Members of the Board

Karen Boers – President of the board

Founder of Boers & Peusens, BeCentral ,Startups.be, BeCentral, ESN and BeCode.

Karen has a passion for people and wants to help anybody who’s motivated and talented to achieve their dreams. With a degree in linguistics and over 14 years of experience in both HR & marketing, she entered into social impact entrepreneurship half a decade ago and created a series of projects: her own coaching project Boers & Peusens, the coding school BeCode, the digital campus BeCentral, the Belgian startup association Startups.be and the European Startup Network.

Stavriana Kofteros – VP of the Board

Co-founder of Startup Cyprus and European Startup Network.

Stavriana is an angel investor and Deal Leader in the Investment Committee of Rising Tide Europe 3 angel syndication initiative and a member of the European Innovation Council high level Jury. She is Vice President of the Board of the Research & Innovation Foundation, the national funding agency of Cyprus, Cofounder of Startup Cyprus, VP of the European Startup Network, member of the European Digital Leaders Network of the World Economic Forum, the Innovation Advisory Board of the Biosense Institute in Novi Sad, Serbia, and of the Continental Council of Allied for Startups and the Director of Digital Transformation & Innovation at the Democratic Rally. Stavriana is primarily a connector, helping startups on strategy, operations, UX and partnerships.

Matt Smith – Startup Britain

Co-founder and director of the Centre for Entrepreneurs.

Matt is co-founder & director of the Centre for Entrepreneurs think tank (home of StartUp Britain). Previously, Matt co-founded NACUE – the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs – and consultancy firm Entelligence. Matt is also an advisor to the Enterprise Research Centre.

Markus Raunig – Austrian Startups

CEO of AustrianStartups and founder of sponsor.bar.

Markus Raunig is the CEO of AustrianStartups – a non-profit platform that promotes entrepreneurship in Austria. He is leading a distributed team of 50 people all over the country and stays in close contact with all relevant stakeholders in the startup ecosystem. Before taking over at AustrianStartups in January 2017, Markus founded his own startup sponsor.bar, organized Europe’s largest student startup conference Entrepreneurship Avenue and worked closely with several successful international startups during the Pioneers Challenge.

Nils Beers – Startup Delta

Director at StartupDelta.

After starting his own company at the age of 22 and working for BAM, Nils then became the commercial director of Yes!Delft, the largest and most respected tech incubator of Europe. At StartupDelta Nils’ entrepreneurial mindset and commercial experience are essential in building the 1 innovation nation of Europe, together with corporates and leading policymakers.

Nicolas Brien – France Digitale

CEO at France Digitale and lecturer at Sciences-Po Paris & HEIP.

Nicolas Brien currently runs France Digitale , the largest Startup organization in Europe with over 1400 members. He graduated in International Economics and previously held the position of Director of Studies at Kantar-TNS. Both his international and national experience in policy making and public affairs make him the ideal captain to steer the wheel of the French Startup hub and set sail for a flourishing Startup ecosystem.

Matthias Zwingli – Swiss Startup Association

Project Manager Startup Enablement at Digital Switzerland.

Matthias connects startups, corporates, investors and hubs as a Startup Ecosystem Builder. At present, he works for Digital Switzerland, an organization that comprises more than 150 leading companies, organizations, academia and politics to achieve its mission to establish Switzerland as a leading European digital-innovation hub.