Speakers

Speakers of Ent-Ex previous editions. We are very proud to have had those great entrepreneurs, selected to inspire our participants to be drivers of positive societal change.

Andrew Ibbotson

Co Founder of True Hatch and True View


Co Founder of TrueView - an award winning dating app and The Hatch, a co-working space in Spitalfields which is home to 15 businesses.

Geet Khosla

Senior Vice Presient - Palms World


"I have been an entrepreneur for as long as I can remember. My family has been running companies since way before I was born, so you can say it’s in my blood. My desire is to create well designed products that solve problems - big and small, and that can have a positive effect on the people that use them. After selling my second company in December 2012, and spending sometime being the Interim-CEO of an online PR toolkit providor, I am working on my newest challenge in the amazing field of Healthcare Technology. As Senior Vice President at Palms World, I have the opportunity to bridge the gap between Natural Medicine, Technology, Modern Medicine to find solutions that can show a significant consistent improvements in peoples health."

Harley Lovegrove

Chairman of The Bayard Partnership(also visit: http://www.harleylovegrove.com/)


Harley Lovegrove was born in South East London in 1957. He formed his first company at the age of 21 while working as a junior marketing assistant for an industrial company in London. In 1995 Harley moved to Belgium where he earned a living importing UK building products onto the Belgian market. Twelve months later he joined a very small Belgian high technology software company (Eonic Systems) where he was taken on in the position of office manager. Working alongside the CEO, the company grew rapidly and Harley took on the responsibility of COO. Within a period of less than four years the company opened development and satellite sales offices in the US, Germany, Korea, India, Brazil, China, and the UK. Eonic Systems was sold to an American multi-national in 2001. Since 2000, Harley has taken up numerous interim management posts working for a variety of businesses from high technology and software to petrochemical, transport, mobile telecommunications, banking and apparel. Today Harley is the Chairman of The Bayard Partnership, a highly successful outsourcing supply business. Apart from publishing a weekly blog and newsletter that goes out to readers all around the world, Harley has also published two books 'Making a Difference' and 'Inspirational Leadership'.

Heiko Butz

Guafair.com


Following his bachelors in 'environmental sciences' from the University of Tuebingen, Heiko originally considered a career following his passion a researcher. After a short spell as a Consultant, Heiko is currently mastering daily challenges in growing sustainable soft-drinks company Guafair.com.

Jan Sroka

CFO at UnlockYourBrain


During his years as a student of computer science, Jan was active in the Junior Enterprise movement, culminating his engagement as Secretary General of JADE in Brussels in 2004/2005. After his studies, Jan joined Deloitte where he held several roles, most recently as Manager is for Analytics and Risk Services in Berlin. Since March 2014, Jan is overseeing all support functions (such as HR, Finance, Accounting, Business Intelligence, Compliance) at UnlockYourBrain and is busy implementing scalable processes that support the growth of the firm.

Ketan Makwana

Entrepreneur | Investor | Coach at Enterprise Lab


Ketan Makwana is a renowned international & TEDx Speaker, serial entrepreneur and mentor has started, scaled a sold multiple businesses in the last 7 years. In a response to the emerging skills gap between education to employment and enterprise Ketan launched Enterprise Lab which has evolved into a disruptive agency supporting Mindset, Attitude & Behaviour development serving over 100,000 people a year across the world. In 2012 Ketan founded and delivered Youth Enterprise Live backed by the Prime Minister and the UK’s largest event focussed on Education, Employment and Enterprise for 15-30 year olds… leading on from this took a position as Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on Youth Policy; other work includes being part of the E20 Summit (20 entrepreneurs from the UK working on the missing millions), has a seat in European Parliament & Commission working on the 2020 strategy for enterprise and employment. Ketan is an advisor to UK Government on youth and enterprise policies, works with International Governments & Ministries on Enterprise Eco-System Development and sits on many advisory boards and panels including MIT and British Council and an ambassador of UKTI and Foreign & Commonwealth Offices related to Enterprise development in countries across the globe. As an entrepreneur Ketan has been awarded the Smarta 100 Award in 2012 for creating one of the most disruptive businesses in the UK, in 2013 Enterprise Lab was awarded Best Business by Start Young Global Awards and was appointed into the Maserati 100 which celebrates 100 entrepreneurs that are giving back to future generations. Ketan was a finalist for Entrepreneur of Excellence at the National Diversity Awards and Best Mentor at the National Mentoring Excellence Awards.

Marte Hentschel

Fashion Designer & CEO ofCommon Works


Marte founded the Berlin fashion production agency COMMON WORKS in 2009, together with her partner Odila Wüst. After visiting sweatshops in Asia, she decided to set up an alternative infrastructure to the common garment industry. She believes in smart and innovative fashion design and in long-lasting, well crafted products which are the greatest challenge but also opportunity for emerging fashion designers. In her role as CEO she advises fashion companies and entrepreneurs in CSR and brand conception, as well as in product development and supply chain management. COMMON WORKS provides pattern making and prototyping of sustainable textile products and garments such as the managment of fair fashion production. Within five years COMMON WORKS became the biggest service provider in Berlin for the fashion industry with a team of 17 tailors, pattern makers, textile technicians and production managers.

Miguel Garcia

Founder & CEO ofLiquid Floors


Miguel is the founder and CEO of Liquidfloors, and is based in Kortrijk, Belgium. As a serial entrepreneur he is also the founder/co-owner of M-Interieur, Subfloors, Keyconcepts and currently serves as a boardmember on the Board of Directors at Youthstart (former NFTE), a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping young people build their future in todays economy. Miguel is an alumni of Youthstart (former NFTE) by which he was later awarded with the ‘Young Enterpreneur Of The Year’-title in Manhattan, NYC (April 2007). Currently he serves (as president of the Youthstart alumni-organisation) on the Youthstart Board of Directors, keen on helping aspiring young entrepreneurs reaching their potential.

Nadine Sauerzapfe

Founder of Berlin's first English Restaurant "East London"


After graduating university with a master degree in “Business Economics” I moved to Berlin to start my own business within the local restaurant scene in 2009. The “East London” Restaurant opened in June 2011 offering modern and traditional British food in Berlin-Kreuzberg. Filling in a niche that no one thought does exist was a risk but also a chance I was willing to take. By now my company employs 10 people from all over the world (Ireland, England, Australia, New Zealand). 6 months ago I started to train a General Manager to help me with the the ordering, scheduling shifts and other tasks. A big and important step that provides me a day off per week. Being an entrepreneur and running a successful business was my dream that came true.

Virginia Phillips

Investor Presentations Consultant and Trainer at Red Oyster


Virginia works with Chief Executives and Finance Directors to enhance the impact of their investor and analyst presentations. At the BBC, Virginia learned the art and science of great communication – how to craft compelling stories on complex subjects. She joined BBC News in 2001, working on business stories for the Today programme and 5 live Money. Then to the BBC’s Science Unit from 2002 where she spent five years making science programmes for Radio 4 and the BBC World Service, drawing on her engineering background. Virginia works with clients to develop their presenting style, improve their content and enhance their impact. Her focus clients are: CEOs and Finance Directors, Finance and investor relations professionals, International professionals for whom English isn’t their first language Virginia is the founder and Director of Red Oyster Limited, a team of corporate presentation experts focusing on investor presentations.

Werner Ekkendonk

Founder & Director of Business Palace BV


Werner Ekkendonk is an enthusiastic and passionate entrepreneur since 2005 and founder and Director of Business Palace BV. Together with his team he runs 2 incubators in The Netherlands with a focus on start-ups with growth ambitions. He has a broad knowledge of and experience in guiding, consulting, coaching and mentoring of start-ups. He is regularly invited as a jury member, motivational speaker and startup expert. Outside The Netherlands, Werner has experience in supporting entrepreneurs in Europe and providing business training in, among others, Ghana and Indonesia.

Yvonne Frankfurth

CEO of CEO ofSympatMe Expat Services


Inspired by her own experiences of having lived in Canada, China and the UK, Yvonne founded SympatMe to help expats settle in Germany. She graduated from the University of Cambridge and has worked in the fields of marketing and communications in the European Parliament, the BMW Foundation and Liebherr Machinery Company. She speaks fluent French, English, German and Mandarin.

Thomas Bunnik

CEO of Pritle


Thomas (32) started his career with ABN AMRO Bank in Amsterdam in 2006 where he held positions across investment advisory, business development and investment products management. During the last 3 years of his career with the bank he was globally responsible for the investment funds and listed real estate offering as well as the headquarter's and international office's products and services approval processes of the bank's global private banking business. He has been able to learn the rights and wrongs about the financial sector, corporate strategy and politics. Having been closely involved with senior management from a young age he was able to learn about management and leadership under euphoric and distressed circumstances. On his 30th birthday he left the bank trading larger corporate experience for pioneering and became CEO of the largest independent online funds supermarket and online wealth manager of The Netherlands and brought along an international management team and several specialists. One recommendation from Thomas: Follow your dreams.

Melissa Marijnen

Founder of Professional Rebel


Melissa founded Professional Rebel, a company specialized in entrepreneurship and innovation. Professional Rebel delivers insights and practical tools - learned from the experience of 150+ frontrunners - to organizations who want to adapt to the fast-changing market. She believes an entrepreneurial mind-set pushes innovation in every organization, no matter the size. In addition she's one of the two Young on Board members on the Amsterdam Economic Board, where she shares her insights with high-level corporate and governmental decision makers.

Frederick Rustler

Marketing at Sodaq


I'm passionate about lifelong learning, innovation and finding solutions to all sorts of problems. Preferably the big and hairy ones. Nowadays these solutions increasingly involve some advancement of technology, so I'd also consider myself a tech enthusiast. Sometimes I put down what's on my mind in word and publish it either over here or on my website. Feel free to get in touch, I'm always looking for new connections and opportunities for the co-creation of projects! Currently I'm working with the team of SODAQ, where we enable people to connect anything to the Internet. We are launching a crowdfunding campaign for our new product on June 15. The Autonomo will enable a solar powered Internet of Things. Support us on on bit.ly/theautonomo!

Jorrit Schaap

Founder of Ooidesign


I'm a Dutch web entrepreneur from Amsterdam, co-founder of the startups FreeLoops.tv and Suppleye.nl, founder of OOIDESIGN and Young on Board member at the Amsterdam Economic Board. I enjoy building MVPs (Minimum Viable Products, a startup term) and evaluating and analyzing ideas and concepts. I love to share how I think you can build your MVP faster or test your concept without spending all your money on development. I've given talks about this particular subject and I'm hosting a Meetup group: http://www.meetup.com/Fast-Innovation-Scrum/ I have been crazy about the internet ever since I wrote my first line of HTML back in 1996, and released my first search engine one year later (it was crap, but just before Google). Nowadays, I am what you may call an internet entrepreneur with technical and design skills, and with a healthy interest in sales and marketing.

Dwight Oldenhof

Founder of Bar Oldenhof


Dwight is a Dutch pioneer when it comes to crowdfunding in the hospitality industry. He was the first in the Netherlands to crowdfund his own bar, Bar Oldenhof, in Amsterdam. Dwight’s family has been active in the hospitality industry for years, and after studies in Hotel Management, several internships and a master’s degree at the University of Amsterdam, he harbored the desire to start his own business – Bar Oldenhof. He financed his dream through a creative, successful crowdfunding campaign, and Bar Oldenhof has been a busy hotspot ever since!

Erik Boer

Director of Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship, University of Amsterdam


Erik Boer has been Managing Director at the Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE). In this position he is responsible for stimulating and initiating broad co-operation programmes in the field of entrepreneurship education and -outreach. He holds contacts with entrepreneurs, the city of Amsterdam, and other organisations. ACE is located at the University of Amsterdam and is a joint center of the University of Amsterdam,VU University, and Hogeschool van Amsterdam. Before 2008, Erik Boer held several positions, such as Director of Communication at VU University Amsterdam as well as positions at Hogeschool Windesheim and Erasmus University in the field of internationalisation, university strategy and education policy.

Erik de Heer

Senior Manager - Business Tax Advisory at Ernst & Young


Drs. Erik de Heer has been working at EY (formerly Ernst & Young) for over ten years in the (international) tax advisory practice. He has served many Dutch based clients with (international) tax issues and structuring as well as international clients doing business in the Netherlands. Both mature companies as well as young fast growing companies. He has worked in the Dutch Caribbean for EY for several years. In recent years Erik has been involved more and more in advising young fast growing companies and start-ups. He has been heavily involved in EY’s annual Entrepreneur of the Year Award (which includes a category for emerging entrepreneurs) and the EYnovation initiative in which EY seeks cooperation with start-up ventures.

Didier Manjoero

Program Manager for City of Amsterdam


Didier is Program Manager, responsible for Knowledge and Innovation ​at the Department of Economic Affairs of the City of Amsterdam. As such, he is focused on stimulating the co-operation between HEI’s, corporations and the public sector (triple helix) and has a special interest in SME financing. Before that, he has worked as a Strategic Advisor to the City of Amsterdam and was, amongst others, involved with the development of the StartupAmsterdam Program.

Nana Wereko-Brobby

Director/Matchmaker - Social Concierge


Nana Wereko-Brobby is a professional matchmaker, date curator and foodie. She runs London-based offline dating agency Social Concierge where she sorts out the love lives of twenty- and thirtysomething young professionals, mostly in the comforts of a cocktail bar. Nana lives in Islington, writes in the British Library.

Patrick Crompton

Director and Co-Founder - eSynergySolutions


Patrick is one of the Co-Founders and Directors of the business. He has been with the business since 2001 and is responsible for setting & executing the strategy, high level business development & growth of the business. He has a very strong network within the Open Source community particularly with senior appointments. He has a keen interest in technologies in demand and is our resident blogger on skills in demand – www.esynergy-solutions.co.uk/blog In his spare time Patrick spends time with his family, loves snowboarding, wakeboarding, the gym, cooking & has a keen passion for volunteering / charity work helping set up the Big Egg Hunt in 2011.

Stephen Bennington

Managing Director - Cella Energy


Since gaining his doctorate at Birmingham University in hydrogen storage in metals, Stephen worked for over 20 years at the ISIS neutron source at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. He ran a group providing a scientific service to academics and industry and ran projects to build large scale neutron instrumentation. In 2006 he became a visiting professor at the London Centre for Nanotechnology at University College London. In 2010 he filed a patent on a method to make nanostructured hydride/polymer nanocomposites and co-founded a spin out company Cella Energy Ltd. The company has now gone through three rounds of funding has 20 employees, spread across two sites: one at the Harwell Innovation Campus in Oxford and the other at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. In 2011 Cella Energy won the National Shell Springboard award for low-carbon businesses. Stephen started as the CSO but became the CEO in May 2013 and then the MD. In June 2014 the company changed owners and Stephen became the MD. The company has now scaled up the production of the material and is developing hydrogen based power supplies as products. It has a number of collaborations across the aerospace and automotive sectors, including one with the French aerospace company Safran and the world’s largest exporter of small electric Unmanned Aerial System, Israeli Aerospace Industries.