Team

EXPERIENCED AND COMPLEMENTARY TEAM

Swanlaab Venture Factory is run by a complementary and experienced team of entrepreneurs, corporate financiers, and investment professionals, with experience gained throughout Europe, United States, Africa, Middle East and Asia. Swanlaab also offers a broad network of global business contacts, allowing portfolio companies to enter foreign markets with the highest degree of support and backing.

  • Mark Kavelaars
      Mark KavelaarsCEO and co-Chairman of the Investment Committee

      Partner, CEO & Co-Chairman of the Investment Committe. Chairman of International Venture Consultants (IVC). He has held executive roles in different sectors such as Banking (HypoVereinsbank), Information Technologies (Compaq/HP) and Corporate Consulting (IVC). Very active investing and supporting new tech ventures since 2008.


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    • Zeev Holtzman
        Zeev Holtzmanco-Chairman of the Investment Committee

        Founder and Chairman of the Giza Venture Capital group. More than 30 years of experience in VC and investment banking. Member of the Investment Committee of Swanlaab Venture Factory. Founded the Giza Group in 1985 and Giza Venture Capital in 1992.

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      • Veronica Trapa
          Veronica TrapaFund Manager

          Entrepreneur with a vast experience in business model development and implementation and in organizing complex business projects. She has been carrying out management functions for fifteen years. Verónica is member of the Investment Committee of Swanlaab Venture Factory.


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        • Yuval Avni
            Yuval AvniFund Manager

            Dr. Yuval Avni, has developed his career at VC since 2008 when he joined Giza Venture Capital. He is involved in the entire investment process – sourcing, screening and due diligence. Yuval has led or co-led investments in LifeBond, Takadu, VisionCare, Navotek, Aleees, Danen and Solapoint. He is member of the Investment Committee of Swanlaab Venture Factory and Venture Partner at GPV, a Warsaw-based early stage venture capital fund from the Giza Group.


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          • Juan Revuelta
              Juan RevueltaFund Manager

              Extensive experience in the Spanish Venture Capital sector since 2008, always focused on growth capital investments in innovation and technology. Previously, he worked in the banking sector, as Equity Research Analyst covering the tech sector, and as Engineer in American multinational technology corporations. He is member of the Investment Committee of Swanlaab Venture Factory.


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            • Zvi Schechter
                Zvi SchechterFund Manager

                Zvi co-founded Giza Group in 1985 and Giza Venture Capital in 1992, following 20 years of experience in private equity, investment banking, research and company valuations. At Giza, Zvi focuses on communications and information technology. He is member of the Investment Committee of Swanlaab Venture Factory.


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              • Tal Mizrahi
                  Tal MizrahiFund Manager

                  Tal joins Giza in 2005 and is responsible for finance, accounting, administration and tax issues, and contributing his financial expertise to the different funds investment activity. He is Giza Venture Capital CFO and Venture Partner at Swanlaab Venture Factory.


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                • Dario Villena
                    Dario VillenaSenior Analyst

                    Experience analyzing technology startups in emerging markets (+90 countries ) in Seedstars, Geneva.
                    European Commission independent contractor for one year.


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                  • Jaime Gil-Delgado
                      Jaime Gil-DelgadoSenior Analyst

                      After working several years in Investment Banking in M&A and ECM in Credit Agricole CIB, where he covered several deals from different geographies and industries, Jaime worked in Amazon as a Brand Specialist where he  developed vendor manager, in-stock manager and online marketing tasks as well as setting brand and category strategies.


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                    • Santiago Cortés
                        Santiago CortésSenior Advisory Team

                        He has held different management responsabilities in IT companies such as General Manager of Compaq in Spain, CEO of HP in Spain and Portugal, and Managing Director of HP for Middle-East, Africa, Israel, Greece and Turkey.


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                      • Antonio García-Urgelés
                          Antonio García-UrgelésSenior Advisory Team

                          Former Chief Marketing Office (CMO) of Consumer Services at Vodafone Group worldwide and CMO at Vodafone Spain.


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                        • Juan Antonio Latasa
                            Juan Antonio LatasaSenior Advisory Team

                            Juan Antonio has more than 20-years experience in the major telco operators in the world (AT&T, Telefónica and Vodafone) in the areas of Strategy, Product and Service Development of Broadband and Internet, Consulting or new ventures promotion (Terra, Telefónica B2B, etc).


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                          • Paco Muro
                              Paco MuroSenior Advisory Team

                              He founded Otto Walter 20 years ago, a leading company in Spain for management and sales improvement processes. As Executive President he has led its expansion to Italy, Mexico and Portugal.


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