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


Bill Reichert
Managing Director at Garage Technology Ventures

Bill Reichert Bill Reichert has over 30 years of experience as an investor, entrepreneur and operating executive. Since joining Garage in 1998, Bill has focused on early-stage information technology and materials science companies. He has been a board director or board observer at CaseStack, WhiteHat Security, ClearFuels Technology, Simply Hired, MiaSole, D.light Design, ThermoCeramix, and VisaNow, among others. Prior to Garage, Bill was a co-founder or senior executive in several venture-backed technology startups, including Trademark Software, The Learning Company, and Academic Systems. Earlier in his career, he worked at McKinsey & Company, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., and the World Bank. Bill earned a B.A. at Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. He was a founding board member and a Chairman of the Churchill Club, and is an advisor to the Women's Startup Lab. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

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

Andreas Bechtolsheim
Chairman of Arista Networks, Co-Founder of Sun Microsystems

Andreas Bechtolsheim Andreas Bechtolsheim is Chairman and Chief Development Officer of Arista Networks. Andy cofounded Arista Networks to deliver scalable and robust cloud networking solutions for very large-scale data centers and high-performance computing environments.

Previously, Andy was a Co-Founder and Chief System Architect at Sun Microsystems, responsible for next generation server, storage, and network architectures. From 1995 to 1996, Andy was the President and CEO of Granite Systems, a Gigabit Ethernet Switching startup company he founded in 1995 that Cisco acquired in September 1996. From 1996 to 2003 Andy was General Manager for the Cisco Gigabit Systems Business Unit that developed the Catalyst 4K switch family, which became the highest volume modular switching platform in the industry.

Throughout his career, Andy has been involved as a venture investor in the funding of numerous companies including Google, VMware, Mellanox, Brocade, and Magma Design. He has served on the Board of Directors of more than 30 companies, the majority of which went public or were acquired. Andy earned a M.S. in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1976. He was a doctoral student in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University from 1977 to 1982. He has been honored with a Fulbright scholarship, a German Studienstiftung scholarship, the Stanford Entrepreneur Company of the year award, the Smithsonian Leadership Award for Innovation, and he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

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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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Thomas Vogel
Investment Director at Deutsche Telekom Strategic Investments

Thomas Vogel Thomas Vogel is an Investment Director at Deutsche Telekom Strategic Investments, managing corporate venture capital and strategic investments for DT Group. He is based in San Francisco and responsible for investments in start-ups in the Segments IoT, Data Analytics, AI, Telecommunications Technologies, e-Commerce, Marketplaces and Ad-tech.

Thomas Vogel has been active in managing, advising and investing in technology and media companies for more than 18 years. He started his career in investment banking with Credit Suisse First Boston's M&A group, worked for various internet technology companies including T-Online and Scout24 and co-founded and led the online market place He also worked as CFO for selected start-up companies, before joining DT's Venture Capital Unit in 2010 and moving to San Francisco in 2014.

He is active as member of the board or non-voting board observer at several portfolio companies.

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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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Dr. Andreas Kloyer
Lawyer, Partner at Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Dr. Andreas Kloyer Dr. Andreas Kloyer was born in 1963. After studying law in Passau and Munich and receiving his doctorate from the University of Kiel, Dr. Kloyer worked for several renowned law firms in Munich and Frankfurt. Dr. Kloyer is partner with Luther since 2012. He is a visiting lecturer for German and European corporate law and banking and capital markets laws at the University of Augsburg. He holds seats on the supervisory boards of several stock corporations and is a member of several international commercial law associations and business circles.

In addition to advising family-run businesses and families of entrepreneurs, Dr. Andreas Kloyer provides advice in the areas of mergers & acquisitions, banking and capital market law, private equity and venture capital as well as an the structuring of complex national and international financings.

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Ben Boeser
Director of Emerging Products at the SAP Innovation Center Silicon Valley

Ben Boeser Ben Boeser is a member of the management team for the SAP Innovation Center Silicon Valley. As Director of Emerging Products, he has end to end responsibility for early incubations for Blockchain and Machine learning applications.

Ben started at SAP in 2008 as a Technology Consultant in Zurich, Switzerland implementing SAP ERP systems for Fortune 500 companies. Since 2012 he works and lives in Silicon Valley and filled roles on SAPs 'Chairman Projects' group, which incubated projects for SAPs chairman Hasso Plattner. 2013 Ben took over the leadership of a multidisciplinary product team as head of the 'SAP Tools' team in Palo Alto.

In addition, Ben also advises and contributes to early stage ventures in his spare time since almost 10 years. Ben is passionate about the importance of user-centered design and establishing safe environments for experimentation.

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