Co-Investment Committee

  • VUCKOV, Ilija

    Ilija Vuckov, Co-founder and Managing Director of Knowledge Innovation Center-Emkice and Macedonian business angels network MBAN-Macedonia, and AGV Design Group.

    Ilija Vuckov is a serial entrepreneur and industrial designer, president of Emkice and newly Macedonian business angels network. A winner of MKD national business plan competition, finalist in Doha, Qatar knowledge parks & Innovations worls competition. As student after gaining work & internships experience in industrial design & marketing department at Johnson Controls in Germany, Slovakia, he founded two start up’s, one failed, one 4th year running. Also a co-founder of AGV Design Group, an Industrial design, Innovations and Product Development Company. His work brings several patents, IPR's on innovative product designs, experienced with production of one sports car-roadster, a touristic and mini bus, one electric vehicle prototype and design4manufactoring of fiscal cash register for 80Mil market. His engineering experiencce comes from innovative product design and Product Lifecicle Management in focus for support of SME's for commercialization of innovations.

    Last 5 years working actively in NGO sector in area of Access To Finace, EU funds for R&D as senior expert and consultant experienced with succesfull and unsuccesful project applications. Supporting the academic, public, private sector, SME’s and entrepreneurial eco-system conducted more than 30 traings&coaching, 100 lectures and several adopted EU funding strategies. He has worked as consultant to GIZ - German Technical Support, Five Capital cities in SEE, 13 Law faculties - SEELS network, large companies and several SME's for CIP, FP7, Horizon2020 and COSME. Activities in that area bring him as co-organizer of Tesla Convoy 2014(rising awarenes for EV's and charging stations, trends in ICT regional cooperation for EU funding). Ongoing activity is establishing the EU Funding Accelerator&Academy with COSSME(Cooperation for Support ofSME's) a regional consortium with more than 50 member institutions with regional office in Brussels.

    He was member of EIPC - European Commission budgeting committee for Competitivenes and Innovation Programe for 3 years as country expert nominated by Ministry of foreign affairs under the Ministry of Economy. First engagement with EBAN was from 2007 in Archem, Holland.

    He is at Master studies on Leading Innovations and Change topic, and speaks English, Serbian, Bulgarian, Greek, Italian, and regional languages of all neighboring countries of Macedonia.

    www.emkice.com

    ANDERSSON, Jeanette

    Jeanette Andersson coordinates CONNECT Sweden’s BANs with app. 350 business angels and is operational responsible for CONNECT Skane’s BAN. She works as a consultant for a Swedish VC-firm and is involved in different business angel projects on a Nordic basis. She is also active investor in three start-up companies. Jeanette is committed to improve the conditions for the early stage market in Sweden and Europe and is an appreciated voice in the debate. 

    Jeanette Andersson coordinates CONNECT Sweden’s BANs with app. 350 business angels and is operational responsible for CONNECT Skane’s BAN. She works as a consultant for a Swedish VC-firm and is involved in different business angel projects on a Nordic basis. She is also active investor in three start-up companies. Jeanette is committed to improve the conditions for the early stage market in Sweden and Europe and is an appreciated voice in the debate.

    Jeanette holds a MSc in BA from University of Lund and an MBA from Henley Business School, UK.

    LUZ, Ricardo

    Ricardo Luz is Founder and President of Invicta Angels – Business Angels Association of Porto. He is also Founder and Vice-President of FNABA – National Federation of Business Angels. Ricardo Luz is Founder, Partner and General Manager of Gestluz Consultores; Founder and President of SGPS and Managing Partner at IA-FCI, Creative Industries; Founder and Board Member of Fluidinova and Earboxwear; Consultant, Strategy and Business and Cities/Territories Competitiveness.

    As a lead consultant, he participates in Design and coordination of European Union Regional Funds projects, implemented in Portugal and in several European Union seminars about regional cohesion policy and SME policy.

    He has been involved in the Design of specific framework and public regulation and conditions shaping biddings for the projects and investments for the creative industries clusters, for the tenures that apply for European Funds; in the Design and coordination of projects like: “Talents 2012 – Creativity and Entrepreneurship Programme” for the Guimarães 2012 – European Capital of Culture, in the “Development of the Cultural and Creative Industries Cluster of Northern Portugal”, Portuguese Northern Region Operational Programme Funding Applications / Action Plans and Investment Programmes for Science&Technology Parks and Technology Based.

  • CIEMINSKI Michal

    Michal Cieminski is an expert in TMT market with over 20 years of experience and wide network of contacts among Polish TMT sector. Michal is a founder and CEO of Platinum Seed Incubator, which focuses on providing seed capital to projects connected mainly with TMT, health and lifestyle and renewable energy sources. Platinum Seed Incubator works for international cooperation in the territory of Europe to decrease the costs for starting up the company by using local software developers, internationalize Polish startups, give an access to Polish market for successful “Western Europe startups”, investing and mentoring to startups.

    Michal is also involved in consulting activities on the level of the board for one of largest Polish CATV operator as well as he manages local branch of Entrepreneur Country and acts as and investment director at Bastion Group, group of VC/PE funds.

    He proofed his ability to effectively re-organize projects, startups, and corporations into highly effective businesses. He run i.e. “The City of Plus” – first social media project with mobile operator which was awarded in 2003 at The Globe Award competition as one of the five best projects in the world in New Media category.

    Michal holds a Master degree in Administration and Capital Investments from Private Higher School of Business and Administration (Warsaw). He also completed several programmes at INSEAD (Fontainebleau), LBS (London) and IESE Business School (Barcelona). His values and attitude focus on creating positive contribution to entities he helps, society and life itself.

    ANDREZ, Paulo

    Paulo Andrez is an angel investor. He is Vice-President of FNABA (Portuguese Business Angels Federation), President of Cascais Business Angels, Member of the Board of DNA Cascais (BIC). He chaired (2010-2012) the EBAN Research Committee, which produced the first EBAN Co-Investment and Tax Breaks reports, in cooperation with BDO.

    Paulo Andrez was chairman of the World Business Angels Leaders Forum (Estoril, 2007) that decided to create the World Business Angel Association, and participated under FNABA scope in the design of the first Business Angel co-investment fund in Portugal. In 2010 he also participated in the design and implementation of the first Business Angels Tax Break in Portugal.

    Paulo Andrez has a background as serial entrepreneur and has created several companies in areas like IT software, training, real estate and industrial resins. In 2000 he participated as entrepreneur (seller) in the IPO in Euronext, of Novabase, the largest national IT provider in Portugal, with more than 1900 employees, working in 33 countries and from then he became Business Angel, helping entrepreneurs to achieve results. He is an IT Engineer and has a MBA from Nova University in Lisbon.

    KUEHRER, Susanne

    Susanne Kuehrer is a partner in Fe-Ve, a French based accelerator working internationally, specialised in the field of technology transfer (transition from research/innovation to the market) evaluating the commercial potential of innovative solutions and supporting Spin-offs and Start-Ups in bringing them into the market. She is responsible for business screening, coaching and mentoring (check of skills and team-match). As an accelerator Fe-Ve is strongly working together with the European Investment scene and is member of EBAN.

    Susanne has a longstanding experience in evaluating the commercial exploitation potential of results in the field of European funded research, especially in ICT, already during the former EC funding programme FP7. She also serves as an EC expert in the Horizon 2020 SME instrument.

    Currently she is involved in a European project aiming at creating a network of Internet Innovation Hubs in Europe with the target to strengthen the linkage between European technology exploitation and the Start-Up financing and incubating scene.

    Susanne has a MBA in Intra- and Entrepreneurship and MSc in International Personnel and Organisational Development as well as an education as a Business Coach.