Mentors

Top Industry 4.0 Managers, Entrepreneurs and VCs

Our Mentors are highly experienced professionals of a wide variety of specialties including: business development, technology, business modeling, access to financing and investors, commercial skills and internationalisation. Startups are matched with a professional coach who will guide and advise them throughout each stage of their acceleration. With their broad network of contacts, our mentors can also provide direct access to relevant industry customers.

Jorge Calvo
Jorge CalvoDeputy Dean, Professor and Independent strategic advisor in Europe and Japan
With 34 years of global experience in disruptive digital transformation, he is Vice Dean of the GLOBIS University Graduate School of Management in Tokyo, executive in residence and professor at ESADE Business School in Barcelona. He has worked as a senior executive for 30 years at the Japanese company Roland DG Corporation, in his first stage as President and CEO in Iberia, later in EMEA, and finally in Japan as President of the Global Supply Chain Division and Executive Director . Strategically advises global companies, and has published two books. He has a PhD in Economic Sciences from the Abat Oliba University.
Nancy Levy
Nancy LevyPh.D. Managing Partner at BostonLanding.us and Biohealth Management, LLC
Nancy is a strategic business development, marketing and commercialization consultant, facilitating growth of entrepreneurs and international companies focused on business practices and go to market and market entry strategies. She has been an active member of the innovation ecosystem in the Boston area, giving her the opportunity to create a deep network of experts to support her clients.
Eduardo Díez-Hochleitner R.
Eduardo Díez-Hochleitner R.Chairman of Másmóvil Ibercom (Telecom) and General Partner at Samaipata (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.
Ion Arocena
Ion ArocenaGeneral Manager of the Bioindustry Association
General Manager of ASEBIO, the Spanish Bioindustry Association. He has worked as an investment management executive, with deep knowledge of the Spanish and Global Life Sciences market. He studied Biotechnology in Madrid and completed his studies with an executive MBA.
Juan Carlos Fidalgo
Juan Carlos FidalgoGeneral Manager of “Industrial automation” and member of the COUNTRY MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE.
Juan Carlos is Industrial engineer from the Basque Country University, Master in Energy business and Senior Leadership program at IMD in Switzerland. With more than 25 years of experience half of them in the automotive sector. He has held the position of General Manager of “Industrial Automation” and being a member of the COUNTRY MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE. He’s managed different positions as CEO and DIRECTOR of several factories in multinationals such as ABB, Grupo Antolín or RENAULT. He’s been expatriated in countries as France, Turkey and Czech Republic.
Elena Canetti
Elena CanettiPartner at Inveniam Group
She was VP Research Collaborations at Yissum Research Development Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, negotiating research agreements with the hi-tech, pharmaceutical and chemicals industries.
Patrick Halford
Patrick HalfordFaculty SingularityU Nordics
Patrick Halford is Director of Nordic ecosystem development for Redstone Aero, a drone R&D center. He sits on the boards of a number of healthcare & drone startups and is a mentor with Finland’s SpaceUp program and Copenhagen Business School’s Go Grow entrepreneur program. Previously, he was Nordic Director of Drone & Robotics ecosystems for IBM.
Max Cavazzini
Max CavazziniEnterprise Business Development Amazon Web Services - Manufacturing & Automotive lead EMEA
EMEA Automotive & Manufacturing Business Development lead at AWS. Educated in Industrial Engineering at Torino, he founded a startup in the biometric business and has worked as CDO for two other startups. He’s also worked for Hutchison Whampoa, Fiat Chrysler (Infotainment product planner and head of Connected Car EMEA) and Oracle.
Mikel Irizar
Mikel IrizarManaging Director at StratToExec
He was CEO of Hydromodel Host and SVP of Scytl, a secure electronic voting and election solution. He was also part of the teams that founded and sold SoftCloudIT and NTRglobal. He also served on the board of BigML, Hydromodel Host, and PasswordBank which was later sold to Symantec.
Ian Massingham
Ian MassinghamWorldwide Lead, AWS Technical Evangelism at Amazon Web Services
Lead technology evangelist for Amazon Web Services, where he is an expert in cloud computing and solutions architecture. Previously he worked for EMC, Cable & Wireless and Energis.
Stephen Kaufman
Stephen KaufmanGlobal Senior Solution Architect at Microsoft
He is a published author, trainer and speaker working for Microsoft as Global Solution Architect. In his current role he assists customers in designing, building & running solutions on cutting edge technologies.
Limor Schweitzer
Limor SchweitzerCEO of RoboSavvy
CEO of Ground Drone, a company developing MOV.AI, an artificial Intelligence and Control Framework for mobile robots transforming human-operated mobile machines into autonomous intelligent robots. He’s also founded startup incubator RoboSavvy, technology integrator Xpert and software maker XaCCT.
Anindya Saha
Anindya SahaFounding Partner at Nero Ventures
Founder and Managing Partner of Nero Ventures, an early stage VC fund. He currently serves on the boards of Exoticca, Orain and BoatBureau. Previously worked as Marine Engineer with Teekay Corp. for five years. He is an Entrepreneurship mentor at IESE and EAE Business School.
Marta Princep
Marta PrincepManaging Partner at BHVPartners
Expert in life sciences and business. Involved in several start-ups as board member and advisor as Mind The Byte, Oncokids Biosciences Inc, New Born Solutions. She is member of tech transfer initiatives as The Collider from Mobile World Capital, Caixaimpulse, Kenko and has been Entrepreneurship director at Bellavista and Innovation director at Biocat.
César Alonso Peña
César Alonso PeñaResponsible for Digital Transformation and Innovation at Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
With more than 20 years of experience in Digital Health, he is currently responsible for Digital Transformation and Innovation at Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). He has developed his professional career in leading companies in the health sector, with extensive experience co-creating innovative and effective healthcare solutions. He is mentor of several startups and an active member of the HealthTech innovation ecosystem in Spain and Europe.
Jon Uriarte
Jon UriartePartnet at All Iron Ventures
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.
Gonzalo Martínez de Azagra
Gonzalo Martínez de AzagraManaging General Partner at Cardumen Capital
Former 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 (bought by Kik) and ScyllaDB, Elastifile, Yume (Nasdaq) and Aveni. He currently serves on the boards of StoreDot, EarlySense, Giraffic, Aveni, Replay Technologies, Imagry, Humavox and Corephotonics