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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 is an award-winning creative director with over 15 years of experience. As Group Creative Director at 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 business problems. Jeremy's work has been recognized by Cannes Lions, One Show, CommArts, Webby Awards, FWA and FWA Mobile, Adobe, Mashable, FastCompany, PSFK, Contagious and more.​ Follow Deutsch Inc on Twitter

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, 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.


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.

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 of TechHub
Bogdan Iordache, TechHub

Bogdan Iordache, TechHub

Co-founder and organizer of the How to Web Conference  & Startup Spotlight program. Co-founder of TechAngels (business angel network), co-founder of TechHub Bucharest, co-founder of TechLounge, founder of Conectoo, co-founder of Stagii pe Bune. Building the SEE tech ecosystem from inside out, going for the long run.

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.

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.


Programme

MAY 29

Main hall

09:00 - 09:50

Registration and Coffee

09:50 - 10:00

Official Opening

Capital/NEVEQ/LAUNCHub/Mtel

10:00 - 10:30

Keynote

Paul Papadimitriu, Digital Futurist

How digital is transforming our business and life

10:30 - 11:00

Keynote

Chris Chabot, Head of International Developer Relations, Twitter

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

11:00 - 11:20

Keynote

Jambu Palaniappan, Head of Expansion EMEA, Uber

Sharing economy successful case

11:20 - 11:40

Keynote

Heather Leisman, Managing Director, HotelTonight EMEA

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

11:40 - 12:00

Panel Discussion

Jambu Palaniappan, Head of EMEA and India Expansion, Uber

Heather Leisman, Managing Director, HotelTonight EMEA

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

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

12:00 - 13:00

LUNCH BREAK

13:00 - 13:40

Keynote

Dafina Toncheva, Partner, USVP

Finding Entrepreneurship Leaders: How to become big

Moderator: Pavel Ezekiev, Partner, NEVEQ

13:40 - 14:30

Panel Discussion

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
Where to go, where to grow?

14:30 - 14:50

Keynote

tbc

14:50 - 15:20

Keynote

Jeremy Bernstein, EVP, Group Creative Director at Deutsch NY

The use of digital innovations in business and brand storytelling 

15:20 - 15:50

COFFEE BREAK

15:50 - 16:10

Keynote

Fraser Davidson, Director, Javelin Group

The future of eCommerce and Omnichannel retail

16:10 - 16:30

Keynote

Gabor Cseh, Head of Performance Marketing, Fashion Days

How did technologies and online commerce change the retail industry

16:30 - 16:50

Keynote

Stefan Glänzer, Founding Partner, Passion Capital

16:50 - 17:30

Panel Discussion

Ali Karabey, Managing Director, 212
Dimitris Kalavros-Gousiou, Co-founder, found.ation
Bogdan Iordache, Co-founder, TechHub
Entrepreneurship ecosystems in motion
 
Moderated by: Stephane Gantchev, Partner, LAUNCHub

17:30 - 18:00

Pitching

Reshma Sohoni, Partner, Seedcamp
Lyuben Belov, Managing Partner, LAUNCHub
Best of miniSeedcamp: 3 finalists startups
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18:00 - 19:00

NETWORKING DRINKS


MAY 30

09:30 - 09:50

Keynote

Tim Röhrich, Managing Director, Pioneers Festival

09:50 - 10:10

Keynote

Michael Hobson, Co-founder, 3beards

10:10 - 10:40

Presentation and interactive discussion

Marvin Liao, Venture Partner, 500 Startups

The story begins: 500 Startups best practices from the Valley

10:40 - 11:00

Keynote

Ivan Hernandez, Co-founder, The Digital Loop

11:00 - 11:40

Panel Discussion

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

Deven Sony, Co-founder, Sprayable Energy

Dan Young, Founder, DMX

Innovation in other industries

11:40 - 12:00

Keynote

Tony Koinov, Head of Cloud Media Engineering, Netflix

12:00 - 13:00

LUNCH BREAK

13:00 - 13:30

Pitching

Jury:
Dan Lupu, Partner, Earlybird
Marvin Liao, Venture Partner, 500 Startups
Mathias Ockenfels, Investment Associate, Point Nine Capital
Pavel Ezekiev, Partner, NEVEQ
Stephane Gantchev, Partner, LAUNCHub 
 
DigitalK Startup Competition: 10 startups

13:30 - 13:50

Keynote

Samer Karam, Co-Founder & CEO, Alice

13:50 - 14:10

Keynote

tbc

14:10 - 14:30

Keynote

Jaka Levstek, CEO, DLabs

14:30 - 15:00

Panel Discussion

Alexandra Parcinska, EIT ICT labs program

Daniela Neumann, Change Management, Idealo Internet

15:00 - 15:15

Closing

Closing remarks, announcement of the DigitalK startup competition winner


Hall 2

14:30 - 16:00

Mini Seedcamp Sofia

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Мay 30

10:00 - 12:00

Meet the investor - one to one meetings

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Venue

Sofia Event Center

Accommodation

Sense Hotel Sofia

16 Tsar Osvoboditel Bld.

Tel: +359 (0) 700 20670

info@sensehotel.com
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Sofia Hotel Balkan

5 Sveta Nedelya Square

Tel: (+359 2) 981 6541

sofia.reservations@luxurycollection.com
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Radisson Blu

4 Narodno Sabranie Square

Tel: (+359 2) 933 4333

reservations.sofia@radissonblu.com
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