High Impact Mentors

BIND Mentors provide expert advice, workshops and support in the areas of business development, technology, business modeling, acceleration and scale-up, investor relations, access to financing, commercial skills, go-to-market strategy, collaboration and internationalization.

Lola Elejalde
Lola Elejalde Independent foresight and strategy advisor
Jorge Calvo
Jorge CalvoDeputy Dean, Professor and Independent strategic advisor in Europe and Japan
With 34 years of global experience in disruptive digital transformation, he is Vice Dean of the GLOBIS University Graduate School of Management in Tokyo, executive in residence and professor at ESADE Business School in Barcelona. He has worked as a senior executive for 30 years at the Japanese company Roland DG Corporation, in his first stage as President and CEO in Iberia, later in EMEA, and finally in Japan as President of the Global Supply Chain Division and Executive Director . Strategically advises global companies, and has published two books. He has a PhD in Economic Sciences from the Abat Oliba University.
Nancy Levy
Nancy LevyPh.D. Managing Partner at BostonLanding.us and Biohealth Management, LLC
Nancy is a strategic business development, marketing and commercialization consultant, facilitating growth of entrepreneurs and international companies focused on business practices and go to market and market entry strategies. She has been an active member of the innovation ecosystem in the Boston area, giving her the opportunity to create a deep network of experts to support her clients.
Eduardo Díez-Hochleitner R.
Eduardo Díez-Hochleitner R.Chairman of Másmóvil Ibercom (Telecom) and General Partner at Samaipata (VC)
Board member, mentor and business angel of more than 12 companies and startups, he co-founded Gawa Capital Partners (microfinance fund), Imm Sound and BeBee.com. Has been MD at BNP and Banexi España, COO/CFO of Grupo Prisa, Partner at Apax Partners (PE), General Counsel to Schibsted Group and other companies.
Ion Arocena
Ion ArocenaGeneral Manager of the Bioindustry Association
General Manager of ASEBIO, the Spanish Bioindustry Association. He has worked as an investment management executive, with deep knowledge of the Spanish and Global Life Sciences market. He studied Biotechnology in Madrid and completed his studies with an executive MBA.
Juan Carlos Fidalgo
Juan Carlos FidalgoGeneral Manager of “Industrial automation” and member of the COUNTRY MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE.
Juan Carlos is Industrial engineer from the Basque Country University, Master in Energy business and Senior Leadership program at IMD in Switzerland. With more than 25 years of experience half of them in the automotive sector. He has held the position of General Manager of “Industrial Automation” and being a member of the COUNTRY MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE. He’s managed different positions as CEO and DIRECTOR of several factories in multinationals such as ABB, Grupo Antolín or RENAULT. He’s been expatriated in countries as France, Turkey and Czech Republic.
Elena Canetti
Elena CanettiPartner at Inveniam Group
She was VP Research Collaborations at Yissum Research Development Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, negotiating research agreements with the hi-tech, pharmaceutical and chemicals industries.
Patrick Halford
Patrick HalfordFaculty SingularityU Nordics
Patrick Halford is Director of Nordic ecosystem development for Redstone Aero, a drone R&D center. He sits on the boards of a number of healthcare & drone startups and is a mentor with Finland’s SpaceUp program and Copenhagen Business School’s Go Grow entrepreneur program. Previously, he was Nordic Director of Drone & Robotics ecosystems for IBM.
Max Cavazzini
Max CavazziniEnterprise Business Development Amazon Web Services - Manufacturing & Automotive lead EMEA
EMEA Automotive & Manufacturing Business Development lead at AWS. Educated in Industrial Engineering at Torino, he founded a startup in the biometric business and has worked as CDO for two other startups. He’s also worked for Hutchison Whampoa, Fiat Chrysler (Infotainment product planner and head of Connected Car EMEA) and Oracle.
Mikel Irizar
Mikel IrizarManaging Director at StratToExec
He was CEO of Hydromodel Host and SVP of Scytl, a secure electronic voting and election solution. He was also part of the teams that founded and sold SoftCloudIT and NTRglobal. He also served on the board of BigML, Hydromodel Host, and PasswordBank which was later sold to Symantec.
Ian Massingham
Ian MassinghamWorldwide Lead, AWS Technical Evangelism at Amazon Web Services
Lead technology evangelist for Amazon Web Services, where he is an expert in cloud computing and solutions architecture. Previously he worked for EMC, Cable & Wireless and Energis.
Stephen Kaufman
Stephen KaufmanGlobal Senior Solution Architect at Microsoft
He is a published author, trainer and speaker working for Microsoft as Global Solution Architect. In his current role he assists customers in designing, building & running solutions on cutting edge technologies.
Limor Schweitzer
Limor SchweitzerCEO of RoboSavvy
CEO of Ground Drone, a company developing MOV.AI, an artificial Intelligence and Control Framework for mobile robots transforming human-operated mobile machines into autonomous intelligent robots. He’s also founded startup incubator RoboSavvy, technology integrator Xpert and software maker XaCCT.
Anindya Saha
Anindya SahaFounding Partner at Nero Ventures
Founder and Managing Partner of Nero Ventures, an early stage VC fund. He currently serves on the boards of Exoticca, Orain and BoatBureau. Previously worked as Marine Engineer with Teekay Corp. for five years. He is an Entrepreneurship mentor at IESE and EAE Business School.
Marta Princep
Marta PrincepManaging Partner at BHVPartners
Expert in life sciences and business. Involved in several start-ups as board member and advisor as Mind The Byte, Oncokids Biosciences Inc, New Born Solutions. She is member of tech transfer initiatives as The Collider from Mobile World Capital, Caixaimpulse, Kenko and has been Entrepreneurship director at Bellavista and Innovation director at Biocat.
César Alonso Peña
César Alonso PeñaResponsible for Digital Transformation and Innovation at Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
With more than 20 years of experience in Digital Health, he is currently responsible for Digital Transformation and Innovation at Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). He has developed his professional career in leading companies in the health sector, with extensive experience co-creating innovative and effective healthcare solutions. He is mentor of several startups and an active member of the HealthTech innovation ecosystem in Spain and Europe.
Jon Uriarte
Jon UriartePartnet at All Iron Ventures
With a degree in Economics, he moved to London to work for Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch, specialising in mergers and acquisitions, LBOs and private banking. In 2009, he resigned to found Ticketbis with his friend Ander Michelena. Ticketbis was recently acquired by eBay for more than $150 M.
Gonzalo Martínez de Azagra
Gonzalo Martínez de AzagraManaging General Partner at Cardumen Capital
Former Managing Director of Samsung Ventures in Israel. He has taken part in investments in PrimeSense (bought by Apple), StoreDot, Replay Technologies (bought by Intel), Cortica, EarlySense, Rounds (bought by Kik) and ScyllaDB, Elastifile, Yume (Nasdaq) and Aveni. He currently serves on the boards of StoreDot, EarlySense, Giraffic, Aveni, Replay Technologies, Imagry, Humavox and Corephotonics
Marc Ramis Castelltort
Marc Ramis CastelltortAdvisor for new investments at Life Biosciences Inc.
Co-founder and CEO at Senolytic Therapeutics Inc. and still partner of TBI and biomedicine incubator Chasing Science. He’s also advisor for Cebiotex and for aging therapeutics new investments at Life Biosciences Inc. in Europe, and has worked for Isis Innovations/University of Oxford and Novartis.
Eneko Knörr
Eneko KnörrFounder at AngelClub.es
Serial entrepreneur and angel investor. Named “Angel Investor of the Year 2018” by the Spanish association of business angels. Investor in several successful startups such as Ticketbits, Cabify, Housers or Habitissimo, among many others. Founder of Onyze, a cryptoassets custody service. Named by Expansion as one of the most influential people in Blockchain. Associate professor at IE Business School.
Tom Horsey
Tom HorseyFounder StartupLabs Spain & Co-founder The Connected Mobility Hub
Serial entrepreneur, founder/co-founder of 15 digital companies and business angel with more than 40 invested startups. His specialisms are digital marketing, e-commerce digital content and smart mobility.
Unai Franco
Unai FrancoAdvisor to and investor in technology companies
Angel investor & co-founding partner at White Peak Partners, a strategy & corporate finance advisory firm based in London. He is a former investment banker and an Electronics & Automation R&D engineer at Daimler.
Jamie Stapleton
Jamie StapletonABB Digital Leader - Transformers
ABB Digital Leader – Transformers. His main current interests are in new innovative IoT solutions, specially for the Oil&Gas and Power industries.
Francisco Arteche
Francisco ArtecheFormer CEO of Euskaltel and former CEO of Electronic Arts Iberia
Former CEO of Euskaltel and Electronic Arts Iberia, Consumer Channel Director at Microsoft Iberia and Marketing Director at L’Oréal. He’s and industrial engineer and a board member of the Interactive Software Federation of Europe.
David Pascual
David PascualInnovation Director of IECISA
With over 20 years of experience, he has executed complex projects in different sectors and companies (Banking, Industry, Transportation, Public Sector, Telecom y Utilities), both in Europe and the LATAM region. Since 2005, he has performed management roles leading innovation projects and initiatives, disruptive technologies, startups, spinoffs.
Mikel Tejadas
Mikel TejadasDirector of Digitalisation of Foods factories in Europe and Poznan Food factory Director
Mikel has more than 20 years of global experience in industrial digital transformation. He developed several roles in the automotive industry (Volkswagen, Relats, …) such as engine development, technical product support, project management, and quality manager in different locations such as US, Mexico, Argentina, and Slovakia. Today is the director of Unilever’s biggest food manufacturing site in Europe located in Poznan (Poland).
Xabier Álvarez
Xabier ÁlvarezFounding Partner LAWESOME Legal Services
Managing partner in MicroWave Ventures technology investment and startup accelerator during five-years, Founding Partner in LAWESOME Legal Services and co-author of the book “Business Numbers: Prevention and Recovery of Non-Payables”.
Guillermo Arregui
Guillermo ArreguiFounder and CEO of Radar Ventures.
He is a Value Investor and also Board Member of several startups. He has international experience launching and managing companies across different sectors, including Emprendiza VC (Venture Capital), Radar Ventures (Innovation + Investment), Proinlosa Energy Group (cleantech), Holcim (cement) and Accenture (consulting).
Oscar Villanueva
Oscar VillanuevaCEO at Nymiz Software Company and partner at Argo Capital Partners
Entrepreneur and co-founder of three startups, one of them Arrecife Energy Systems, as well as mentor and active investor. He has more than 15 years of experience in the energy sector at the hands of REPSOL and in his last period of PETRONOR, where he was responsible for Open Innovation and New Businesses.
Adiari Vazquez
Adiari VazquezCEO & Founder at Braver Ventures
Venture investor, deep tech expert and Harvard-educated scientist. At Next47, a €1 billion global venture fund backed by Siemens, she focussed on venture growth investments in deep tech and next-gen B2B. Previously, as Industrial Tech lead for Caixa Capital’s Venture Capital team, she was an hands-on investor and venture builder. Adiari has also advised the European Commission on stimulating industrial innovation.
Xabier Mitxelena
Xabier MitxelenaCybersecurity Lead Accenture (Spain, Portugal & Israel)
He founded security startup S21Sec, later sold to Sonae.
Alberto Conde
Alberto CondeCEO of Xabet and former CEO of NEM Solutions
Awarded as “european digital influencer”, Alberto is co-founder and CEO of Xabet, an innovative company focused on strategic digital consultancy and digital-tools with impact in EBIT. Previously CEO of NEM Solutions (investors: CAF & SiemensGamesa) and co-founder of Ikasplay, Alberto is advisor for several company/agents to promote innovation and entrepreneurship.
Miguel Angel de la Fuente
Miguel Angel de la FuenteFormer Managing Director of the ABB Transformer Service Center for the Mediterranean Region
As an Industrial Engineer, he has over 20 years of experience in the electrical industry working for one of the technology leaders of the sector. He has managed teams in all areas of the business: quality & sustainability, project management, operations, design, marketing & sales as well as high-level management of a whole business unit as a Managing Director. This lifelong experience gives him a 360º understanding of the industrial enterprise. The nature of his industry sector, mature but quickly changing, challenged him and his teams to stay up to date on the state of the art and to rapidly adapt to change.
Darragh Kelly
Darragh KellyPositioning and Go To Market specialist (Cyber)
From Ireland, Darragh has spent over 20 years in Cyber Security, positioning technology & solutions in which time he helped Basque companies such as Panda Security scale to exit. Dedicated to empowering Basque companies find the illusive product-market fit and optimal Go-To-Market Strategy, he is presently scaling Open Cloud Factory, an alumni from BIND 2019, an active member of CyBasque. He has positioned and brought over 25 product / solutions to market and also works closely with analysts such as Gartner / Forrester
Jose Peinado
Jose PeinadoStrategic Alliances Director at Schneider Electric
Jose manages Global Strategic Alliances with top Fortune 500 companies like Intel, Cisco Systems, Orange. Member of Industrial IOT WG at ISA62443 for industrial cybersecurity. He is a Telecommunications Engineer, PMP and has several masters degrees. Expert in Competitive Strategy by Munchen University and Innovation and Leadership by MIT
Luca Morandi
Luca MorandiSenior Investment Manager at Indaco Venture Partners
Senior Investment Manager at Indaco Venture Partners, a leading asset management company focused on venture and growth capital, where he covers origination, execution and management of portfolio companies across a wide range of industries, especially food and agro tech.
Paul Celen
Paul CelenPhd, Coach, Mentor, Expert : GoToMarket strategy & Sales Methodology / Selling Systems
Paul Celen has been active the last 16 years as an entrepreneur with extensive business and management experience. He received a a PhD in science from the State University of Ghent, an MBA from the University of Antwerp – associated with Boston University (USA), and holds several prestigious degrees from global institutions.
Paul’s work varies between incubators, investors, and individual companies often focusing in the integration of ICT-technology for existing fields like IoT, e-health, AI, Speech technology, Pharma, Retail, Art, Multimedia, Jewellery, Luxury goods, 3D-printing, Design.
Antonio Ferrer
Antonio FerrerProfessor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UMH and Director of IDiBE
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UMH and Director of IDiBE, a research Institute on Healthcare Biotechnology. Founded his first start-up in 1999, and since then has founded 3 more spin-off /start-up biotech companies for the development and marketing of cancer biomarkers, dermatological drugs and cosmeceutics. An advocate of translational science and the need to transform scientific knowledge into services and products for our society
Pedro Prieto
Pedro PrietoGeneral Director of Be Food Lab
Ph.D in Food, Physiology and Health and Academic of Number in the Spanish Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. For more than 13 years he has worked as a researcher, consultant, laboratory analyst and head of quality control and innovation in companies and institutions in Spain and Europe. He works as a strategic innovation partner for companies such as Fresh Business Food & Nutrition, NXTDRIED, Jakion among others. He has more than 150 communications in different congresses specialized in innovation and research.
Rogelio Pozo
Rogelio PozoCEO of AZTI -Entrepreneur and Investor Experience
Entrepreneur and investor experience in the Life Sciences sector, Expertise in development and launching new products to the market (B2B and B2C), Business Plans and Strategic Development of Companies in the Food sector, Managing Partner in F4F Capital (20 M€) in Food Sector, Mentor of EIT FAN and other accelerator programs, Member of different juries of start-up selection (Alimentaria FoodTech, Masschallenge, Eit Food,…) and Member of the board of directors of food companies.
Ainara Bujanda
Ainara BujandaProject management, regulatory and quality affairs Medtech – Mindmaze SA
Electronics engineer by training specialized in project management, regulatory and quality affairs in the medtech industry. She has worked at different medtech startup companies in Switzerland supporting the development and industrialization phases of medical devices.
Álvaro Polo
Álvaro PoloSr. Advisor Connected Industries
Former Accenture Strategy MD, member of the Accenture Strategy Executive Committee for Spain, Portugal and Israel. Founded, set-up and developed Accenture´s Industry X.0 and Cybersecurity Center in Bilbao (makes part of Accenture´s international innovation network). He has a seasoned advisory international career in Business Strategy, Supply Chain, Manufacturing and Transformation for Energy and Industrial companies.
Xabier Manterola
Xabier ManterolaPartner in KeyTek Consulting
Jesús González
Jesús GonzálezEntrepreneur, Mentor and Business Angel
Jesús is an entrepreneur, mentor and business angel. He owns more than 15 years of experience in Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and the Internet of Things. Jesús was shareholder and key employee at Indisys, startup sold to Intel in 2013. He is currently Co-Founder & CTO at Sofiathinks, a Smart Home startup recently integrated into Group MásMóvil.
Iñaki Romero
Iñaki RomeroPrincipal R&D Engineer & Business Manager at KIRO Engineering
Isabel Hernández
Isabel HernándezAdvisor and Startup Active Investor
Advisor and startup active investor, providing a critical analysis of business proposals based on real experience and helping execute the company strategy. Over 15 years of experience in TMT sector in large companies. She holds a Master’s degree in Telecommunication, a UPM Mobile Communications Master and IESE Advanced Management Program.
Dario Villena
Dario VillenaInvestment director of Kapita.
Darío is currently working for Swanlaab – Giza Venture Capital, an Israeli fund investing in deeptech in Series A and B. He was the first employee of Nexiona, obtaining Internet of things expertise being part of the team that created MIIMETIQ (Horizon 2020 winner). He also has experience analyzing technology startups in emerging markets (+90 countries ) in Seedstars, Geneva.
Antonio Fonduca
Antonio FonducaGeneral Partner at Venture Diplomat
For the past decades Antonio has actively served as an investor in the start-up/scale-up ecosystem, as a VC, Business Angel and Corporate – identifying and implementing novel technologies to accelerate top and bottom line growth. Antonio has also served as Department Head of Innovation and R&D at publicly listed multinational corporations (€2+ billion turnover). [showhide type=”afonduca” more_text=”Show More >” less_text=”Show Less <“]Previously, Antonio was the co-founding Managing Director of a medtech venture which was eventually publicly listed (valued at €80+ million). Business area experiences include commercialization, business development, corporate development & innovation, business modeling, scale and growth – while sector experiences include pharma, medtech, process R&D, food & beverages and smart packaging solutions. Antonio currently serves as Partner with Venture Diplomat. [/showhide]
Jon Murcia Lezama
Jon Murcia LezamaSoftware Technology & Services Sales Executive of Oracle
Luis Garrido
Luis GarridoDigital Industry Director SIEMENS
Regional Director Digital Industry : Industrial Organization Engineer by the University of Vigo, linked since my beginnings to System Automation. Focused on providing value to my customers to develop and trying to encourage them to take the step to Digitalization, in order to differentiate themselves technologically and be more competitive every day.

More than 15 years of experience in technical, commercial and management positions. International experience and willing to learn new things every day.

Josh Philpot
Josh PhilpotGlobal Growth Executive, specialising in Technology startups through Seed2Exit, a Silicon Valley Company that helps businesses scale globally