Meet the CBC Investor Board

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Javier Echarri
Javier advises private equity players, policymakers and regulators. Javier is a board member of GED Capital and a founding partner of LDS Partners, working for institutional investors in private equity and venture capital. Javier managed the EVCA for over 10 years, the European Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (EVCA) which was founded in 1983 and has more than 1,400 members. Javier is also a member of the Business Angel network CRECER+ and is a private investor in start-ups.


Manuel Sabido
Manuel brings over 30 years of experience in multi-national media organizations. He has been successful in designing and implementing strategic plans and establishing operational excellence within culturally diverse environments, as well as translating conceptual models into growth strategies and planning & executing multi-faceted global business development campaigns.


Christina Liaos
Christina Schiott Liaos is the Nordic-Baltic Director of UK Trade & Investment based at the British Embassy in Copenhagen. She covers both trade and investment activities in the 8 Nordic-Baltic countries comprising Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Since 2006, she led UKTIs operations in Denmark to become one of UKTIs most productive and innovative teams.


Lance Stevens
Lance is a business leader with exceptionally broad experience gained from working at senior level across a wide range of disciplines in corporations, as well as building and developing businesses for himself and others in the UK and worldwide. The driving force behind Orange’s entry into the business market, Lance was also the founder of Orange Ventures, Orange’s £100M investment arm. He was also responsible for launching the first virtual mobile operator in China and for writing and implementing the mobile development plan for the Republic of Lebanon.


Nikolaj Nyholm
Nikolaj Nyholm is a four-time entrepreneur, now Partner at Sunstone Capital, a technology venture capital firm. Nikolaj Nyholm is focused on early-stage investments within Northern and Central Europe. He keeps an eye on gaming and open source/crowdsourcing companies.


Nicholas Hawtin
Nicholas Hawtin knows the local startup scene in Copenhagen and Southern Sweden intimately. He works with dozens of startups helping them scale, find customers, find partners, and meet the right investors. Nick has worked with almost all of the partners in the startup ecosystem, from the incubators, accelerators, and universities to the corporates, service providers, investors, and networks.


Jaakko Salminen
Angel investor with a passion in helping startups and other growth companies succeed. Past experience in leading business units and professionals, and managing international accounts at international corporations. For the past 10 years, involved in startups and growth companies as Vice President, CEO, Partner, Angel Investor, Board member and Advisor.


Rasmus Bjerngaard
Rasmus Bjerngaard is a venture capitalist investing in European IT startups; especially B2B and B2B2C companies; seed stage, early stage and growth stage investments. Particularly interested in companies within mobile, cloud, enterprise, and open source.