Our services

IPR management services

IPR strategy design (early stage)

Category: IP Legal Protection

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Service description:
The Service provides an in-depth analysis on the Business Model adopted by the beneficiary, a preliminary diagnosis of the current and potential IP portfolio, and a comparison of possible IP strategies to be adopted in connection with the Business Strategy and its long-medium term objectives. The IP Strategy involves understanding the role of IP in Innovation and Business Strategies, the definition of objectives and the roadmap, the internal sharing of the IP Strategy, and its periodic review.

Expected Outcome:
Mini-report designed to provide information for the adoption of a correct Intellectual Property strategy.

Access Conditions: Open to the project community
Timeframe: During the project lifetime
Availability: Service will be available soon as a webinar on the project platform

IP Anteriority Analysis

Category: IP Legal Protection

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Service description:
The Anteriority analysis service provides patent databases consultation to identify- at an early stage- any previous publications that could hinder obtaining the exclusive right and/or make suitable different protection strategies.
Anteriority Analysis will imply a lower number of person/days with respect to the Landscape analysis.

Expected Outcome:
Research results, indications on the research methods adopted and comments on the identified issues.

Access Conditions: Restricted to 30 laureates of the project
Timeframe: 1st cohort July October 2021 / 2nd cohort February May 2022
Availability: Service will be provided during the coaching period

Landscaping

Category: IP Legal Protection

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Service description:
The patent landscaping assists a company in assessing the relevant technologies existing in the relevant field. It helps to understand the competitive landscape, to identify emerging technologies and technology trends, to support improved targeting of innovation and industrial policies and evaluation of their impact, white space and patentability analysis, and to identify networks of inventors and knowledge flows within industries and between countries.

Expected Outcome:
Report containing the state-of-the-art of the patent situation (e.g., trends, application sectors, main players) for a specific technology, in a specific geographical context.

Access Conditions: Restricted to 30 laureates of the project
Timeframe: 1st cohort July October 2021 / 2nd cohort February May 2022
Availability: Service will be provided during the coaching period

Freedom-to-operate (FTO): Search Services

Category: IP Legal Protection

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Service description:
The service provides professional patent databases consultation to identify the relevant valid patents in the target markets, as potential obstacles for a free commercialization of the solution proposed in a specific market. Normally, the FTO is performed when a Company aims to develop a new product (based on a clear idea) as to identify possible third party’s IPR’s (pending or granted) limiting the freedom to manufacture and/or commercialize the product in the main markets. However, it is not uncommon that the FTO is performed before to put the product into the market as there is a fear of infringing third party’s IPR’. The FTO activity is carried out when the application has been already granted and the company wants to minimize the risk of infringing existing IPRs in specific target markets.

Expected Outcome:
Research results, indications on the research methods adopted and comments on the identified issues.

Access Conditions: Restricted to 30 laureates of the project
Timeframe: 1st cohort July October 2021 / 2nd cohort February May 2022
Availability: Service will be provided during the coaching period

Freedom-to-operate (FTO): Analysis Services

Category: IP Legal Protection

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Service description:
The Service provides the analysis of relevant patents (provided by the beneficiary or emerged from the FTO Search service) in order to define the effective scope of protection and any risks of interference with the solution to be marketed.

Expected Outcome:
FTO opinion on the risks of interference and indications on possible strategies to be adopted.

Access Conditions: Restricted to 30 laureates of the project
Timeframe: 1st cohort July October 2021 / 2nd cohort February May 2022
Availability: Service will be provided during the coaching period

Basic coaching on IPR management

Category: Marketing the IP

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Service description:
IPR management coaching can help innovative SMEs achieve a range of objectives, including securing investment, identifying and attracting potential partners or buyers, deriving value from collaborations, managing litigation risks, and obtaining more value from their companies’ inventions and collaborations. The Consortium will provide service n. 4 as a standardized webinar which will be available for free on the platform for the community.

Expected Outcome:
One-on-One case analysis on implementation of a basic IPR management coaching increasing the basic knowledge regarding IPR management.

Access Conditions: Open to the project community
Timeframe: During the project lifetime
Availability: S ervice will be available soon as a webinar on the project platform

Licensing out strategy advice

Category: Marketing the IP

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Service description:
The Service provides assistance in the development of a specific IP enhancement strategy through licensing, the identification of one or more potential licensees, the revision of the contractual aspects, and advice in the negotiation with a licensee.

Expected Outcome:
One-on-One case analysis on the IPR licensing execution.

Access Conditions: Open to the project community
Timeframe: During the project lifetime
Availability: Service will be available soon as a webinar on the project platform

IPR one-to-one advisory on IP licensing out (early stage)

Category: Marketing the IP

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Service description:
Negotiating intellectual property (IP) transactions is not an easy task and can be highly challenging. There are several considerations that anyone trading IP assets should keep in mind to avoid mistakes.
Carefully preparing in advance is crucial for fruitful and successful discussions. For this reason, this service helps to prepare not only during the process but also in advance. Within this service, the beneficiary will receive advice on negotiation skills, preparation of non-confidential materials (and a definition of what constitutes confidential materials), review of NDA and license agreement terms, presentation skills, etc.

Expected Outcome:
A fact sheet to carry out a IPR licensing out process.

Access Conditions: Restricted to 30 laureates of the project
Timeframe: 1st cohort July October 2021 / 2nd cohort February May 2022
Availability: Service will be provided during the coaching period

IP strategy design (growth stage)

Category: Access to funding

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Service description:
Successful alignment and execution of IP strategy require the adoption of more iterative and agile approaches. Maintaining a patent portfolio that is aligned with the business strategy is not an easy task and comes with its own set of challenges. If this is not the case, then it leads to gaps and potential misalignment, thereby throwing IP strategy incoherent to business strategy. Within this service, beneficiaries will receive the following supports: IP strategy analysis based on the business model and the target market for the technology, evaluation of different IPs (patents, trademarks, trade secrets), where and when to file.

Expected Outcome:
One-on-One case analysis on IP strategy alignment.

Access Conditions: Open to the project community
Timeframe: During the project lifetime
Availability: Service will be available soon as a webinar on the project platform

IP strategy implementation action plan

Category: Access to funding

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Service description:
The Action Plan aims to boost the uptake of IP by SMEs and Start-ups by the definition of a specific IP protection plan; to facilitate the sharing of IP (i) to increase the technological uptake, (ii) to fight counterfeiting and improve the enforcement of IPR.

Expected Outcome:
One-on-One case analysis on IP strategy alignment.

Access Conditions: Restricted to 30 laureates of the project
Timeframe: 1st cohort July October 2021 / 2nd cohort February May 2022
Availability: Service will be provided during the coaching period

IP one-to-one advisory (growth stage)

Category: Access to funding

Lead partners:

Service description:
Process of assessing IPR market potential (possible verticals, claims, demand, barriers to entry) to identify opportunities for growth in a specific market or business verticals: a key evaluation before any decision regarding the investment is made.

Expected Outcome:
One-on-One case analysis of the IPR commercial potential in order to support the IPR investment decision making process.

Access Conditions: Restricted to 30 laureates of the project
Timeframe: 1st cohort July October 2021 / 2nd cohort February May 2022
Availability: Service will be provided during the coaching period

IP know-how risk advisory

Category: Access to funding

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Service description:
Unmanaged IP risks can have a significant impact on your business, leading to the loss of your freedom to operate, the removal of your products from the market, or the enforcement of royalty demands you’re not willing to meet. Businesses who employ risk management and mitigation strategies for their IP better position themselves to avoid expensive litigation and arm themselves with competitor and market knowledge that helps them stay ahead of their rivals. In this service, the beneficiary will receive assistance in developing a unique plan to manage their IP related risks that will help them better understand, analyze and address IP-related risks, then identify the best possible approach to mitigate them pro-actively.

Expected Outcome:
Descriptive technical Report highlighting the identified risks and any indications on the appropriate risk mitigation measures to be adopted.

Access Conditions: Open to the project community
Timeframe: During the project lifetime
Availability: Service will be available soon as a webinar on the project platform

IPR licensing advisory

Category: Access to funding

Lead partners:

Service description:
How thoroughly IP due diligence is conducted can imply the decision to acquire new IP and start negotiating transactions aiming at mergers and acquisition agreements. The accompanying service is tailored to companies in their process of acquiring new IP and need to terminate negotiations prior to signing and pre-empt disputes after closing.

Expected Outcome:
Guidelines on how to conduct a technology transfer process and any indication on the appropriate actions to be implemented for the negotiation phase.

Access Conditions: Open to the project community
Timeframe: During the project lifetime
Availability: Service will be available soon as a webinar on the project platform

IPR Economic valuation (funding)

Category: Access to funding

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Service description:
The success of a company’s business strategy and the management of its intellectual property rights (IPR) portfolio (trademarks, patents, copyright, design rights, know-how, etc.) are closely interlinked. The IPR portfolio of a company has to be aligned with its business strategy and business model, and its portfolio valuation should go hand in hand with the company strategy to increase the company value vis-à-vis the investors. This service will provide support on the key aspects of IP to t make it appealing to investors.

Expected Outcome:
Guidelines on IPR portfolio valuation to enhance attractiveness vis-à-vis the investors.

Access Conditions: Restricted to 30 laureates of the project
Timeframe: 1st cohort July October 2021 / 2nd cohort February May 2022
Availability: Service will be provided during the coaching period

IPR (single asset evaluation) economic valuation

Category: Access to funding

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Service description:
The Service provides an analysis of the conditions of protection, ownership and validity and the necessary technical and commercial verification of the contents of the IP asset being valuated and the determination, through the application of one or more methods of its economic value.

Expected Outcome:
Valuation report that identifies the economic value of the single IP asset and the criteria adopted for its determination.

Access Conditions: Restricted to 30 laureates of the project
Timeframe: 1st cohort July October 2021 / 2nd cohort February May 2022
Availability: Service will be provided during the coaching period

IPR asset Economic valuation (bankability)

Category: Access to funding

Lead partners:

Service description:
The success of the business strategy of a company and the management of its IP portfolio (trademarks, patents, copyright, design rights, know-how, etc.) are closely interlinked. If a company’s business strategy doesn’t match its IPR portfolio, it cannot fully exploit the IPR, nor can adequately protect it. The valuation of a company IPR portfolio should go hand in hand with any strategy to increase the chances of obtaining a bank loan. During this service, a thorough evaluation of the IP is rendered to the beneficiary. This includes clear identification of the IP, qualitative and quantitative characteristics of the IP, earning capacity and profitability relating to the IP, market share supported by, or as a result of the IP, legal rights and restrictions, competition, barriers to entry, and risks associated with the IP, product life cycles and positioning and historical growth and prospects for the future of the IP.

Expected Outcome:
IPR portfolio valuation.

Access Conditions: Restricted to 30 laureates of the project
Timeframe: 1st cohort July October 2021 / 2nd cohort February May 2022
Availability: Service will be provided during the coaching period

Securitize IP asset-Assessment

Category: Access to funding

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Service description:
Securitization is a process wherein assets are turned into securities. However, financial institutions and banks do not accept IP as a collateral for accessing additional investment finances. Also, the practice of IP valuation, which is important for the commercialization and the securitization of IP assets, is still not commonplace. Therefore, the securitization of IP assets leveraging the access to bank credit, convertible bonds, and other securities requires specialised support to validate (among others) the following aspects:

  • The royalties’ streams providing cash-flows that can warrant the intellectual property securitization
  • Identification of the milestones for the securitized IP (a specific stage of clinical trial or the development of a new functionality which implies the access to a brand-new market)
  • The existence of cash-flows generated by new licensing for the securitized IP (that can substantially improve the rating during the periods of securitization)
  • The mechanisms used in securitization to shield the asset from bankruptcy and the pooling of other collateral assets to provide greater security and guarantees for the buyer.

Expected Outcome:
One-on-One case analysis IP asset securitization potential assessment.

Access Conditions: Restricted to 30 laureates of the project
Timeframe: 1st cohort July October 2021 / 2nd cohort February May 2022
Availability: Service will be provided during the coaching period

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Our Experts

The provision of the IPR-related support services will be ensured through an European Panel of Experts, from 8 European organizations (Business Accelerators, IPR Legal advisors, management consultants) covering 5 EU countries (Italy, Germany, Romania, France, Austria), combining an unique blend of innovation, finance and IPR management, financial expertise, and business accelerators consulting experience with comprehensive knowledge and technical background to support the project beneficiaries.

Timothy Earnshaw

Timothy Earnshaw is a Business Development Consultant for the bwcon GmbH in Stuttgart. He has a M.SC in international Business and Economics of the University of Hohenheim. At bwcon he is responsible for the coaching Team as well as the Project Lead for the M.TECH Accelerator focusing on Mobility, Manufacturing and Engineering where he supports young start-ups and connects them to the mobility and manufacturing sector in the south-west of Germany. Moreover, he is an active coach in many international start-up projects. Here screens up to 350 Start-ups a year and helps selected Start-ups to work on the Business Models as well as Business Plan and Pitch Decks with the goal of connecting them to Business Angels and Venture Capitalists.

Valentina Grillea

As Head of Scouting and Matching, Valentina is in charge for supporting first-time entrepreneurs and corporate via business recognition workshops and creative ready-to-use methods. She has accompanied young and growing companies via tailor made coaching, pitching and access to investment. She also took the challenge to run the process of global technology scouting of international start-ups for corporate and SMEs. Valentina has been in charge for several funded projects in the field of digital transformation, transfer technology, policy support, Innovation Methods and Management, Business Model Innovation, access to market/finance and SMEs supports. She has also coordinated the business support services & virtual accelerator within the FIWARE FABulous Accelerator. Valentina owns a Certification as Business Model Innovator at RTWH Aachen and is acting as external expert for the European Commission. She has a Master in ICT for Communication and Business at the University of Turin (Italy).

Dominik Stricker

Dominik Stricker joined bwcon in 2019 and holds a Master of Arts in Behavioral Economics. Before joining bwcon, he worked in the capital market environment, most recently as an investor relations consultant. His main activities at bwcon are project management, especially of the underlying Horizon2020 project (LeadershlP4SMEs). In the past, he also supported regional start-ups of diverse industries in the seed phase from Baden-Wurttemberg, both in terms of business development and financing. In 2020, he was also a coach at the InvestHorizon Accelerator. His focus was on the (further) development of the business plan and the preparation for investment readiness.

Ionut Tata

lonut Tata is the Founder and Chairman of Iceberg and has been involved for over 10 years in developing an innovation ecosystem focused on IT&C and creative industries in central Romania. Founder and CEO of Iceberg, lonut also invested in and co-founded Hub Onezero — awarded for best coworking place in Romania 2015 at the Central European Startup Award, Arkhive — a archiving and document digitization startup, QUIB — a makerspace/prototyping facility, Cumpara Responsabil — a social enterprise empowering people with disabilities. He has been involved in more the setup and implementation of more than 100 projects on innovation, research, support actions, developing infrastructures, societal change, etc. He has been organizing startup focused events and hackathons (Startup Weekend, Maker Week), mentored startups through various programs (Spherik, Founders Institute, etc), contributed to open innovation and entrepreneurial discover challenges.

Paul Stefanut

Dr. Paul STEFANUT is supporting Iceberg with the implementation of innovation projects and the development at the pan-European level. After his PhD in the field of micro and nanotechnologies, Paul had a previous 5 years’ experience as a technical team leader in a consulting company helping start-ups, SMEs and large groups get funds for innovation and R&D. Paul had joined Opticsvalley — the Paris area cluster in photonics and DeepTech — in March 2015; his main tasks were related to supporting companies from the Ile-de-France region involved in the optics/photonics domain, all along their development cycle, finding solutions to technical issues, stimulating collaboration and growth, technology transfer and the emergence of innovative projects. Paul has been in charge of realizing market and technology studies in different application domains of photonics technologies for the organization and its members; he worked with more than 100 SMEs and start-ups and helped them find solutions related to their business development and innovation projects. Paul has been until March 2019 the Head of the Business and Innovation team at Opticsvalley, where he was particularly charged of reinforcing the Business and Innovation service offer of the cluster and supporting its members to find business and innovation opportunities, as well as public and private funding.

Aleardo Furlani

Aleardo Furlani is expert in business modelling, marketing and scaleup. He engages globally at senior level across government, finance and corporate areas. He has relevant experience as trainer and he is committed in providing technical assistance expertise in Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property management for international organisations, such as the Italian Trade Agency, European Commission, European Investment Bank, Latin American Development Bank, United Nations Development Programme. In the framework of EU-funded projects under the FP for R&D, he has is involved in a number of initiatives within which it has the role of providing seminars and training sessions on IPR issues. He has also provided seminars with WIPO (e.g., 2009 – Italy INTL convention on IP and competitiveness of SMEs). He has been in charge of several TT initiatives in the framework of EU-funded projects, or in support of high-tech startups or technology parks, licensing out international patents. From 2012 to 2018 he has been responsible for market and Intellectual Property exploitation activities in numerous EU R&D projects (OBSERVE-AIR; COMPOSE, TRAFFIC Shaper, STOM, NIMBLE, AMCARE).

Cristina Fregonese

Cristina Fregonese holds a Degree in Political Science from the University La Sapienza in Rome and she is Senior Consultant at Innova. Since 1999 she has been responsible, as Project Manager, innovation manager and leader of dissemination and communication activities of more than 80 European Projects, co-financed by the European Commission for Development and Scientific Research. In some cases, she has also covered the role of IPR Board Coordinator (i.e.: for IP Project ACTIVE p53 – Manipulating tumor suppression: a key to improve cancer treatment – LSHC-CT-2004-502983). From 2005 to date, she is also a consultant specialized in training courses, always in the framework of programs funded by the European Commission, especially in the areas of Innovation and Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and European Financing Programs.

Umberto Zermani

Umberto Zermani is an Industrial Property Consultant, European Patent, Trademark and Design Attorney. He is Member of AIPPI – International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property and has worked at Bugnion S.p.A. since March 2009, drafting patent applications, dealing with patent prosecution and disputes and providing advice and written opinions on patents. His main technical fields of interest are packaging, medical devices and automotive and he is head of Bugnion’s Evaluation Department.

Alberto Pelosi

Alberto Pelosi is a Trademark Attorney, European Trademark and Design Attorney, European Design Attorney and Member of AIPPI – Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriete Intellectuelle. He is Graduated in Marketing, Corporate Communication and International Markets at Milan’s Milano-Bicocca university. After a short period as a junior account of a marketing company, he started work at Bugnion’s Milan office in September 2013 in the trademark field, where he gained experience in trademark searches, oppositions, written opinions, filing, prosecution and contracts. In 2017, he became a partner and since 2018 has been in charge of international relations of Bugnion, liaised with foreign correspondents and clients.

Giancarlo Penza

 

Giancarlo Penza is a European Patent and Design Attorney and Associate Member of AICIPI (Italian Association of Consultants and Experts in Intellectual Property of Bodies and Companies). Registered with the Court of Milan as Official Technical Consultant (Civil Section) in the Intellectual Property (patents) category. Master of science in telecommunications engineering at University Politecnico in Milan (Italy). He was CAD Engineer at ST Microelectronics and Firmware and digital design in VHDL for FPGA for equipments for optical telecommunications networks at Alcatel. Patent Engineer at Alcatel-Lucent (now Nokia): drafting and filing of European patent applications for optical telecommunications networks and corresponding prosecution in Europe, USA, China and Japan. Patent attorney in an Italian intellectual property office: drafting of Italian, European and international patent applications in the field of electronics, software and telecom and corresponding prosecution in Europe, USA, and China. In Bugnion, since April 2013, he deals with patents in Italy, Europe, PCT, USA, China, Japan, and Canada in the field of electronics, software, and telecom.

Andrea Delbarba

Andrea Delbarba is a Patent Attorney and European Design Attorney. Member of the Association of Industrial Property Consultants and AIDB – Italian Association of Patent Documentalists. Graduated in Medical Biotechnologies from Brescia university in 2008. Ph.D in Medical Pharmacology from Milan university in 2012 with a thesis on new drugs for treatment of and recovery from cerebral ischaemia. From 2012 to 2014, he worked for an academic spin-off, dealing with the identification of new molecular markers for Alzheimer’s disease and senile dementia. From 2014 to 2015, he engaged in post-doctoral work at Brescia university, conducting proteomic analyses of biological samples and of food samples. From 2015 to 2017, he worked at an Italian intellectual property office and joined Bugnion in September 2017, dealing with chemical, biotechnological, and life-science patents.

Lucia Vittorangeli

Lucia Vittorangeli is an Italian Industrial Property Consultant and a European Patent, Trademark and Design Attorney. She obtained a qualification suitable as Patent Litigator in 2012.Graduated in Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in material sciences at the University of Bologna. She started working for the Bugnion Parma office in 1998 and she subsequentially moved to the Milan Office in 2009 where she is dealing with patent and design drafting, filing, prosecution. and disputes in the automotive, medical, arms and furniture industries. In 2017, she became a partner at Bugnion, and since 2010 she has been in charge of the Training Center in Bugnion.

Clarissa Ceruti

Clarissa Ceruti joined Bugnion in 2019 as Senior Consultant in the field of technology transfer. She has a degree in chemistry and a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Torino, and an MBA from Simmons University in Boston. Clarissa has 15 years of experience in Tech Transfer in both the US and Italy, having worked at UPenn and The Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, PA, and at the Biolndustry Park Canavese in Ivrea, TO. She has assisted researchers and companies in patenting their ideas and licensing their inventions to biotech, pharma, and medical device companies. At Bugnion, she assists clients in licensing-out their inventions or scouting innovative technologies to license-in. She is also learning how biotech patents are valuated considering their high risk of failure during their development. Clarissa is a mentor of the Seed4lnnovation initiative at the University of Milano and an adjunct professor at the University of Torino, University of Piemonte Orientale, and Bologna Business School where she teaches business-related topics to scientists.

Dr. Dhafira Benzeggouta

Dr. Dhafira Benzeggouta, Tech Transfer & Licensing Manager in Material Sciences and Engineering, has a scientific background in physics and electronics. She obtained a master’s degree in Electronics and a Magister in Instrumentation and Microsystems from the University Mentouri of Constantine, a research master in Plasma, Optics, Electronics and Microsystems from the University Henri Poincare of Nancy and a PhD in Plasma Physics from the University Paris Sud. Since joining CNRS INNOVATION in 2013, she has been in charge of evaluating innovation potential in various fields of application of physics (Technology and Business readiness assessments), developing Intellectual property strategies and negotiating licences. She has managed several hundred patent families and concluded several dozens of licenses.

Dr. Chiara Mauriello Jimenez

Dr. Chiara Mauriello Jimenez holds a PhD in Chemistry and nanotechnology from the Universite de Montpellier (France) since 2016. After a postdoctoral position, she entered at the beginning of 2018 in the world of IP rights as patent consultant in one of the most important patent firms in Spain. Her main tasks were related with patentability and FTOs studies and prosecution of patent applications in LATAM countries, EP and US, especially for pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries of Europe and Asian countries. Since 2020, she is managing the IP portfolio of CNRS Innovation related with organic and therapeutic chemistry. Besides managing more than 200 patent families, she also participates in meetings with the licensing and start-up departments to give her opinion related with IP rights. In the meantime, she is preparing herself to become European Patent Attorney.

Dr. Thomas Ribeiro

Dr. Thomas Ribeiro holds a PhD in Physical and Analytical Chemistry from Pierre and Marie Curie University (Paris, France) and started his career as a consultant in innovation financing. He then specialised in supporting business creation projects and joined an incubator dedicated to smart cities. He is particularly involved in issues ranging from defining the product/market mix to the construction of financial engineering and the formalization of business plans. He was also a mentor for the European FET2RIN programme in 2017. He joined CNRS Innovation in 2019 to work on the construction and deployment of the CNRS RISE programme, which aims to support business creation projects based on one or more CNRS intellectual property assets. Since the launch of RISE, 18 start-ups have been created and have raised nearly €16m.

Jonathan Williet

Jonathan has been specializing in the relationship between startups and mid to large-scale corporations for the past 6 years. He manages Aster Fab since 2020. At Aster Fab, Jonathan conducts Open Innovation projects for small to large scale companies, always at the intersection of startup-corporate collaboration. He is also conducting trainings in the financing of energy transition in the industry. Jonathan started his career in the Strategy department of ENGIE Europe, especially working on the Group’s positioning in connected homes. He then joined Early Metrics, a rating agency for startups. He was conducting scoring and due diligences of the companies, leading interviews with founders from more than 200 startups in the energy, industry, mobility, and chemicals sectors. He was also in charge of the international expansion of Early Metrics, launching and/or managing the offices in Tel Aviv, London, Berlin, and Shanghai.

Jérôme Joaug

Jerome is a serial entrepreneur who founded Cambridge Nanosystems — a leading graphene nanomaterial supplier — at the age of 24. After successfully exiting his first startup, Jerome began advising and investing in startups, mainly in the fields of CleanTech and Education. In early 2017, he founded Nymbly, a company deploying low-power loT solutions for Smart Cities and Smart Environment applications. The company was acquired at the end of 2017 by a major loT competitor. Eager to share his entrepreneurial experience with startups, Jerome decided to become an investor. In addition to a business angel activity, he works as a Partner at Aster, a leading early-stage European VC firm in Paris with offices in London, San Francisco, Tel aviv and Nairobi.

Ana Cretu

Ana Cretu has a banking experience of approximately 10 years, both as an investment banker, as well as a social banker with expertise in business education and financing for startups and social enterprises. Passionate seeker of the real collaboration between people, long-term partnerships, innovation and impact financing, Ana has been a business mentor for the past years in InnovX-BCR accelerator and is helping startups strengthen the capacity of their company to work with big corporates and benefit positively of their disciplined infrastructure, knowledge, resources, and test environments.

Oana Mihaela Bara

Oana Mihaela Bara, graduate of the Faculty of Management within the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, has 15 years of experience in coordinating projects financed from European funds. The over 80 projects in which she was involved (cumulative value of over 100 million euros) had as main objective developing a competitive and efficient entrepreneurial ecosystem in Romania by encouraging and supporting responsible entrepreneurial efforts and human resource development by improving the level of knowledge, skills and abilities of employees in various economic sectors. Currently, Oana Mihaela Bara contributes to the implementation of European and governmental funds – the undisputed source of sustainable economic growth as Head of Financing Programs within BCR.