Apart from bringing renowned founders, investors & future vanguards to the startup season kick-off in Riga, TechChill will also host some of the most experienced and influential investors from the region.
These names truly require little introduction to anyone within the tech scene. With extraordinary combined investment and venture capital experience, these experts are some of the most seasoned players in their fields. With no further ado, we’re excited to introduce the first investors coming to TechChill.
Make sure to catch Itxaso del Palacio, the European Investment Partner at Microsoft Ventures, the extensive venture capital arm of Microsoft with a focus on AI, big data & analytics, business SaaS, cloud infrastructure, ML, productivity & communications and security. Itxaso is a Kauffman Fellow and holds a BSc and MSc in Engineering, as well as a Ph.D., focused on Economics and Venture Capital. She is teaching Entrepreneurial Finance at the MSc Technology Entrepreneurship and is passionate about helping first-time entrepreneurs at universities building their businesses.
She’ll be joined by Sheel Mohnot, the partner of legendary early-stage venture fund and seed accelerator 500 Startups in Silicon Valley. Sheel is running the venture’s Fintech Fund and the San Francisco-based FinTech accelerator. Even though still in his early 30s, Mohnot is already a fintech veteran who’s worked for, founded and sold several startups. 500 Startups has also been the accelerator of choice for several promising Latvian startups such as Funderful, Printful and Fragmentic.
With previous gigs at corporate giants like Virgin and L’Oreal, the Managing Director of Techstars London accelerator Max Kelly is always on the lookout for the next rising startup.
His experience has made him a truly invaluable mentor – Max advises every startup that crosses his path to suspend their disbeliefs, because “eight out of 10 start-ups fail.” Not one to mince words, Kelly is a firm believer that “to do what you believe in takes incredible courage.”
Roberto Bonanzinga, the Co-Founder and Investment Partner at InReach Ventures is using technology to “scale what has historically been a quite unscalable business” – venture capital. Since Europe’s startups and VC firms are scattered all over the continent (unlike the U.S., where most of the action happens either in Silicon Valley or New York), finding the right investment and/or funding can be time and cost consuming. Bonanzinga and InReach Ventures are aiming to change that – we look forward to hearing his view at TechChill.
One of the more adventurous venture capitalists on our Investor list is definitely Hussein Kanji, the Founding Partner of Hoxton Ventures. The London-based early stage European venture capital firm helps entrepreneurs invent new industries and disrupt existing ones. Prior to Hoxton, Kanji spent time at Accel and Microsoft, as well as various companies in Silicon Valley, including Sun Microsystems.
Last, but not least, TechChill is honored to have our friend Raph Crouan, the Managing Director and Founder of Startupbootcamp IoT, angel investor and advisor to various startups, join us on stage. Raph is a strategic and analytical international digital professional who turned the page on 14 years at Apple (where his latest role was focusing on driving the Strategy & Business Development for the iPhone & iPad in Europe) to come back to his love of entrepreneurship and innovation-driven companies.
So grab those early bird tickets and see you in Riga on February 8 and 9!