Game Changers: Make It or Break It feat. Isle of Man, Gibraltar, Luxembourg & Rishon Lezion

Sep 29, 2020, 4:45 – 6:15 PM


Isle of Man, Gibraltar, Luxembourg & Rishon Lezion are co-hosting The Game Changers: Make It or Break It In the midst of the pandemic, these switched-on start-ups and experts saw an opportunity to apply their experience to provide solutions to help us become accustomed to the “new normal”. Meet the founders and CEO's of Taxa Genomics, Soapy & Coco World. Join us September, 29 at 6:45 pm

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About this event

The Game Changers: Make It or Break It

Cross Chapter Event featuring Isle of Man, Gibraltar, Luxembourg and Rishon Lezion, Israel

In the midst of the pandemic-generated panic, the switched-on start-ups saw an opportunity to pivot and apply their experience to ease suffering and provide solutions to help us become accustomed to this “new normal”.

From pet geneticists to gamifying environmentalists and global tech advocates, meet the game changers whose great pivot secured their future.

Our founders and experts hail from the Isle of Man, Gibraltar, Luxembourg and Rishon Lezion, Israel, and typify the type of business owner whose drive for success, moral judgement and speed of delivery found them at the centre of Covid relief efforts.

Learn what it takes to pivot and diversify your business, protect your business against a recession, rewards that motivate and inspire start-up teams to achieve and how to hustle when the world is against you.

Meet the Pivot Masters

Rachel Glover Managing Director Taxa Genomics Ltd | Isle of Man

Rachel Glover is an experienced molecular and computational biologist with expertise in molecular ecology, biosurveillance, bioinformatics and genomics.

Rachel is the founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Taxa Genomics, an environmental and veterinary genomics company and was instrumental in the setting up and running of the Isle of Man COVID19 test facility.

Ryan Howsam Founder, Chairman & CEO Howsam Ltd & Staysure | Gibraltar

Ryan Howsam started his career selling double glazing at 17, and went on to build an enterprise worth hundreds of millions without external investment, now employing over 1000 people across his portfolio of companies. He is the founder and chairman of the market leading insurance company Staysure, which is regulated in Gibraltar, and over the past few years his group have acquired Avanti and Paying Too Much, bolstering his market share. Ryan invests in a number of tech, financial services, startups and luxury brands.

During the 2020 Covid pandemic Ryan opened up his calendar to help other entrepreneurs with mentoring , and is currently seeking startups and businesses who need investment to apply via his website for an initial zoom pitch.

Caroline Assaf Founding Director Coco World | Luxembourg

Caroline Assaf, is the founder of CoCo World. She is a Harvard graduate in Sustainable development and social entrepreneur with passion for youth and communities.Her focus is on youth and communities with a Global and multi-sectoral management experience in corporate, nonprofit and public sectors. Caroline has more than 20 years experience working globally with corporate, government and non-profit in North America, Europe and Dubai. Coco World recently won a government competition with 322 entries and 15 finalists in Luxembourg.

Max Simonovsky Founder & CEO Soapy| Rishon Lezion, Israel

Max Somovsky is the Founder and CEO of Soapy. Coming from a medical science background, Max is the inventor of Soapy. He is a B2B expert with strong technological knowledge in the health, water and chemistry industries. Highly oriented to building global companies with an impact DNA business.

Moderated by: David Black Managing Director EMEA CONTINENT8 

Check out what happened


  • Rachel Glover

    Taxa Genomics Ltd

    Managing Director

  • Ryan Howsam

    Howsam Ltd & Staysure

    Founder, Chairman & CEO

  • Caroline Assaf

    Coco World

    Founding Director

  • Max Simonovsky


    Soapy Care


  • David Black


    Managing Director EMEA



Tuesday, September 29, 2020
4:45 PM – 6:15 PM UTC


4:45 PMEvent Starts - Greetings by the organising chapter directors
5:00 PM“Pivot Masters” Panel Discussion
6:00 PMVirtual Networking
6:15 PMEnd of Event


  • Alexandra Wilson



  • Katie Nicholson

    Startup Grind


  • Denise Matthews



  • Steve GLANGE

    Startup Grind Luxembourg


  • ‪Tal Berman‬‏

    Startup Grind Rishon Lezion



  • Denise Matthews

    OME - One Media & Events

    Chapter Director

  • Mark Wilson

    MACH Digital


  • Martha Keywood

    Team Member

  • Lianne Wink

    Team Member


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