Team

Meet the team of experts working for EU Startup Services, helping startups and innovative SMEs from all over Europe to secure EU Funding.

 

Kumardev Chatterjee – Founder and Chairman, European Young Innovators Forumkumardev chaterjee

Mr. Chatterjee is a highly-regarded, EU and INTEL awarded Young Innovation Luminary in a group that includes Sir Richard Branson, Serial Tech Entrepreneur – currently Founder and CEO of 3 companies in the EU and US, New York Times published Thought Leader, Expert on Entrepreneurship at the World Economic Forum and European Commission appointed Tech Expert. Mr. Chatterjee started as an entrepreneur at 14 with a social business and built his first tech company at 19.

Mr. Chatterjee has been involved in the design and setting up of the Horizon 2020 SME instrument at the beginning and who as a European commission appointed independent expert, has evaluated proposals for the European Commission of more than 85 Million Euros of grant money till date. Mr. Chatterjee has extensive competences as an experienced ICT expert, industry professional and innovator and entrepreneur himself. Mr. Chatterjee has a long history of involvement in EU policy, grants, proposals, and projects and as such is seen as leading expert in the field.

Mr. Chatterjee has been invited to speak and present at leading institutions across the world including the UN (New York), US State Department (Washington), European Parliament (Brussels and Strasbourg), European Commission (Brussels and multiple cities), Office of Angela Merkel (German Federal Chancellery, Berlin), State of Europe high-level roundtable (Brussels), London School of Business (London), Standford University (Palo Alto) and major conferences and forums including Websummit (Dublin), WEF (Davos), Mobile World Conference (Barcelona and Shanghai), Slush (Helsinki), South Summit (Madrid), Startup Grind (London and San Francisco), Techcrunch (London and San Francisco) and CeBIT (Hannover).  

Mr. Chatterjee’s vision, opinions and views have been published by the New York Times, World Economic Forum, European Commission, European Business Summit, Boao Forum Review and leading tech media across Europe.  He is one of the 50 global thought leaders and experts invited to write a chapter for the European Commission’s “Digital Minds for a New Europe” alongside experts and leaders like Eric and Vint Cerf: https://www.amazon.com/Digital-Minds-Europe-Vint-Cerf-ebook/dp/B00PKGV2D8

In recognition of his Innovation leadership and the high-impact achievements, the European Commission and INTEL awarded Mr. Chatterjee as an Innovation Luminary – Young Innovation Champion. He is the youngest Innovation Luminary, a group that includes Sir Richard Branson. Similarly, the World Economic Forum has appointed him as an Expert on Entrepreneurship. He has been appointed as a judge for prestigious global startup competitions like the MIT Innovators Under 35 and EuRID.

Mr. Chatterjee is currently Founder and CEO of Unmanned Life, the world’s foremost Autonomy-as-a-Service company, a multi-industry multi-award winnning 2 year old startup which has just been awarded the UK’s Best Disruptive Innovation 2017, is valued over 20 M GBP and in scaling-up across the world. Unmanned Life’s Autonomy-as-a-Service concept is now an Industry standard:http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/autonomy-as-a-service

Mr. Chatterjee has led strategic projects for major corporations like THALES, British Rail (ATOC, Network Rail), General Electric, Sapient, Mercer, NATO, European Commission, EUROCONTROL and SESARJU. He has both breadth and depth of competence and experience in Innovation, Tech, System of Systems, Programme Management, Consulting and Large-Scale Architectures with 18+ years of international tech and programme management experience (EU, US, Asia), in both public and private sectors for large projects and bids (> € 1M size) in domains like Transport (Rail, Air), Services and Government. He has a long history in the mutli-Billion euro Automated Transport vertical – ground, rail and air projects, and large scale architectures and cloud-based software and systems at THALES, one of Europe’s biggest multinational, global engineering firms where he worked for almost ten years.

Mr. Chatterjee holds a MSc. in Computer Science from University College London, as a British Chevening Science Scholar.

 

 

Nicholas Zylberglajt – Chief Operating Officer

Nicholas is the Co-founder and COO of EU Startup Services, having supported more than 1350 Startups in more than 20 EU countries. He has grown the company’s presence from 2 to more than 22 countries. He is also the President and Co-Founder of the European Young Innovators Forum, the leading foundation for Youth Innovation in Europe

He is also the Co-Founder of Unmanned.Life, the world’s first Autonomy-as-a-Service AI platform providing autonomous industry 4.0 solutions with patent pending technology. They are disrupting traditional industries such as logistics, postal and surveillance. In Unmanned Life he leads the strategic partnership, business and strategic planning of the company. In only two years, Unmanned Life has grown globally with offices in London, Brussels, Paris and Palo Alto. Unmanned Life has been selected as Best Startup Innovation of the Year by the Postal Industry in 2017, awarded Most Disruptive Innovation by UK’s Deep Tech industry and shortlisted as one of the Emerging Technology Companies of the Year. Unmanned Life is the only AI Drone Startup to have been chosen by Facebook and BT to be part of the Telecom Ecosystem Acceleration Center.

He holds a Masters and Bachelor from Sciences Po Paris and has also studied at the London School of Economics. His background is in diplomacy, European regulatory affairs, digital media and business and partnership development.

He has been a speaker at MIT Technology Review, Lisbon Investment Summit, 4YFN, Global Innovation Summit and different StartUp Weekends.

 

Teodora Hristova- Operations Manager

Teodora is born in Sofia, Bulgaria. She joined the EYIF in May 2019. Previously, she interned at the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies and Eurocontrol. Prior to that, she was a trainee at the EPP Group in the European Parliament.

Teodora holds a BA degree in International Relations from the University of Groningen. She obtained her MA degree in International Relations from Leiden University, where she focused on European Union Studies. She is generally interested in European affairs and public policy, security, migration, and climate change. Apart from her native Bulgarian, Teodora is fluent in English and has intermediate knowledge of Spanish and Dutch.