Breathe. Focus. Grow.
The differential program for Sustainable
Startups seeking to scale
A differential Program for Sustainable Startups Seeking to Grow
to the Decelera
Gathering one community in one island to help Sustainable Startups grow for a better World
On the Island
2018 program brought 70 top Experience Makers from around the World to help Startups rethink and focus on the next steps to grow with a sustainable perspective.
+Martin VarsavskyCEO at prelude FertilityMartin VarsavskyCEO at prelude FertilityMartin Varsavsky is an Argentine/Spanish entrepreneur, and has founded several extremely successful companies over the course of his career. Martin manages the Varsavsky Foundation and is a board member of Instituto de Empresa, Spain’s leading business school, where he taught entrepreneurship for eight years.
Martin started his first business while still in college, Urban Capital Corporation, one of the early leaders of the loft movement in downtown Manhattan. His third business, Viatel Ltd., Varsavsky’s first venture into the world of telecom, is best known for inventing call back and building the first pan European fiber optic network ahead of liberalization. In 1998, he started Jazz Telecomunicaciones (Jazztel), Spain’s second largest publicly traded telecom operator, and founded Ya.com the following year (Spain’s third largest internet web site/DSL provider.) Martin is currently the larger shareholder and Chairman of Fon – the largest WiFi network in the world (headquartered in Madrid.)
+Coss MarteCEO of ConBodyCoss MarteCEO of ConBodyCoss Marte was sent to jail as the ringleader of a multi-million dollar cocaine operation. He was also grossly overweight and warned by his physician that his current lifestyle, if left unchecked, would likely kill him.
Faced with this grim prognosis, Coss started to get in shape using the tools he had — his prison cell and his own body weight. Within six months he lost 70 pounds and replicated his successful formula of body weight exercises with 20 other inmates. Then he launched ConBody a prison style bootcamp that has gained over 20,000+ clients and hires formerly incarcerated individuals to teach fitness classes. Since the launch of his company he’s been featured in over 200 major media outlets such as NBC, CNN, The New York Times, TED Talks, and Men’s Fitness. He’s also won major pitch competitions such as Defy Ventures, Pitch for Good by TOM’s shoes and the YPO shark tank competition, which combined raised $200,000.
+Sylvain PaineauSchneider Electric , EMEA Business Incubation DirectorSylvain PaineauSchneider Electric , EMEA Business Incubation DirectorSylvain Paineau is in charge in Schneider Electric of managing Open Innovation & Business Incubation for EMEA in corporate strategy organisation. (Incubation, Excubation, Start-up relationships, R&D partnerships, strategic innovation management domain).
He is member of different incubator, accelerator investment committee (SATT Linksium (the Grenoble Alps Incubation organisation), InnoEnergy (European organisation) …
He is also Administrator of TENERRDIS: competitiveness cluster, Shareholder & member of the supervisory board of the European EIT InnoEnergy.
Sylvain is also strongly involved in the BigBooster program: an international startup accelerator program between Lyon, Boston, Shenzhen and Shanghai.
+Alicia StewartJournalist and entrepreneur focused on media strategy, presence and programming.Alicia StewartJournalist and entrepreneur who works with established tech founders and leaders on media strategy, presence and programming.Alicia Stewart is an early stage founder who speaks professionally about innovation, intrapreneurship, and the art of the interview. She got her start hosting a television program in high school, and worked for 20 years in broadcast and online journalism. She has co-hosted the Online News Association conference, keynoted Google for Media Boston, and spoken at SXSW, MIT, and Harvard University. While at CNN, she launched Engage, a unit that identified and incorporated under-reported stories into network coverage. She also grew acclaimed projects there as a senior producer for the “In America” documentary unit, and as editor of its award-winning blog. Her journalism work has been honored with a Harvard Nieman Fellowship.
+Matthias UmmenhoferFounding Partner at Mojo CapitalMatthias UmmenhoferFounding Partner at Mojo CapitalFounding PartnerUnder Matthias’s leadership, European Investment Fund’s technology investment business grew to over EUR 4.7bn committed in or alongside more than 260 funds, Business Angels and Family Offices who invested in about 3,800 technology companies. Matthias had a key role in raising and managing major third party investment mandates such as the EUR 1bn ERP-EIF Dachfonds, the GBP 200m UK Future Technologies Fund (UKFTF), the EUR 150m Dutch Venture Initiative (DVI) and the EUR 150 m European Angels Fund (EAF) for co-investments.
+Camille HearstCo-Founder and CEO at KitCamille HearstCo-Founder and CEO at Kit
Camille Hearst is the cofounder and CEO of Kit, a community to discover, discuss, and get interesting useful products. In addition to 10x-ing all core business metrics twice over in the space of 18 months, Camille took Kit through the notable Stanford StartX accelerator, and has raised over $2.5M from VCs.
Prior to Kit, Camille worked for 10 years as a Product Manager and Product Marketer at various tech companies including Apple iTunes, where she was the second PM to work on iTunes; Google, where she lead marketing for the Google Cultural Institute from London and Paris; YouTube; and London-based startup Hailo.
Camille holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stanford University’s programs in Science, Technology, & Society/Product Design and Management, Science, and Engineering. A San Francisco native, Camille is currently based in Soho, New York.
+Jason EckenrothCo-founder, SovereigntyJason EckenrothCo-founder, SovereigntyI am passionate about purpose-driven, core-value led businesses. I believe businesses can create success because of their culture, not despite it. I bootstrapped my first company, ShipCompliant over a 16yr time frame to 75 employees and $12M ARR.
Customers chose ShipCompliant, not for our features, functionality or price, but ultimately because they liked “how” we did business (i.e.: the values that drove our decisions). It’s the greatest competitive differentiation.
I believe in the power and possibility of self-funded companies and work to educate and empower entrepreneurs tackling the exciting challenge of building a customer-funded business.
I am currently on sabbatical in Barcelona with my family. When not catching up on life, I work with self-funded, independent, and profitable companies to define and scale their cultures and product growth strategies, and guide them toward a path to sovereignty.
+Kelcey GosserandManaging Partner at Trellis NYCKelcey GosserandManaging Partner at Trellis NYCKelcey is a pioneer in the blockchain landscape entering the scene as an early investor and participant in the crypto-economy. She lends her expertise to blockchain-related event strategy, marketing communications, and investor relations. She has executed successful campaigns for a number of regions including APAC, Europe, and the US.
Kelcey is the Founder of Trellis, building the world’s largest community of blockchain professionals and providing end-to-end strategy and support to companies and startups participating in token generating events. She is also the creator and organizer of the inaugural ICOnference.
With a career spanning more than 10 years in tech and innovation, Kelcey has worked with and advised startups of various stages as well as multinational companies. She is preparing the launch of Women plus Blockchain, a news and media platform promoting diversity in blockchain as well as elevating the dialogue. Kelcey is an active board member for a number of enterprise startups in NYC.
+Jason WomackAuthor. Speaker. Executive Coach.Jason WomackAuthor. Speaker. Executive Coach._Personal Bio_
A triathlete, author, husband and executive coach, Jason is the first one to say that what he teaches his clients to do helps them be more focused and more productive. In 12 years he has founded two consulting firms, written four books, coached clients in more than 20 countries and continues to train as a nationally competitive age-group triathlete.
He will join us in Menorca for the third time, though his first visits to the Menorca Millenials group were via video. If you follow Jason’s social feeds, you’ll quickly see that he lives AND loves what he teaches.
Jason is considered one of the world’s leading authorities in the field of increasing productivity and maximizing time for the things that are important.
In addition to working with top brands and executives as a productivity coach, Jason and his wife Jodi cofounded www.GetMomentum.com, a blended coaching platform serving the entrepreneurial community. The 12-month Leadership Academy provides members with in-person, in-print and online coaching, teaching skills needed to survive and thrive in business and life.
Jason is a teacher, international speaker, productivity coach and author whose clients describe him as “a force of nature”. The author of top selling books like Your Best Just Got Better: Work Smarter, Think Bigger, Make More, Jason is considered one of the world’s leading authorities in the field of increasing productivity and maximizing time for the things that are important. In addition to working with top brands and executives, Jason is co-founder of the www.timetogetmomentum.com learning platform, which serves to coach the global entrepreneural community on the skills needed to survive and thrive in business.
+Mario Alonso PuigPhysician, Surgeon and LecturerMario Alonso PuigPhysician, Surgeon and LecturerMario Alonso Puig is a physician, surgeon, and lecturer. One of the most globally in-demand in all three areas of expertise. He has practiced surgery for 26 years, is a fellow of surgery at the faculty of medicine at Harvard University in Boston and member of the Academy of Sciences of New York among others.
Mario has dedicated a large part of his life to exploring the impact that mental processes have on making the most of our talent and state of health, energy and well-being. He’s a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on New Models of Leadership, and was awarded “Best Communicator in Health” by Spain’s ASEDEF. He has published several books and spoken at dozens of summits and forums globally on Leadership, Communication, Creativity and Stress Management.
+Kepa AceroProfessional Surfer, Professional GlobetrotterKepa AceroProfessional Surfer, Professional GlobetrotterKepa was european surfing junior champion at the age of 18.
After traveling the world on the surfing profesional competition for years , Kepa Acero was not finding what he needed. Rather than focusing on contests and being caught up in one thing in life, he decided he needed to explore his other interests in the world. With very little knowledge behind the lens, Kepa purchased a few cameras, got an around the world ticket, and set off to document the people, cultures and waves he was visiting.
He explored the world from Antartica to Alaska, Africa, Asia and all over.
Kepa now makes a living documenting his solo trips, documenting the other travelers, waves, and culture he comes across along his journey.
+Philippe GelisFounder at kantoxPhilippe GelisFounder at kantoxPhilippe is considered a true pioneer in the world of Fintech. Co-founding Kantox in 2011, Philippe and his team transformed the foreign exchange industry by bringing light and fresh air to an obscure, static market. Kantox gives customers the ability to manage their currency exposure, build hedging strategies, automate foreign exchange transactions and process international payments easily and efficiently. In the past 5 years, Philippe has grown the company to support over 1500 corporate clients spanning 18 industries and grossing over 2 billion dollars in 20 countries. Before co-founding Kantox, he was a strategy and management consultant at Deloitte, specializing in corporate finance and business strategy. As a world traveler and wine connoisseur, we look forward to tapping in to Philippe’s vast knowledge of “the fruit of the vine” in addition to his expertise in Fintech.
Philippe leads Kantox’s strategic vision.
On the Island
Past programs brought top Investors, from Business Angels to VCs and Family Offices, to have quality 1:1 sessions with all startups to validate their business model and create investment opportunities.
+Xavier LazarusFounding Partner, Elaia PartnersXavier LazarusFounding Partner, Elaia PartnersXavier Lazarus is a founding partner at Elaia Partners, a Paris based Venture Capital firm specialized into early stage investments in digital economy. Elaia Partners has backed since its inception in 2003 several technology and market leaders in their earliest stages, such as Criteo, Wyplay, Sigfox, Agnitio, teads, Orchestra Networks, Mirakl, tinyclues, Shift Technology, Marfeel.
After an early career in Research in the Arithmetics & Algebraic Geometry Lab in Paris-Sud University, Xavier conducted an entrepreneurial project developing software and systems and cofounding Cred-M, now a department of the French publisher Editions Odile Jacob. Then he joined CPR – now part of the Crédit Agicole group – where he was involved in launching and developing a VC business in the software and IT sectors. Xavier is an ENS alumni (Ecole normale supérieure, S91) and has a PhD degree in Mathematics.
+Josep Mora LlonchManaging Director, Idodi Venture CapitalJosep Mora LlonchManaging Director, Idodi Venture CapitalJosep is Managing Director of Idodi Venture Capital, a venture capital firm with offices in Barcelona and Dublin. Prior Josep was working for several years as Financial Analyst in GVC Gaesco, one of the most important investment companies in Barcelona. He holds a Diploma in Business Administration from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and a Master’s Degree in Banking and Financial Markets. He also holds a postgraduate degree in Advertising and Marketing from ESIC Business & Marketing School.
+Ignacio FontsManaging Partner, Inveready Investment GroupIgnacio FontsManaging Partner, Inveready Investment GroupIgnacio leads the IT practice in Inveready and has been part of the Inveready team since 2010. During this time Inveready has built a portfolio of companies that differentiates for its deep technology content and are mostly focused on B2B models. Before his time at Inveready Ignacio spent the majority of his career as a senior executive of Hewlett Packard where he worked 25 years and became Vice President of several businesses both in Spain and the USA where he lived 4 years while he was managing the Inkjet Supplies Biz for HP Printing Biz. Ignacio holds an MBA from ESADE, Barcelona.
+Mathieu CarenzoPartner, Nero VenturesMathieu CarenzoPartner, Nero VenturesSeasoned entrepreneur, early-stage business angel and entrepreneurship lecturer in 3 languages and 4 continents; Mathieu joined Nero Ventures early 2016 as a General Partner; focuses on deal-flow generation and value creation.
Mathieu is one of the 3 founding partners of Venture Hub, a consulting firm supporting the scale of high growth start-ups and the development of entrepreneurial skills in the society at large. He is a Business Angel investing in early stage new ventures (holding board seats) such as MBA&CO, a world leading internet Marketplace disrupting the recruiting industry on a global scale.
After completing his MBA, Mathieu took the helm of the IESE Business School Center for Entrepreneurship where he coordinated teaching, research and outreach activities related to Entrepreneurship and innovation during 6 years.
+Magnus GaarderFounding Partner, Cidron VenturesMagnus GaarderFounding Partner, Cidron VenturesPrior to co-founding Cidron Ventures, Magnus was an Investment Manager at the transatlantic venture fund Nauta Capital, spearheading the firm’s investment initiatives in Northern Europe out of London. His focus was on origination, deal flow management, company and market review, deal closing activities and portfolio management.
Magnus previously worked as an investment banker at Portico Capital’s London office, focusing on M&A and private capital raising advisory within the technology, data and business services sectors.
Magnus graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Master of Science degree, having specialized in artificial intelligence and financial engineering.
+Ernest SanchezPartner, Nekko VCErnest SanchezPartner, Nekko VCErnest Sanchez is a partner at Nekko VC, a Glocal Venture Capital firm with a city hub strategy based in 3 cities with large investment opportunities: Barcelona, London and Paris. He attended the program as EU Partner of Entrée Capital (Israel) a multi-stage VC for innovative seed, early and growth stage companies from all over the world.
+Joaquin RebueltaPrincipal, Kibo VenturesJoaquin RebueltaPrincipal, Kibo VenturesJoaquin Rebuelta joined Kibo Ventures in March 2014. As part of the investing team, has lead more than 50 financing rounds, and has been actively involved in the portfolio management of Promofarma, JobandTalent, Apartum and Gamelearn among other companies. Joaquin areas of expertise includes marketplace, e-commerce, gaming and SaaS.
+Mark KavelaarsFounder, Swanlaab Venture FactoryMark KavelaarsFounder, Swanlaab Venture FactoryPartner, CEO & Co-Chairman of the Investment Committe. Chairman of International Venture Consultants. He has held executive roles in different sectors such as Wealth Management and Private Banking at HypoVereinsbank-Germany, Business Development Manager at Compaq Computer Europe and CRM-Change Manager at Hewlett Packard Iberia. Mark has actively participated supporting and investing in new technologically-based ventures through International Venture Consultants (IVC), where he is Chairman, and he has already invested and/or advised more than 40 start-ups since 2008.
+Jaime VeraInvestment Manager, European Investment FundJaime VeraInvestment Manager, European Investment Fund
+Farooq Azam AbbasiPrincipal, Costonoa VenturesFarooq Azam AbbasiPrincipal, Costonoa VenturesFarooq Abbasi, now principal at Costonoa, attended as an Assoc. Partner with Mosaic Ventures, a Silicon Valley-style venture firm based in London which invests in leading European and Israeli start-ups primarily at Series A.
He coverered enterprise software with thematic focus on AI / enterprise data / analytics, digital health and financial technology. Farooq began his investment career in 2011 upon joining Sandbox Industries, the corporate fund manager of Blue Cross Blue Shield with $500m currently under management. He has since been a venture and growth investor on the West Coast and most recently investing in Europe over the past few years.
+Alexandre QuiriciVenture Partner Europe, IDG Capital PartnersAlexandre QuiriciVenture Partner Europe, IDG Capital PartnersAlexandre Quirici is Venture Partner in Europe for IDG Capital Partners and has over 18 years of private equity, finance and operational experience. He has been working with China for the last 7 years and at IDG Capital he is responsible forcross border investments and oversees the investment in Moncler. Hewas also an early shareholder, CFO and board member of Qeelin, theChinese jewellery brand recently sold to PPR / Kering.
He held a variety of senior corporate development and management roles at Bertelsmann, the European media group and also worked for Quilvest / BISA, a private equity fund backed by the Bemberg Family focusing on the retail and consumer sectors. He started his career in investment banking in 1994 at Credit Suisse First Boston in London and holds a BSc. in Applied Mathematics with Economics from the Imperial College of Science & Technology and an MBA from INSEAD.
+Fabián LaresSenior Managing Partner, JB Capital MarketsFabián LaresSenior Managing Partner, JB Capital MarketsExperienced MD with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. Strong finance professional skilled in Venture Capital, Equity Research, Corporate Finance, Hedge Funds, and Investment Banking. Born in Argentina, raised in Canada and the US and living in Europe over the last 20 years. Citizen of the world and tech freak. Overall cool guy with a certain degree of weirdness
+Ian Noelex-Partner, KFundIan Noelex-Partner, KFundIan Noel founded K Fund, a venture capital firm that, with an entrepreneur-centric philosophy, aims to fuel the evolution of the startup ecosystem by investing in early stage technology companies. They have invested in high performing startups such as Coverfy and Beonprice.
The Deceleration Methodology
We have built the Decleration Methodology:
A unique program, where Startups can escape from the routine and day-to-day, get inspired and enhance creativity with the help of top international Experience Makers, and focus on the next steps to improve their business model.
Quality 1:1 sessions
Quality 1:1 sessions
with Experience Makers
17 UN Sustainable
Life Long Community
The numbers over 4 Editions: Your Success. Our Success.
of our Startups
Led by 2nd Time Entrepreneurs.
Early stage companies that aim to operate globally, solving relevant problems in target markets worth +1Bn€.
Innovative projects based on disruptive technologies and aligned with at least one UN Sustainable Development Goal.
Startups preparing their next financing round (Seed or Series A).
Have a tested MVP with solid metrics.
Think your startup has what it takes?
Conditions to join
If selected among the TOP30, to join us you will be required to choose one of the two following pricing plans:
2 weeks Program*
18 month Support & Collaboration
Entrance Fee for the Program
2 weeks Program*
18 month Support & Collaboration
Entrance Fee for the program
Success fee** on
by our Investor Network
* Accomodation, food and transport in the island are included. Flights are not included. Max. 2 team members.
** Success fee applies only on the firsts 500.000€ raised
After the 2 weeks Program the best 5-7 companies will receive an investment by Torret Road, our own investment vehicle.
The following conditions will apply:
Investment amount up to 250.000€.
In the form of either capital increase, convertible note or SAFE, depending on the company needs.
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