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We have put together an incredible jury panel comprised of well-known Venture Capitalists, Angel Investors and business incubators.


We have put together an incredible jury panel comprised of well-known Venture Capitalists, Angel Investors and business incubators:

Patricia Birgit Roller
Partner at The Angels' Forum, CEO of Vidlet, Inc.

Patricia Roller Patricia Roller is a pioneer in the integration of design, technology and business. She was born in Germany where she studied languages before coming to the United States in 1984.

As former Co-CEO of frog design, a global design and strategy firm, she brought a creative and hands-on leadership style to managing major accounts in sectors ranging from hi-tech, entertainment, medical, mobile services and automotive. This included working with global companies such as Apple, HP, Motorola, Lufthansa, Disney's consumer electronics division and Siemens.

She is currently the CEO of Vidlet, Inc., an innovative video management and mobile SaaS solution. Patricia has served as director on the boards of BlinkTwice and Jimmy Jane, has been an advisor to Flextronics and is an active investor in design-driven technology and telecommunications startup companies

Patricia speaks frequently on innovation, entrepreneurship and venture capital as a guest lecturer at UC Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon and Fudan/SIVA University in China.

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Oliver Hanisch
Co-Founder & Managing Partner of German Silicon Valley Innovators

Oliver Hanisch Oliver is an entrepreneurial minded marketing and business development professional with extensive experience in international and intercultural environments.

Oliver was born and raised in Germany, and lived and worked in Sweden, Bangkok, and Silicon Valley.

He founded his first company at the age of twenty, and worked with global companies, such as Siemens and Merck. Oliver has spent more than 2 years with Red Herring and advises numerous international startups. He graduated from Pforzheim University of Applied Science in Germany, and received his Master's Degree with Distinction from CTF Research Center at Karlstad Universitet in Sweden.

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Jens Horstmann
Founding Director of Crestlight Ventures

Jens Horstmann Jens Horstmann has 30 years of executive, technology and engineering experience in Silicon Valley and global High Tech industries. He is the founding Director and Executive Producer at Crestlight Venture Productions, a full service firm and venture fund.

He served as VP of Entertainment Technology of NCR Corp. and advises other Fortune 500 companies. Previously, he was CTO, president and CEO of DVDPlay, the creator of Redbox's original technology. Mr. Horstmann has invested in numerous start-ups, serves on several boards including Canadian's Acceleware (TSE:AXE) and manages MXGO, an intellectual property licensing firm. He founded B2B solution provider Ensemble Solutions in the mid 1990s, was CEO of Open Grid, an early location based services pioneer and lectured at UC Berkeley. His prior experience includes senior engineering, research and development positions at Sun Microsystems, Siemens, LSI Logic's Systems Research Laboratory, and X1 Corporation.

He lives with his family in Silicon Valley and is an avid pilot.

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Curtis McKee
Investor at Intel Capital

Curtis McKee Curtis McKee is an Investor at Intel Capital with over 16 years of Silicon Valley operating experience. Curtis has led investments and strategic transactions for Intel's Datacenter, IOT and New Technology business segments, noting recently bringing Intel's Drone Light Shows to Disney Resorts. Prior to Intel Capital, Curtis led Operations as Chief of Staff for the Datacenter Group's Enterprise Software Division, and joined Intel via the Fulcrum Microsystems acquisition where he drove BD for cloud service providers and tier 1 networking accounts at AWS, Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle/SUN and Arista. His prior experience involves engineering roles at notable public companies like Broadcom, Marvell and LSI Logic.

Curtis holds a BSEE from Purdue University and an MBA from the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania. In his free time, Curtis enjoys playing soccer, visiting wine country and coaching his daughter's sports teams.

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Aaron Jacobson
VC at New Enterprise Associates - NEA

Aaron Jacobson Aaron Jacobson invests in entrepreneurs seeking to build, deploy, scale and secure the next-generation of SaaS applications, big data platforms, and cloud infrastructure. He serves on the board of Tigera and illusive networks, and is an observer at NGINX, StreamSets, Move Guides, and Mimosa Networks. He also works closely with Databricks, MapR, and Bloom Energy. He was previously involved with Box (NYSE:Box) and GainSpeed (acq. by Nokia). In 2016 he was named to Forbes Magazine's "30 Under 30" in Venture Capital and the Silicon Valley Business Journal's "40 Under 40".

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