Sean Griffin - CEO | Founder StartUp Cup
Sean Griffin is CEO and Founder of StartUp Cup. Sean is a Silicon Valley native serial entrepreneur turned entrepreneurial community builder who has been a founder or co-founder of 21 businesses and 3 non-profit organizations.
Sean has been active in entrepreneurial community development since 1992 as a founding member of Joint Venture:Silicon Valley, co-founder of the NASA funded Digital Clubhouse Network and as Chair of Entrepreneurial Initiatives for the City of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Rasmus Wiinstedt Tscherning - Managing Director of CKO
Rasmus Wiinstedt Tscherning has been the Managing Director of CKO since its establishment in 2008. Rasmus is also chairman of the European Creative Industries Alliance – ECIA – appointed by the European Commission DG Enterprise.
As Director for CKO, Rasmus has launched Creative Business Cup, the world championships for entrepreneurs from the creative industries. He is an external lecturer on the subject “Creative Industries: Business, Innovation and Politics” and lectures internationally in French, English, German and Swedish.
Volker Heistermann - Co-Founder, Yushan Ventures
Investor; adviser to APEC and Taiwan’s government in startup matters; former banker (Commerzbank, Germany), business development and sales executive (AT&T and investment bank Rutberg & Co.). Lived in Silicon Valley for over 15 years and in Taiwan since 2010.
Started first business in Germany in the 90s and founded Yushan Ventures in 2011, an early-stage investment and accelerator program in Taipei. Lived and worked on three continents (Europe, Asia, North America). Speaker/judge at startup conferences in Bahrain, China, S. Korea, Russia, United States Taiwan and in Singapore.
Jochem Cuppen - Programme Manager Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship
Erasmus University was founded in 1913 by the Rotterdam entrepreneurs Jacob Ruys, Cornelis van Stolk and Willem Mees. They turned their vision of a specialised educational programme focusing on the needs of entrepreneurs and the business community into reality. One hundred years later, their initial ambitions are still relevant: the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship (ECE) embodies Erasmus University’s focus on entrepreneurship, maintaining the university founders’ century-old ambition
Rebeca Hwang - Co-Founder & CEO, YouNoodle
Rebeca Hwang is a Co-founder and CEO of the San Francisco-based startup, YouNoodle, which focuses on helping companies and governments engage with communities of entrepreneurs and innovators for open innovation and co-creation processes.
Currently, YouNoodle’s technology platform, Podium, helps power entrepreneurship initiatives by the governments of Chile, Malaysia and Korea as well as by NASA and 7 out of the top 10 universities in the world. YouNoodle is also working with companies like Amazon, Microsoft, Intel, and IBM to facilitate their engagement with entrepreneurs and to help strengthen their communities.
Gary Schoeniger - Author & Entrepreneur Founder/CEO The Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative
Founder and CEO of The Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative. Creator of the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program. Kauffman Foundation partner. Cisco Entrepreneur Institute partner. Internationally recognized thought leader in entrepreneurship education. Co-author Who Owns The Ice House? Eight Life Lessons From An Unlikely Entrepreneur.
Currently working with the Kauffman Foundation to foster entrepreneurship in classrooms and communities across America and throughout the world. Since its release in July 2011, the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program has been widely endorsed by academic and economic development organizations worldwide.
Simon McCann - Commercial Director at Oxygen Enterprise Partners
Commercial Director at Oxygen Enterprise Partners and experienced sales leader in small to medium sized companies.
An entrepreneurial background having founded, mentored and been an early employee at startup companies.
Jeremy Liddle - Speaker, Author & Consultant | President G20YEA Australia & Director of Entrepreneurship @ ENYA
Jeremy Liddle believes entrepreneurial thinking can change the world. He is a speaker, global thought leader and author specialising in the art of ‘Entrepreneurial Thinking’.
As the Australian President for the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance (G20YEA) and Director of Entrepreneurship for The Enterprise Network for Young Australians (ENYA), Jeremy advises world leaders on global best practice in policy and processes for business success with the intention of creating positive change & sustainability.