Judges & Speakers

STup! 2023 judges and speakers

Gain traction. Get funding. Grow.

Michael Chaffe

CEO at Wolves Summit

Wolves Summit connects angel investors, VC funds, tech talents, and corporations with the most promising startups in the CEE region to help ambitious founders scale and foster international economic growth. In the last five years, they have fine-tuned their Wolves Match tool to facilitate strategic connections and strengthen ties between countries, expand startup ecosystems, and grow opportunities for entrepreneurs. Every edition attracts more than 2500 participants from 80 countries providing 100+ hours of immersive educational content, keynotes, and startup pitches.
Wolves Summit,

Alexander Bernhard

Co-founder, Managing Director at Impact Hub Stuttgart

The Impact Hub Stuttgart is an ecosystem for sustainable innovations and a community that is entrepreneurial and future-oriented. Together we develop, test, and realize visions for a responsible and sustainable future.
Impact Hub Stuttgart ,

Mirza Sagdati

Founder and Accelerator Lead at Red Brick Accelerator

Red Brick supports the growth of pre-revenue startups all the way to first customers and first investments. Together with a network of over 120 high-quality coaches, mentors, investors, and industry experts, it accelerates the growth of new startup ventures through two online programs. Red Brick helps startups grow through our two programs: pre-accelerator and accelerator. Both programs take place online.
Red Brick Accelerator,

Arjan Goudsblom

Director and Co-founder at Preneurz.Amsterdam

Preneurz was founded on the belief that universities are vital players in entrepreneurial ecosystems, both as a learning environment and as a breeding ground for nascent entrepreneurs. In international programs they partner with economic development agencies, governments, and universities to build in-house capacities at universities, connecting them to both local and international entrepreneurial ecosystems. Their projects in the Netherlands focus on connecting academic knowledge hubs to SME’s, resulting in a more prepared workforce, new employment opportunities, and future growth.

Catherine Ogilvie

Strategic Marketing Advisor at Silicon Castles

Silicon Castles is a Strategic Business Accelerator for technology intellectual property (IP) licensing businesses with a focus on European Diamonds (technology startups with scalable technology and outstanding intellectual property). Once a year Silicon Castles organizes the Startup Executive Academy (SEA), which is an international and exclusive Go-to-market program for early-stage startup founders and executives to accelerate their business and inspire growth.
Silicon Castles,

Vedran Blagus

Principal at South Central Ventures

South Central Ventures is a leading venture capital firm with a regional expertise and global reach. With offices in Ljubljana, Zagreb, Belgrade, and Skopje, they specializes in investing in the most promising high-growth technology companies in Southeast Europe. Their investment strategy primarily targets early-stage and growth investments in technology companies, with a focus on supporting their international business expansion and overall growth. South Central Ventures seek out early-stage, high-growth companies with exceptional management teams, providing them with the capital and resources needed to thrive and achieve their full potential in the tech industry.
SC Ventures,

Tamas Szeker

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

iScale HUB is a London-based global consulting firm specializing in innovation management services, accompanied by engineering and legal solutions to support its clients. The team quickly learned that, in addition to growth support, most businesses also needed assistance with legal, accounting, and prototyping – therefore strong partnerships and an internal team were built in these fields to respond to the various needs of our clients. Now, iScale Hub provides support in these verticals to a global clientele across multiple industries with a variety of business profiles such as tech businesses, universities, governments and mid-sized corporations.
iScale HUB,
United Kingdom

Kristina Ćorić

Project Manager at HdM Startup Center

The HdM Startup Center is a dynamic hub of entrepreneurship and innovation located at the Hochschule der Medien (Stuttgart Media University) in Stuttgart, Germany. It provides entrepreneurs in the media industry with a range of resources, mentorship, and support to help turn their ideas into successful ventures. Through its incubation program, coaching services, workshops, and industry collaborations, the center fosters creativity, collaboration, and business growth. It serves as a catalyst for the next generation of media entrepreneurs, shaping the future of the industry and inspiring innovation.
HdM Startup Center,

Antonija Eremut Erceg

Head of the Department for City Development

The Department for City Development is responsible for strategic planning, coordination, and implementation of development activities in the city. They create strategic plans, coordinate projects, and provide support to various administrative bodies and work teams. The department oversees the implementation of city projects, suggests funding sources, and collaborates with scientific institutions. They also focus on economic development, tourism, and contribute to digitalization and smart city initiatives.
Department of City of Split Development,