Meet the Entrepreneurs in Residence – FinTech 2014

Meet the Entrepreneurs in Residence – FinTech 2014

04-Sep-2014 by PatrickTaube

Meet the team of Entrepreneurs in Residence, here at Startupbootcamp FinTech until Demo Day on 12th November. They help the startups out with their extensive knowledge in a host of different fields. Different backgrounds, stories and fields of expertise – but one common goal: to accelerate the teams and fuel their success.

Adam Oskwarek – Marketing

Adam

A few words about you:

Have been helping out startups in Product, Data, Growth, Experience strategies – planning & execution – based on Lean, UX, Growth Marketing principles.

Also writing about digital marketing, social media, content, testing & feedback loops, the future of work & building 21st century businesses.

Before this I worked for a tech & marketing research consultancy, bootstrapped a startup and also worked in Telco.

What are you especially good at?

  • Seeing the full picture.

Unexpected fact about you?

Am English!

Maja Cerar – Business Development

Maja

A few words about you:

I’ve been working with startups for 5 years now, mainly as product owner who is very much into UX research and backlog prioritization.

I’ve applied to Startupbootcamp because I was in Africa for the last 3 years I wanted to get on track with the startup scene in London.

I want help them to deep dive in users mind and translate that into awesome products as soon as possible.

What are you especially good at?

  • I’m very good at getting s**t done fast and without unnecessary faff.
  • I absolutely hate long meetings and discussions without focus.
  • I’m also good at forgetting stuff on my table and climbing high rocks.
  • And surfing.
  • Or basically any adrenaline sport.

Unexpected fact about you?

I have bachelors degree in circus art and I can stay in a Finnish sauna (90 degrees Celsius) for 45 minutes without collapsing.

Mark Whitcroft – Executive

A few words about you:

I’ve just left investment banking after eleven years having worked in London, Hong Kong, Singapore, and New York. Most recently, I was a Director at Deutsche Bank in New York working on the bond syndicate desk helping companies, including those in the technology sector, raise debt financing.

In New York, I was advising FinTech startups as well as being a mentor at the two main FinTech accelerators. I’ve also been a seed investor in a number of FinTech companies.

What are you especially good at?

As Rick Ross says, everyday I’m hustlin’

Unexpected fact about you?

I own a small plot of land on a small Indonesian island that one day may be used to build a surf camp!

Rinat Abdrasilov – Executive

Rinat

A few words about you:

15+ years in business development and new product development for 5 banks internationally + Cambridge MBA.

I am interested in helping the startups with formulating and developing their proposition.

What are you especially good at?

  • New Product Design
  • Customer Journey
  • Analytics
  • Business Development
  • Retail Strategy

Unexpected fact about you?

Have a 1978-built replica of 1939 BMW motorcycle at home.

Han Veldwijk – Executive

Han

A few words about you:

Extensive background in Finance, IT and Management. In different roles, from software developer to manager. For the past six years I have been involved in all of Rabobank’s disruptive projects. As a manager responsible for the deployment and delivery (double digit growth) of desktop and mobile banking, investments apps, online customer mortgage applications, customer authentication. I was asked by Rabobank to be their Exec in Residence. My goal is to support start ups in their growth and explore opportunities for Rabobank.

What are you especially good at?

  • Skills: creative, out-of-the-box thinking, visionary and leadership
  • Experience in getting things done on different fields. From management, to corporate finance to IT development to retail banking

Unexpected fact about you?

Was the only person ever to be allowed in the Royal Marines Officer training program despite begin badly near sighted. When I was fifteen, I developed cracks for students to achieve higher grades and I also build my first 3D engine in assembly language.

Pepijn Schoen – Entrepreneur

Pepijn

A few words about you:

Studied Computer Science in The Netherlands and Sweden. Like all CS students, freelanced during my studies. Worked on virtual reality for nuclear fusion technology for some time. Got more interested in entrepreneurship and started some companies myself. Recently joined the Amsterdam alumni TripRebel as their tech lead.

After being an EIR at Startupbootcamp Amsterdam I was keen to transfer my knowledge to the FinTech accelerator. I’m on site mostly for the CTOs to connect business and tech, make sure the company is working on a stable architecture and people are feeling relaxed.

What are you especially good at?

  • Getting stuff done as lean as possible.
  • Defining architectures and roadmaps, cracking out features faster than you can say ‘Sju skönsjungande sjuksköterskor skötte sjuttiosju sjösjuka sjömän på skeppet “Shanghai”.
  • I can also sing for a death metal band. I want to do this because I can’t carry a tune.
  • My sense of direction is also intact.

Unexpected fact about you?

I really like cats. But I don’t want any, because they are quite hairy. I used to live in a house with seven cats. I have a pair of cat ears that I put on when it’s Sunday.

I also like coffee.

Lastly, I have a book of all metro lines in the world, it’s pure cartography porn.

Will Howell – Executive

Will

A few words about you:

I’m an entrepreneurial business executive and have held management, consultancy and advisory roles within over 20 startups and SME’s across various industries, with a focus on the consumer, technology and property sectors. I’m currently CEO of Hunter Hayes business advisors.

I was formerly a founding director of Absolute Events, the UK’s largest student event and marketing services business, staging over 4,000 events with an annual turnover of £2.5million and 20,000 registered loyalty card customers. I also previously managed the international development of Sen Health, a Hong Kong based healthcare and consumer goods business owned by AIM listed Hutchison China MediTech (HCM), the Hong Kong based pharmaceutical and healthcare group.

I applied to become an EiR as FinTech is a sector that I am very interested in understanding in depth, and I am keen to support the Startups in all aspects of their business development, particularly in connecting them to new customers and routes to funding.

What are you especially good at?

  • Over the years I have built up a large network, across various sectors. With strong interpersonal skills, I am a very good connector and deal facilitator.
  • I’m also good at understanding teams goals, and motivating them to reach their objectives. My role within businesses is predominantly in supporting business development.
  • I’m not a bad cook and pretty good at tennis.

Unexpected fact about you?

I used to sing in a rock and roll band, and I also have 3 U18 rugby caps for Scotland.