Andrés Fontao

Managing Partner, Finnovista

Andres Fontao is Co-founder and Managing Partner of Finnovista, where he has pioneered fintech events, startup competitions and bank-sponsored open innovation programs throughout Europe and Latin America under different brands, including Next Bank, Innotribe and BBVA Open Talent brands. Prior to starting finnovista, Andres spent time with a Silicon Valley-based fintech start-up leading expansion into Europe and LATAM. Before that, he was head of mobile banking at Bankinter. Andres has also worked as a consultant to mobile operators in Europe and Mexico. Andres holds a BA from Middlebury College in Vermont (USA) and MBA from IE Business School in Madrid.


Bo Nielsen

Strategic Advisor

Bo has +15 years of international advisory experience in enterprise development and financing in emerging markets. For the last 12 years he has worked with the European Investment Bank (EIB), where until the end of 2014, he was senior advisor RDI finance to improve access to finance for innovation intensive companies under the joint EC/EIB InnovFin initiative launched in mid-2014. Previously, he was senior investment officer Caribbean under the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Investment Facility with its focus on private sector development and poverty alleviation, then in its EU lending directorate as country responsible for EIB operations in Croatia in the run up to its EU accession. He has also been research associate strategy department at IE Business School in Spain and consultant “Economics and Management” with COWI, where he worked for the major development finance institutions on assignments in more than 25 transition and developing countries in Eastern Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. He initiated his career as Banking supervisor with the Danish Ministry of Economy. He graduated with a MSc Economics from University of Copenhagen followed by MBA (honors) and AMP programs at IE Business School in Madrid, Spain.


Cian Kennedy

Chief Operating Officer, Finnovista

Antes de llevar planificación estratégica para el WebSummit de Dublín, Cian trabajó como trader de derivados de renta variable para JP Morgan en Londres durante 8 anos. Tiene un MBA del IE Business School además de poseer el título del CFA.


Edrit Franquiz

Startups Analyst

Con una formación inicial en investigación social y teoría política, cuenta con experiencia en el diseño de estrategias comunicacionales y consultoría a partir del uso de datos y análisis de la opinión pública en instituciones públicas y privadas. Interesado en el desarrollo continuo de la tecnología y la implementación de proyectos de Big Data & Analytics dentro de las organizaciones, para la optimización de procesos y el mejoramiento de campañas marketing y relacionamiento con los clientes. Edrit cuenta con un Master en Business Analytics & Big Data por el IE de Madrid, con lo que pasó a vincularse más activamente en el ecosistema de las startups que hacen vida en la zona y a trabajar en proyectos para desarrollar modelos predictivos para mejorar la toma de decisiones.


Fermín Bueno

Managing Partner, Finnovista

Fermin is a venture capital & innovation professional with extensive investment, operational, product strategy and technology experience in high-tech digital markets. Fermin is Co-founder and Managing Partner at Finnovista, where he has pioneered a fintech innovation platform driven by a smart collaborative network, that runs startup competitions, acceleration programs, fintech events and corporate-sponsored open innovation programs in Europe, US and Latin America. Before Finnovista, Fermin was part of the leadership team that launched an impact startup accelerator and an 185M-euro impact investment fund in Spain, where he managed startup investments in fintech, mobile, enterprise software and semiconductors. Fermin has also worked as a management consultant and technology researcher in early mobile technologies in Europe. Fermin holds a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Universidad Sevilla, and MBA from IE Business School (Spain).


Jessica Pleguezuelos

Communications & Community Engagement Manager, Finnovista

The promotion of entrepreneurship as a driving force for change has been a motivation both professionally and personally for Jessica throughout her career. She is an expert in the fields of Communication, Fundraising, and Marketing as a tool for social change. Jessica has a degree in Communications and a Master´s in CSR. She is an advocate for international collaboration, leading her to study in the Philippines, Argentina, Germany, and Scotland. Jessica has worked with national and international organizations on projects related to causes such as human rights, children, and poverty. Before Finnovista, she worked as the Communications and Marketing Director for the Iniciador Foundation. With more than 250 volunteers, it is the largest community of entrepreneurs in Spain organising more than 800 training and networking events across 10+ countries, and 50+ cities in Spain.


Paula Blazquez

Startup Competition & Acceleration Manager, Finnovista

Paula is a bachelor of Business and Administration from Northeastern University in Boston. Paula has several years of experience in Risk Capital, having worked as an analyst in the Hercules Technology Growth Capital in Palo Alto and as Associate in Axon Partners Group, a Spanish Risk Capital fund. She holds a Master in Finance and Innovation from the Munich Business School, giving support to the business development of startups within the Wayra Academy in Munich, as well as in the elaboration of an expansion plan for Line, the global instant messaging App.


Vicente Fenoll

Member Board of Advisors, Finnovista

Vicente has more than 20 years’ experience in the micro-finance industry. He is the co-founder and Director General of FinComún, leading Mexican micro-financier. He has been an advisor to the Credit Bureau at the Banco de Ahorro Nacional as well as to diverse companies and NGOs. He has been an Endeavor entrepreneur since 2004. He has been involved in numerous micro-finance, social enterprise and technology events. He is currently Founder and CEO of the kubo.financiero p2p lending platform which provides an online market place for credit applicants and investors. Kubo is licensed by the National Bank and Securities Commission of Mexico and was the first entity in the region to obtain this permission.