The DEEP Ecosystem Accelerator is a process to bring together international innovation actors around the most pressing challenges of our times and create high-impact innovation systems. The DEEP Ecosystems that emerge are transnational and of high diversity, purpose and data-driven.
Seth started the Foundry Group together with Techcelerator Founder Brad Feld. They knew each other from Brad’s previous fund Mobius Ventures and are investing in technology companies throughout the US and Canada. His career spans venture capital investing as well as operational, transactional and advisory roles at both public and private companies.
Bernhard is Head of the Innovation Accelerator at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The WFP Innovation Accelerator identifies, nurtures and scales disruptive startups and entrepreneurs that accelerate progress towards zero hunger. Previously, Bernhard co-founded the ShareTheMeal app, built up WFP’s Business Innovation team and worked as Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) for global tech and industrial goods companies.
Head of UN World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator
Entrepreneur with 13 years of experience in community building, Lais led the development of entrepreneurial communities across every continent. From leading 2000 volunteers across Argentina, Chile and Uruguay as the president of a non-profit organization, to selecting and training community leaders across Latam, Africa, APAC for Startup Grind and working for governments and innovation agencies in 75+ ecosystems as part of Startup Genome’s executive team.
Laís de Oliveira
Community Development Consultant at Startup Genome
As Partner at Antler, Youri leads all operations in Amsterdam, the company’s third location globally after Singapore and Stockholm. Together with the rest of the Antler team, he drives to launch variety of new innovative companies through Antler’s unique approach to talent acquisition and business-building.
Erin works regularly to support entrepreneurship in the Upstate, both as Director of the VentureSouth Spartanburg angel investor group and as the leader of the Economic and Entrepreneurial Vitality focus area for Ten at the Top.
Erin Henderson Ouzts
Upstate Entrepreneur Ecosystem Director for Ten at the Top
Pedro is a founder, CEO and jack of all trades at darwinLabs, a specialized IT consulting company focused on #lowcode and out systems. He is also a co-founder at Beta-i, a non-profit organization for the promotion of entrepreneurship. Pedro has extensive experience in the consulting, financial services, telecom, internet and mobile marketing industries.
Dominik is Innovation Consultant, Design Thinking Coach and Workshop Facilitator with 8+ years of international experience. Previously, Dominik worked as Innovation Manager for the European Institute of Innovation and Technology’s digital technology branch (EIT Digital). Additionally, he ran intrapreneurship and innovation programs at large international corporations and organizations such as Airbus, Celfocus, Deutsche Telekom, SAP and others.
Claudia has more than 16 years of experience as an international development consultant and technical adviser, working extensively in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Her work has involved designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating multi-million-dollar development programmes, particularly focused on entrepreneurship and business development, across several government and non-governmental organizations.
Founder and Managing Director at Consulting for Growth Group (C4G)
Aneth is a Hub Network Community Manager at Tech Entrepreneurship Initiative ‘Make-IT in Africa’ implemented by GIZ. Aneth is passionate about entrepreneurship and ecosystem building having been involved in various entrepreneurship projects. Previously, Aneth led the Reach for Change incubator program in Rwanda. For the past 3 years, Aneth has supported the 2nd year seminar course as a teaching assistant at Carnegie Mellon University Africa.
Hub Network Community Manager at Make-IT in Africa
Inty is the co-founder and CEO of Ichthion, an award-winning start-up in the United Kingdom. The aim of this company is the development of disruptive technologies to extract plastics and synthetic waste from rivers and oceans. Inty is also the President and co-founder of the Circular foundation in Ecuador, an NGO with the goal of improving the life of vulnerable social groups through technology and innovation, while contributing to the protection of the environment.
Co-founder and CEO of Ichthion, Co-founder and President of Circular Foundation in Ecuador
Anna is a trained systemic consultant and heads the Berlin team of the Conscious Innovation consultancy Mandalah. She has led various national and international projects with corporations, public institutions and NGOs alike. She also is the co-founder of Welana, a social business importing fabrics from Ethiopia.
Eric is part of the founding team at Cintrifuse. His background combines corporate marketing for one of the world’s most-beloved brands (the Walt Disney Company) with the hand-to-hand combat that comes with being on the leadership team of several productive small businesses.
Marketing, technology, operations, and startup development professional with specialties in data analytics, growth, operations management, digital strategy, investor relations, product management, business development, ecosystem development, user/market research, data analytics, operations digitization, & product launch. His past clients include Startupbootcamp, Touch Surgery, Hackster.io, Incident gTar, Car and Driver Magazine, Noisebridge, Asa, among many others.
Khatuchi is a Program Manager at the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) East Africa Chapter. In this capacity, she provides oversight to all the chapter’s Programs . Khatuchi also oversees ANDE’s activities in Tanzania and Uganda. Prior to joining ANDE, she worked with INGOs in both Kenya and Uganda.
Program Manager at the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)
Alain is a senior fellow at the Marron Institute of Urban Management at New York University. He is the author of a book “Order without Design: How Markets Shape Cities.” His operational work as an independent consultant and researcher focuses on the interaction between markets, regulations, and transport infrastructure in shaping the spatial structures of cities.
Senior Fellow NYU, Former Principal Urbanist Planner at the World Bank
Lisa is the co-founder and CEO of Female Founders, the fastest-growing community of entrepreneurial women in Europe. With a 9-year track record in the tech ecosystem and especially in early stage financing, she's initiated projects all over Europe and supported hundreds of companies.
Bart is one of Europe's leading and awarded experts on the digital transformation of healthcare, and one of the most progressive forward thinkers focuses on finding alternative European strategies for the current postmodern world to create a more desirable future with greater social benefits. He is the initiator of the HIPPO AI Foundation in Berlin and co-founded the Digital Health Academy where he shares his knowledge to improve digital literacy.
Bart de Witte
Founder at HIPPO AI Foundation and Digital Health Academy
Michal is the Director of International Economic Development in Tel Aviv Global. She has an extensive experience in working with leading companies ranging from cutting edge startups to retail and consumers market leaders. She is also a mentor at Techstars and the 8200 Impact accelerator program.
Director of International Economic Development @Tel Aviv Global
Igor founded the innovation company Semente in Brazil, where he designed and managed acceleration programmes sponsored by corporates, governments and private foundations. With his investments he managed to successfully exit two early stage startups in the field of agritech and retail tech.
UN consultant on ecosystem modelling,former Managing Director of Semente (Brazil)
As CEO of Start-Up Chile, the largest and most diverse startup accelerator in the globe, Sebastián worked with more than 1,000 tech-based startups and founders from many industries and countries. He is a world-wide respected consultant to governments and industry on ecosystem development.
Sebastián Díaz Mesa
Co-Founder at DEEP Ecosystems and Head of Acceleration & Community
Erica (Ph.D. in Economics, University of Florence, 2016) is Lecturer of Management at the University of Trento. Her research focuses on innovation, entrepreneurial ecosystems, servitization strategies, product- service innovation and digitalization of manufacturing.
President of the European Startup Initiative and Lecturer at University of Trento
Thomas is building ecosystems in Europe since more than 8 years. He has set up and run numerous international startup programs, including for Microsoft Ventures in Germany and is currently investing with EIT Digital in pre-seed stage in 20 countries in CEE and Southern Europe.
Crispin is the Deputy Head of Unit for the “Industrial forum, alliances, clusters” unit within the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, bringing together a number of alliances, networks, events and financial programmes to support companies at all stages of their growth and to help them partner most effectively with each other, including the Enterprise Europe Network.
Deputy Head of Unit, Industrial Forum, Alliances, Clusters Unit, European Commission
Xavier is the Head of International City Promotion of Barcelona City Council. He has been serving the city of Barcelona since 1991 both in the fields of economic promotion and social cohesion. Since 2008 he is in responsible of attracting foreign investment and promoting internationally the city of Barcelona.
Xavier Mayo Torres
Head of International City Promotion of Barcelona City Council
Lina founder and Managing Director of Media Lab Bayern, an incubator for new ideas in digital journalism. Previous to this, Lina wrote for outlets like Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung or ZEIT and worked as video journalist for formats that screened on ARTE or Prosieben. As a side project she founded the Slack community www.digital-journalism.rocks, which is a place to share best practices and expertise from now over 1000 digital journalists.
David teaches cultural policies & international relations at Sciences Po Paris. Former Secretary General of the French National Commission for UNESCO, David is currently launching the Manufacture of Curiosity, a European initiative to foster smart innovation in cultural and creative industries.
With a background in sustainable development, Oleksandra deploys systems thinking to all problems and startup challenges. She contributed to the development of the climate change adaptation strategy and managed Earth Hour campaigns at the WWF. For the past 5 years, Oleksandra has been developing programs for startups at all stages of their journey. Across the industries and across the borders.
Benjamin is leading the Credit Suisse – Swisscontact Program (CSSC) a project that aims at identifying best practice in entrepreneurship promotion and ecosystem building. Together with local entrepreneurship support organizations and entrepreneurs, he co-creates grass-root initiatives that help strengthen the local entrepreneurial ecosystem and support local organizations through strategic and practical advice focusing on Rwanda, Uganda, Guatemala and Cambodia.
Project Manager at the Credit Suisse – Swisscontact Program
Eve is a Women in AI Ambassador. Initiator of WaiACCELERATE. 15+ years of professional experience in Growth & Innovation, Diversity & Inclusion, integrated marketing, and strategic communications. A big fan of adding a human voice to complex business ideas, data, Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, and Internet of Things. Active member of the startup & investor community in the Netherlands.
Founder Evenness & Women in AI Ambassador in the Netherlands
Gabriele is Director of Startup Services at the Vienna Business Agency, Managing Director of the Vienna Region and Member of the Supervisory Board of INITS and has been working passionately in the fields of startups, female entrepreneurship and the Vienna startup scene for many years.
Director of Startup Services at the Vienna Business Agency
Aru runs his own data science consultancy called Arulytics, and is the Director of Data Science at Willapay, a fintech startup based in Stockholm. Previously, he has been building and scaling analytics and data science functions at HiQ, Springworks and Truecaller in Stockholm. He also has experience working as an Analyst for the Search team at Yahoo in London, and at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
Natalie is a sociologist and researcher on early-stage entrepreneurship in Europe. For the last five years, she has been conducting fieldwork with entrepreneurs and community builders for the project, The Startup City. Her research and experience in the startup ecosystem spans 27 different countries on nearly all continents.
Market Researcher, Content and Digital Marketing @PIRATEx
Rocio is the Executive Director of InnovaChile CORFO and former CEO at Start-Up Chile one of the biggest and most diverse startup community in the world. She has a MS in Management at MIT, is a Master in innovation and entrepreneurship and Biotech Engineer. Her passion is to help people to transform their ideas into business.
George is Director of Strategic Projects & Innovation; and Accreditation & China Director at AMBA (the Association of MBAs) in London. He leads on the accreditation of 130 universities / business schools in China, Japan, Russia, Eastern Europe, Spain, Latin America, Turkey and London. In this capacity, George advises business school deans and MBA directors in designing their MBA, DBA and Master's in Management and Entrepreneurship programmes.
Director of Strategic Projects & Innovation and Accreditation & China Director at AMBA
Entrepreneur, community builder & public speaker. Sebastien has a real passion for startups, innovation, and social impact. He currently dedicates his time to helping startup founders to build successful, inclusive & sustainable ventures. He also facilitates workshops at European Commission, EIT InnoEnergy, SeedStars. Previously worked at TNW Impact Startups, Innofest, The Global Hack.
Lucia is the program manager at the UNLOCK Accelerator, a program by Wikimedia Deutschland supporting social innovations that make knowledge freely and widely accessible to all. She has many years of experience in program design and implementation as well as community engagement in the non-profit sector. Drawing from her background as a theatre scholar her mission is to create experiences that provide the framework and inspiration that access the potential in all of us.
Carlos is a Senior Advisor at EIT Digital, where he taps into 25 years of professional experience across Europe and the US – as a consultant and executive at firms like McKinsey, Microsoft, Indra or Aldesa, and as CEO of multiple SMEs – to help digital tech scaleups grow on an international basis, and corporations adopt innovative solutions from the scaleup ecosystem.
Anke has many years of experience in strategic marketing and business development in medical technology and biotechnology. Before joining the investment team of HTGF, one of Europe’s most active seed investor, she developed the product portfolios of international life science companies ensuring their future growth. At HTGF she is responsible for several early stage investments in medical technology, digital health and biotech.
Principal in the Life Sciences Investment Team at High-Tech Gründerfonds
Gergo is a Business Development leader at Amazon Web Services. In his current role, he is responsible for the strategic relationship with leading VCs and driving growth with their portfolio companies. His previous experiences include working as a Product and Business Owner at Zalando, Entrepreneur in Residence at Rocket Internet, and co-founding e-commerce companies Wimdu and WestWing.
Senior Manager - VC Business Development at Amazon Web Services
Raluca is an editor for fonduri-structurale.ro, Romania’s biggest portal on financing opportunities. Raluca co-founded in 2020 consolid8.ro – Romania’s first crowdfunding platform for social entrepreneurs and the creative industries.
Shivam Dhawan is a technology enthusiast with a vision of improving educational processes and personal development. He is a recognized innovator and loves the excitement of discovering opportunities of ideating technology solutions. His experience as an analytics expert allows him to provide data driven strategies for the execution of those ideas.
Jaber has over 25 years of experience in the technology sector. He has also invested time and funds into start-ups and young companies over the recent years in a diverse range of sectors. Earlier in his career, he worked as equity analyst covering Software stocks for ABN-AMRO, and held senior positions in global accounts management within SAP.
Perrine is Head of Partnerships and Communications at the Center for Leadership in the Future of Work at University of Zurich. She has over 15 years of professional experience in China as Director of Communications and Donor Relations at Save the Children in China.
Head of Partnerships and Communications, UZH at University of Zurich
Irina is a remote freelancer who has been involved in a broad spectrum of activities related to tech startup ecosystems in the past years. She holds a Master's degree in Technology Governance and Digital Transformation.
Rolf is an experienced entrepreneur in the fields of innovation and professional development. Building 3 companies with his latest: The Upgrade Society in which he finds, matches and supports purpose driven communities to work on sustainable impact for themselves and for the collective good.
Jenny has worked 10+ years within the IT industry followed by another 10+ years working within cross-border trade and investment promotion sphere with focus on market entry, investment opportunity matchmaking, innovation ecosystems, and tech verticals.
Senior Business Development Manager at Invest Stockholm
Martyna is contributing to the development of local ecosystem and securing the necessary capital for growth. Her broad range of interests have provided her with unique set of professional skills as well as people skills. Originally from Poland, currently in Denmark, within different projects she gained experience in the USA, China, Indonesia, Switzerland, Netherlands & Lithuania.
Vidar is a Norwegian serial startup entrepreneur, investor, educator and advisor to international corporations and organisations on innovation. In 2015, he was recognised by Wirtschafts Woche as one of the most important people in the German startup scene. His work has been featured and recognised by The New York Times, Business Insider, CNN, BBC, TechCrunch, Forbes, TechCocktail, Die Welt, DViCE, ZDF, WDR, DRadio Wissen, WiWo, and more.
As a part of the Investor services team, Verica helps international investors, VCs and CVCs find deal flows from Skåne. She focuses on the ongoing sourcing of startups and scaleups and evaluates their business potential from investors’ perspectives.
Uwe is an experienced professional in international business relations, foreign direct investment consulting and international location marketing. He has launched the startup initiative of the German City of Duesseldorf, set up the innovation and digitalization platform "Digihub Duesseldorf / Rhineland GmbH" and positioned the EUREF-Campus Düsseldorf as an innovation platform for climate-neutral energy and mobility solutions.
Markus co-founded three companies in the areas of software, hardware and fintech, invested in AI and software startups as angel investor and mentored more than 40 startups at Founders Foundation. After writing the Founders Foundation Playbook and challenging some company builder, accelerator, and talent investor concepts, he created the Climate Founders concept, won partners and founded the world's first talent investor for climate change related topics.
Christina is a Teamleader in Fair & Social Responsibility at Naturland, a farmers' association promoting organic agriculture over the world. She is also the head of research at Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship within Munich University of Applied Sciences.
Teamleader Naturland Fair & Social Responsibility at Naturland
Benedikt is the founder of the Impact Hub Ruhr and is responsible for the program and finance department. As a project developer, he works on programs such as hackathons or summer schools and new products. As a coach he is involved in the workshop programs, especially in the area of business model innovation.
Co-Founder - Programs, Finance, Business Development at Impact Hub Ruhr
Ulrike is committed to increasing the visibility of topics such as social entrepreneurship and social innovations as the key to social and ecological challenges. Previously she has worked in Seville, Montreal and London, Zurich followed, where Ulrike became part of the Impact Hub Zurich team.
Co-Founder and Managing Director at Impact Hub Ruhr
Cyril is currently the CEO of Regtech Africa, an emergent global digital tech media platform with niche focus on regulatory technology innovations in Africa and around the world. He sits on the board of many startup companies including Latitude iBS Limited, a financial technology innovation company.
Kathy has been a co-founder of two successful companies in the gaming and health technology industries, as well as director of the Launch Incubator in Maastricht, Netherlands. She is particularly passionate about starting companies which have both aspects of profit and social good.