgaria and won with his team numerous industry awards incl. a Forbes Business Award for Service Quality in 2011.

Co-founder of The Digital Loop
Ivan Hernandez, The Digital Loop

Ivan Hernandez, The Digital Loop

Digital Marketing Strategist and Business Development Consultant with several years of international experience in strategic consulting, advertising, marketing and media sectors. He is the Co-Founder of The Digital Loop, a boutique consultancy specializing in digital transformation. Additionally he co-hosts its weekly video series about the opportunities and challenges of the digital era. He has been invited to be an Official Blogger at LeWeb Paris 2013. Additionally he is Digital Strategy and Development Director at Walk Group. Recently he has joined NapoleonCat.com as a Member of the Supervisory Board. 


Co-Founder of Found.ation
Dimitris Kalavros-Gousiou, found.ation

Dimitris Kalavros-Gousiou, found.ation

Dimitris Kalavros-Gousiou is a 26-year-old web-impact entrepreneur and techmaverick. He is best known as the Founder and Curator of TEDxAthens and Co-Founder of Nest Media. As of March 2013, Dimitris also serves as a , a technology hub and educational platform in downtown Athens. Dimitris is Co-Founder and Business Craftsman of Nest Media, a digital media startup company based in Athens, Greece. Prior to that, he was the Founder and Business Development Officer of Away.gr, the first statup-related source in the country. He occasionally writes for TechCrunch Europe. 

Co-founder and CEO of TechHub Bucharest // Partnerships Manager of How to Web
Daniel Dragomir, TechHub

Daniel Dragomir, TechHub

Daniel is deeply involved in the tech and startup community, bravely taking on the challenge to build a bridge between startups looking for opportunities and large companies seeking to get involved in the community. Daniel put to good use his experience with developing School for Startups Romania and the Business Mentoring Program at the Post-Privatization Foundation, co-founding TechHub Bucharest and coordinating every activity that happens there. At How to Web, Daniel makes sure that the partnerships are always win-win’s and that no important opportunities are left unexplored.  

Business Development & Partnerships at CloudFlare
Maria Karaivanova, CloudFlare

Maria Karaivanova, CloudFlare

Maria heads Business Development at CloudFlare, the web performance and security company.  She is responsible for building CloudFlare’s distribution and reseller channels, oversees international expansion and leads various growth initiatives. Prior to CloudFlare, she was a venture capitalist at Intel Capital specializing in consumer internet and enterprise software. Maria also worked in business development, strategy and intellectual property at Boeing and Expedia. Maria’s experience spans six countries - she is a passionate explorer of new cultures, active startup advisor and a frequent speaker at technology conferences. Maria earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSBA in Finance with high distinction from Saint Louis University.


Vice President at SAP's Technology & Innovation unit
Dimitar Dimitrov, SAP

Dimitar Dimitrov, SAP

Dimitar is by heart and soul software engineer. In his role as Vice President at SAP's Technology & Innovation unit, he drives the R&D efforts in the area of "in-memory" platform-as-a-service. Being a member of the SAP Labs Bulgaria leadership team, Dimitar consults startup companies in the region and tries to promote the innovation spirit in the country. He holds an MSc in computer science from Sofia University and an MBA from Sheffield University, while these days pursues PhD in computer science.

Founder of DXY
Daniel Young, DXY

Daniel Young, DXY

Daniel is the founder of DXY, an award-winning creative technology agency with offices in Berlin, Cleveland and Seattle. As the Managing Partner and head of the design team, he directed projects for Bosch, the Cleveland Clinic, Goodyear, American Greetings, and Vitamix, among others, in the fields of mHealth and medical technology, consumer products, automotive, and business intelligence. Daniel serves as an advisor and mentor to a number of startup accelerators in Germany and the US, working with founders to develop strategies and tactics for their ventures.

INVESTMENT ASSOCIATE, Point Nine Capital
Mathias Ockenfels, Point Nine

Mathias Ockenfels, Point Nine

Mathias joined Point Nine Capital as an Investment Associate in the summer of 2013. Point Nine is an internationally oriented Berlin-based early-stage Venture Capital firm with a strong focus on Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and digital marketplaces. At Point Nine Capital he focuses business models subject to network effects as well as the GAS-region, Eastern-Europe and France. Previously he worked at Naspers / ricardo Group in Zurich, leading M&A in Western Europe. He is also former VC Investment Manager at Mountain Partners Group. Mathias is an occasional mentor and jury-member at SeedCamp. He closely follows and supports initiatives such as LAUNCHub or Le Camping.


European Marketing Strategy at Twilio
Lisa Lang, Twilio

Lisa Lang, Twilio

Lisa Lang has a rich history as a digital information technology and new media game changer. She has worked for organizations like Campus Party, Smashing Magazine and SitePoint (mothership of 99designs), and has extensive experience as researcher, team leader and event organizer (she really knows how to throw a good party!). Lisa is the European Marketing Manager for Twilio and especially focuses on developing markets in Eastern Europe. She also supports Geekettes Global as Evangelista to make the technology industry more accessible for women. The little time she has left, she spends soldering LEDs in her jackets (you'll know what that means if you meet her at a party). 

Co-founder and COO of incrediblue.com
Georgios Gatos, incrediblue.com

Georgios Gatos, incrediblue.com

Studied financial economics and business, with a specialization in new venture creation. Prior to Incrediblue, Georgios worked as a business consultant of small and medium size innovative companies, responsible for business planning and fundraising, while later he worked as an investment analyst and advisor of Venture Capital firms. Georgios actively participates in groups fostering entrepreneurship and innovation, business plan competitions and venture academies, curates the Open Coffee Thessaloniki meetings and belongs to the founding team of TEDxThessaloniki.

Managing Director of Pioneers Festival
Tim Röhrich, Pioneers Festival

Tim Röhrich, Pioneers Festival

Tim is the Managing Director of Pioneers Festival and joined Pioneers back in 2011. Previous to Pioneers, he founded three companies and studied industrial engineering and management in Germany and Austria. He is an entrepreneur and tech & innovation addict driven by an inexhaustible curiosity about the future.


Co-Founder & CEO, Alice
Samer Karam, Alice

Samer Karam, Alice

Samer Karam is an emerging markets serial entrepreneur and angel investor. He has been creating, investing in, and accelerating Mediterranean startups since 2007, with a 40% success track record (4/10 startups). In 2010, Samer founded Lebanon's 1st startup accelerator Seeqnce, which went on to be ranked in the Top 3 accelerators of the Arab World. His efforts in the accelerator space inspired the Central Bank of Lebanon to create a $400 Million startup fund, which he now advises on all matters relating to early stage startup investment. Most recently, Samer founded alice. (www.alice.li), the Startup Index™ investment platform that helps startup bridge the 'Valley of Death' funding gap.

CEO at River Styxx Capital, Empower Capital Advisor
Elvin Guri, Empower Capital Advisor

Elvin Guri, Empower Capital Advisor

Mr. Elvin Guri is an investor and entrepreneur with a successful track record in financial services. He is currently CEO of River Styxx Capital, an investment and advisory firm. In addition, Mr. Guri is the CEO of Empower Capital Advisor, which will manage the 15 mln. euro co-investment fund as part of the Jeremie programme. He started his career as Auditor at Price Waterhouse in Sofia. Starting from October 1996, he spent more than five years with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), both in London and in Sofia.  Mr. Guri co-founded JetFinance International (JetFinance), a consumer finance institution, in 2001-2002. Post JetFinance, Mr. Guri has been involved, as an investor and as a mentor, in financial services and in technology ventures.

Founding partner at Eleven Accelerator Venture Fund
Daniel Tomov, Eleven

Daniel Tomov, Eleven

Daniel Tomov is a founding partner at Eleven Accelerator Venture Fund and he is investing in some of the most promising and exciting tech startups in CEE. He's been involved in startups since 2000 as early stage investor and funded (in some cases bootstrapping) entrepreneur in diverse domains ranging from software to mobile to consumer goods to renewable energy. 


Managing Director at Rocket Internet 
Hristo Odiseev, Rocket Internet

Hristo Odiseev, Rocket Internet

Hristo is Managing Director of the Rocket Internet Technology Center in Porto, Portugal. In addition he engage in strengthening product management and implementing best agile project management practices across the business. Hristo is passionate about building online businesses and spent more than a decade as a serial Internet entrepreneur. Projects include the technology and product behind a myriad of Rocket Internet web and mobile companies, as well as a leading expat online community and eCommerce retailer. Before joining Rocket worked for Google, 3M, Joker.com, KPMG Consulting and supported company efforts in the digital space at several functional levels. 

Change Management Agent, Idealo Internet
Daniela Neumann, Idealo Internet

Daniela Neumann, Idealo Internet

Daniela is a start-up enthusiast, agile coach and product mentor with a passion for leading teams, execution and lean delivery. In the last 10+ years Daniela worked for more than 5 companies, co-founded playmob.com and helped building several start-ups. Her areas of interest and expertise arelean product, customer development, agile delivery and change management. Currently she coaches several teams as a change management agent for idealo, an Axel Springer company.

VC Partner, Teres Capital
Maxim Gurvits, Teres Capital

Maxim Gurvits, Teres Capital

Max is a VC partner at Teres Capital, a new venture fund for high-growth companies in Southeastern Europe, based in Sofia, Bulgaria. An entrepreneur and VC, he previously co-founded an online legal service company in the Netherlands, followed by a brief stint as an investment banker. Max was on the founding team of Eleven Startup Accelerator in Sofia, the largest acceleration program and seed fund in the Balkans region, before joining Teres.


CTO of Bitcoin Consulting LTD
Yasen Yankov, Bitcoin consulting LTD

Yasen Yankov, Bitcoin consulting LTD

Yasen Yankov, CTO of Bitcoin Consulting LTD, is a software engineer, entrepreneur and all-around technology guru. Yasen has over 7 years of software development experience in top tier companies, holds a BS in Computer Systems and Technology from the Technical University Sofia and is solely responsible for the technical leadership within Bitcoin Consulting. Yasen is a board member of the Bulgarian Bitcoin Association, he has also been involved in the Bitcoin community since 2012. He has been the driving force behind all of the projects undertaken by Bitcoin Consulting.

CEO of BitLendingClub
Kiril Gantchev, BitLendingClub

Kiril Gantchev, BitLendingClub

Kiril Gantchev, CEO of BitLendingClub, is a software engineer, Bitcoin investor and an entrepreneur. Kiril has over 7 years of experience in developing software, he has graduated from DePaul University in Chicago with a B.S. in Computer Games Development and an M.S. in Software Engineering. As the CEO of BitLendingClub he is responsible for developing a strategic business model, providing a clear vision for the company and promoting the platform. Kiril is a board member of the Bulgarian Bitcoin Association, a Bitcoin evangelist and a proponent of decentralization in all aspects of life.

CEO, OLX Bulgaria
Spas Slivkov, OLX Bulgaria

Spas Slivkov, OLX Bulgaria

Spas is CEO of OLX.bg, the leading Bulgarian classifieds web & mobile platform, and part of the Naspers portfolio of classifieds sites in 107 countries around the world. As part of the team for the past 4 years, he has been instrumental in creating a service where private individuals in Bulgaria can sell their belongings and supplement their income. Starting in 2010, Spas was the Business Development Manager of the platform, responsible for growth, monetization and marketing. He took over the role of CEO in January 2014. Prior to joining the Naspers team in Bulgaria, he worked in the fields of advertising, at Leo Burnett. Spas is a strong believer in the sharing economy, which empowers individuals (and not just companies) to create, express, sell, make money, and influence the word through the internet & technology.


President & Co-founder, Start It Smart
Petar Sharkov, Start It Smart

Petar Sharkov, Start It Smart

Petar is the co-founding president at Start It Smart, one of Bulgaria’s first and most significant entrepreneurial organizations. He is also a co-founder and trainer at Mind Mapping, licensed personally by the very creator of Mind Mapping, Tony Buzan. The company is focused on accelerated learning through the use of innovative tools. In addition to that, Petar is in charge of the first pre-accelerator in Bulgaria, Start It Smart | Pre - Accelerator, a 10-week program for first-time entrepreneurs.

Startup Activator, Trento RISE
Aleksandra Parcinska, Trento RISE

Aleksandra Parcinska, Trento RISE

Aleks is an entrepreneurial professional experienced in business IT consulting for global clients. After a stint in business strategy&development for a fashion start-up, Aleks currently supports innovation ecosystem development with focus on South East Europe, coaching and connecting talents both within the region and with international communities. Aleks works with investors (VIBE Venture Initiative in the Balkan Europe), activates SEE start-ups for the opportunities of EIT ICT Labs network (Outreach programme), works on synergies with the international program of TechPeaks, the People Accelerator at the foothills of the Alps in Trento (Italy).  

Strategic Business Developer, EIT ICT Labs Outreach
Fabio Carati, EIT ICT Labs

Fabio Carati, EIT ICT Labs

Fabio Carati is coaching CEOs and top managers of the most innovative European IT-companies located in Trento, Paris, Berlin, Stockholm, Helsinki, Eindhoven, London, Madrid, Budapest. Fabio has experience in entrepreneurship support, strategic markets development and joint work with investors. His area of competence includes negotiation activities like capital raising, sales and strategic marketing, recruiting of key persons. Fabio did his first start-up in 1982 when invented the first computer for industrial washing machines introducing electronics in place of mechanical cards. In 2010 as a result of the R&D activity Fabio founded the start-up Marco Polo 2.0 Project. 


Entrepreneur, manager and Internet veteran, founder of D.Labs
Jaka Levstek,  D.Labs

Jaka Levstek, D.Labs

Jaka is a seasoned entrepreneur, manager and Internet veteran, founder of D.Labs, a technical cofounder company. Sold his first small business at 20, and then held management roles in a range of industries, including telecommunications, oil&gas and logistics and helped to achieve one of the first big tech investments from Asia into Eastern Europe (NTT Docomo, 28.6M€). He co-founded (and failed) one of the first regional start-ups and then went on to successfully sell the next company he managed, while consulting many others in their exits. 

Jaka is guest lecturer at Cambridge Judge Business School, long-standing mentor at Seedcamp and an active lecturer on internet-preneurship in the CEE region.

Entrepreneur in Residence at LAUNCHub
Ivo Vasilev, Entrepreneur in Residence at LAUNCHub

Ivo Vasilev, Entrepreneur in Residence at LAUNCHub

Ivo is wearing a couple of hats, currently an EIR in Launchub, involved portfolio cos and deal flow. He is cofounder of Useful at Night, a mobile nightlife product and a LH portfolio company, partner at ib3Media.com, a high-end development studio for smart TV applications and cofounder/advisor at ClickandPlay.bg, web services enabling amateur sports. Previously he cofounded a mobile loyalty startup, did operations in Groupon in UK, was EIR in a boutique VC firm in Sydney, Australia,  spent some strategic time as ops. learning exchange with CEO in LND/SF based recruitment startup and did some other gigs bridging entrepreneurship and education. 

Entrepreneur
Stani Milev, StartUP Foundation

Stani Milev, StartUP Foundation

Stani is passionate entrepreneur. He creates chill animations at Chase a cloud, custom clothing at Rockacoca, the tech news youtube channel Techtoonerz and in his free time, he infects people with the entrepreneur spirit at StartUP Bulgaria. As a matter of fact he is so passionate about it that it is quite easy to spot him on your next startup event.. just look for the guy waving his hands around and out-talking everyone in the room :)


Steve Keil, CEO, MammothDB
Steve Keil, MammothDB

Steve Keil, MammothDB

Steve Keil is an entrepreneur whose passion is to create companies in which people are inspired to make their mark with their ideas and imagination. He believes that business leaders are responsible for creating such an environment, by including social and environmental objectives in their personal and business ethics. He has taught at the American College, written for various publications, and currently teaches at the University of Sofia. He is also a CEO at MammothDB -  a product that delivers the power, scalability, and speed of a big database at a fraction of the cost. He worked for Neveq, VMware, EPIQ, BMC Media, Ephibian, Sciant AG, Xentio.

Programme

MAY 29

Main hall

MC Day 1

Steve Keil, CEO, MammothDB

09:00 - 09:50

Registration and Coffee

09:50 - 10:00

Official Opening

Galya Prokopieva, CEO, Economedia

Lyuben Belov, Managing Partner, LAUNCHub

Pavel Ezekiev, Partner, NEVEQ

Horst Pertl, Chief Technology Officer, Mtel

Hubert Cottogni, Deputy Director, Head of Regional Business Development, European Investment Fund

10:00 - 10:30

Keynote

How digital is transforming our business and life

Paul Papadimitriou, Digital Futurist

10:30 - 11:00

Keynote

Living in the mobile future: What it means to be connected via technology

Chris Chabot, Head of International Developer Relations, Twitter

11:00 - 11:20

Keynote

Sharing economy successful case

Uber’s Expanding to New Markets

Jambu Palaniappan, Head of Expansion EMEA, Uber

11:20 - 11:40

Keynote

How mobile is changing the way people travel and what you need to know about mobile apps

Heather Leisman, Managing Director, HotelTonight EMEA

11:40 - 12:00

Keynote

Always in Cloud, Everything In-Memory

Dimitar Dimitrov, Vice President at SAP's Technology & Innovation unit

12:00 - 13:00

Lunch Break

13:00 - 13:40

Fireside chat

Finding Entrepreneurship Leaders: How to become big

Dafina Toncheva,Partner, USVP

Moderator: Pavel Ezekiev, Partner, NEVEQ

13:40 - 14:30

Panel Discussion

Where to go, where to grow?
Scott Hartley, Venture Capitalist, Global Investor, Start-up Advisor
Dan Lupu, Partner, Earlybird Venture Capital
Jason Ball, Director, Qualcomm Ventures Europe
Mathias Ockenfels, Investment Associate, Point Nine Capital
Moderator: Luben Pampoulov, Co-founder and Partner, GSV Asset Management

14:30 - 14:40

Presentation

Global and local venture capital insights

Diana Nikolaeva, Partner, EY

14:40 - 15:10

Keynote

The use of digital innovations in business and brand storytelling 

Jeremy Bernstein, EVP, Group Creative Director at Deutsch NY

15:10 - 15:40

Coffee Break

15:40 - 16:00

Keynote

The future of eCommerce and Omnichannel retail

Fraser Davidson, Director, Javelin Group

16:00 - 16:20

Keynote

How did technologies and online commerce change the retail industry

Gabor Cseh, Head of Performance Marketing, Fashion Days

16:20 - 16:35

Keynote

Power to the people, or how online classifieds are changing the way we buy and sell

Spas Slivkov, CEO, OLX Bulgaria

16:35 - 16:55

Fireside chat

Stefan Glänzer, Founding Partner, Passion Capital

Moderator: Steve Keil, CEO, MammothDB

 

16:55 - 17:35

Panel Discussion

Entrepreneurship ecosystems in motion
Ali Karabey, Managing Director, 212
Dimitris Kalavros-Gousiou, Co-founder, found.ation
Daniel Dragomir, Co-founder and CEO, TechHub Bucharest
Moderated by: Stephane Gantchev, Partner, LAUNCHub

17:35 - 18:05

Pitching

Best of miniSeedcamp: 3 finalists startups
Reshma Sohoni, Partner, Seedcamp
Lyuben Belov, Managing Partner, LAUNCHub

18:05 - 19:00

Networking Drinks


MAY 30

MC Day 2

Ivo Vasilev, Entrepreneur in Residence, LAUNCHub

09:30 - 09:50

Keynote

Living in the Cloud

Tony Koinov, Head of Cloud Media Engineering, Netflix

09:50 - 10:10

Keynote

In a galaxy, far, far away

Jaka Levstek, CEO, D.Labs

10:10 - 10:20

Keynote

The story behind Blabla Car

Piotr Jas, General Manager CEE, Blabla Car

10:20 - 11:00

Panel Discussion

The rise of the Sharing Economy: What is the impact and what to expect

Jambu Palaniappan, Head of Expansion EMEA, Uber

Heather Leisman, Managing Director, HotelTonight EMEA

Piotr Jas, General Manager CEE, BlaBla Car

Georgios Gatos, Co-founder and COO, Incrediblue.com

Moderator: Maria Karaivanova, Head of Business Development and Partnerships, CloudFlare

11:00 - 11:20

Keynote

Disruptive Innovation and the future of Digital Transformation

Ivan Hernandez, Co-founder, The Digital Loop

11:20 - 12:00

Panel Discussion

Innovation in other industries

Todor Sheljaskow, General Manager, Global Ultrasound Probes, GE Healthcare

Deven Soni, Co-founder, Sprayable Energy

Daniel Young, Founder, DMX

Elvin Guri, CEO, River Styxx

Moderator: Samer Karam, Co-Founder and CEO, Alice

12:00 - 13:00

Lunch Break

13:00 - 13:20

Keynote

Change Communications Forever

Lisa Lang, European Marketing Manager, Twilio

13:20 - 13:40

Presentation and Interactive Discussion

The story of 500 Startups. Best practices from the Valley

Marvin Liao, Venture Partner, 500 Startups

13:40 - 14:00

Keynote

Bridging the Valley of Death
Samer Karam, Co-Founder and CEO, Alice

14:00 - 14:30

Hot Trends Discussion

Bitcoins and the future of digital currencies

Srebrin Vatralov, CEO, Wisdom

Yasen Yankov, CTO, Bitcoin Consulting

Kiril Gantchev, CEO, BitLendingClub

Moderator: Ivo Vasilev, Entrepreneur in Residence, LAUNCHub

14:30 - 15:00

Presentation and Interactive Discussion

Reaching out in the right moment to the right audience

Daniela Neumann, Change Management Agent, Idealo Internet

Aleksandra Parcinska, Startup Activator, Trento RISE

Fabio Carati, Strategic Business Developer, EIT ICT Labs Outreach

15:00 - 15:30

Panel Discussion

Snapshot of the Bulgarian Startup Ecosystem

Daniel Tomov, Founding Partner, Eleven Accelerator Venture Fund 

Petar Sharkov, President & Co-founder, Start It Smart

Maxim Gurvits, Partner, Teres Capital

Stani Milev, StartUp Foundation

Moderator: Tom Higgins, CEO and Co-Founder of Yatoto (Renewable Advertising)

15:30 - 15:50

Keynote

Building companies and ecosystems, Rocket Speed!

Hristo Odiseev, Managing Director, Rocket Internet

15:50 - 16:10

Keynote

The future of Tech and Communities

Tim Röhrich, Managing Director, Pioneers Festival 

16:10 - 16:15

Closing remarks

 

18:00 -

Silicon Drinkabout Sofia

Memento Cafe & Bar, G.S. Rakovski 106 Str.

Мay 30


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