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Louis Ross
Louis Ross
Job title iconCEO

Experienced senior executive with over 25 years experience in emerging technology research, development and commercialization, operations management, intellectual property development and strategy, and investment banking/private equity and finance. Over 15 years of international experience as an expatriate based outside of the U.S. (Japan, Canada, Hong Kong) including establishing and managing start up operations. Management of R&D projects, manufacturing and related supply chains. Co-inventor of 8 international filed and issued patents (MEMS inertial sensor systems) and experience in managing and advising on patent portfolio development, licensing and monetization. Business development, collaboration and partnerships strategy. Frequent expert advisor and speaker on topics including: tech start up operations management; establishing overseas offices; business development and R&D project management; investing in the commercialization of key enabling emerging technologies; supporting and sustaining "dual use" technologies; start up intellectual property issues; industry-university technology issues; industrial policy and technology development. Technology areas of expertise include: GNSS/MEMs IMU smart sensor system development, sensor fusion and related software development for IoT, IoMT for edge and cloud computing; automotive autonomous sensor systems, robotics, healthcare/medical applications, aerospace/defense applications, high accuracy sensor input for artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Ted Elvhage
Ted Elvhage
Job title iconChairman Keiretsu Forum Nordics AB

Ted Elvhage has more than 20 years of experience in the software and technology consulting industries, he is one of the founding partners of the Stockholm Business Angel group in 2008, and the founder and chairman of Keiretsu Forum Nordics in 2016, which is the Nordic chapter of the global business angel network Keiretsu Forum (CA, USA). In 2018 he co-founded the microfund E14 Invest, investing in ventures from Trondheim Norway to Sundsvall Sweden – with a base in the mountains of Åre in north of Sweden. He is also the co-founder and host of the former number one podcast for angel investors and Startups in the Nordics, Investpodden.se. Elvhage has a background as an entrepreneur and business executive before becoming a Stockholm Business Angels General Partner. He has extensive experience in sales, negotiations, sales management, team development as well as in coaching and training teams in Europe, China and the US. He has worked in the ranges from small tech companies to global giants such as Mercury and HP. He is an expert in scaling companies in new markets and help designing category winners. At Stockholm Business Angels he has been involved in 25 investments, at E14 invest approximately 10 investments, at Keiretsu Forum Nordics approximately 20 investments - in addition to his private portfolio of approximately 15 early stage ventures. Elvhage is currently an investor and on the board of the global leader in biometrics, Fingerprint Cards (STO NASDAQ), which gives him acess to a global technology network and great insights into changes in technology that will affect our future.

Rania Hoteit
Rania Hoteit
Job title iconMulti-award winning Serial Entrepreneur, CEO and Founder of ID4A Technologies

Rania Hoteit is a multi-award winning serial entrepreneur, global impact leader, speaker, advisor and author with recognitions from the White House, United Nations, UK Parliament, The Global CEO Excellence Award and other prestigious honors. As founder and CEO of ID4A Technologies, Rania has built a company whose developments are widely adopted, disrupting traditional supply chains, revolutionizing production processes and creating significant environmental, economic and social impacts worldwide. Under her leadership, ID4A Technologies has been recognized by the White House Office of Science and Technology for 'Fostering The Development of Advanced Manufacturing in the US as The World'; named among the 2016 “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America” by Entrepreneur magazine; honored on the Elite 2018 Inc. 5000 List of “America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies”; awarded the 2019 Real Leaders “100 Top Impact Companies” Award and "World's Best Emerging Design Technology Company" Award by LUX Leading Designers Awards. In 2020, ID4A received the Technology Innovator Award by Corporate Vision for "Best Automated Manufacturing Technology Company in the USA" and the North America Business Award for "Best Automation Technology Software Solutions." Most recently, ID4A received the "Best in Business Services and Manufacturing Technologies" Award by the 2021 San Francisco Awards and was honored by Fast Company's World Changing Ideas Awards for the company's innovative Pandemic Response Initiatives. Through her commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 5, 8, 9, 10 and 12, more than 1600 businesses adopted sustainable practices, more than 285,000 people gained employment in industrial sectors, and more than 900,000 people were provided secure working environments. Additionally, she has contributed to reducing labor exploitation in global production pipelines by improving the skills and working conditions of nearly 2 million people so far.

Keith Gillard
Keith Gillard
Job title iconCEO

Keith Gillard is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist who has focused the past two decades on cleantech and advanced materials start-ups. Mr. Gillard has provided leadership on the board of directors of dozens of companies, funds, and not-for-profit organizations. He is a proven fund-raiser, deal-maker, and business development matchmaker with an extensive international network, having close relationships with multinational organizations across North America, Asia, and Europe. From 2010-2020, Mr. Gillard was General Partner of Pangaea Ventures Ltd., where he was a manager of Pangaea Ventures Fund III and IV. During this period, Pangaea's capital under management increased from $40M to $162M USD, the number of Strategic LPs grew from 7 to 25, and Pangaea secured its first financial institution as an LP. Mr. Gillard worked to generate and evaluate hundreds of new advanced materials opportunities, and led Pangaea's investment efforts in agricultural technologies. From 2006-2010, Mr. Gillard served as President of BASF Venture Capital America. He was responsible for the establishment of the Silicon Valley office, as well as a dozen direct and fund investments. From 2001-2006, Mr. Gillard was with Mitsubishi Corporation and responsible for venture investment and business development activities with a specific focus on cleantech. Prior to joining Mitsubishi, Mr. Gillard began his career in investment banking, structuring mergers and acquisitions as well as manufacturing technology joint ventures into China. In the '90's, he was a full-time entrepreneur in software and media. Mr. Gillard is chairman of the Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre and a director of the Canadian Venture Capital Association. He has advised the World Economic Forum on collaborative innovation in chemicals and materials, and serves as an expert panelist for the Global Cleantech 100. He has served as chairman of Vestaron Corporation and as director of NewLeaf Symbiotics, Hazel Technologies, SDC Materials, Sciona, Advanced BioNutrition, Ultracell, and other companies. He is the co-author of “Inside the Minds: Energy Venture Capital Best Practices”, published in 2008 by Aspatore Books. Outside of work, he is a high-energy father of three, a cyclist, and a twice-nominated Canadian Independent Music Award winner.

Paul Claxton
Paul Claxton
Job title iconVenture Partner & AI/Robotics Entrepreneur | San Diego Business Journal 40 under 40 Finalist | Public Speaker & Author | U.S. Marine Veteran

My motto is Advancing Society Forward and Improving People’s Lives. My goal is to accomplish that pay it forward to the world through my business endeavors. I believe we are here to serve others, not ourselves, otherwise we would all live alone, on an island somewhere. We share this world together. I am a Global Serial Entrepreneur who enjoys the journey and loves quotes; one of my favorites: "When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor." Elon Musk- My interests are sustainable development goals, future economies, supporting underserved communities, decreasing dependence on non-renewable resources, and wellness initiatives for veterans. My network includes Government officials across the world, former professional sports athletes, venture capitalists, and other extremely successful entrepreneurs. Most of my domain interest in technology lies in Healthcare, AR/VR, IoT, Smart Technologies, Robotics, AI and Machine Learning Right now I serve as a board advisor for tech companies and investment committees. To date, I have started a non-profit, bootstrapped multiple companies and raised capital for others. I am a public speaker and I have spoken on business and personal development at a number of higher profile organizations such as the Silicon Rotary Club and the International Trade Council. I have also made a number of editorial appearances. Currently I mentor on Veterati.com (My Veterati profile can be accessed here in the Link: https://bit.ly/3rnvoK1 ) and Torch.io (not publicly available) - I believe we learn more from our mentees than we do our seniors and peers. My life has taken me to live in multiple countries to include being stationed in Iraq, living in Mexico and the United Kingdom and of course the USA. Right now I am working on authoring my first business book; BuildingTheNucleus.com as well as working towards completing my Masters at Harvard Extension School. I'm also going to be appearing in a business book as a co-author in June 2021 with missionmatters.com I am an awarded business leader and previous active duty highly-decorated U.S. Marine. I spent 11 years on active duty and completed 4 total tours in Iraq — Iraq 2003 Invasion, 2004, 2007, and 2009 — amounting to 3 years in country total, respectively. If you decide to connect with me, you will have a business partner and friend for life. Personal CV: BAMBusinesses.com