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April is Mentorship month at Startup Grind. Mentors are usually seen as pinnacles of wisdom and nurturing. But anyone who's ever had a mentor knows they aren’t just there to cheer you on during the good times. They show up to encourage you during the down times, too. And if there’s ever a time to appreciate that type of support, it’s now.
Rob De Feo is a startup advocate at Amazon Web Services spending his time helping startups in Europe and beyond. He mentors startups CTO’s and founders as they begin their journey, to helping large scale startup leverage technology as they build and scale their businesses. He has helped many of Europe’s largest startups and startup institutions, including Techstars, Deliveroo, Monzo, Skyscanner, and Starling Bank to scale their platforms and meet global demand. Rob is now focused on working with the stage startup communities across Europe. Prior to Amazon, Rob was the founder of AI startup Jemboo, and was technical lead of Expedia’s Innovation division, building one of the earliest industry chatbots.
To end the month our next SG Virtual is with Rob de Feo startup advocate, Speaker, CTO Mentor and Developer and Vytautas Dagilis Delivery Manager at Lottoland & Co-Founder of the Gib Devs Community.
As a Startup Grind community member, you are invited to apply for our exclusive AWS + Startup Grind Mentorship Program as part of Mentorship Month.
Selected applicants will have the opportunity to participate in a one-on-one mentor session to get guidance on how to grow and develop your business and allow you to get first-hand advice from experts in your field. We offer 5 distinct mentoring tracks that you can choose from, including Fundraising, Product, Marketing, Sales, or Strategy & Ops, and you will get paired with an AWS expert in the field of your choice. All sessions are held remotely, and the program is completely free for all participants.
*Join us on Zoom 30th April 2020 @ 12.30 pm for insights into startups, mentorship and AWS*
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Startup Grind Gibraltar Team
Denise, Margaret & Mark
Amazon Web Services
Startup Advocate EMEA
Rob De Feo is startup advocate at Amazon Web Services spending his time helping startups in Europe and beyond. He mentors startups CTO’s and founders as they begin their journey, to helping large scale startup leverage technology as they build and scale their businesses. He has helped many of Europe’s largest startups and startup institutions, including Techstars, Deliveroo, Monzo, Skyscanner, and Starling Bank to scale their platforms and meet global demand. Rob is now focused on working with the stage startup communities across Europe. Prior to Amazon, Rob was the founder of AI startup Jemboo, and was technical lead of Expedia’s Innovation division, building one of the earliest industry chatbots.
Vytautas has more than 11 Years of professional IT field experience and even longer has passion for coding and 'hacking'. He worked on various projects: from green field web apps, to 15 year old 1 M lines of code monsters with no OOP in mid. He has been exposed to various business areas: supply chain management systems, UML/SysML modeling, Healthcare, online gaming as well online payments.
Free time - constant attendee and organiser of various developer related activities: GibDevs, Agile, JUG meetups, Global day of code retreat, AgileTour Lithuania and many more. Remaining time is spent on the water - kitesurfing, windsurfing, snorkelling, swimming... as long as it floats or flies :)
ONE MEDIA AND EVENTS
Country ManagerSee Bio
Born and brought up in Gibraltar her entrepreneurial journey started at the age of 22 launching the first company in PR and promotional work ‘DM Promotions’, since the early days her passion for running and creating her own business models was clear with a fiercely entrepreneurial family background.
Also involved in a landmark case at a young age for Gibraltar when she was denied the right to vote in the first European elections the case was taken to the European Court of Human Rights and was successful. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthews_v_United_Kingdom
After taking time out to start a family and living abroad she returned to her hometown in 2017 and soon set up a new business One Media and Events. The application to become City Chapter Director for Gibraltar for the organisation Startup Grind powered by Google for Entrepreneurs was successful and the first event which sold out with over 100 attendees was launched in March 2017. In February 2018 Denise was given the “Rookie of the Year” Award in San Francisco during the director’s retreat organised at the SuG Global Conference for being the best new chapter in a city with a population of only thirty thousand.
During this time Gibraltar Government announced the regulatory framework for Distributed Ledger Technology also known as Blockchain. Because of her work in supporting startups, tech and creating a network they became actively involved by sponsoring her events. The platform that SuG together with this development locally has opened up multiple opportunities in this new tech industry and in the past 4 months she has been appointed to represent two globally well known blockchain related groups the GSX Group’s Blockchain Innovation Centre and Coinsilium.
Entrepreneurially driven technologist with 8+ years of experience in the entrepreneurship MENA region ecosystem. Since 2009 Mohammed has worked at or supported Social n’ Tech, Startup Grind, Startup Weekend, makesense, Seedstars, Riseup, and many other Entrepreneurship and Youth communities.
Mohammed has been recognized as a speaker at several events including RiseUp Summit, Digital Arabia Network, and Adobe World Tour. Mohammed has also been featured on various media channels like; BBC World, BBC Arabic, Al Jazeera, Sky News, MBC, AJ+, Al Ghad TV, Roya TV, ONTV, BBC Radio, National Newspaper, and Inc. Magazine.