Team

Our team of experts in business creation will  lead your start-up to commercial success. Do not hesitate to contact the responsible person in your country to get to know more about us.

Elena Bou – Innovation Director
Elena Bou – Innovation Director

Associate Professor in the Operations and Innovation Management Department at ESADE Business School (15 years); Board Member of Creapolis (Open & Cross International Innovation Center); Consultant and researcher in the field of knowledge and Innovation Management and author of several publications. Corporate Entrepreneur (two spin-offs).

Jordi López Bernad – KIC Business Creation Manager
Jordi López Bernad – KIC Business Creation Manager

Started his career in the Technology Transfer Center of La Salle (URL) where he worked in knowledge transfer between university and the industry. Previous experience in the telecom industry with Telefonica and Auna (now Ono) holding different positions from network engineer to project manager. He also worked as an IT business consultant at Accenture.
MBA-Esade Business School & Computer Engineering-URL Barcelona

Stefan Smets – Benelux BCO
Stefan Smets – Benelux BCO

Experience in clean energy venture development, having co-founded Sun Invest and Linea Trovata. His previous experience also includes being the expert in energy technology at VITO.
MB-Vlerick Leuven-Gent Management School & MSc Electro Mechanics- Internationale Hogeschool Leuven.

Frederique Pedreno – France BCO
Frederique Pedreno – France BCO

Extensive Project Manager experience, having been project manager for 5 years of Education and Applied Research and Management of Technology and Innovation at Grenoble Ecole de Management. Nine years as Human Resources consultant at BPI, followed by Menway International.
Master – Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Grenoble.

Jens Ortgiese - Germany BCO
Jens Ortgiese - Germany BCO

15 years’ experience in the field of entrepreneurship and venture capital. Founder of several new technology-based ventures. His latest start-up company, Flightsurance, in close collaboration with Swiss Re and QBE, was acquired in 2013. Research fellow on a four year scholarship at the Entrepreneurial Management Center at San Diego State University, USA. PhD Economic Sciences – University of Kassel, M.Sc. International Economics – University of Tübingen.

Josep Miquel Torregrosa – Iberia BCO
Josep Miquel Torregrosa – Iberia BCO

Extensive experience in the renewable energy sector. More than 10 years’ experience in Project Management, Business Development and launching new ventures into the market. In the last two years has been involved in launching several new ventures within the cleantech, healthcare and e-commerce retail sectors.
Industrial Engineering Degree, Master in Project Management by La Salle Business School and Executive MBA by ESADE Business School.

Marek Marzec – Poland BCO
Marek Marzec – Poland BCO

Experienced professional in innovation management and technology transfer in R&D and business environment. Extensive experience in key positions in energy and IT industry. Co-author of conceptual innovation and technology developed and implemented in R&D projects (e.g. Energy Management System). MBA-level Program TOP 500 Innovators graduate from Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley.

Ingvar Eriksson – Sweden BCO
Ingvar Eriksson – Sweden BCO

Founder and CEO of Novator AB, a spin-off company from the Department of Aeronautical Structures and Materials at KTH. His previous experience also includes 3 years as KTH-School of Business Liaison Officer.
MSc Mechanical Engineering- Linköping Technical University & PhD Lightweight Structures-Royal Institute of Technology (KTH).

Roland Pesty - coach
Roland Pesty - coach

Extensive management experience, current CEO of Pollen-Innovation and Managing Director at Cap Gemini for 14 years. His previous experience includes being co-founder and CTO of TracEdge for 5 years and the Industrial Liaison Officer at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne for 3 years.
MBA-International Business School & Computer Science and Electromechanics-Université de Technologie de Compiègne.

Jan Brinckmann - coach
Jan Brinckmann - coach

Professor of entrepreneurship and strategy with focus on validation, lean startup practices, entrepreneurial marketing, fast growth and internationalization at ESADE. Board member of leading young technology companies such as Kviar Groupe, Worldcoo, and Careesma.
PhD Entrepreneurship-Technische Universität Berlin.

Jan Caris - coach
Jan Caris - coach

Extensive experience in general management in big companies like Philips Electronics, Panasonic Energy and Group Machiels. During his career he has focused on: Strategy & business planning, start-up of new business activities, and mergers of operational activities.
Master’s degree in Industrial Management- KU Louvain & Electromechanical Engineering-KIHL Diepenbeek.

Jordi Guasch - coach
Jordi Guasch - coach

Broad experience in marketing being the Marketing and & Communication Manager Iberia at Dassault Systemes for the last 3 years. His previous experience also includes 4 years as Marketing Manager PLM Europa-Mediterraneo at IBM.
MBA- ESADE Business School & Industrial Engineering- Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya.