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Recognised as visionary and multi-dimensional thinker who builds, connects, catalyzes and enriches global communities, ecosystems and resources that deliver solutions to global challenges. Neoteric thinking, challenging the state of play, and disrupting the norm whilst embracing the rapidly advancing potential of frontier technology such as blockchain keeps Lisa at the forefront of pioneering positive change impacting the future of work, future of learning and tech for good. Big challenges require big solutions and never be afraid to deliver them is a mantra that drives Lisa forward. Coined as a “Superwoman of Blockchain” Lisa is regularly engaged as an advisor to government and industry; as an international speaker, and for convening and delivering the message that action, not talk is crucial for the global economic environment to deliver growth, improve business, develop scaleable, affordable education and advance frontier technology and women’s leadership. Current actions of change include a tokenized values based economics parity index; technology ecosystems to revolutionise the business of education and deliver scaleable affordable learning; leading the development of a global education community in blockchain, and founding and leading theMind Shifting Frontier TechEDAccelerator, a reverse accelerator that intersects mainstream businesses and their challenges with ‘go to market’ opportunities of early-stage blockchain & frontier technology start-ups. Lisa’s paradigm is change must be in a world,where we achieve the SustainabilityGoals and build our future together with international collaboration as one community, with parity across gender, age, education, innovation and global citizenship.
After finishing my apprenticeship in Marketing in 2002 I studied social sciences, media and politics in Duesseldorf. After that I was CEO and shareholder of a food-startup in Cologne and Duesseldorf called Sushini. We sold the business in 2010 and I went back to the University of Duesseldorf working in the project management of building an entrepreneurial eco system on the campus. 2016 I started working at at the Department of Economics of the city of Duesseldorf shaping the local startup eco system. One of my main tasks is organizing events like the Startup-Woche and supporting startups. As a sidejob I organize startup-events like the Startup Games and the Startup Sprint.
Founder of the founders network GründerMütter & Professional Coach
Stefanie Gundel launched the female founders network called GründerMütter in 2018. The network targets mothers who want to found a business or have already successfully built up their own venture. Stefanie has profound knowledge and entrepreneurial spirit of how to kickstart various start-ups, from value proposition definition to marketing approach or partnering with the right experts.
In addition, she supports and coaches women throughout their lifecycle as working mothers.
Before, Stefanie worked as a strategic business assistant of the executive board in a world-wide pharmaceutical leadership company. She started her business career as research assistant at the University of Muenster. Stefanie holds a master degree and phd in economics from the Universitiy of Muenster (Rome and Halifax).
Salim is a pioneer in peer-to-peer education, and the creator of Source Institute.
He founded Leancamp, which developed Lean Startup to be a relevant methodology around the world.
Interested in launching humanitarian technologies, he produced The Africa Prize For Engineering, and created The Sources, Africa\’s largest dedicated entrepreneurship course, taught by African founders.
Europe\’s top startup programs — like Seedcamp, Techstars, Oxford, Imperial and UCL — use his work.
Salim authored Mentor Impact, a practical guide to advising startups, and is working on The Peer Learning Guide with co-author Bart Doorneweert.
Ruben is an entrepreneur and now an Entrepreneur in Residence acting as the director of TechConnect, a program spearheaded by the Amsterdam Economic Board.
He was the former director of StartupAmsterdam and a driving force in connecting leading Dutch startup initiatives & tech clusters into a catalyst program: StartupDelta.
In 2018 his focus shifted from ‘strengthening the startup & tech ecosystem’ to —“something that I\’ve been passionate about for years”— Talent Development & Education.
- Director TechConnect — Tech Talent program to activate, re- and upskill and attract 50K tech talents in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area in the coming 4 years.
- Educating Cities to grow as a Tech hub — via the SCALE.CITIES platform
- Board Roles in Educational Initiatives — Codam, FutureNL, Chair Entrepreneurship Minor UvA/VU, and Growth Tribe Academy.
Nieuwenhuis was involved in various startups and innovation projects: i.e. DutchBasecamp (founder), CodeUur (co-founder, now FutureNL), Open Cities, FellowForce (co-founder & CEO), StBC (founder & CEO), Amsterdam Capital Week, Startup in Residence, SCALE network, Growth Tribe Academy, Coding4Amsterdam, IXAnext, Dutch Student Investment Fund and Corporate Partner Network Amsterdam.
Co-author of the book StartupCity. StartupCity is designed to provide administrators, civil servants and public-private initiatives the guidance on how they can think and work as a startup. It gives a comprehensive look at how the public sector can engage with the private sector to form initiatives that boost the startup worlds ecosystem and nurture the city as a breeding ground for innovation and job growth.
Igor has spent 6 years building startup scenes in unusual places (like the Brazilian rainforest) and sectors (like agritech, edtech and cosmetics). He designed and implemented startup programmes involving more than 5,000 entrepreneurs. As an investor, Igor exited two companies, both pioneer startups in the locations where they were created. He got tired of the way people were talking about entrepreneurship ecosystems and decided to dedicate two years to studying the dynamics of complex systems (with the European Master in System Dynamics) until he recently took a position as project manager at Startup Heatmap. A fan of the type of music people call noise, he is based in the sunny Lisbon.