Mentors

Top Industry 4.0 managers, entrepreneurs and VCs

Our mentors are very experienced in the fields of technology, business modeling, access to finance, commercial skills, internationalisation, and business development. Startups will be matched with a professional coach who will guide and advise them through each stage of their acceleration. With their broad network of contacts, our mentors can also provide direct access to relevant industry customers.

Guillermo Arregui

Guillermo Arregui

Founder and CEO of the investment fund Emprendiza VC and the Hardware startup accelerator Campo Base Lab

He is also Board Member of several startups. He has international managing experience in industrial companies, including Proinlosa Energy Group (cleantech), Holcim (cement) and Accenture.

Barak Berkowitz

Barak Berkowitz

Director of Operations and Strategy at MIT Media Lab and founder of MarketCentrix

He was CEO of Evi Technologies, later acquired by Amazon.com, and has held managing positions at Wolfram Alpha, Six Apart, OmniSky, Infoseek, Logitech and Apple.

Pascual Dedios-Pleite

Pascual Dedios-Pleite

Country Division Lead of Siemens Digital Factory (&) Process Industries & Drives

He is part of the Board of Siemens Spain, Professor of Fluid Mechanics, Hydraulic Machines and Eólicas in the School of Industrial Engineering, Polytechnic University of Madrid.


Eduardo Díez-Hochleitner R.

Eduardo Díez-Hochleitner R.

Chairman of Masmovil Ibercom and Venture Partner at Samaipata Capital Partners (VC)

Board member, mentor and business angel of more than 12 companies and startups, he co-founded Gawa Capital Partners (microfinance fund), Imm Sound and BeBee.com. Has been MD at BNP and Banexi España, COO/CFO of Grupo Prisa, Partner at Apax Partners (PE), General Counsel to Schibsted Group and other companies.

Rosa García

Rosa García

CEO and President of Siemens Spain

She worked for NEC and Microsoft before joining Siemens in 2011. She also serves on the boards of several industry and finance corporations, including the Association for the Progress of Management (APD) and Acerinox.

Mikel Irizar

Mikel Irizar

CEO of Hydromodel Host and board member of BigML

He was SVP of Scytl, a secure electronic voting and election solution, and was part of teams that founded and sold SoftCloudIT and NTRglobal. He also served on the board of PasswordBank which was later sold to Symantec.


Eneko Knorr

Eneko Knorr

Founder of Ludei (Cocoon.io) and Ideateca

Serial entrepreneur and angel investor, Mr Knorr is the founder and CEO of Ludei (Cocoon.io), a SaaS platform for mobile apps, and of startup incubator Ideateca. He also founded and sold cloud startup Hostalia to Telefónica.

Gonzalo Martínez de Azagra

Gonzalo Martínez de Azagra

Managing Director of Samsung Ventures in Israel

He has taken part in investments in PrimeSense (bought by Apple), StoreDot, Replay Technologies (bought by Intel), Cortica, EarlySense, Rounds and Aveni. He currently serves on the boards of StoreDot, EarlySense, Giraffic, Alchimer, Replay Technologies and Corephotonics.

Jon Uriarte

Jon Uriarte

CEO of Ticketbis, a Stubhub company

With a degree in Economics, he moved to London to work for Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch, specialising in mergers and acquisitions, LBOs and private banking. In 2009, he resigned to found Ticketbis with his friend Ander Michelena. Ticketbis was recently acquired by eBay for more than $150 M.


Ron Zahavi

Ron Zahavi

Chief Strategist for IoT Standards at Microsoft

Prior to Microsoft he was CEO and Founder of his own consulting company, consulting CIO at Unisys, and CTO of a startup and of a private equity firm. He sits on several standards organizations’ boards, has authored several books, and is an internationally recognized expert and speaker on IoT, business modeling and architecture, and enterprise application integration.