2 New Jury Members at the French Kick-Off Event
With a bit more than a week before the event all 5 pre-selected pitching startups are getting ready to present their company in front of an exclusive panel of European private investors.
Following the announcement of the first 3 jury members we are delighted that Francois Birnholz and Tom Horsey also join the panel of jurors. The first stop of this year’s ‘Invest and Connect’ startup award series – that focuses on smart mobility in 2020 – takes place on 4th June and first in the history of the series – virtually.
Bringing in International Business Angel and Attorney Experience
Françoise Birnholz is an experienced business angel investing in early-stage companies. She served for several years as a board member on a business angels’ platform (Go Beyond Investing). She is a trained international and multi-lingual attorney, qualified in both civil and common law. She has significant international experience having served in senior positions (from General Counsel to COO) in major global financial institutions like Citibank, Julius Baer, Credit Suisse, HSBC. In her latest position, Global Head Legal Special Projects, she was on the global Digital Committee of the Private Bank at HSBC handling cross-border regulatory issues such as GDPR and data protection looking at innovative banking tech solution including use of the blockchain. In 2019, she taught a course of International Financial Law at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She has worked in the US and Switzerland and has had responsibilities for the APAC and EMEA regions. She is admitted to the New York bar.
Serial entrepreneur and business angel with experience across Europe
Tom Horsey is a serial entrepreneur and business angel. Educated in the UK (Bryanston School and Aston University), he were based in Spain from 1996 and moved to Malta in 2015. Tom began his career in online advertising nearly 25 years ago. He started angel investing in 2009 and became active in smart mobility in 2015. He focuses at present mainly on the Connected Mobility Hub and StartupLabs Spain. The Connected Mobility Hub is the European association of smart mobility startups where Tom is one of the Co-founders as well as the Head of Investor Relations. StartupLabs Spain is a scale-up accelerator in Southern Spain that he also co-founded. It focuses on startups with a MVP, but looking to gain sales and marketing traction in the verticals of logistics, digital content, digital marketing and food delivery.
“At the Connected Mobility Hub we’ve been supporting European smart mobility startups for almost 5 years now, and it is a huge honour to take part as a jury member. I look forward to seeing the amazing talent that the smart mobility startup sector in Europe has to show us all at the European Super Angels event” – explained Tom Horsey.
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