Krypto Labs is an all-in-one business incubator, accelerator and co-working space for start-ups and individuals from anywhere in the world who want to innovate and develop revolutionary products and services across any industry. We are based in the sustainable eco-development Masdar City, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, but our flourishing entrepreneurial network covers many of the world’s centres of innovation.
Krypto Labs is associated with the Abu Dhabi Financial Group (ADFG), a leading investment group with a global portfolio of more than US$6 billion.
Our programs are carefully designed to support new ideas and established start-ups with vital assistance, including mentorship, funding, networking and other support services to allow innovators to concentrate on their core competencies. We will take care of everything so you can focus your time and energy on bringing your idea to life.
Abu Dhabi is located in the heart of the Middle East. It is an excellent strategic location for new businesses, with easy access to a wide range of markets.
Abu Dhabi is home to natives of more than 120 countries, making it a cosmopolitan and diverse city in which to live and work. The emirate’s rulers are fostering a progressive agenda in technology, education, healthcare and economic development.
Its location, combined with this forward-thinking vision, means Abu Dhabi provides a dazzling array of opportunities for learning, research and innovation – making it the ideal place to turn bold new ideas into reality.
Great guidance can be the crucial difference between success and failure for any start-up. That is why we have put together a world-class network of mentors – experienced strategists, operators and executives – to offer their expertise to our start-ups.
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Managing Director of Abu Dhabi Financial Group (ADFG)learn more
Jassim Alseddiqi is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Financial Group (ADFG) Additionally, Jassim holds the following roles: •Board Member of First Abu Dhabi Bank •Chairman of Shuaa Capital •Chairman of Eshraq Properties •Board Member of Abu Dhabi Capital Group •Board Member of Tourism and Development Investment Company of Abu Dhabi •Board Member of GFH Financial Group. Previously, Jassim was CEO of Abu Dhabi Capital Group, and a lecturer at the Abu Dhabi based Petroleum Institute. Jassim holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MSc in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, in the USA.
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Former EIC Entrepreneur magazine, CEO of RadicalUpstartslearn more
Amy Cosper is the former Editor in Chief of Entrepreneur magazine and the CEO of RadicalUpstarts. She has been reporting and commenting on the world of entrepreneurship for 12 years. Cosper is an evangelist for innovation and disruption around the globe. She is keenly aware of the power of entrepreneurship on a cultural and economic level. Her mission is to spread the word and promise of these philosophies on a global scale and to make an impact by teaching these ideas. Cosper is currently working on a book and a documentary that explore the deep economic and cultural impact heralded by the global entrepreneurship movement. She is an award-winning editor and writer and strongly adheres to the idea that “on the other side of your fear, is your success.” And she would know, since she rides a Ducati and only does sports that require a helmet.
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Managing Director of Krypto Labslearn more
Managing Director of Krypto Labs, the CEO of Algorythma, the Chairman of Integrated Securities and the Chairman of Integrated Capital PJSC. Dr. Al Hashemi brings a wealth of experience from working in senior leadership positions across businesses, government, and academia. Most recently, he was the Executive Director of Infrastructure and Environment at the General Secretariat of Abu Dhabi's Executive Council. During his tenure at the Executive Council, Dr. Al Hashemi was instrumental in advising the government in restructuring key infrastructure projects and state-owned commercial enterprises to improve the use of sponsor capital and financing to better align these initiatives to the long-term interests of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. In 2001, he led the development of the Petroleum Institute where he helped open several innovation and research centers within the ADNOC complex. Dr. Al Hashemi holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University in the United States. He is a patented inventor and a published author in several peer-reviewed academic journals including Science Magazine.
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Early stage technology investor and advisorlearn more
Zachery Coelius is currently an early stage technology investor and advisor. His notable investments include Cruise Automation (bought by GM for $1B+), Branch Metrics, SkySafe and a dozen other startups. He is an advisor to twenty companies including Hellosign, Swarm (bought by Integral Ad Sciences), Balanced Payments (Stripe) and many others. Mr. Coelius is also a four-time entrepreneur. In his last company he was the co-founder and CEO of Triggit, an advertising technology company that was one of the first Demand Side Platforms, where he raised over $25m in venture capital and exited in 2015 to Linkedin and another financial buyer. He ran Triggit from 2005 to 2015, growing it from 4 to 60 employees and over $30m in revenue. Zachery attended the University of Minnesota as an undergraduate where he was named by the USA Today as one of the top 20 college students in the nation in 2004. He was also the recipient of the George Mitchell scholarship where he received a master’s degree in International studies at the University of Limerick.
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Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Swiss Startup Group (SSUG)learn more
Mike spent almost 20 years in Swiss Private Banking and made his way up from a commercial apprentice at UBS to an Executive Board Member of one of the largest Swiss Private Banks. In 2014, and at the age of 39, Mike started his entrepreneurial journey and founded together with his two Co-Founders the Swiss Startup Factory. Today, Swiss Startup Factory is the No.1 purely privately financed and independent Startup Accelerator in Switzerland with about 2,000 Startup project applications per year of which 1% enter the Swiss Startup Factory accelerator program. Mike has just recently been awarded as one of the top ten Digital Startup Enabler in Switzerland (August 2017) and has even been featured in the Wall Street Journal with an article about his career (December 2016). He holds a MBA from University of Rochester New York as well as an Executive MBA from University of Berne. Mike is married and a happy father of two.
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CBO at Abu Dhabi Financial Group (ADFG), Abu Dhabilearn more
Bechara is the CBO of Abu Dhabi Financial Group (ADFG), a US$ 5 billion investment firm headquartered in Abu Dhabi. He is also a Board Member of Integrated Securities LLC (brokerage firm), Integrated Alternative Finance Ltd (debt platform), ADCM Ltd (investment firm), and Integrated Eastern European Fund. Bechara is responsible for overseeing ADFG’s support functions to ensure the timely provision and allocation of human, financial and physical resources, as well as managing the firm’s PR and Investor Relations. He is a member of the Portfolio Review Committee, vetting and monitoring investment deals. Bechara has more than 25 years of work experience and has held senior positions in banks (COO of Credit Suisse for the MENA region, and before that of Bank Audi in Saudi Arabia), hi-tech companies (3Com-HP in the UK), as well as entrepreneurial ventures. Bechara holds an MBA from INSEAD, a Master’s of Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech, and a Bachelor’s of Electrical Engineering from the American University of Beirut.
Executive Director at Innovation Center Kosovo (ICK), Prishtinalearn more
Uranik Begu is a highly experienced management and marketing executive, who is currently running Innovation Center Kosovo (ICK) as an Executive Director. He is highly engaged with other partners and stakeholders on enriching the Kosovo entrepreneurial ecosystem. Uranik has also served as a Head of Marketing and as part of a management team at Post Telecom Kosovo for four years. Uranik is also a renowned lecturer and has taught at several private universities, and the public university of Prizren. He played a judge role in numerous startup competitions, including Startup Open, Startup Weekend, NASA Space Apps, and Slush GIA. Uranik is an active member of the Economic Development Council of Prishtina, he is also the Vice-President of Handball Club Prishtina.
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Expertise: Innovation and Corporate Governancelearn more
Mitko is the co-Founder and CEO at OA, a startup developing a new generation of emotionally intelligent workspaces with presence in London, Berlin and Sofia. He has 21 years of professional experience in the high-tech and communications market. Mitko was the founder and later CTO at openBerlin, Cisco IoT Innovation Center in Germany. He was living in Berlin 2013-2017 and recently moved to London. He is a mentor and was a lead at Cisco for the partner engagement with Startupbootcamp, actively mentoring for Berlin and Rome. He is a mentor at DanfossX. Mitko was doing technology due diligence for Cisco Investments, a $2B investment fund and several specialized investment themes like IoT.
Chief Technology Officer at Algorythmalearn more
Divyesh is the Chief Technology Officer at Algorythma, a futuristic, technology focussed company headquartered in Abu Dhabi. Algorythma, with support from ADFG, aspires to build several innovative Technology platforms as well as invest in new opportunities in the Technology domain. Divyesh has over 13 years of combined experience in the areas of Technology and Investments, and was previously the Director of Investments at ADFG. Prior to ADFG, he worked with ING Investment Management in New York and Hong Kong, as part of their Multi-Asset Strategies and Solutions Group. He has also spent a few years at American Express where he held various positions. Divyesh holds an MBA from the University of Cambridge and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
Jury and Mentor
Expertise: Innovation and Entrepreneurshiplearn more
In now more than 10 years into her technology and media career, she has gained a strong reputation for being a game-changer in digital product and media innovation. She has founded ElektroCouture in 2014, a collaborative house for bespoke technologies. Lisa is a mentor to several European hardware Startups, and has been named one of the top 100 most influential people in wearable tech worldwide.
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Expertise: Cross-culture and Brand Strategylearn more
David is an expert in startup culture and entrepreneurship known as the “Go to guy” in the Swiss entrepreneurial ecosystem. Involved in the Zurich startup scene since 2009, David has been managing events for entrepreneurs such as Startup Grind, Zuripreneur Meetup, Failcon, FintechDay, and mentoring / judging at Mass Challenge, Startup Weekend, Founder Institute. Always connecting founders and investors, advising startups, with a passion to inspire the next big thing. David is building bridges between technology and business. With a background in product development and technical implementation, combined with experience in problem diagnosing and solving, helping startups and business clients translate their needs and those of the market into new features, refinements and products. As Director of Startup Grind Zurich, he forges connections between local and global entrepreneurs, experts, executives and investors. As a serial networker and social media aficionado, his love for testing beta versions of new products coming out of Zurich’s many startups has made him a sought-after advisor in many industries. A family man, shutterbug and snowboarder, engaging with you in English, Portuguese, Spanish, and German (basic).
Jury and Mentor
Expertise: Global Markets and Brand Strategylearn more
Formerly Director of Apple Education EMEA, then Apple Education China. Alan led the team who built Education Podcasting. He managed the launch of iTunes U throughout the UK, Europe then Asia, and worked on the development of Apple Education mobile strategy, and iOS Education APPs. He is currently Director, Advisor, and Mentor to a portfolio of early-stage education and healthcare technology start-ups. Alan's portfolio includes companies in London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Porto, Beijing, New York and Palo Alto. He contributes across multiple disciplines including fundraising, business strategy, business development, platform, international engagement, channel partnerships, content development, and partnerships. Mr. Greenberg is a member of the Advisory Board of 8GT Fund www.8gt.co.uk. Mentor at Microsoft Ventures, Telefonica WAYRA Accelerator, Masschallenge, Startupbootcamp and Founders Factory Incubator, London.
CSO at Payment24, a 500 Startup company, San Franciscolearn more
Janko has a strong background in venture building and startup mentoring. He is currently employed as a CSO at Payment24, a 500 Startup company, and prior to that he was COO at Startupbootcamp Berlin - one of the leading global smart transportation accelerator programs. Before joining Startupbootcamp, Janko managed project delivery on behalf of the World Bank and EU Commission, under the Pioneers Festival brand for a hyper-acceleration program in CEE region. Throughout his career, Janko has worked as the Head of Digital Banking services in Sberbank and on Strategic Innovation and Business Development tasks within Sony Europe. Most of his entrepreneurial experience he gained through co-founding and running, at the time, one of the most successful ICT startups in CEE region.
Startup Engagement Manager at SAP IoT Accelerator, Berlinlearn more
Combining best of both worlds, Ignatz is glad to help startups and corporates to co-create innovation. Developing SAP’s IoT Stratup Acceleration program in Berlin he sees an opportunity to live up to this mission. Prior to this he was bridging SAP to Berlin’s Startup Ecosystem and preparing the launch of the program. Ignatz can fall back on his broad knowledge of Design Thinking, Information Systems as well his MBA and weapon skills as a former Marine.
Serial technology entrepreneur, Berlinlearn more
He is the co-founder and CEO of Roq.ad Gmbh, the leader in cross-device technology in Europe. Carsten loves starting companies from scratch, investing early as a business angel and helping mature companies scale. All his entrepreneurial activities are combined under Quantum Leap Ventures. Carsten scaled his last venture, Madvertise, to more than 100 employees across 3 continents, EUR 20 M revenue run rate and raised more than EUR 10 M from US and EU VCs.
Operations Manager at SAP IoT Accelerator, Berlinlearn more
Graduated as M. Sc. in Business Computing, and with an Extensive knowledge in Startup Acceleration from working with Startups at Startupbootcamp, Stephan was a part of the initial team setting up one of Berlin’s first Accelerations Program back in 2012. Besides that, he gained some high-quality work experience when he joined one of the Big4 consulting companies. After that, Stephan got back to his passion on working with founders and startups boosting their business at Startupbootcamp Smart Transportation & Energy for a few years. Now he’s managing the operations at the new SAP IoT Startup Accelerator. In total, Stephan has worked with over 40 Startups and evaluated more that 500+ to find the top teams for every program.
Expertise: International business developmentlearn more
Sergio is a seasoned international business-development consultant who uses his broad hands-on experience and talents to build successful global enterprises. His in-depth experience includes work in Europe, South America and the USA in several sectors that include retail, energy, insurance, consumer goods and pharmaceuticals. Sergio began his career in sales, marketing and finance in Portugal with M&M/Mars and Seagram Spirits and Wine. After moving to the US, Sergio held positions in financial management with Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan Chase. He currently works as a consultant in business development with several international companies. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from the School of Biotechnology – UCP, Portugal and an MBA from UW-Madison School of Business, USA. A Portuguese citizen born in Africa, Sergio is an active traveler and fluent in English, Portuguese, Spanish and French. He resides in Lisbon.
Expertise: International Business Developmentlearn more
An MBA graduate in strategic management offering more than 8 years of practical experience in successful startups, financial and tech industry, and non-profit sector is Kosovo and USA. Currently she holds the position of Chief Business Development Officer at Cacttus J.S.C. Her core competencies are sales strategy, project management, team building, marketing and pricing strategy. She is passionate about innovation, individual and workplace development, and solving opportunities. Innate leader and poised communicator, she excels in organizing resources and processes to achieve goals and maximize outcome. She is a successful networker and a team builder, who loves to mentor and help teams, companies, and individuals grow. Jeta graduated with a B.A. degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Applied Sciences. She also serves as Board member at Kosovo American Education Fund, Chair of Service Project at Rotary Club Prishtina, and Mentor at Innovation Center of Kosovo.
Expertise: Digital Innovation and Marketinglearn more
Birgit has more than 15 years digital innovation and marketing experience with international brands including Airbus Group, Hofmann-La Roche, Volkswagen, Vodafone and Bank of Scotland. She produced music videos and commercials for labels like Motor Music before she switched into the digital area in the year 2000. As supervisor and client service director for international agencies like Sapient and Aperto in Berlin, Beijing and Basel, she launched more than 100 digital products, websites and campaigns, covering the broad range of digital marketing tools and cutting edge technologies. Today, Birgit advises enterprises of the financial service industry to drive their digital marketing and service innovation and is founding her B2B start up "People Power". Birgit is certified in Future Commerce/ Fintech by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), holds a Master's from the University of fine arts Fine Arts Berlin(UdK) in "Communication in Social and Economic Contexts" and took courses in math, computer science and sociology at the University of Bielefeld and Berlin.
Expertise: Financial modelinglearn more
Majid is an Investment Associate at ADFG and focuses on analyzing and implementing investment strategies globally. His core competencies include financial analysis, financial due diligence, business plan preparation and review, as well as portfolio management. He has 5 years’ experience in financial services, investment management and private equity. Before joining ADFG, Majid was a portfolio management analyst at Polaris Capital Management in Boston, where he conducted fundamental valuation analysis including company visits, business valuation analysis and meeting with company senior management. Majid started his career at PwC Morocco focusing on tax and financial advisory for clients globally. Majid holds a Master of Finance from Sloan Graduate Business School at MIT in Massachusetts, USA and a Bachelor in Finance and Accounting from ISCAE Business School, Morocco.
Expertise: Innovation and Entrepreneurshiplearn more
Dr. Hagen Worch leads the research area „Innovation & Entrepreneurship“ at the Institute for Management & Innovation (IMI) at the Swiss Distance University of Applied Sciences (Fernfachhochschule Schweiz). His research focus is on innovation management, entrepreneurship, venture growth and the management of capabilities in firm organizations. He has published numerous scientific papers, book chapters and articles in practitioner journals on these topics. Hagen teaches innovation economics and innovation management in the M.Sc. in Business Administration program. He coaches founders in the early start-up phase and works with companies to implement and advance innovation management processes. Hagen received his Ph.D. in Economics from Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany, was Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Economics and was Visiting Scholar at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town.
Expertise: Cross-Cultural Communication and Project Managementlearn more
Sandra holds a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Florida – Gainesville in the field of Curriculum, Teaching & Teacher Education. She is a results-driven leader in educational training, consultancy and project management. Currently Sandra is the Head – Client Development at an EdTech initiative, where she is leading the implementation of the company’s technology-enabled educational delivery platform. Prior to that, she was the Project Director for a prestigious social welfare initiative under the UAE’s Ministry of Interior. She has more than a decade of international project management and instruction experience in a range of educational and social contexts. Sandra is a travel enthusiast and has visited more than 50 countries in four continents, including exotic locations like Kyrgyzstan, Bhutan and Burma. Her unique in-person perspective of different cultures allows Sandra to have extensive intercultural competency
Expertise: Legal advisorylearn more
Bachir is the GC of ADFG and manages all legal and compliance matters for the group. He has previously worked for international law firms and has over 15 years of experience advising on UAE and cross border transactions. Creative by nature and tactful by trade, he has helped a number of start-ups see the light and continues to structure investments and fundings across different business sectors. Bachir holds an LLB from St Joseph University , Lebanon.
Expertise: Brand strategy and Innovationlearn more
Alexandre Daval is a sensitive, creative multi-potential entrepreneur, born and now living in the south of France. He graduated in international marketing at ESCE and general management at INSEAD and now has 12-year sales & marketing experience in fast moving consumer goods on premium brands. Alexandre is the initiator of manifeste™, a humanistic artistic project + avant-garde luxury brand that he invented and launched in Brussels in 2006. Alexandre has designed 11 iconic objects, available in 80 concept stores and galleries across 16 countries. Even though the manifeste™ initiative has grown mature with now 10 years’ experience, it maintains a strong startup spirit with a big heart. Alexandre teams up with specialists from across the world to build innovative infrastructures in several fields including education and healthcare. He is also described as an inspirational trainer, coach and consultant.
Expertise: Business Development and Innovationlearn more
Mr. Jerry Musnitsky, founder of NG Mobile Systems, S.à.r.l. providing the NextGenCel™ smartphone app for telecom and mobile finance including their own prepaid MasterCard™ program. Mr. Musnitsky is an entrepreneur with expertise in the creation of companies based on advanced technologies. He has taken companies from the start-up phase and established joint ventures in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Jerry is a graduate of the George Washington University (D.C.) and currently teaches MBA courses in Entrepreneurship at EPF in Sceaux, France. He began technology transfer initiatives with the Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories. This covered a wide range of programs including LIDAR, structural analysis, video imaging, resonant ultrasound, direct metal deposition, MuSE synthetic environment software, fuel cells, and more. Jerry founded Digital Traffic Systems, Inc. (www.dtsits.com), a company providing transportation management solutions throughout the US and through joint ventures in Italy, Turkey, Korea and Taiwan. Jerry founded Sensor Management Systems, Inc. He led the company from start-up to its eventual sale for 13 times the original investment. Jerry spent 12 years in the US defense electronics business with American Electronic Laboratories (part of today’s BAE Systems) developing weapons, guidance, navigation and communication systems.
Expertise: Business Models and Pitchinglearn more
Bernabé Chumpitazi is a Startup Advisor, Mentor, and Angel Investor. For over 6 years he has worked as an Innovation Facilitator of Initiative France, focusing on the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. Bernabé is an MBA graduate in Enterprise Administration of the Université Panthéon Sorbonne (Paris I) / IAE Paris. Passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship, Bernabé is involved in start-up seed/early-stage funding as an angel investor and through a large non-profit. He often volunteers as a start-up mentor, and for Startup Weekend (Techstars Start-up Program) as a facilitator and community manager. Their attendees are accepted into a 54-hour program to experiment what it takes to be an entrepreneur, including ideation, team building, customer discovery, prototyping, pitching.
Expertise: Early traction and Pitchinglearn more
Jernej has a background in social media and business development. Based in Copenhagen, over the last 4 years he has been organizing Denmark's largest startup conferences, running student startup programs and working for a social media company. Giving back to the community is an essential part of his mission. At the moment he's organizing Europe's biggest Startup Weekend with 400 participants and 4 tracks. As a lead organizer at Startup Weekend in Denmark, he successfully arranged 8 events so far. He also facilitated 8 Startup Weekends around Europe through TechStars. At the moment he's a co-founder of Norvai - Nordic Venture and Innovation which is a strategic and operational consultancy. Norvai develops and manages a series of initiatives together with corporate stakeholder and government entities that Norvai sets up in their ecosystem. Jernej is a mentor to various early stage startups helping them with raising seed capital, pitching and getting early traction, mostly within B2B focus.
Expertise: Business operations and Marketinglearn more
Pier is a London based entrepreneur and angel investor and the CEO of eOffice, the first coworking concept in Europe which he founded in early 2000. eOffice is a modern workplace offering a sociable, business setting geared to vibrant, like-minded startups and entrepreneurs, in a number of Central London locations. eOffice is also developing and managing a large network of independent business centres and coworking space, in over 200 locations worldwide. Pier is often part of the judging panels and startup events / pitches of major UK Universities, including Hult Faculty, Imperial College, Westminster University, Kings College, LSE and Warwick University. He is currently a Mentor at the largest pre-acceleration programme in the UK, organized by The Accelerator Network, the CoFounder of TechItalia London and Adviser to FrenchLab. Increasingly active in the development and investment of online business mostly involved in commercial properties, Pier cofounded CoWorkingLondon.com, a complete listing of coworking spaces in London, OpenOffices.com a platform of office spaces for lease. Pier is an investor and advisor in a number of proptech ventures, including Bold Tech (workbold.co). He recently became a founding member of AngelsCube together with 30 high profile professionals and entrepreneurs in the tech/media sectors. He also supports the charities Founders4Schools, onepercentclub.com, House of St Barnabas and Leighton House Museum.
Expertise: Business Models and Business Developmentlearn more
With over a decade of management consulting with A.T. Kearney and Booz & Co. in Europe and the Middle East, Nathan has gained extensive expertise in strategy development, corporate restructuring, turn-around advisory, and M&A in a variety of industries including; Financial Services, Telecom, IT, FMCG, Healthcare and the Public Sector. As a Director of Business Development at a UAE holding company, he was responsible for conceiving, structuring and negotiating a broad array of complex transactions and has served as Board Member and CEO of a publically listed Insurance company where he devised and led the company through a merger with an AXA Group company. A serial entrepreneur, Nathan has been directly involved in six start-up enterprises, across the media/advertising, internet of things, insurance, food & beverage, facilities and professional services industries.