Meet some of our mentors:
I’m Head of Strategy at Global Risk Management – Wholesale Banking at BBVA. I’m also lecturer at Universidad Carlos III. My background is a combination of economics, statistics and math.
I have experience in almost all risk areas in several banks, so I can provide an interesting perspective of What-If analysis and risk-controlled strategies. I also have working experience in Data Science.
I also volunteer as mentor to young graduates at The Princess of Girona Foundation. I’ve been member of the jury of Open Talent Competition, sponsored by BBVA.
Maja Zikic is a Product-Led Growth Strategist and Digital Marketing Coach. She has over six years of experience working at the intersection of business and technology, serving high-potential startups, SMEs/ scale-ups across Europe–from blockchain and IoT to AI and EO applications and services. Maja has in-depth know-how and expertise in public-funded innovation and R&I collaborative programs. In the last two years, she has been dedicated to empowering organizations to make the Product-Led transition.
Félix Ramón López
Curiosity, relentless and optimism are the attributes that define my nature. That explains my academic landmarks, which includes grades in aeronautical engineering and political science, a master in international relations and now are on the track to get a specialization in AI and deep learning. Currently I hold the position of technical manager at SOGECLAIR aerospace S.A., which I reached on the grounds of a demonstrated track record in the field of structural analysis of main aeronautical structures. In the last five years, I have been fostering and boosting innovation within my company by means of several initiatives, such as: seven H2020 Clean Sky 2 proposals made, two of whom granted; establishment of the Office for Innovation and Digital transformation; certificated as Innovative SME by the Spanish government; won the first edition of the Lab4pymes, a collaborative scheme for innovation with the UC3M university as a partner.
Telecommunications Engineer by training and passionate about space, I have spent my entire career at Thales Alenia Space. This has always been linked to R&D and innovation. I started in the Radio Frequency Product Line as Technical Responsible and there I was involved in a multitude of projects, both commercial and R&D. And now, as Innovation Manager, I am more focused on developing innovative product and business solutions.
I have always been in relationship with Universities and startups, guiding doctoral projects and innovative technological researches. I have also participated in projects that have brought agile methodologies to hardware and I am currently part of the team of an internal startup (within the company). So I am widely familiar with the Lean Startup methodology and with all the steps that go from when you have an idea until you have to convince the stakeholders that it is a good business.
Aravind Ravichandran is a multidisciplinary professional with over 6 years of experience in the software and space industries, with a focus on the Earth observation market. Aravind has been a strategy consultant as part of PwC Space Practice working on market assessments, business model development, go-to-market strategies and due diligence projects. He is an avid Earth observation evangelist who is passionate about making satellite imagery accessible and useful for extracting insights for economic and business intelligence as well as sustainable development activities. Aravind is a writer, thought leader, speaker and an independent thinker in the Earth observation sector and the wider space industry.
An experienced business coach and mentor, Alison has 17 years’ experience working with businesses and entrepreneurs in the UK and Europe, helping them to identify and take advantage of new opportunities. She has experience of supporting high growth technology start-ups to validate ideas for commercialisation and to build strategies for sustainability and growth. She has nurtured innovative companies to help them develop business models and marketing strategies as well as directing them to investment opportunities.
Extensive mentoring experience with several start-ups across EU, expert in EU Space Program serving also as judge assessing more than 1000 teams to date, judge and regional associate to Copernicus Masters, invited to several demo dates including in the US Ecosystem, angel with a vast network and consultant for the last 20 years with focus on Space and neighboring (Meteorology/Climate, Aviation among other) sectors.
A results-focused, analytical, innovative, and experienced Group Board Director with a collaborative and analytical approach. Highly experienced in governance, public and private sector working and with a genuine interest in making a difference to business and the community. Experienced in UK and international strategy in complex markets, notably within the Healthcare, Technology and Manufacturing sectors. Experience on Remuneration & Nomination committees, audit, strategy, and governance sub boards. Experienced Chairperson and advocate for inclusive growth. Working with a number of relevant boards including The Growth Company.
Abiodun is an AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics) Educator Associate, a motivational speaker, a researcher, a university of Ibadan graduate of Petroleum Engineering, with professional qualifications from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida and Federal Aviation Administration, USA and Queen Elizabeth Prize in Engineering Ambassador. He is the President/CEO/Founder of Aerospace Palace International Nigeria (DUNS: 561383937, NCAGE: SHJF7), Aerospace Palace Academy Nigeria (Aeroversity, Nigeria) and Aerospace FM online Radio Nigeria (The Aerospace World media) established with the sole responsibility of promoting, Aerospace & STEM education among the youths with the vision to support SDGs 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, & 17, provide job opportunities, raise quality leaders who can ‘man’ the Aerospace industry and ultimately make our skies safer by the year 2025. In this regard, he was appointed as a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). In September 2019, Abiodun was selected as one of the best 20 under 35 professionals in the space and satellite industry, thereby becoming the first back man to win the highly coveted award.
These last 12 years I worked as a coach for (pre)startups and innovative SMEs in 2 different Business Innovation Centers in Belgium. I’m also the Chair of the Aeronautics, Space & Defence Sector Group of the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN). I joined the coaching team in several acceleration programs in Europe. My last experience as a mentor was for the Astropreneurs program in 2020.
José Rafael Marques da Silva
University teacher; Researcher; in 2015 created the agroinsider.com University spinoff, that still manages; the previous spinoff in 2019 entered in the capital of another startup (pipecodes.com); and in 2020 agroinsider.com, again, entered in the capital of another startup (ativepoint.com). All this three processes were mentoring processes.
Fco. Javier Moreno
I’m mentor of several programs in Mondragon Corporation, Mentor Day and Bridgeforbillions.
Comprehensive professional with a 25-year track record in different industries such as: logistics, retail, energy, construction, consulting and agricultural exporters. Executive and teaching experience in Chile and Peru, entrepreneur and founding partner in various private and non-profit initiatives. Innovation and Design Thinking Specialist, LATAM Startup mentor.
Experience as Innovation coach in supporting teams in their entrepreneur ventures (innovations methodologies like Lean StartUp, Design Thinking, Rapid Prototyping) and in mindset (agile). Also experience as a mentor for StartUps in Switzerland (mostly early stages). Experience in corporate and startup environment.
José Ricardo Muñoz
Entrepreneur with more than 18 years of mistakes and successes. With + 13K contacts on LinkedIn. International Consultant in Innovation at the University of Salamanca. Certified Mentor from the Adolfo Ibáñez University. He has studied Engineering in Human Resources Management, Engineering in Management Control, Diplomas in senior management, in Sales Management, in International Business, Sales and Advertising Technician, Training in: Social innovation and leadership, specialization in sports management, formulation and planning of projects, consulting on training plans, technology transfer, international speaker, digital transformation and graphic design. Founder of Fundación Sembrando Verde. CEO at Consultora Legione Company, Instituto de Formación Internacional Legione, Suprabot, among others.
Specialist in innovation, raising public and private resources (It has raised + than 107 Million USD for its clients), formulation of innovation and production projects, commercial processes, leadership of multidisciplinary teams, international business models, creation of face-to-face training plans and e-learning, design thinking and creating innovative companies.Regarding mentoring, I have carried out them to companies in the initial stage, micro, small and medium-sized companies, in different topics, working with business incubators and privately, also conducting non-profit mentoring to young people and adults from countries like Chile , Peru, Argentina, Venezuela and Spain.
Founder and Managing Director of Helix Space, a Luxembourg-based company that helps start-ups and SMEs in the ITC and Space sector develop their
value proposition and business model and obtain public and/or private funding.
My academic background includes a MSc. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Lima, a MSc. in Space Management from the International Space University, plus several professional courses in innovation, product development, strategy, business modelling, among others.
Within the field of innovation, I’ve been team member of institution-funded projects for secure satellite communications, cybersecurity, disaster response, big data and Space Situational Awareness; responsible for the Market Assessment, Business Analysis, Business Plan and/or Financial Model for a total CAPEX of EUR 540+ M.
In my current role, I am also a coach for Fit4Start – Space Acceleration Program, Luxembourg’s leading startup acceleration programme led by Luxinnovation, Luxembourg’s agency for innovation.