Oscar Sala is director of the The Collider programme of Mobile World Capital Barcelona (MWCapital) since May 2018.
He graduated in Computer Engineering from UPC (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya) and completed his MBA at ESADE Business School. During his professional career he has assumed different roles in the fields of innovation and digital transformation. He stands out for his time at CaixaBank, where he worked for more than 15 years, leading projects in digital strategy, business innovation and technology transfer.
He has developed his career in different sectors such as fintech, e-commerce, venture building, e-health and mobility. Oscar began his entrepreneurial experience in 2003 with co-founding of Easy mobility, and in 2010 he opted for the creation of an e-health platform, Doctors For World.
Interested in the quantum technology sector, he co-founded BarcelonaQbit in 2015, The Quantum Information and CyberseQurity Think Tank, one of the most popular think tanks in the world in this field. Continuing with his clear vocation of entrepreneurship and without leaving this sector, in 2016 he co-founded Entanglement Partners, first Spanish consultancy specializing in quantum technology, and a year later, Quantum World Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to the same sector.
Currently, in addition to being President of the Quantum World Association and Financial Manager of Entanglement Partners, he was a member of the Board of Directors of Mobey Forum, a non-profit association dedicated to empowering banks to lead in the field of digital financial services.
On the other hand, he is vice-dean of COEINF (Col·legi Official d'Enginyeria Informàtica de Catalunya), member of the Quantum Commission of AMETIC and member of the Advisory Board of Origin Ventures Fund and of APPTIC (ASSOCIACIÓ DE PROFESSIONALS TC DE CATALUNYA).
For more information: https://www.linkedin.com/in/oscarsala/
Sebastian Micozzi is currently SVP Digital Transformation at Bacardi Global Brands, the world’s largest privately-held premium spirits company. He leads a team focused on re-imagining the company’s marketing for the connected age. Key planks in this strategy include consumer experience design, driving personalization at scale, creating content ecosystems, establishing transparent data exchanges with consumers, and empowering internal teams to better serve consumers through data.
Before joining Bacardi, Sebastian was the Group Head of Digital & Marketing Transformation at British-American Tobacco. While there, he oversaw the transitioning of consumers from traditional cigarettes towards better-for-you nicotine devices, through leveraging big data, search, e-commerce platforms and experience design. Prior to that, he spent 15 years at Pepsico in a variety of marketing and innovation leadership roles in Latin America and Europe.
Richard is a co-founder and Managing Partner at Fabric Ventures – a VC fund adapting the early, technical, and patient approach of venture capital to investing in Web 3.0 and decentralised data networks. Fabric invested in the likes of Polkadot, Ocean Protocol, Orchid, Blockstack, zeppelin_os, and Keep, among others.
Richard combines a pedigree in open source, developer-oriented tools, and early stage venture investing with blockchain focus since 2013, and has invested in Pantera Venture Fund, Bitstamp, Bitrise, Tray.io, Transferwise, and Citymapper. Richard was previously a 3x software entrepreneur, building/ scaling Automic (CA), Tideway (BMC), and Orchestream (Oracle) – reaching a cumulative market cap of $2.2bn.
Pep Viladomat is the CEO and Co-founder of Heywood & Sons the first European Corporate Venture Builder. Heywood & Sons has presence is Barcelona, London, Amsterdam and Singapore supporting the most innovative S&P 500 companies to build new businesses lead by top international entrepreneurs.
Pep has lead company turnarounds, co-founded and managed several successful start-ups. His work has been recognised with several international awards as well as extensive press coverage. He was in the team launching and building Dotmobile a UK mobile operator. It grew from a small team to 150 people in three years and was acquired by Vodafone. He also launched digital music product Reactable with partners such as Björk and Coldplay. He has a world spanning network of entrepreneurs and technologists.
Pep holds a Master in Computer Engineering from UPF and an MBA from IESE a leading European Business School.
Rich leads the TELUS Ventures team to source, structure and optimize investments of strategic importance to TELUS. TELUS Ventures has been Canada’s most active corporate venture capital fund over the last 5 years and Rich was named one of the Top 100 Corporate Venture Capital Investors in the world by Global Corporate Venturing Magazine in 2017.
His board responsibilities include Continuum, Fortius, Moj.io, Right Health, ScaleUP Ventures, Vision Critical and ZenEdge (Sold to Oracle in 2018).
Before joining TELUS Ventures in 2016, Rich was the founder and Managing Partner of RecapHealth Ventures, a leading Canadian-based investor in North American healthcare companies. Rich also acted as an interim executive (President/CFO) in successfully leading restructurings, capital raises, partnerships and international expansions in a number of portfolio companies. Previously he was a Partner in both mid-market LBO funds and VC funds investing in US and Canada. He started his career as an entrepreneur building a successful company in the enterprise software sector.
Rich is a strong believer in using financial tools to effect positive social change. He founded BC Social Venture Partners, one of Canada's first social impact funds was an investor in Canada’s first social impact bond and acts as an advisor to a number of social impact funds including Deetken and MaRS. He is also an Associate at CDL, a Board Member at LifeSciences BC, AGE-WELL and an angel investor in over 20 companies across the US and Canada.
Rich earned degrees at UBC and Queen’s University and has completed Executive Leadership courses at Harvard.
Since December 2015, Kurt is Director of Business Creation at EIT Health, one of the largest healthcare initiatives worldwide with 150 leading organizations spanning key areas of healthcare such as Pharma, MedTech, Payers, Research Institutions and Universities. Kurt is leading the EIT Health Accelerator supporting more than 500 startups with close access to all leading players in health industry and a budget of more than 15mio€ per year. Within Innolife, the preparation consortium of EIT Health, Kurt was part of the Executive Committee as a spokesperson for all German academic partners.
From 2009 to 2015, Kurt has been the managing director of the Central Institute of Healthcare Engineering (ZIMT) at Friedrich-Alexander-University (FAU). Since then he has gone on to found and direct several other companies: CiNNAMED GmbH (2013, CEO and co-founder), Portabiles GmbH (2014, CFO and co-founder), and HOELLER ELECTRONIC GmbH (CEO in 2015). Since May 2015 he has been a member of the city council in Erlangen and member of the supervisory board of ESTW AG.
After attaining his Diploma of Electrical Engineering at Friedrich-Alexander-University (FAU), he gained his Doctorate at FAU with research stays at TU Munich and Johns Hopkins University (JHU), USA. His research activities focused heavily on health innovation, with his thesis on “Novel Techniques for Spatial Orientation in Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES)”. He has published 30 journal articles, conference papers and patents. Kurt went on to earn an MBA with focus on Entrepreneurship at Deggendorf Institute of Technology (THD) with a research stay at Santa Clara University in the Silicon Valley.