Women Startup Challenge Europe HealthTech Judges

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Meet the Jury

Elena Fernandez-Kleinlein

Senior Director of Consumer Scientific Innovation, Johnson & Johnson Innovation

Elena is the Senior Director of Consumer Scientific Innovation at Johnson & Johnson Innovation. Her main responsibilities are scouting and evaluating early stage technologies and opportunities and managing external partnerships for the strategic areas within the Consumer Sector.

Prior to this role, Elena was the Senior Director of R&D Global Topical Health Care for Johnson & Johnson Consumer & Personal Products. In this position, she was responsible for seeking innovative products and claims pipelines within the franchise and oversaw the product development program for iconic brands such as Band-Aid Adhesive Bandages, Johnson & Johnson’s Red Cross and other regional brands like Compeed, Neosporin and Bengay. Elena has grown in the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, previously holding roles of Senior Director R&D EMEA Topical Health, performing as the Worldwide Director Women’s Health R&D, and Manager Baby & Kids R&D EMEA for Johnson & Johnson in Germany. These positions have provided her an in-depth knowledge in Research & Development across different groups as well as launch & commercialization experience of different product categories. She has filed several patents.

Elena holds a BS and MS in Food Science & Technology from Technical University Munich, Germany.

Eamonn Carey

Managing Director, Techstars London

Eamonn Carey is the Managing Director at Techstars London. He was previously MD at Techstars Connection in partnership with AB InBev in New York, and has been a long term mentor, advisor and angel investor in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the US.

In the past, Eamonn started, succeeded and failed with several startups in Europe and the Middle East – including Farmvillain – an app which some described as the ‘South Park of Facebook’. He first started building games (as an eight year old) to impress girls in the late 1980s. His efforts were unsuccessful. His love for games lived on in spite of that fact.

Since then, he has worked with Kiip – helping them establish their footprint and offices in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Jean-Louis Missika

Deputy Mayor of Paris

Since 2014, Jean-Louis Missika is a Paris councilor and Deputy Mayor of Paris, in charge of urban planning, architecture, Greater Paris projects, economic development and attractiveness. From 2008 to 2014 he served as Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of innovation, research and higher education.

Jean-Louis Missika is a media sociologist. He holds a PhD in management, a degree in philosophy and is graduated of Sciences Po Paris. He was head of the Information and Dissemination Service of the Prime Minister Michel Rocard and director of BVA, before setting up a consulting firm. He also served as Vice President of Iliad. He has taught media sociology at Sciences Po Paris.

Jean-Louis Missika has written several books, notably on media and politics: La Folle du logis. Television in Democratic Societies, with Dominique Wolton (Gallimard, 1983), La Fin de la télévision (Le Seuil/La République des idées, 2006) and Parler pour gagner, sémiotique des discours de la campagne présidentielle de 2007, with Denis Bertrand and Alexandre Dézé
(Presses de Sciences Po, 2007).

Preliminary Judges

Charu Sharma

Investor and Founder of Next Play

Charu Sharma is a startup founder & angel investor, has written 3 books, educated 1M women to start their businesses, won 5 national awards, was named a Power Woman alongside Oprah, stopped a train robbery in India when she was 9, and has been to all 7 continents.

She started her startup career at a telepsychiatry startup that got acquired and currently, she is Founder and CEO of Next Play, an advanced AI app that facilitates internal mentorship matching for company employees at scale at Gilead and Splunk to name a few.

Elizabeth Galbut

VC, and Founding Partner, SoGal Ventures and A-Level Capital
Elizabeth Galbut is a venture capitalist, designer, professor, and global speaker on healthcare innovation. She is Managing Partner of SoGal Ventures which invests in diverse founding teams in the US and Asia. With over 60 investments to date, she is actively seeking to back exceptional startups revolutionizing how the next generation lives, works, and stays healthy. 
Elizabeth’s favorite investment area is the intersection of smart design and machine learning/AI fueling major health tech innovation. Her portfolio of digital health startups include lab platform Everlywell, sexual wellness brand Unbound, digital pathology analytics pioneer Proscia, medication adherence tech eMocha, smart water bottle Hidrate, AI-powered drug discovery Insilico Medicine, smart socks Siren Care, data-driven skincare technology HelloAva, asthma management tool Tueo Health, and veterinary immunotherapy technology Vetivax

Kayode Owens

Partner and Cofounder, humble ventures

Kayode has built companies from the ground up, worked for early stage companies raising rounds, and worked on the other side in business and corporate development for Fortune 100 enterprises sourcing startups for commercial partnerships and acquisition.

Intimately aware of the challenges that diverse founders face as they strive for growth, Kayode has been a tireless advocate for the diversity of thought and approach that founders, particularly founders from underrepresented communities(defined as founders of color, women, veterans, & LGBTQ founders), bring to every endeavor.

Kayode is based in New York, and is Cofounder of humble ventures. humble’s mission is to help underrepresented founders and founders building solutions for underrepresented communities bridge the funding gap and secure commercial partnerships.He brings deep experience in digital strategy, financial services, and media and entertainment. He holds a AB from Harvard and an MBA from USC Marshall. Advising startups is his happy place.

Stacy Plum

Consultant, Biopharmaceutical Drug Development

Stacy is the Director of Preclinical Sciences at ProMetic. She’s an experienced Principal with a demonstrated history of working in the biotechnology industry. Stacy has a strong education professional skilled in Protein Chemistry, Life Sciences, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, and Drug Development.

Hussein Kanji

Founding Partner, Hoxton Ventures

Hussein is a founding partner of Hoxton Ventures, a European venture capital firm based in London. The firm was founded in November 2013 with a $40 million fund, and has made 19 investments to date, which now have a collective market capitalization of $3.7 billion. Hussein currently represents Hoxton on the boards of Babylon Health, Behavox, Darktrace, TourRadar and Yieldify, and previously served as a board observer of Deliveroo.

Hussein is also an angel investor in GoCardless, Halo Neuroscience, Popxo and Signpost. He helped Eros International (NYSE:EROS) build its digital strategy and launch ErosNow, its online video platform. Hussein has also occasionally assisted the UK government with technology policy, and appears occasionally on BBC, Bloomberg, CNN and Sky News.

Previously, Hussein was an associate at Accel Partners, where he focused on consumer internet, financial technology and software investments. He helped invest in OpenGamma, Playfish (acquired by EA) and Dapper (acquired by Yahoo). Hussein joined Accel from Microsoft Corporation where he was a platform planner, product manager and senior manager. He also helped put together Safe-View (acquired by L-3), worked at Radiance Technologies (acquired by Comcast) and Studio Verso (acquired by KPMG).

Hussein holds an MBA from London Business School, and did his undergraduate studies in Symbolic Systems at Stanford University.

Maria Malavenda

Venture Partner, F50, and the Founder and CEO, EVVEMI

Maria Malavenda is an innovator, serial entrepreneur and previous corporate executive. Presently she serves as a Venture Partner for F50 and the Founder, CEO of EVVEMI – a personalized data-driven engagement platform for beauty and wellness services. EVVEMI has repositioned the consumer engagement with beauty and wellness services to be driven by, and operate from personal hair information, epigenetics, personality, and preference data unique to each individual’s needs. Before founding EVVEMI, Maria catalyzed several award-winning high-growth ventures in healthcare and technology–including companies acquired by Microsoft, Bosch, and IMG. Prior, she focused her efforts on Strategy and Corporate Development as a Fortune 50 executive (Johnson & Johnson, Inc) and a”Big 4″ management consultant (Deloitte, Accenture), and immersed herself in the “AI and digital data revolution” for ZoomInfo and Monster Worldwide. In Maria’s off hours she provides her expertise as a judge and mentor to programs like Harvard iLab, TechStars, MassChallenge, Women In Tech, and NAFTE.

Peter Birk

Partner, Accelerace

Peter is partner at Accelerace – one of Europe’s leading accelerators and early stage investors. He is a senior leader in biotech with 20 years of experience in drug discovery and development. Peter has a passion for innovation and dedicates his time to help life science startups, build supporting infrastructure in the life science ecosystems, provide advice, and invest in promising startups.

Vanessa von Frankenberg

Senior Venture Developer, Digital Health Factory, and Cofounder and Managing Director, Go Beyond Why

Vanessa is a digital health founder, certified health coach, speaker and above all a health enthusiast. She studied General Management (B.Sc.) and Entrepreneurship & Innovation (M.Sc.) and worked in Management Consulting for more than 5 years. With a focus on the transformation and restructuring of international health care companies, Vanessa learned about the challenges of different healthcare markets. Since 2018, motivated by her desire to deeply transform the way we are looking at healthcare and wellness, Vanessa has started advising and founding companies in the healthcare sector.

Vanessa works as a Senior Venture Developer for Digital Health Factory, a company builder and investment firm focusing primarily on digital therapeutics. She is also the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Go Beyond Why, a consulting firm that helps companies leverage innovation in healthcare and beauty. Vanessa’s passion lies in female and mental health tech.

Mali M Baum

CEO & Founding Partner, WLOUNGE and Founding Partner, MAGDA GROUP

Born in Tel-Aviv, Living in Berlin. Mali has 20 years’ experience of founding companies. Started her first business in 2007 and followed
this up with a global educational toys business, in Tel Aviv, which sold products in the US, Asia and across Europe. The products won numerous awards for innovation and design. Business Angel She was nominated for the ‘Digital Female Leader Award’ for 2017 and for 2018, in money category.

Mali is a regular speaker at conferences, a mentor and jury member of startup’s competitions, lecture at universities on entrepreneurship and international business in Berlin, also has a lot of investment knowledge as a business angel and growth in startups. Business angel. Mali is instrumental in creating the business and technology ecosystem in Berlin, connecting it with the her global network from Tel Aviv, New York, Silicon Valley, EU markets and Beijing, bringing opportunities for the local startups and corporations.

Caroline Ramade

Founder and CEO, 50inTech
For several years, Caroline has been working every day to support women entrepreneurs in tech. During 3 years, she has been the Managing Director of WILLA (ex Paris Pionnières), the biggest incubator for female founders in Europe. Caroline was previously Deputy Head of the Digital Department of the City Hall of Paris. She is also Board member of French Comity UN Women.

When managing the Willa incubator– where she supported 450 start-ups led by women- she saw the barriers and obstacles that women may face and wanted to act to change this unfair observation : the digital revolution causes disruption in many fields, except in gender-equality. Today, worldwide, women are still under-represented and under-funded in the Tech ecosystem

Caroline Ramade started 50inTech in order to bring revolution in the global industry and empower women at scale. 

She’s a woman of strong conviction and action. She doesn’t want to let the future be built by leaving 50% of the population behind. She’s convinced It is time to speed things up, move to the next level and take action. It is not a question of charity, it is a major social and economic challenge – for an example a 50/50 mix in technology would increase Europe’s GDP by €9 billion.

Thijs Cohen Tervaert

Director, INKEF Capital

Thijs Cohen Tervaert is a Director at INKEF. Thijs currently also serves on the board of ViCentra and Castor. Prior to INKEF, Thijs was a strategy consultant at the Boston Consulting Group with a focus on health care and technology. He worked on projects for pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and insurers. During a one year secondment, Thijs helped to establish the Amsterdam Health and Technology Institute in 2014. Thijs is a medical doctor and graduated at Leiden University. He has also co-authored several scientific papers.

Andrea Dagger

Managing Director, Chandler Chicco Agency

Andrea Dagger is the Managing Director of Chandler Chicco Agency’s flagship New York office. With two decades of experience in healthcare communications, Andrea has in-depth knowledge of and has worked in almost all major therapeutic categories. From innovative brand campaigns to award-winning patient engagement initiatives, she also has expertise in a diverse range of communications disciplines, which she has applied over her career with client such as J&J, Genentech, Pfizer, Merck, BMS, Bayer, Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk, Sanofi and The American Red Cross.

Justin Cooke

Venture Partner, tech VC Northzone

Justin studied Drama at the University of Manchester before embarking upon a career with the BBC, Universal Music, and United News and Media. He founded global digital agency Fortune Cookie in 1997, which he grew to $25m of revenue before selling a majority stake to WPP in 2012. Now, as a Venture Partner at tech VC Northzone and privately he is now an investor and adviser to numerous early stage tech businesses in health, education, the arts, sport and marketing.

As Deputy Chair of social learning platform FutureLearn, Justin was part of the team behind Europe’s biggest private edtech deal. For the past two years he has also been Vice Chair of Unicef UK and sits on the Advisory Board of The British Museum. He was listed in Wired’s Top 100, inducted into the Digital Hall of Fame and Business Insider called him one of the UK’s coolest VC’s which is rather nice.

Marija Butkovic

Founder and CEO, Women of Wearables

Marija Butkovic is digital marketing and business consultant who has worked across a range of projects in different industry sectors, including legal, journalism, tech, IoT, wearable tech and fashion tech.

She is a founder and CEO of Women of Wearables – first global organisation aiming to support, connect and mentor women and di in wearable tech, fashion tech, health tech, IoT and VR/AR.

Marija has been featured in major tech and business publications such as Forbes, TechCrunch, The Next Web, Huffington Post and many more, and regularly appears as a public speaker and panelist on conferences, meetups and corporate events. In 2017 and 2018, Marija was selected as one of the Most Influential Women in UK tech by Computer Weekly.

She regularly writes and blogs on topics of wearable tech, fashion tech, diversity, startups and entrepreneurship. She collaborates with startup accelerators and incubators in London and worldwide on delivering help as a startup mentor and advisor and is also a STEM ambassador.

Daniel Weiss

Investor and Chief Medical Officer, Bongiovi Medical & Health Technologies

Dr. Weiss received a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with honors from Princeton University. He then received his Medical degree with honors from the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York, followed by internal medicine internship and residency at the Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York and fellowships in Cardiology and Cardiac Electrophysiology at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore. Dr. Weiss then went into private practice for 15 years in Florida, combining patient care, research, including NIH-sponsored trials, and consultancy for top medical device companies and Wall Street firms.

Since 2004, he has concurrently served as the Chief Medical Officer and/or advisor for a number of medical device companies. In this role, he has been responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with researchers worldwide, proficiency in FDA and patent/IP issues, clinical trial protocol design and development, investor relations, etc., and has presented numerous papers and lectures internationally. He is proficient in issues related to devices and engineering for medical products and the delivery of medical care, from the perspective of the physician, the hospital, insurance/third-party payors, office flow and logistics, etc.

Debra Bass

Global CMO and President, Nuvo Group

Debra is a growth-oriented business leader and brand builder with a broad base of experience in building beloved and iconic brands at some of the world’s most admired companies in the fast-moving consumer goods and healthcare industries. In 2018, she moved to a Health Tech Start up to leverage her collective industry experience and personal passion to build something meaningful for the next generation of parents and babies.

Debra is currently Global CMO and President of the United States at Nuvo Group, an emerging leader in maternal fetal connected health. In this capacity, she is building the Nuvo global brand platform and assets and is preparing the U.S. for a lead market launch. Nuvo has a bold ambition to reinvent Pregnancy Care for the 21st century and give every life a better beginning

Before joining the Nuvo Group, Debra was President, Global Marketing Services at Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Consumer Companies. She was responsible for leading a team of 200+ and accelerating profitable growth behind J&J’s $14B portfolio of global and regional brands through the development of world-class capabilities and transformational marketing initiatives. Her key focus was fusing classical discipline with personalized marketing, advanced analytics, and external “power partnerships” to deliver hyper-relevant brand experiences.

Debra is active industry speaker and has spoken at Cannes Lion’s Health, Modern Marketing Summit, and New York Advertising Week. She was recently recognized as one of the “Top 100 Women in FemTech” and has been nominated to Brandweek’s Women Trailblazers Council.

James Sheppard

Founder and Director, JPS Advisory Ltd

James has significant experience in the life sciences sector from academia to startups and large corporates. This experience has seen James gain unrivalled knowledge in the life science space through his work with world leading centres for innovation such as the Francis Crick Institute and the Imperial Incubator. James is now the Head of Life Science at Cushman & Wakefield, supporting organisations around the world to build new health and life science innovation spaces.

James was previously the Head of Venture Mentoring at Imperial College London (9th best University in the World) where he supported the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs and worked with almost 200 deeptech startups. James managed a portfolio of Imperial companies who raised in excess of £100m in funding in 2017-18, created over 300 jobs. Whilst at Imperial James was pivotal in the development, launch and success of the renowned Imperial White City Incubator where he was responsible for setting up the new incubator, creating its first accelerator programme and designing and launching the UK’s first co-working laboratories for SME’s.

Prior to this, James was the Research Engagement Manager for the Francis Crick Institute and has worked for a startup in the bioscience field and as an analyst in the medical technology sector.  James has an honours degree in Pharmacology & Molecular Genetics from King’s College London.