European Hubs: Building the Bridge

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13 Rue Nungesser et Coli

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daphni,, firstminute capital, Founders Factory and Northzone are co-hosting this event in Paris on Thursday 29th November.
Please note that this is a RSVP and invite-only event.

The aim of the day is to bring together a group of 200 painstakingly curated guests who will enjoy mixing with the group and who we trust will add value by virtue of their presence.

The idea is to bring together impressive European founders, corporates, angel investors, and VCs, from across the 4 key European hubs that are the UK, France, Germany, and the Nordics.

A great mix of stars from the past, present and future will be discussing key European opportunities and challenges around a series of panel discussions.

The afternoon will be rounded off by drinks and nibbles.


2:30pm Welcoming guests

3:00pm - 3:15pm Introduction from co-hosts Brent Hoberman, Marie Ekeland, Christian Leybold, and Marta Sjögren

3:15pm - 3:45pm "How can corporates disrupt themselves?"

  • Sebastien Bazin (CEO of Accor)
  • Rahmyn Kress (CDO of Henkel)
  • Vanita Sabnani (GM Innovation & New Business Models at Puig)

3:45pm - 3:55pm Start-ups Burst - 3 Founders from firstminute's portfolio companies

3:55pm - 4:25pm "What does it mean to be a Business Angel in Europe?"

  • Marc Simoncini (French BA)
  • Marc Menase (French BA)
  • Christian Vollmann (German BA)
  • Charles Songhurst (UK BA)
  • Kathleen Breitman (Nordics BA)
  • Moderator: Brent Hoberman

4:25pm - 4:55pm "Our cities are killing us: how to solve Europe’s biggest problem?"

  • Karim Kaddoura (CEO & co-founder of Virtuo Technologies)
  • Frederic Mazzela (CEO & co-founder of BlablaCar)
  • Lawrence Leuschner (CEO & co-founder of Tier Mobility)
  • Dan Bladen (CEO & co-founder of Chargifi)
  • Moderator: Marta Sjogren

4:55pm - 5:05pm Start-ups Burst - 3 founders from' portfolio companies

5:05pm - 5:30pm

5:30pm - 6:00pm
"How are European players redefining the future of FinTech?"

  • Jean-Charles Samuelian (CEO & co-founder of Alan)
  • Tim Sievers (CEO & co-founder of Deposit Solutions)
  • Alexandre Prot (CEO & co-founder of Qonto)
  • Claire Calmejane (CDO at Societe Generale)
  • Moderator: Andreas Haug

6:00pm - 6:10pm Start-ups Burst - 3 founders from daphni's portfolio companies

6:10pm - 6:40pm How to build an international company from Europe?

  • Roxane Varza (Director at Station F)
  • Renaud Visage (CTO & co-founder of Eventbrite)
  • Attila Scekely (VP Strategic Partnerships & Business Development at OpenClassrooms)
  • Jonathan Angelov (COO & co-founder of Aircall)
  • Moderator: Pierre-Eric Leibovici

6:40pm - 7:10pm The secret sauce to a successful DTC brand: brand ethos or category opportunity?

  • Ning Li (co-founder of,
  • Romain Barral (CFO at Feed.)
  • Antoine Nussenbaum (Founding Partner at Felix Capital)
  • Moderator: Brent Hoberman

7:10pm - 7:20pm Start-ups Burst - 3 Founders from Northzone

7:30pm - 9:00pm Drinks & Music by Macadam Crocodile

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