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Ryan Holmes

Ryan Holmes is the Founder and serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Board Member at Hootsuite. He also serves as Advisor of Chirpify. He also Co-Founded Tagga Media and also served as its Chief Technology Officer. He serves as Board Member at Mobio Technologies. He also serves an Advisor at Mobio Technologies. Holmes serves as a Co-Founder of Brightkit. Holmes has grown HootSuite from a lean startup to a global leader in social media with 6 million users, including 79 of the Fortune 100 companies. A college drop-out, he started a paintball company and pizza restaurant before founding Invoke Media, the company that developed HootSuite in 2009. Today, Holmes is an authority on the social business revolution, quoted in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal and called upon to speak at TEDx and SXSW Interactive Conferences. An angel investor and advisor, he mentors startups in Canada and around the world. Through HootSuite University, Holmes partners with major universities to deliver social media coursework to the next generation of business leaders. He is an Angel Investor. He holds a Degree in Business from Okanagan College. Ryan Holmes served as Board Member at Payfirma.

Cemex Ventures

Cemex Ventures is a corporate venture capital arm of Cemex, CEMEX Ventures is an open and collaborative innovation programme and Venture Capital to lead the evolution of the construction industry by engaging startups, entrepreneurs, universities and other stakeholders to shape tomorrow's value ecosystem. It mainly focuses on urban development, new construction trends and technologies, improving connectivity within the construction ecosystem and reinforcing project finance resources. The firm was founded in in 2017 and is headquartered in Madrid, Spain.

Jeremy Colless

Jeremy Colless is managing partner of Artesian Capital Management an alternative investment fund manager spun out of ANZ in 2004. As well as being a principal investor in early stage ventures in Australia and China, Artesian partners with accelerators, incubators, angel groups and universities to create early stage venture capital co-investment funds such as the $10M Sydney Angels Sidecar Fund and Newcastle-based Slingshot Venture Fund. Prior to founding Artesian in 2004, Jeremy spent 18 years trading global bond/credit markets for investment banks including SG Warburg and Lehman Brothers in New York and Hong Kong.

Umair Javed


I am passionate about starting and running businesses that use technology to create value. Some hats that I wear include. •ANGEL INVESTOR: I invest in startups in multiple verticals. My portfolio companies include • SAAS based startups in Marketing technology space in North America • E-commerce, infotainment, edutech companies in Asia • Gaming studios. Mind and body wellness startups I am running an incubator and angel network that aims to help entrepreneurs in Asia to get off the ground and create their next big venture. Ping me, If you have a great idea, prototype or running product or if you are excited about learning investment opportunities in the red-hot startup space in South Asia and Middle east. FOUNDER & CEO: I have run several companies as founder and CEO, a quick glance include TKXEL: A software services company that provide solutions involving analytics, mobile, web and other components to companies across the globe. We have worked with several fortune 500 enterprises, respectable SMBs and promising startups. If you are searching for a great team or have a business proposition, we are keen to listen. I am as a CEO of tkxel, manage it on daily basis and responsible for its growth and strategic direction NUTTY APPS: Founded a kids gaming brand and grew it to 500M+ installs with over 1M installs/day in a couple of years before handing it over to an executive team to run it. STRATEGIC ALLIANCEZ (SA): Founded a digital media agency in 2010 that moved on to become the No1 digital agency in Pakistan with several awards to its credit. EDUCATOR, SPEAKER: I am an educator at heart. I love to mentor, teach, train and share knowledge. I speak at various conferences and give lectures on CS and Entrepreneurship in universities. Some of my taught courses are televised by universities on TV and web as well.

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