The members of the
July 10th Jury

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The members of the
July 10th Jury

 
 
 
 
François-Xavier Leclerc
Head of the Finance and Economic Development Division Economic Expansion Directorate
Uwe Diegel
CEO of LifeInA, Venture Capitalist
Antoine Grimaud
Co-founder and Managing Director of PayPlug
Nicolas Brunel
Director of Investments LVMH
André Saint-Mleux
Business Angel & State Executive Director RMC sport & Monaco Telecom
Frédéric Genta (by video-conference)
Industry Head Retail
Thierry Crovetto
National Advisor
Pierre Joly
CEO Ermeo
 

François-Xavier Leclerc

Head of the Finance and Economic Development Division Economic Expansion Directorate

A graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Institute of Political Studies) in Paris, and holder of a Master’s degree in Business Law, François-Xavier Le Clerc started his career as Representative to the Délégation à l’Aménagement du Territoire et à l’Action Régionale (DATAR = Delegation for territorial planning and regional action) from 1983 to 1991,

He then turned to the private sector, as the Commercial Director and manager of the industrial department of ATAUB Architecture – Ingénierie, (1991 – 1997), an SME specializing in particular in industrial and hotel/catering production projects.

He then joined SOFIREM, (the finance company of the Charbonnages de France group) where he was the Commercial Director from 1997 to 2003.

Involved in the creation of SAS SOFIREM-CONSEIL, intended to implement the diversification of the CdF group activities, he became the Development Director in 2000.

Within the Budget and Treasury Department of the Monaco government in 2003, he was responsible for implementing “corporate” funding, and also for the report on the Constitutional Contingency Fund.

With the Economic Expansion Directorate since October 2008, he was first responsible for setting up the “One-Stop Corporate Reception”, which has since become the “Welcome Office”.

Responsible for managing public mechanisms for funding innovation, he ensures the consistency and complementary nature of the Government’s various funding tools for corporate management, implemented by the “Finance and Economic Development Division”.

Executive Director of the Société d’Aide à la Création et au Développement d’Entreprises (SACDE = Business Creation and Development Assistance Company) and of MONACOTECH, he has also represented the Principality of Monaco within the Intergovernmental Initiative “EUREKA !” as the National Project Coordinator since 2005 and as the High Level Representative since 2012.

François-Xavier Le Clerc is the Auditor of the Centre des Hautes Etudes de l’Armement (Center for Higher Armament Studies) -34th session of the CHEAr (General Armament Delegation)- and a Commandant in the Reserves.

Uwe Diegel

CEO of LifeInA, Venture Capitalist

Uwe Diegel is a specialist in various forms of medical diagnosis with regard to blood pressure, temperature, asthma and diabetes. He holds several patents relating to these pathologies.

A serial entrepreneur, he discovered the world of diagnostic medicine in 1992, quickly developing a special interest in cardiovascular diseases. His intense scientific curiosity led him not only to develop new technologies in this field, but also to take in interest in the production of medical equipment, in, industrial design in in the problems encountered with manufacturing in China.

Uwe leads HealthWorks Global and carries out essential research into blood pressure diagnosis. He is today considered a global expert in managing chronic illness and in the manufacture of medical diagnostic devices.

In 2009, Uwe took an interest in connected health as a tool for better managing patients and chronic illness. He was involved in iHealth, the global leader in connected health, which takes all the body’s signals and translates them in an intelligible fashion using Smartphones and tablets. Uwe was the CEO of iHealthLabs Europe until 2016. Uwe recently resigned his function as CEO at iHealth in order to become involved in a new health adventure that launches its first products in May 2017. He is also involved in several innovative French startups.

Uwe Diegel has been a major figure in health technologies for 30 years. His dynamism and his passion for innovative technologies have led to radical changes in the perception of healthcare. He has pushed the manufacture of medical apparatus to new horizons by forcing new manufacturing and innovation practices. A globally-acknowledged expert, he encouraged the distribution and acceptance of connected health in order to provide better solutions for patients.

Antoine Grimaud

Co-founder and Managing Director of PayPlug

A graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique in 2006, Antoine Grimaud started his career at the Agence française de Développement (AFD = French Development Agency) where he undertook an initial entrepreneurial adventure by launching the AFD activities in Brazil.

However, it was while obtaining his MBA at Harvard from 2010 to 2012 that he met Camille Tyan, with whom he co-founded PayPlug, a new generation on-line payment and fraud prediction solution. After 5 years of development, PayPlug allows thousands of freelancers and small businesses to sell over the internet by simplifying their transactions and making these secure, using tools based on AI and the latest web technologies.

The company was purchased by Natixis, a subsidiary of the BPCE Group, in 2017 and is currently continuing its growth on France and Europe.

Nicolas Brunel

Director of Investments LVMH

Nicolas Brunel is an Investment Director at Groupe Arnault & LVMH.

Nicolas joined LVMH/Groupe Arnault in 2002 and is responsible for identifying, executing and monitoring private investments across various industries including numerous early and late stage technology investments in Europe, Israel and the US. Nicolas is a Director of Monaco Telecom.

André Saint-Mleux

Business Angel & State Executive Director RMC sport & Monaco Telecom

Born in 1956, André Saint-Mleux holds a Master’s degree in Mathematics, a Master’s degree in Electronics and a Bachelor’s degree from the École Centrale des Arts et Manufactures (ECP = Central School of Arts and Manufacturing).

He was an insurance broker at Marsh in Canada from 1981 to 1989, then returned to France where he was responsible for mergers and acquisitions at the Standard Chartered Bank and then at Banque Vernes.

From 1997 to 2013, André Saint-Mleux was the CFO of PROSODIE, and more specifically in charge of finance and administration. He was also responsible for investor relations when PROSODIE was floated from 1998 to 2007. In 2006 he mounted and participated in the LBO to purchase the company from the founder with funds managed by APAX.

In 2011 Cap Gemini acquired PROSODIE.

Since May 2013, he has been a consultant, business-angel, company director and has contributed to the Central entrepreneur network by coaching start-ups and is a member of the school’s incubator jury.

André Saint-Mleux’s mandates:

  • Chair of ARTHAPOL SAS
  • Executive Director of NEXTRADIOTV (Chair of the audit committee)
  • Executive Director of AFI ESCA (member of the audit committee)
  • State Executive Director of Monaco Telecom SAM
  • Executive Director of Radio Monte Carlo SAM
  • Executive Director of SIA SAM
  • Executive Director of Groupe Burrus Courtage Suisse
  • Executive Director of AFI ESCA Luxembourg
  • Executive Director of AFI ESCA holding Courtage Luxembourg

From June 2013 to May 1, 2017, ARTHAPOL has invested in the following start-ups, representing a total investment of almost €1.2M:

Budget Insight, Itelios, SeFaireAider.com, BoblerLipp, Sharette, Jam, Birdly, NAU, Connected Cycle, ZACK, CityTaps

Frédéric Genta (by video-conference)

Industry Head Retail

Frederic Genta is currently Industry Head at Google France helping retail clients at France and Europe level to achieve their digital transformation and grow in a digital world.
This summer, Frederic is spending 3 months in California at Google Headquarters to work with American clients and develop new solutions for Retail in France.
Previously Frédéric worked at Amazon where he was leading the sports business and Orange where he held senior roles in strategy and marketing both in France and in the UK.

Frédéric graduated from ESCP Europe with a Master in Management and holds a Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
He is a lecturer in strategy at ESCP Europe and a board member at Firmfunding (Fintech), the Mobile marketing association, Harvard Business School club of France and the scientific board of Big data master at ESCP Europe.

Frédéric is both a Swiss and Monaco citizen.

Thierry Crovetto

National Advisor

With a Master’s degree in Financial Engineering, Mr. Thierry CROVETTO has been working in the financial sector for over 20 years, and more specifically in asset management. He also created his own management company, TC Stratégie Financière, in 2016.

At the same time, he also teaches Finance at IUM (International University of Monaco), and is involved in politics (National Advisor since 2013 and Chair of the Legislation Commission since 2016), while trying, in particular, to contribute to the economic development of the Principality. For several years, he has stood beside of the JCE (Youth Economic Chamber) for its various events and in particular the Startup Week-end and the business creation competition. In 2013, he declared that Monaco was not "startup friendly“, and called for the creation of a business nursery. This is now come to fruition and he is extremely honored to be one of the members of the MonacoTech jury!

Pierre Joly

CEO Ermeo

During his studies at Supélec, Pierre created GreenStep, based on a system recovering the energy expended by pedestrians. In 2012, having graduated from Supelec, he began his career as the IT consultant for Solucom. In 2013 he took on the position of Product Engineer at the SNCF, where he would, amongst other things, manage development and technical monitoring, and the industrial computer.

After 3 years with SNCF, he decided to co-found Ermeo with Victor Payan and Christophe Joly and now runs this company.

Ermeo developed a solution intended for field technicians and meeting two requirements: provide the right information at the right time and make the direct feedback of information easier from the field via technical and paper documentation as interactive, shared and connected documentation available via a mobile application. The technicians have a veritable “digital toolbox“ with them, allowing them to optimize their productivity.