Stefan Brehm, Dirk Owerfeldt, Reinhard Martens


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A team of serial entrepreneurs teamed up in 2012 to build Gastrofix and disrupt the European hospitality market with its enterprise-grade (and yet simple) cloud-based POS platform. Dirk founded a PC-based POS software company for hotel and restaurant chains in the 90s (also called Gastrofix), which back then got acquired by competitor TCPOS in 2001. Reinhard founded a mobile gaming startup before holding management positions at leading telcos (incl. Vodafone, O2 and T-Mobile), while Stefan founded the first European online table reservation system Bookatable that he exited to Livebookings/Michelin. After anticipating the wave of cloud-computing and how mobile devices are re-shaping the world, the team got back in the game with Gastrofix and is now developing the European leader in cloud-based POS solutions for the hospitality industry.

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Nicolas Chartier, Guillaume Paoli


Nicolas & Guillaume co-founded Aramis Auto in 2001, the leading online platform to buy and sell cars in France, and bootstrapped the business until a first round of financing in 2009. Both entrepreneurs had a first experience in consumer goods (wine & CPG) before they met in 2000 at Sebo, a B2B marketplace between Asian merchandisers & manufacturers with European corporates, where Nicolas was Managing Director and Guillaume Marketing Director.

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Cyril Chiche, Antoine Porte



Cyril and Antoine launched Lydia in 2013 with the conviction that everyone needs a universal, simple and secure solution to manage P2P payments. With over half a million users in 2016, Lydia became in very short time the clear #1 P2P payment solution in France. Before co-founding Lydia, Cyril took part in the creation and development of multiple tech companies, at the crossroad of the banking and telecom worlds while Antoine launched multiple sharing economy websites and joined MyLittleParis early on as CTO. Parallel to their activity, the 2 founders actively participate in the promotion of the French Fintech scene through France Fintech.

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Yannis Yahiaoui, Thomas Zaepffel



Thomas and Yannis met at Deutsche Bank CIB, while working on M&A transactions. Leveraging their strong analytical and mathematical skills, the 2 friends co-founded Adotmob in 2014 with a clear market vision and ambition to pioneer a mobile-first ad buying infrastructure in France. By combining their in-house DSP platform with high-quality marketing advisory to their clients, they rapidly became a European leader in mobile & cross-device targeting. Following the strategic investment of, Adotmob will now focus on optimizing advertising campaigns to its clients worldwide.

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Gerald Schönbucher



Gerald is a passionate tech entrepreneur, WHU alumnus and angel investor. He co-founded Hitmeister in 2007, which today is one of the leading multi-category internet marketplaces in Germany. With backing of the prominent US venture capitalist Tiger Global Management, he built a fast-growing marketplace generating more than €40M in GMV in 2015. In 2016, Hitmeister was sold to Real, a subsidiary of the listed retail giant Metro Group.

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George Karam



Georges is the founder of Sequans Communications, the global provider of 4G LTE semiconductor solutions, listed on NYSE and which has raised $150m+ over the years. Georges counts as one of the most prominent entrepreneurs in the telecommunication space and served at various executive positions in the telecom industry incl. Juniper Networks, Alcatel, Sagem & Philipps. Today, Sequans is recognized as one of the most successful ventures of the last 10 years and is now a worldwide leader of LTE for IoT. Georges holds a PhD from Telecom Paris, is a senior member of IEEE, and he published a variety of technical and scientific papers as well as numerous patents in digital communications.

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Jean-David Blanc


Jean-David has always been a tremendous entrepreneur since he started his first company at the age of 16. At that time, he created an interactive service company (Concerto Telematique) for brands such as Coca Cola, Marlboro or Renault. In 1993, he created AlloCine, an internet multimedia movie guide service which rapidly became France #1 destination for movies, cinema and entertainment and one of France’s most famous internet success stories. AlloCine was sold to Vivendi in 2001. Prior co-founding Molotov with Pierre Lescure in 2015, he invested in several successful companies such as Meetic, Amalto technologies, Restopolitan, Veoprint, Square Inc. or The Cools.

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Mats, Jean, Nicolas, Arnaud, Alan



All former Google execs, Nicolas Beauchesne, Alan Boydell, Mats Carduner, Arnaud Massonnie and Jean Neltner founded 55 in 2010 to help brands leverage their data. They successfully developed their vision into a full service "data agency" and grew the business rapidly from a startup into a company with 150 employees in Paris, London and Hong Kong, a host of major global brands as customers, and operations in over 20 countries. Now part of You&Mr Jones the world's first Brandtech group, 55 is poised to become the data engine for the whole organization and will become one of the leading global players in this space.

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Eric Carreel



Eric is the archetype of the serial entrepreneur. He cofounded Inventel in 1990 with Jacques Lewiner (his doctoral supervisor at ESPCI). The company became a leading set-top-box manufacturer; in 2005, he sold Inventel to Thomson. Between 2008 and 2010, he then co-founded Withings (iOt, inventor of the first connected body scale), Sculpteo (3D printing) and Invoxia. Eric holds a PhD from the Pierre and Marie Curie University, and has authored over 50 patents.

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Sébastien Fabre

Vestiaire Collective


Sébastien is the CEO of Vestiaire Collective, a curated global marketplace for the re-sale of verified luxury fashion goods, he co-founded in 2008. Sébastien’s background is in strategy and business development. Prior employers have included Vivendi, Microsoft, and Trader Classified Media. The executive also has experience in tech start-ups, having run NetClub, before its sale to

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Loïc Soubeyran



An entrepreneur at heart, Loïc co-founded Teads in 2011 and raised a €4m series A-round with Partech Ventures & Elaia Partners before merging with eBuzzing. He is currently responsible for strategy and innovation. Before that, Loïc launched several online projects during his PHD in Business Strategy (Flash2night, Airtist Event, Cobooking).

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Sushel Bijganath



Since 2008, Sushel is the CEO & co-founder of Learnship, a leading provider of digital language learning solutions for enterprises based on live online videoconferencing training. A former consultant at BCG, Sushel then spent 7 years in the Bertelsmann group including as the SVP Strategy and Business Development of RTL and then the Managing Director of RTL Online where, as an intrapreneur he founded and developed which he turned into the 3rd largest video portal in Germany.

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Nathalie Genty



Nathalie is the founder of Melijoe, a leading European online shop for children clothing, but foremost a "working mom" with 5 kids. In 2014, Nathalie raised €9m for Melijoe from Gimv to expand internationally, done with success as revenues outside France represent already more than 70% of total revenue.

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Marc Ménasé



Marc is part of the new generation of successful young entrepreneur in Europe. After starting his career at Kelkoo, acquired by Yahoo, he founded Nextedia, one of the first media agency specialized in online advertising, that he sold to Lagardère in 2007. He then launched Menlook and made it grow to become the leading eCommerce destination for male in Europe. Marc is very active in the digital industry: he is an active business angel, and the co-founder of France Digitale.

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Cédric Siré



Cédric Siré is co-founder and CEO of Webedia, which has become in a few years a leading digital media player with more 20 million Monthly UVs and 1000 employees worldwide. Among other things, Cédric led the sale of Webedia to Fimalac group, and managed numerous acquisitions for the group, including movie portal Allociné for €67m in 2013, for €90m and various international acquisitions in Germany and the middle east.

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Khaled Maalej



Khaled is co-founder of DiBcom, which he successfully sold to Parrot in 2011. He then joined Parrot as Technical Director of Digital Tuner Business. Before founding DiBcom, Khaled served as a Technical Director at Atmel Communication & worked for five years at Sat-Sagem within the signal processing team. Khaled graduated from Ecole Polytechnique & Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications in Paris.

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Yannick Lévy



Yannick was co-founder & CEO of Dibcom, for which he raised over $50m over the years, before selling it to Parrot in 2011, where he took the position of VP Corporate Business Development at Parrot. Before founding Dibcom, Yannick worked in leading technological companies incl. Sagem, Société Européenne des Satellites, Astra, and created a new business unit within the American company Atmel. Yannick graduated from Ecole Supérieure d'Electricité and holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, USA.

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Sorosh Tavakoli



Sorosh co-founded Videoplaza after graduating from Stockholm School of Economics and the Royal Institute of Technology. He raised over $25M with the company and managed to build one of the world’s most exciting video monetization platforms. He then successfully sold Videoplaza to US company Ooyala in 2014, where he has since been a Senior Vice President.

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Xavier Sillon



Xavier Sillon leverages a long-standing experience of Corporate Learning & Development. After Famiclic, a service desktop training company, he co-founded and became the CEO of Vodeclic, the leading French provider of new generation cloud-based enterprise learning solution for software and collaborative skills, which was acquired in 2015 by Skillsoft Limited, the global leader in Corporate e-Learning.

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Céline Lazorthes



Celine is the founder and CEO of the Leetchi Group ( and MangoPay). is the leading online group payment solution allowing customers to create “pools” in order to collect money. Mangopay is a payment platform dedicated to crowdfunding sites and marketplaces. The group was sold to Arkea in 2015. Céline is an emblematic figure of the tech ecosystem in France and is involved in numerous organisations promoting entrepreneurship and digital innovation.

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Romain Roy



Romain is a seasoned French digital entrepreneur. Before founding Greenweez in 2008, the #1 online destination to buy organic products, Romain had successfully founded G3net in 2004, a telco managed service start-up which was later sold to Ornis. As a passionate entrepreneur, Romain also supports young managers through the Réseau Entreprendre network.

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Xavier Zeitoun



Xavier is passionate about entrepreneurship and new technologies. He founded Zenchef aged only (24) to help restaurant owners develop their business online. Zenchef has since then grown into a major European player in the restaurant online marketing industry, raising €6M from Edenred Capital Partners, METRO and XAnge in 2015.

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Amedeo d’Angelo



Amedeo is Chairman of the Board of Linxens and CEO of Inside Secure. He has a long career in high tech companies and spent the first 12 years of his professional life in semiconductors. He then spent 14 years in the smart card industry where he held various senior management positions, including President of Gemplus International, COO of Oberthur Card Systems and CEO of Ingenico, the World leader in payment terminal, where he executed a very successful turnaround of the company.

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Christophe Duverne



Christophe has been Chief Executive Officer of Linxens since October 2011. Christophe has more than 20 years of experience in the electronics industry. He has worked in a variety of senior management positions for more than 10 years at NXP Semiconductors (previously Philips Semiconductors). From 2006 to 2009, Christophe was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Identification Business Unit at NXP Semiconductors.

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Julien Hervouet



Julien is emblematic of the new generation of successful French entrepreneurs. A determined innovator, he joined Jeremie Berrebi at Zlio in 2006, a start-up that enabled users to create over 300,000 virtual stores and sell products in a few clicks. Julien then founded iAdvize in 2010, a state-of-the-art SaaS conversational platform enabling businesses to detect and engage visitors. iAdvize raised €14m in 2015 with Iris Capital and Bpifrance.

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Thibault Viort



Thibault Viort is a multi-recidivist entrepreneur. From its first venture CrossSystems to Ysance, Milky and Wipolo, he has been building great teams, step by step and always one step ahead. More recently, he turned around Cityvox, repostionned it a strong player in the online social recommendation space and sold the company to US leader Yelp. Beside his Board positions in prominent startups like Melty or CodinGame to name a few and his teaching role at the Ecole Polytechnique, he now is in charge at AccorHotels of managing the group's disruptive growth opportunities.

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Didier Rappaport



Didier has been at the forefront of the Internet scene since he developed B2B online services in the 2000s. He co-founded Dailymotion - now the second largest video-sharing platform in the world – and was its COO until late 2008. Relentless and creative, Didier is the co-founder and CEO of Happn, the dating app that is in a move to turn the dating industry upside down.

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Véronique Morali

Fimalac (Webedia)


Véronique is a respected expert in media and held multiple senior executive positions in leading companies: president of Channel Group, Vice chairman of Fitch Ratings, co-founder of Véronique led the acquisition of Webedia in 2013 and is now the co-CEO of the company with Cédric Siré, which has become a leading digital media player with more 100 million MUV and 1400 employees worldwide.

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Antoine Régis, Etienne Morin



In 2013, Etienne & Antoine launched ChicTypes, the first curated online personal shopping service for men in France. Both entrepreneurs graduated from HEC and bring complementary experiences in fashion retail as well as in marketing strategy. The company is supported by tier one angel investors such as Pascal Cagni, Thierry Petit, Pierre Kosciusko Morizet and Pierre Krings, as well as 360 Capital Partners.

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Philippe de Rouville



Philippe is the CEO of Roomlala. He started his career at Grant Thornton where he worked on the acquisition of Abritel by Homeaway. Anticipating the boom of P2P accommodation rentals, Philippe founded Roomlala, the #1 marketplace where landlords offer spare rooms in their homes to tenants looking for an affordable and convivial accommodation. Roomlala now boasts over a million members coming from all over the world.

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Nish & Sach Kukadia, Sergio Dias



Nish & Sach, who both graduated from the Manchester University, founded in 2007, which is today the UK's leading private shopping club, offering deals to over 4.5 million members. Nish previously worked as a digital advertising planner at MEC Global, a WPP company, while his younger brother, Sach, also a current director of, worked in import/export activities in the branded apparel industry. Nish & Sach have been repeatedly awarded for their entrepreneurial success, incl. Debrett's 'Britain's 500 most influential'. Sergio Dias spent most of his career at Carrefour and LVMH where he was President and CEO of Millennium, the Vodka and Rum Division of Moet Hennessy, and joined the Secretsales adventure in 2010 as Chairman.

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Emmanuel Guyot



Emmanuel is known for revolutionizing the French ticketing industry by co-founding Digitick in 2004, which introduced the use of e-tickets for the event industry. In less then 3 years, he ranked the company in the top 3 in that segment, and successfully sold it to Vivendi in 2010. He now runs Edoki Academy, an educational app factory based in Paris, France with a Production Studio in Canada.

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Chloé Ramade, Séverine Grégoire



Chloé and Séverine co-founded at the age of 25, a leading e-commerce platform for women clothing; six years after launch, the company was generating a turnover of more than €10m and was profitable. Before selling it to Casino in 2012, the company raised several million euros with tier one investors incl. Alven Capital & Crédit Agricole PE.

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Olivier Marcheteau

Cdiscount, Vestiaire Collective


Olivier has been developing high growth digital businesses for years. He started in 2000 at Aucland, a French auctions platform, and then spent 10 years with Microsoft, holding various positions for MSN. He then became CEO of CDiscount in 2010 and Ecommerce Director for Groupe Casino. He joined Vestiaire Collective in May 2014 as COO where he has among other things managed the USD37m financing that the company finalized in September 2015 and drives the fast pace internationalization of the business across Europe and the US. Olivier is an HEC alumnus.

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Lionel Moutouh, Maxime Sabourin



Lionel and Maxime are the founders of 1001 pneus, the fast growing marketplace for tires. Both belong to the new generation of French entrepreneurs, and leveraged their IT backgrounds and passion for automotive to create a European leader on the segment.

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Jacques Lewiner



Jacques Lewiner is a Physicist and Inventor. He has carried out basic and applied research. In 1973 he was nominated Professor in charge of the Electromagnetism Chair at ESPCI Paris where Georges Charpak arrived in 1980. In 1987 Pierre-Gilles de Gennes asked him to become Scientific Director of ESPCI Paris, a position he kept until 2001. He has published more than 80 scientific papers in International Journals and has presented at numerous international conferences. Jacques Lewiner has developed many practical applications. He has filed over 180 patent applications leading to some 1000 patents. A significant number of these patents have been licensed, sold or used to create startup companies with in some case, a spectacular growth. Jacques Lewiner is active in building bridges between research and industry. Conscious of the importance of making science accessible to the general public, he founded with Pierre-Gilles de Gennes l'Espace des Sciences de Paris (renamed Espace Pierre-Gilles de Gennes) where conferences for non-specialized audiences are organized as well as short internship for children. It has become one of the pillars of the "La Main à la Pâte", a new approch to teaching science to children, initiated in France by Georges Charpak. Nominations : - Laureate of the French Academy of Sciences in 1990 - Knight in the National Order of the “Légion d’Honneur” in 2002 - Member of the French Academy of Technology since 2005 - Doctor Honoris Causa of the Ben Gurion University in 2015

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Fabien Pinckaers



Fabien is the founder and CEO of Odoo (former OpenERP). Fabien began combining his love for business and technology from an early age - by 13, he had already created and sold his first piece of business management software. Whilst at university Fabien completed many projects but his greatest success has been TinyERP, which grew into OpenERP before transforming into Odoo. Odoo is now a multinational company and a leader in the business apps market for SMBs

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Cédric Tournay



Cédric is a digital media passionate. Founder and CEO of, which he sold to Lagardère Group in 2007 for 138 million euros, Cédric joined Dailymotion team in 2009 as CEO. He played a key role in making the online video-sharing platform the 2nd largest worldwide, with 300 million individual visitors and 3.5 billion videos watched every month to date.

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Guillaume Multrier



Guillaume is the co-founder and former COO of Webedia. Prior to that, he was CEO of Isobar France, later Aegis Media France. Over the past years, he run the international expansion of Webedia after the sale to Fimalac in 2013. He led among other things the acquisitions of, Moviepilot, Allociné or IDG Entertainment Germany. Today, Webedia is a leading media group with over 100 MUVs worldwide & €250 million revenue.

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Albert Christian Schwarzmeier



Before joining ad2games in 2013 as CEO, serial entrepreneur Albert Schwarzmeier founded and successfully lead mysportgroup (now 21sportsgroup), the fastest growing eCommerce company for sports in Europe, as well as Groupon in the DACH region. He combines vast experience in business strategy with strong hands-on execution, first with Roland Berger and then at Rocket Internet. Albert graduated with honors from the HHL – Leipzig Graduate School of Management.

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Daniel Boldin



Since 2014, Daniel is the CEO of the leading recommerce platform for consumer electronics in Germany, operating under the two main brands ASGOODASNEW and WIRKAUFENS. Before, Daniel was managing director of the consumer electronics multichannel retailer ProMarkt at REWE Group and founder of the AXEL SPRINGER and Arcandor e-commerce joint venture MYBY. Daniel graduated from the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management.

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Stéphane Mallat

Let It Wave


Stephane Mallat is a mathematician, CNRS 2015 Medal of Innovation recipient, Ecole Polytechnique alumni and a Computer Science & Applied Mathematics Professor at Ecole Normale Supérieur Paris-Ulm, France. He made some fundamental contributions to the development of wavelet theory with major applications in image segmentation, signal processing etc. In 2001, he co-founded and became CEO of Let It Wave, an image processing semiconductor company, acquired by Zoran Corporation (Nasdaq: ZRAN) in 2008.

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Didier Brédy



François-Xavier is a well known for its engineering skills & entrepreneurship: he co-founded Ekinops and published over 15 patents in the space. He is currently COO of Ekinops. Didier joined the company as CEO in 2006 and successfully listed the Ekinops on the NYSE in 2013. Before that, Didier had various experiences both as entrepreneur & top manager: he was VP at Ingenico, founded Ivex, a start-up focusing on VOIP solutions, was VP Marketing at Truevision (Nasdaq:TRUV), Product Manager at Xerox...

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Alexandre Malsch

Melty Group


Alexandre is CEO & co-founder of meltygroup Over the years the company received over $15m in equity, and has become a leading European media group focusing on youth culture, totalizing 30m+ monthly unique visitors. Alexandre graduated from Epitech.

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Pascal Mauberger

McPhy Energy


Pascal joined McPhy founder’s team in January 2009 and has raised €60m since then, leading the company to a successful IPO in 2014. Prior to joining McPhy, Pascal was the COO of Soitec, a world leader in engineered substrates for micro-electronics. In this position he drove the company through a fast growing phase developing the business from 80 M€ in 2004 to 372 M€ in 2007.

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Cécile Roederer



Cécile is the founder & CEO of Smallable, an online concept-store dedicated to children, and one of the most important figures of the French online fashion industry. After raising a total of €7m over the years, Cécile turned the company into the ecommerce reference for children fashion in Europe.

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Roger Haddad



Roger co-founded Kxen in 1998 & sold it to SAP in 2013, after raising a total of $8 million for the company. With more than 30 years experience as an industry expert, he is a forward-looking entrepreneur with an expertise in successfully running companies with multiple channels of distribution. Roger was President of Azlan France, founded Metrologie International, which he successfully listed on the Paris Exchange in 1985, founded Informatica Partners, which became Informatica France after the trade-sell to Par Informatica Group, and holds a Master's Degree from G. Washington University.

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Alain Rolland, Christian Bittar



Alain & Christian co-founded E-blink in 2005 and have raised over $30m in equity over the years, to become a leading provider of wireless fronthaul technology. Before that, Alain was CEO of ipuissance6, and has published several patents about wireless technology, whereas Christian was CEO of Creatifs from 1993 to 2004.

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Vincent Mouret

Let It Wave


Vincent has more than 25 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, from VC-backed private and listed start-ups to blue chips (Alcatel, Motorola, Texas Instruments, Wavecom) with senior management and strong technical and sales expertise. He was CEO of the leading image processing fabless company Let It Wave, until the trade-sale to Zoran [Nasdaq: ZRAN] in 2008. He currently holds several advisory and board positions inc. at Insiteo and Cissoid.

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Jean Mizrahi



Jean is co-founder & CEO of Ymagis, a European leader in advanced digital technology services for the film industry, which he listed on the French stock exchange in 2013. Jean started his career at the French Ministry of Industry before becoming a seasoned entrepreneur: he launched Lazard Frères Group in Asia, co-founded Decoralia, and was Managing Director of Éclair Group, the main independent laboratory for the film industry in Europe. Jean graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and is an engineer from Ponts et Chaussées.

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Vincent, Franck



Vincent & Franck are the co-founders of leading French social gaming company Kobojo which has raised $14m over the years. Vincent started his career at 3iE as Project Manager before becoming lead software engineer at Microsoft, while Franck started as a R&D engineer at Société Générale for 3 years. Since then, Vincent co-founded several online gaming companies incl. Thanks2you, Everydayiplay. Franck co-founded the high growth French medical appointment service Doctolib and is now CTO at on-demand fresh cooking platform Frichti. Both hold a Computer Science degree from EPITA in Paris.

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Fabio Pezzotti



Fabio is an Italian serial web and mobile entrepreneur. In 2006, he founded Mobango, the pioneer social mobile app store with over 500 million downloads & 8 million registered users, which was sold to Mumbai-based Mauj Mobile in 2010. Before founding Mobango, Fabio was founder of which was acquired by Telecom Italia two years later. Today, Fabio owns Xandas New Media Ventures which invested in Vertical Response, ChupaMobile, Wanderio and Cibando.

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Simon Dawlat



Simon is a relentless young entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of two startups of the mobile industry: AppGratis, an app-discovery application founded in 2009 and Batch, a push notifications & mobile CRM platform founded in 2014.. Simon is also an active angel investor, in companies such as Bankin, Checkr, Yo, Concord, MyCrowd and which was acquired by Facebook in 2015.

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Pierre Lescure


Pierre Lescure is one of the most famous French journalists & businessmen, and recently founded a new venture,, for which he already raised $11m series A. Pierre graduated from CFJ and successively worked for top-notch radios (RTL, RMC, Europe 1) as well as TV (France 2). In 1983, he co-founded Canal+ with André Rousselet & Alain de Greef and soon became CEO to lead the channel to one of the greatest successes French television, before selling it to Vivendi.

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Boris Saragaglia



Boris is the founder of one of the largest ecommerce companies in France. While still a student at HEC, he launched Spartoo in 2006, a copy cat of the US online shoe retailer Zappos which had raised more than €40m at the time. In 2015, Spartoo generated a turnover of €130m and will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year.

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