Blockchain startups and sponsors will have an opportunity to set a booth in the Exhibitor Hall for further networking opportunities
PITCH YOUR BLOCKCHAIN STARTUP
The "Pitch Your Blockchain Startup" competition is a unique opportunity for Summit attendees to hear from the founders about the newest and hottest upcoming Blockchain Startup's. Each team will have 5 minutes of the main stage prime time to present their Blockchain Startup, answer questions and hear feedback from world-class jury panel. All teams will compete for 210 000€ prize fund - 10 000 € cash and 200 000 € investments.
Innowave Summit 2018 (19-20 October, Varna) is the biggest and most important tech conference in Southeast Europe. For a second year decentralization and the blockchain technologies will be one of the main topics. And for a first time there will be a special expo zone for blockchain startups and a startup pitch competition with high prizes. Other topic will be FinTech, IoT, AI, Virtual Reality, Big Data, eHealth and more. The 2-day conference will gather at one place some of the top Digital leaders of top companies like Facebook, Google, Alibaba, Amazon and Mozilla.
BLOCKCHAIN SPEAKERS AND INVESTORS
Manager Global Marketing Solutions at Facebook
Andrew Weld-Moore is Head of Digital Business for the CEE region at Facebook’s Europe, Middle East and Africa headquarters in Dublin and oversees general management responsibilities while serving as a cross functional liaison, working with product, engineering, sales, business development, marketing and finance to drive Facebook’s most important strategic priorities within the region. He joined Facebook after a number of years at UTV Radio, where he was responsible for strategic sales & marketing policies, driving revenue across the company’s portfolio of radio stations. In that role he helped build UTV’s radio network into one of the largest in the UK/IRE marketplace. He also sits on the board of UNICEF Ireland.
CEO and Founder @Lifesdna. Serial entrepreneur and Fintech influencer
Dinis Guarda is an author, serial entrepreneur, advisor and experienced CEO. He creates and helps build ventures focused on global growth, 360 digital strategies, sustainable innovation, Blockchain, Fintech, AI and new emerging business models such as ICOs / tokenomics. Dinis is the founder/CEO of Lifesdna - one AI P2P, blockchain, search engine and PaaS in consumer wellness healthcare and life sciences with a global team of experts and universities. Dinis is the author of various books. His upcoming books “Blockchain, AI and Crypto Economics - The Next Tsunami” and “Tokenomics and ICOs - How to be good at the new digital world of finance / Crypto” will be launched in 2018. Dinis has advised and was responsible for some top financial organizations, 100 cryptocurrencies worldwide and Fortune 500 companies. Dinis is involved as a strategist, board member and advisor with the blockchain reward community app Glance technologies, where he leads its white label blockchain division Blockimpact, the seminal Hyperloop Transportations project, Kora and Token Communities. He is listed in various global Fintech, Blockchain, AI, social media industry top lists as an influencer in position top 10/20 within 100 rankings
Investor, Advisor and CEO in Aerospace, CryptoTech&Real estate | SpaceX
Since 2017, he has collaborated with SpaceX as an operating partner and contributor. Marc is a successful investor, entrepreneur and advisor. He has a broad educational background in law and economics. Passionate about space and new technologies he is investing in and advising tech startups and companies that are trying to make the world a better and safer place, especially in SpaceTech, CryptoTech, Blockchain, Cognification, Quantum, Big data, IA and VR. As the founder and owner of several companies involved in space, real estate, finance and technology, Marc has extensive global investment and management experience in asset management, cryptocurrencies, startups and space industry
Vasil S. Denchev
Chief Quantum Software Architect at Quantum AI Lab, Google [USA]
Dr. Vasil S. Denchev is the Chief Quantum Software Architect of the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab at Google. He received his PhD in Computer Science from Purdue University. Vasil`s PhD research gave impetus to the founding in 2013 of the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab by pioneering important techniques allowing for the successful application of quantum annealing to statistical machine learning and computer vision problems. Currently Vasil is studying the computational effects of quantum tunneling and many-body delocalization via experimentation with existing quantum processors as well as distributed large-scale numerical simulations of various quantum and classical computational models. Most recently, in recognition of his overall contributions to the computing sciences, Vasil received the prestigious John Atanasoff Award from the President of Bulgaria.
Chairman, World Business Angels Investment Forum
Former Senior Advisor of the Elite Programme of the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG), star of the Turkish version of the television show Dragons’ Den / Sharks Tank, Chairman of the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF), Co-chair of the Global Business Angels Network (GBAN), Vice President of the European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds, and Early Stage Market Players (EBAN), President of the Business Angels Association of Turkey (TBAA), the World Entrepreneurship Forum Ambassador to Turkey and the Balkan countries, and President of Deulcom International. One of the top global speakers on entrepreneurship, innovation and angel investment invited by former US President Obama to speak at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. Recipient of the European Trade Association of Business Angels (EBAN) award for the Best Individual in Europe Globally Engaging with the Global Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in 2014 (Ireland), 2015 (Netherlands), 2016 (Portugal) and 2017 (Spain). The only entrepreneur to be granted a personal audience with former President Obama at the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC. Developer of the world-renowned entrepreneurship theory, the Altuntas Start-up Compass Theory, researched by Sheffield University and used in numerous MBA programmes. Advisory board member of the South East Europe Research Council in Greece. Appointed as JCI Ambassador, following Ban Ki-moon, former Secretary General of the United Nations. Profiled regularly by leading international media such as CNN International and Bloomberg. A co-author of Planet Entrepreneur: The World Entrepreneurship Forum's Guide to Business Success Around the World, published by Wiley (2013). Author of Off the Bus, Into a Supercar! How I Became a Top TV Star and Celebrated Investor, published by Balboa Press (2014) and translated into Chinese, Croatian, Albanian, and Macedonian.
Venture Partner at 500 Startups
Robert is a venture partner at 500 startups focusing on B2B enterprise software and a veteran of nine companies. Twice as CEO, and multiple times as CFO, COO, and heads of sales and marketing organizations. Рreviously held the position of Executive in Residence at Quest Venture Partners. Robert is also mentor and advisor for Cardinal Ventures, Stanford iFarm, and Stanford`s Treehacks program as well as an executive advisor for over 15 funded startups.
Partner, 3TS Capital
Marius is serial entrepreneur and business-angel with successful investments in many CEE countries, ranks in Forbes fortune Romanian survey. He is Co-Founder at VentureConnect and SchoolforStartups Romania, president of the Romanian Association of Online Stores. Also he is the author of “Entrepreneurship”, first Romanian entrepreneurship book, one of the Romanian Dragons from the TV show Dragons’ Den; Co-organizer of the BusinessDrive mini-MBA program, professor of Entrepreneurship. Marius is awarded with “Investor of the Year Romania 2016” by Central European Startup Awards.
Director of Business Development at Yandex
Proloy Mitra is an experienced, resourceful and effective Digital Monetisation Expert with proven proficiency in all aspect of the monetization life cycle. He believes in constantly driving the use of technology to innovate consumer services and enhance revenue. Proloy is Director of Business Development at Yandex where he is responsible to build go-to-market strategy in India, engagement with existing partners and new partnerships. His experience includes different key positions in Disney Interactive, TATA Teleservices, MaxMobility, Veolia, and others.
Director of Open Innovation & Emerging Technologies atMozilla
Desigan Chinniah is the Director of Open Innovation & Emerging Technologies atMozilla, the makers ofFirefox. As a seasoned firestarter, Dees drives strategy and outreach forMozilla technologies thinking about Web Next. He is a champion for all things open internet. Dees possesses a Swiss Army Knife of talents including being a veteran Dot-Com Firestarter and Futurist, a Non-Exec Advisor, an early stage Startup Mentor as well Board Member. Most recently he's been assisting Mozilla'sEmerging Technology andOpen Innovation groups explorations into the Virtual/Augmented/Mixed Reality, Voice/Speech, Internet-of-Things, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and Bots space. Prior to this, Dees has worked within the world wide web as a Designer, Developer, Technical Evangelist, Product Architect, Community Manager & Business Development professional for 15+ years, including check-ins atAsk Jeeves,Skype,BBC,eBay,PayPal,Gumtree andMozilla Labs.