Judges

Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek

Igor Medic

Entrepreneur. Graduated in marketing and has a master degree in Entrepreneurship at the Faculty of Economics in Osijek. For several years worked as a manager of a marketing agency, and then as an entrepreneur. After studying in the US and the UK, he became director of Business Incubator BIOS in Osijek. Since 2006 actively engaged in EU funds as a consultant, lecturer and project manager. From 2009 to 2013 director of the City public transport in Osijek. Lecturer at postgraduate studies Entrepreneurship in Osijek - course «Business Opportunity Recognition». Lecturer at the Business School Experta, Zagreb for the courses "Fundamentals of Marketing", "Guerrilla Marketing" and "Brand management". Since 2014 consultant for several major companies in Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Judge of the international round
Judge of the local round
Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek

Jasenka Crnkovic

Mid-Office Coordinator for Region East in Corporate Sector of Erste Bank Croatia. Graduated in Financial Management at Josip Juraj Strossmayer University, Faculty of Economics in Osijek and finishing the Postgraduate study: Finance and Banking. In her job  monitors the development of SME and Corporate clients, provides support and  gives financial advice and solutions. Also works as Internal Trainer involved in developing, organizing and conducting training. Participated in numerous projects.

Judge of the local round
Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek

Tomislav Barbaric

Manager in Centre for Entrepreneurship Osijek. Centre is focused on counselling, informing and educating entrepreneurs and  individuals who want to become entrepreneurs. Before, he worked in 3 deferent companies where he gained experience in marketing and export of products. During last 5 years is more focused on EU projects, but  also works as trainer for entrepreneurial skills development and EU funds related programs. Has experience in counselling of start-ups in the field of management, marketing and sales.  

Judge of the local round
Ohio University

Ikenna Uzuegbunam

Ikenna Uzuegbunam (Ph.D.) is an assistant professor of strategy in the College of Business at Ohio University. Previously, he taught at the University of Kentucky. Ike has been honored for his teaching and research including an honorable mention for teaching in the University of Kentucky MBA program; best paper nomination at the Strategic Management Society Conference; and the best paper in track award at the Southern Management Association Conference.  Ike’s industry and consulting experience include stints in medical devices, oil & gas, electronics, software, and the social sector. He is the founder and chief strategy officer of Luno Ventures, LLC; a strategy and innovation consulting firm. 

Judge of the local round
Ohio University

Paul Mass

Paul Mass is “Entrepreneur-in-Residence” at the College of Business, Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio.  He also serves as Director of the University’s Center for Entrepreneurship where he will help build the entrepreneurial ecosystem supporting student and faculty entrepreneurs, as well as individuals and businesses throughout the southeast Ohio region. Paul has benefited from a diverse career beginning as a corporate attorney and continuing on as a successful entrepreneur and business executive helping to create, fund, manage and lead companies in the cable television, radio, information service, biotech and e-commerce industries.  Paul has served as a Partner, General Counsel, Chief Operating Officer, and President and CEO, respectively, at various times throughout his more than 35 year professional career.   Two of the ventures Paul helped build are still owned and operated out of San Diego, CA: ClosingCorp, Inc. is a proprietary data base of residential real estate information providing consumers and mortgage lenders with critical data needed for home purchases covering every address in the United States.  GovX, Inc. is the country’s largest online e-commerce website exclusively serving members of the U.S. military, first responders, and certain government service employees. Paul received his B.A. degree in Political Science from Duke University, magna cum laude, and his J.D. degree from the Emory University School of Law, Order of the Coif and Member of the Board, Emory Law Journal.

Judge of the local round
Ohio University

Paul Benedict

Paul Benedict is a seasoned seed-stage investor, executive and entrepreneur bringing almost two decades experience and measurable results to the classroom. For ten of those years, Paul was at Adena Ventures – the nation’s first New Markets Venture Capital company. At Adena, Paul built and ran a $5.5 million operational assistance program that provided professional consulting services to 75 companies. Adena invested in 10 of those companies, including ListHub.com (a deal that Paul led) which Realtor.com bought for $13 million. For the last four years, Paul has taught a variety of management and entrepreneurship courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels at Ohio University. Paul earned his BA in political science from the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University. He earned his MBA from the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University. He lives in Athens, Ohio with his wife, 2 young kids and 2 dogs. The Benedicts are a high energy, competitive bunch. The family motto is: If you didn’t keep score, it didn’t happen. In his spare time, Paul likes to work out, cook and play guitar.

Judge of the international round
University of Pécs

Krisztina Radnay

As a professional business consultant my mission is to make companies successful: to increase their turnover and profitability and achieve sustainable and calculable growth, providing them with strategic planning & program execution. My toolset includes market research, consumer understanding, consumer and trade marketing tools. Strategic approach and consciously built up structures ensure not only good results but also a sustainably growing business with repeatable achievements, so I strive to offer not only one-time creative ideas but lasting solutions based on market understanding. With my 20 years of experience on international markets, cross-industry B2B and B2C experience I offer a "human”, down to earth, practical approach and honest answers to my clients' questions. 
Areas where I can help the most: strong strategic thinking to reveal and resolve bottlenecks for growth; structural solutions to build up a system to sustain growth results; making and realizing successful launch and/or marketing plans for specific markets.
Activity extensions include: realization of projects, project management; GDPR consulting.  

Judge of the international round
University of Pécs

Imre Fodor

Co-founder and director of Bancard Consulting Ltd. Imre Fodor was graduated at University of Pécs, Major in Management and Consulting, and during the university years, got the Small Business Consulting Diploma, Case Western Reserve University, USA. His professional life started within the family business and still supporting the Mevid corporation and be a Member of the Board. After graduation at the first six years AAM Ltd. was the professional cradle, where Imre built the funds of his expertise step-by-step, project-by-project, and become part of the managing staff in the 5th year. After leaving AAM, in 2008, Imre founded Bancard to have the chance for the empowerment to build his own consulting company. He has already 16 years professional experince on the field of business consulting. He is also a supporter and mentor of the Simonyi BEDC.     

Judge of the local round
University of Pécs

Tamás Hoffmann

Economist, born in Pécs, on the 21st of September in 1978. Married, father of 2 children. Started at the University of Pécs Faculity of Economics in 1997. Studied strategic marketing at the Middlesex University of London and at the University of Bonn, Germany. After an internship at British American Tobacco's Pall Mall brand he started as a strategic buyer in the electronic industry at Elcoteq Hungary ltd in Pécs that he left as Global Account Manager for After Market services after 8 years. In 2011 he joined the cement industry in the position of Sales Director of a green field investment cement plant near Pécs with the task of developing Lafarge Cement Hungary's sales activities. After the successful market entry the company has become a major player of the Hungarian construction industry. 

Judge of the local round
The College of Wooster

Patrick Lauber

Patrick Lauber holds a BA in Business Economics from the College of Wooster and an MBA from the Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve. After beginning his professional career as a Corporate Accountant with Rubbermaid, Lauber has owned and operated several manufacturing businesses over the past thirty years. He is currently President of the Harrison Paint Company, a 108 year-old manufacturer of paint and coatings based in Canton. Lauber is active in and was a founding member of the Impact Angel Fund which invests in early-stage, Ohio-based technology companies. He and his wife Jen have two grown children and live in Ontario, Ohio. 

 

Judge of the local round
The College of Wooster

Victoria Adams

Victoria Adams is the founder of A-HA! Innovations, the brainchild of a project she undertook while pursuing her MBA. Her company seeks to create products for higher achievement in educational settings. Their core product, Engear, is an educational engagement device intended to be used to foster learning. Engear encourages student ownership of learning by visually revealing to students how active they are based on teacher input through a software application. Her company is still in the “seed” stage of development and in the process of waiting to develop a prototype. In the mean time, Victoria works on other startups and is pursuing her passion by participating in a professional development program for women in tech in Silicon Valley.  

Judge of the international round
Judge of the local round
The College of Wooster

Ian Murphy

Ian Murphy, a 2016 Wooster graduate, double majored in Economics and History. He currently runs a youth baseball league, is a trustee of Fairmount Presbyterian church, and a financial planner at Sona Financial Planning, a company he founded in 2017. He was the 10th in his family to graduate from Wooster. His greatest Wooster memory occurred on the roof of Kauke Tower. 

Judge of the local round
University of A.S. Wüerzburg Schweinfurt

Stephanie Baumgarten

Stephanie Baumgarten (Ph.D.) is a professor of Entrepreneurship and Financial Management at the University of Applied Sciences Wuerzburg/Germany. In this role, Stephanie supports students and local individuals in defining business concepts, acting on valuable ideas and starting a company. Stephanie benefits from a successful career as entrepreneur and business executive. Before assuming the professorship, Stephanie served as Head of International Business and Director Business Development/M&A at leading German companies where she implemented international growth strategies together with her teams. In parallel, she founded her own consulting business. Stephanie started her professional career in Investment Banking after studying Business Administration in the US and Germany.

Judge of the international round
Judge of the local round
Riga Technical University

Deniss Ščeulovs

Dr. Deniss Ščeulovs is Assoc. Professor in the Faculty of Engineering Economics and Management at Riga Technical University (Latvia). His research interests lie in the area of Digital economy, Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Small business organization. He is the author and co-author of more than fifty publications published in scientific journals indexed and abstracted in SCOPUS, Web of Science and other international databases. Dr. Ščeulovs has participated in more than thirty International Scientific conferences, organised in USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Georgia, Malta, and Latvia etc. He is actively involved in the EU funded and other international scientific projects as the leader and researcher. Dr. Ščeulovs has developed versatile entrepreneurial skills working in top management positions at Latvian manufacturing company Latsign Ltd. and consulting business companies over the last ten years. He regularly shares his experience with students in international teaching and exchange programmes (Cambridge University, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, etc.).

Judge of the local round
Riga Technical University

Modris Ozolins

Modris Ozolins is a Docent, and a Director of International Norwegian - Latvian MBA program “Innovation and Entrepreneurship” at the Faculty of Engineering Economics and Management at Riga Technical University (RTU). Modris Ozolins has rich managerial experience in the field of higher education. Docent Ozolins is active in promotion of international relations between universities and business schools. He has been involved in various international projects with European, American and Asian universities. He is serving as an expert in different local and international projects. Modris Ozolins is fulfilling managerial duties in several organizations. He is a board member of Baltic Management Development Association (BMDA).

Judge of the international round
University of Novi Sad

Jovan Stojanovic

Entrepreneur with more then 12 years in field of business, IT, sales and innovation management. CEO of Elon, Business development executive at ZESIUM mobile. Chance to lead execution of more then 54 different IT projects for companies from USA, Scandinavia, Benelux, Israel. My goal was always focus on creation of products and services that can help people in their life by adding technology and innovation in core of their problems. Researcher in field  of artificial intelligence, ambassador of NOVISAD AI community. Lover of AI, automation, startups, triathlon, boxing and table tennis.

Judge of the local round
University of Novi Sad

Djordje Celic

Assistant professor on Department of Industrial Engendering and Management University of Novi Sad on subjects: marketing, marketing research, internet marketing, business model development. CEO of Business incubator Novi Sad from 2010. Business incubator Novi Sad is one of the key player responsible for the development of City startup ecosystem. In previous 7 years, incubator help in establishing more than 50 startups which now employs more than 350 engineers. Startup Weekend Novi Sad organizer. Consultant and coach at the National competition for the best technological innovation in Serbia. Consultant and coach on Climate-KIC.

Judge of the international round
University of Novi Sad

Nikola Sologub

Entrepreneur. Founder. CEO. Background in tech, experience in building businesses from idea to MVP to Product-Market fit. Worked with brands such as Nike and Coca-Cola. Currently obsessed with blockchain and DLT.

 

Judge of the local round
Juraj Dobrila University of Pula

Iva Slivar

Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Tourism "Dr. Mijo Mirković", constituent of the Juraj Dobrila University of Pula, Croatia, she holds a PhD in online marketing in tourism. Her scientific field of interest are tourism trends, online marketing, marketing in tourism, ICT and tourism, tourism entertainment, customer behaviour in tourism, destination management and sustainable tourism. For 10 years she has been working in tourism, which enables her to contemplate the phenomenon of tourism from professional and scientific perspective. She has been involved in realisation of various operational projects of marketing and tourism as a freelancer consultant. She co-authored several local tourism strategies in Croatia.

Judge of the local round
Juraj Dobrila University of Pula

Roberta Kontosic Pamic

Roberta Kontosic Pamic is a postdoctoral researcher and assistant at the Juraj Dobrila University of Pula, Faculty of Economics and Tourism "Dr. Mijo Mirkovic" (FET), author and co-author of several scientific articles, books and tourism-economic strategies. Her scientific interest is entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial infrastructure and innovation. She is a quality coordinator at FET and mentor at the Student entrepreneurial incubator – SPIN. Her professional career started in private sector in marketing, followed by EU projects implementation. For 3 years she was involved in organization of TEDxPula and several other projects.

Judge of the local round
University of Rijeka

Dario Zorić

His experiences in the fields of national and international leadership, management, SME and startups have contributed to his unique ability to manage multi-disciplinary projects in Asia, Europe and USA as well as to navigate complex challenges. He serves as the President for the Global Village Network representing 139 countries and he is the CEO of Rijeka Development Agency PORIN in Croatia.

Judge of the international round
Judge of the local round
University of Rijeka

Duško Rodić

Since student days, he believes that business success lies in the combination of theoretical knowledge acquired at the Faculty with those from practice. Therefore, he started to take a part in student activism through student organizations at the University, and some of them helped him to build many practical skills that he also uses in his current career. After he has finished college, he was employed in the accounting department of Croatian Lottery (Hrvatska lutrija). After that, he became a manager of the youth office at Erste Bank. One of the goals of his job is the education of young people about the financial aspects of life and support in career development.

Judge of the local round
University of Rijeka

Leonardo Lovričić

Graduated in International Business at the University of Rijeka, Faculty of Economics and Business. Today he is employed in the company Maersk, in the sales department and participates in many activities at the Faculty. During his studies, he was a member of the Student Choir at the Faculty and University level. Also, he participated in many student competitions and won the awards. In his spare time, Leonardo likes to travel, read and play drums.

Judge of the local round
Howard University

Yanick Rice Lamb

Yanick Rice Lamb is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Media, Journalism and Film at Howard University. She teaches the Media Entrepreneurship and Innovation course. She has years of experience working on startups, relaunches and other ventures for companies ranging from Black Entertainment Television (BET) to the New York Times. She also helped to develop www.101magazine.net/">http://www.101magazine.net/">101 Magazine, the www.hunewsservice.com/">http://www.hunewsservice.com/">Howard University News Service and http://truthbetold.news">TruthBeTold.news, a fact-checking site and project of the Online News Association’s http://journalists.org/next-gen/challenge-fund/2015-16-challenge-fund-wi...">Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education. In addition to teaching, Lamb is a media consultant and co-founder of www.fierceforblackwomen.com/">http://www.fierceforblackwomen.com/">FierceforBlackWomen.com. She was founding editor of BET Weekend magazine, a joint venture between BET and the N.Y. Daily News. She grew the magazine from 800,000 to 1.3 million in three years. She was also editor and associate publisher of Heart & Soul magazine and previously worked at The New York Times, the Atlanta Constitution and the Toledo Blade. Her academic research focuses on entrepreneurship, technology and media management. She also received an Industry Research Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications for research on tablet use by newspapers and magazines. Her books include www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0471471658.html">http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0471471658.html">Born to Win: The Authorized Biography of Althea Gibson. She is featured in the Library of Congress as a www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/yanick-rice-lamb">http://www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/yanick-rice-lamb">History Maker in media and education. Lamb holds a bachelor’s in journalism from The Ohio State University and an MBA from Howard University.

Judge of the international round
Judge of the local round
University of Botswana

Onneetse Ndadi

A change agent who is interested in youth and women development in the areas of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Ndadi is a Lecturer of Business Management courses and also a Coordinator of the Business Clinic at the University of Botswana. Her role is to drive the university’s mandate of supporting entrepreneurship culture within the university and beyond. She leads programmes such as small business consulting, speakers platforms, seminars and workshops; all geared towards entrepreneurship cultural development in the university.   Ms. Ndadi has been at the forefront in delivering entrepreneurship development initiatives such as training, pitch competitions and management consultancy for other entrepreneurship ecosystem players, students and public at large.

Ms. Ndadi is an expert in areas of Business Strategy, accounting and economics, risk management, project management, monitoring and evaluation and SME financing

Judge of the international round
University of Botswana

Mphoeng Mphoeng

Mphoeng is currently employed at University of Botswana as a Lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Finance at the Business Faculty. Before joining the University in 2016, Mphoeng worked at Botswana Insurance Fund Management as Portfolio Manager for Unlisted Credit. Prior to BIFM (who he joined in 2012), he was employed as the Head of Fixed Income Trading for Botswana and Zambia at Standard Chartered Bank. His career started in 2006 at the Bank of Botswana where he held numerous roles in the Financial Markets Department between 2006 and 2009.

Judge of the local round
University of Botswana

Tirelo Ramasedi

A Creator, Communicator and Social Investor, Tirelo is passionate on all things innovation, entrepreneurship, women, youth, art and ICT for Development.

Ramasedi currently under the employ of Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) has been integral in the establishment of the first national ICT Developer Community as well as the flagship Technology Entrepreneurship Development Programme of the BIH named First Steps Venture Centre where she is currently serving. Tirelo has worked on various programmes of national and regional reach with partnerships encompassing organisations such as Microsoft Corporation, Africa Innovation Foundation and Southern Africa Network for Biosciences.

Currently studying towards an MSc in Computer Information Systems, Tirelo holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems at the University of Botswana. Ramasedi has studied through interim courses on innovation commercialization, outcomes-based monitoring and evaluation, innovation policy for developing countries as well as business incubation .

Judge of the local round