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Tuesday, March 12 • 11:00 - 13:00
Startup Booster: Pitching Session

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Startup Booster is the leading startup competition in the world of Composites. It enables companies to find and assess innovations with a potential impact on their industry, as a complement to the project they may are already involved in order to choose those with a potential impact for the industry, as a complement to the projects in which they are already involved.
Discover the pitches of the 10 finalists selected in front of the prestigious specially composed for this edition.

Jelle BLOMHOF, Head of Manufacturing Technologies of Composite, Airbus
Karl-Heinz FUELLER, Responsible for material innovations and BIW concept development, Daimler AG
Jeffrey WOLLSCHLAGER, Senior Director - Composites Technology, Altair Engineering
Renaud POULARD, Partner, Omnes Capital
Raphael SURUN, Head of Composites Department, Beneteau Group

avatar for Alejandro ABOU-ASSALI


Managing Director, AEON-T Composite Technologies
I am a mechanical engineer by the TU München and TU Madrid, with 3 years experience building prototype cars within the Formula Student competition. After working in Audi (Germany) in composite parts testing, I funded the project SIRA in 2014 together with Prof. Enrique Chacón, with... Read More →
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Hemant BHEDA

Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board, Arevo
Hemant Bheda is Chairman of the Board and Co-founder of AREVO. Hemant has a successful track record in creating diverse technologies related to Additive Manufacturing, High Performance Polymers, System on a Chip compiler and Digital Video. He co-founded startup companies such as Quantum... Read More →
avatar for Jack BIGIO


CEO, UBQ Materials
Co-founder of the company and CEO, Jack brings to UBQ his vision and extensive experience in international project management, financing and the building of industrial scale facilities around the world including a $1.6B refinery, a 100,000MT PP Plant, as well as a $200M Bio-Ethanol... Read More →
avatar for Jelle BLOEMHOF


Head of Manufacturing Technologies of Composite, Airbus
Our mission is to continuously improve the efficiency of today’s composite industrial processes and perform research and technology projects in order to develop future products and processes.Born on 19th of October 1962 in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, I grew up in Germany where... Read More →
avatar for Timothée BOITOUZET


Founder & CEO, Woodoo
Timothée Boitouzet is a French entrepreneur biologist and architect. Harvard University alumni and former researcher at MIT Media Lab, he founded Woodoo in 2017 to bring to the market a new wood composite material, translucent, weatherproof, touch-sensitive, offering new perspectives... Read More →
avatar for Ryan DUNN


CEO, Mantis Composites
Mantis Composites produces continuous carbon fiber 5-axis 3D printed parts with the capability to significantly reduce weight on components that are traditionally limited to machined metals due to complexity. By using extensive data-driven quality control and high-temperature thermoplastic... Read More →
avatar for Karl-Heinz FUELLER

Karl-Heinz FUELLER

Responsible for material innovations and BIW concept development, Daimler
Dr. Füller studied mechanical engineering at the University Stuttgart (Germany, 1988-1994) and at the George-Washington University (USA, 1991-1992). After his industrial PHD program on ceramic braking systems he joined the Daimler AG as a project manager for manufacturing engineering... Read More →
avatar for Joe LUTTWAK


CEO, Lingrove
Lingrove makes wood without trees. We develop materials with plant fibers to meet the diminishing supply of high-quality wood. Our signature material, Ekoa® natural composites, is lighter than carbon, stiffer than fiberglass and features a beautiful natural grain finish evoking qualities... Read More →
avatar for Pol MERINO


Managing Director, Biprocel
I studied to become a Scientist but shifted to Business Development in China, to finally realise what really matters and become an entrepreneur.
avatar for Renaud POULARD


Partner, Omnes Capital
Omnes is a leading Paris-based European investor in private equity and infrastructure. With €3.6 billion of assets under management, Omnes provides SMEs with the capital needed to finance growth. The firm has dedicated investment teams across three key areas: Venture Capital, Buyout... Read More →
avatar for Raphael SURUN

Raphael SURUN

Head of Composites Department, Beneteau Group
Composite department managerSeveral positions in quality, plant management, industrialization and design office since 2003Electronic and Automotive industry quality management from 1995 to 2002Material engineer (graduate Polytech Dijon 1994)
avatar for Esteban VILLALON


President, Lavoisier Composites
After 20 years developing advanced composites for aerospace, Esteban Villalon has co-founded LAVOISIER COMPOSITES with Guillaume Loiseau.Inspired by the famous chemist’s quote “Nothing is lost, noting is created, everting is transformed”, this young start-up aims at developing... Read More →
avatar for Philipp Nicolas WAGNER

Philipp Nicolas WAGNER

CEO, cellEQ
CellEQ develops, produces and sells equipment for the material analysis and quality control of thermosets. Initially focusing on dilatometry, the main activities involve the design and manufacture of measurement equipment and sequences, which offer the same realistic conditions for... Read More →
avatar for Jeffrey WOLLSCHLAGER


Senior Director - Composites Technology, Altair Engineering
After receiving his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with a specialization in Structures from Purdue University in 1998, Jeff worked for The Boeing Company in St. Louis within the Boeing Defense & Space (BDS) and Boeing Research & Technology (BR&T) organizations. At Boeing... Read More →
avatar for Alireza YAGHOUBI


CTO, AirGo Design
Founded in Singapore in 2013, AirGo Design is Asia’s first developer of aircraft seats for economy class. Our flagship product defines a new standard in economy class seating. It introduces state-of-the-art composite materials technology to the industry and combines it with an award-winning... Read More →

Hosts, Moderators & Interviewe...
avatar for Peter HOPWOOD


Founder, Hopwood Communications
Born in Watford (UK), Peter is a communications and presence coach, public speaking & pitch trainer, conference host running Hopwood Communications. Essentially, his strength lies in helping companies, professionals, startups and high performers to confidently communicate with impact. A... Read More →

avatar for Airbus


Startup Booster Main Innovation Partner 
avatar for Altair


Startup Booster Innovation Partner
avatar for Daimler


Startup Booster Main Innovation Partner
avatar for Pole Astech

Pole Astech

Startup Booster Innovation Partner

Tuesday March 12, 2019 11:00 - 13:00
Agora (Hall 5 / F99)