Business Angel School Guest Speakers

Many professional VCs, Superangels and other investment ecosystem players have been joining the Business Angel Leaders program as guest speakers.

Rita Sakus
Rita Sakus
Board Member at LitBAN
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Rita Sakus is the Board Member at Lithuanian Business Angel Network.

Martynas Kandzeras
Martynas Kandzeras
Board Member at LitBAN
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Martynas Kandzeras is the Board Member at Lithuanian Business Angel Network.

Martynas Kandzeras is a Board Member and a Co-founder of the Lithuanian Business Angel Network (LitBAN), an entrepreneur with 18+ years of experience, an active angel investor mainly focused on HR/ED Tech. Being a Partnership Associate Professor at Vilnius University, Martynas teaches Venture Financing and leads Experiential Entrepreneurship Projects on the MBA program.

Erik Bhullar
Erik Bhullar
Angel Investor
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Erik Bhullar is an Angel Investor, Co-founder at REXR.

Cristina Toncu
Cristina Toncu
Co-founder at Techcelerator
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Cristina Toncu is the Co-founder at Techcelerator.

Wim Derkinderen
Wim Derkinderen
Founding Partner at Pitchdrive
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Wim Derkinderen is the Founding Investor at Pitchdrive.

Petr Šíma
Petr Šíma
Partner at Depo Ventures
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Petr Šíma is the Partner at Depo Ventures. Still as a university student I co-founded an investment fund that took part in the privatization process in former Czechoslovakia. Shortly after I founded a consulting firm where I focused on corporate finance and M&A. The firm grew up to a significant local firm in the SME’s segment. I also represented the firm in international association and for many years was a member of the board of the association.

After 25 years in consulting I launched DEPO Ventures where we are building a strong CEE venture house. Focus is on seed, pre-seed and angel investments. Angels are missing in Europe in general and CEE especially, we are working hard to find and educate future angel investors. I was recently appointed to board of EBAN – European Business Angel Network.

Dr. Karola Xenia Kassai
Dr. Karola Xenia Kassai
Founder of the KassaiLaw
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Karolina is an innovation lawyer and business strategist founder of the entrepreneurial law firm - KassaiLaw, advising startups and entrepreneurs for a decade in the newest, most innovative tech areas.

With her integrated business and law approach tailored to startups and deep understanding of technology-related markets, Karola and KassaiLaw help build bridges between strategic management decisions and their legal manifestations. Karolina has worked with hundreds of teams worldwide.

She has witnessed many success stories such as difficulties and challenges that projects face during their business life cycle s and is a keen contributor to the startup ecosystem as a mentor for more than ten years.

Janneke Niessen
Janneke Niessen
Partner at CapitalT
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Janneke Niessen is the Partner at CapitalT.

Triin Linamagi
Triin Linamagi
Venture Partner at The Venture Collective
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Triin Linamagi is the Venture Partner at The Venture Collective.

Stanislav Ivanov
Stanislav Ivanov
Founding Partner at Tera Ventures
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Stanislav Ivanov is a Founding Partner at Tera Ventures and currently sits on the board of Cleveron, Monese, Jobbatical, Scoro, Brainbase, Snackable and others. Stanislav has been investing in technology startups for more than 10 years and his track record includes some of the most remarkable high-tech companies that came out of Estonia. He is also a mentor at various incubators and accelerators.

Prior to founding Tera Ventures, he was with IBM for 6 years and has a background from telecom and information technology industries, having led teams involved in innovative projects such as bringing early mobile services to the market in late 1990s.

Gytenis Galkis
Gytenis Galkis
Partner at 70Ventures
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Gytenis is the initiator and one of the founders of LitBAN. Had also managed LitBAN for over a year and since May 2019 together with 70V invested in over 35 early stage companies. 70V’s revenue acceleration program has helped many of the portfolio companies surpass 1mEUR in ARR and more. One portfolio company has had a successful exit within 18 months from our initial investment.

Andris K. Berzins
Andris K. Berzins
Managing Partner at Change Ventures
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Andris leads Change Ventures, a seed fund based in the Baltic States that invests in Baltic founders worldwide. Change Ventures has backed some of the leading startups in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, including Veriff, Interactio, Nordigen, Giraffe360, Aerones and Planet42. As a venture partner at Creandum, he began his investing career and helped set up the first Startup Wise Guys accelerator program in Estonia. Before venture, Andris served as CMO at Livebookings, which was later acquired for $110M. Andris has co-founded several startups, including his share of failures. He joined his first startup, AeroScout, as VP of Marketing and Business Development. AeroScout was acquired by Stanley Black & Decker for $240M. Andris holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, following which he worked as a strategy consultant for Bain & Company in Boston. Andris co-founded the non-profit foundation TechHub Riga, Latvia’s leading organization supporting the startup ecosystem. He was also co-founder of the Latvian Startup Association and the Latvian Business Angel Network. He was awarded the Human Development Award by the President for his contribution to the nation's future. Andris holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and completed his bachelor’s degree in London at City University.

Kristjan Raude
Kristjan Raude
Board Member at EstBAN
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Kristjan Raude is a Board Member at EstBAN

Reima Linnavirta
Reima Linnavirta
Partner at Trind Ventures
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Chair of the Board at FiBAN.

Reima Linnanvirta is Chair of the Board at FinBAN. Reima is also an entrepreneur, angel investor, board professional, and startup mentor with extensive experience growing a B2B business from zero to hero. Reima's previous experience includes building a successful business in law and business consulting, advising startups, growth companies, and multinational enterprises in international business and mergers & acquisition and financial and legal management & administration.

Kasper Suomalainen
Kasper Suomalainen
Investment Manager at Superhero Capital
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Kasper is an investment manager at Superhero Capital and in charge of deal-flow for the fund. Growing up on three different continents, he's not the typical, quiet Finn. On the contrary, he loves helping portfolio companies with communication and finding 'the why.'

Moaz Hamid
Moaz Hamid
Managing Partner at mvmt ventures
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Moaz is a mission-driven technologist and strategist, solving for the future of jobs, medicine, and accessible technologies, and the role of Robotics and AI. He is the founder and managing partner of mvmt ventures @mvmtvc, a former advisor for SoftBank Robotics, a Consumer Technology Association (CTA) member of Ai, Health, and Robotics workgroup, and Martin Luther King Jr. Community Healthcare dream council.

Over the last decade, Moaz dedicated his life to entrepreneurship and early-stage founders. He is an advisor and mentors to Simplifyber, DNABlock, and several early-stage startups and programs, including Fast Track by First Round Capital, Yellow (accelerator) by Snap Inc., Founder Institute, Founders Boost (pre-accelerator), and LA Mayor (Garcetti's) Entrepreneurship Program for underserved-youth (embarcLA).

Before that, Moaz led the investment, strategy, and launch of HTC and many other global brands, including Skype, BullGuard, Sonim, Neo, Sygic, and SouthWing for Dangaard (Nordic Capital), and the investment and enterprise strategy of companies, like Palm, Samsung Mobile, and Sony (Ericsson) Xperia on behalf of Microsoft.