Startup Grind is one of the biggest communities of entrepreneurs in partnership with Google for Startups. Our mission is to help every entrepreneur in the world. We do so by hosting a monthly recurring event to inspire, educate, and connect entrepreneurs. The Barcelona chapter was granted the "Best Chapter of the Year" award in 2016, with the average assistance of +130 attendees per event, having held over 60 editions since April 2014 and helping local entrepreneurs to take their projects to the next level.
The event will go as follows:
1. First, we will have an open mic session where any attendee is free to speak up his mind or ask for a piece of advice from the community and receive feedback.
2. Then, we will learn from the best VCs in town in a panel, hosted by our Chapter Director Àlex Rodríguez Bacardit.
3. And last but not least, we host a networking session in which attendees talk to each other freely over some beers and delicious empanadas. There's no Startup Grind where you don't leave with new friends and exciting connections.
Follow #SGBCN; the official Startup Grind Barcelona hashtag. See you there and happy grinding!
*Note: all our events are conducted in English and do not offer refunds. If you need an invoice email us at firstname.lastname@example.org after buying the ticket. We do not sell tickets at the door. All tickets must be purchased online.
Operating Partner and Life Sciences Investment Director
Caixa Capital Risc
Lina as an Investment Director at Target Global, the international Venture Capital firm headquartered in Berlin, with €700m in AuM that invests in fast-growing online platforms, targeting trillion $ markets.
Lina joined Target Global in 2018 after having worked in product and monetization at ResearchGate, a company aiming to connect the world of science. Prior to ResearchGate, she was an investor at Hasso Plattner Ventures, a fund backed by the Chairman of SAP. Lina began her career as an entrepreneur operating two startups, one of which was acquired by Living Social.
Lina received her Masters in Law and Business from Bucerius Law School and WHU School of Management in Germany, and a B.A. in Philosophy/ Law and Society from the University of California, Riverside.
Brian is a serial entrepreneur turned VC. He previously founded software companies Exceptis Technologies which was acquired by Trintech Group and Similarity Systems that was acquired by Informatica. Prior to joining Draper Esprit, Brian was a partner at Trinity Venture Capital where he sat on the boards of or led investments in AePONA (Intel), ChangingWorlds (Amdocs), CR2, SteelTrace (Compuware) and APT (CSR). Brian currently sits on the board of The Irish Times, Ireland’s leading daily newspaper, in addition to his Draper Esprit portfolio companies. in addition to his Draper Esprit portfolio companies. Brian is a Computer Engineering graduate of Trinity College Dublin.
Sara is responsible for building the Biotech Portfolio. Sara has an extensive international career in technology investing.
She was involved in investing and exiting several Venture Capital investments while working for Chevron Technology Ventures, the corporate Venture Capital group based in California with USD 210 MM under management.
Prior to joining Inveready, as Director of Spin Outs for the University of Barcelona, she was involved in starting and financing over 25 technology start ups and she negotiated numerous technology licenses, mainly in the biotechnology sector. She has worked extensively in the USA, Latin America and Europe.
Sara holds a BS in Chemistry, MSc from Indiana University and an MBA from the London Business School.
Experience: +10 VC, M&A and Strategy (current Caixa Capital Risc, previous - International Airlines Group and PwC)
Roma has more than 10 years of experience in VC, M&A & strategy. Before joining Caixa Capital Risc, she worked at International Airlines Group (IAG) in London as Senior Corporate Development Manager, where she was responsible for Corporate Venture Capital investments and digital innovation projects (featured deals: Series B Monese investment https://techcrunch.com/2018/09/05/monese-b/)
Previously, she worked in PriceWaterhouseCoopers - valuations department. She has conducted valuations of international companies from different sectors (TMT, consumer, retail and other) with Enterprise Value ranging between 200 M€ - 3,300 M€.
She is a member of the Spanish Institute of Financial Analysts.
Bachelor´s Degree in Business Administration and Management from Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona) and Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (Lithuania), and Master's Degree in Financial Markets from UPF Barcelona School of Management.
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