Opening up technology pathways.

Mission


About Us


To provide strategic and financial advisory services to start-ups and researchers with health, social and environmental impact innovations, supporting them to bring their breakthrough technologies to the market, for a healthier, safer and more sustainable world.

Inveniam’s services cover the different needs of companies and institutions through their development and growth journey. By finding the right partners and structuring successful collaborations, Inveniam supports the development of initial and growth phases, when agility, market knowledge and experience are key success factors. Services include financial advisory, strategic consulting and public funding support.

Team


Elena Canetti

Managing Partner, Israel
MBA from Boston University

Elena is an international expert in Technology Transfer. Having completed hundreds of licensing and research deals in the pharmaceutical, high-tech and chemical industries, Elena brings years of experience with tech commercialization in international markets. Prior to co-founding Inveniam, Elena was VP of Research Collaborations at a worldwide renowned Israeli University, where she led the commercialization of promising technologies to international corporations and leading venture capital firms.

Eric Suñol

Managing Partner, Madrid
PhD in Economics from the New School for Social Research in New York

Eric is an experienced entrepreneur, consultant and transaction advisor in different industries, with a special focus on sustainability. Prior to co-founding Inveniam, he worked as a consultant setting up a major Spanish incubator. He has also served in several positions in a power & gas corporation and worked in investment banking.

Albert Cot

Partner, Barcelona
PhD in Bioengineering from the UPC

Albert is an expert in Industrial R&D and industry-academia partnerships. Albert is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine and was a post-doc researcher at the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona. Albert is the current Head of Corporate Venture for Energy and Systems at an infrastructure company.

John Crockett

Partner, Barcelona
MSc in Economics from the University of London

John has extensive experience in competitive funding for NGOs, businesses and research institutions. As Managing Director, he previously helped grow an innovation consulting firm into a leader in writing SME Instrument proposals. John currently leads Inveniam’s public funding division.

Alex Fuentes

Partner, Mexico & Barcelona
Industrial Engineer from UPC

Space Aeronautical Engineer from ENSAM «Arts et Métiers»

Alex is a global expert in Energy Transition and Circular Economy, having worked as a Technical and Operating Director in some of the world’s leading environmental companies. Besides, he has established a successful financial career in the Private Equity sector, as an Investment Director in one of the most important European Environmental Investment Funds. He has also closed M&A infrastructure deals as an investment advisor, always with the perspective of having a positive impact on the environment.

Ignacio Villa

Partner, Barcelona
MBA from ESADE Business School

Postgraduate in International Business from the Stockholm School of Economics

Ignacio is an experienced Investment Banker with 20+ years of experience in M&A and Venture Capital. He has advised on 50+ transactions in his career most of which have been cross-border deals. He also has extensive experience in floating Startups to the public stock markets, fundraising, and structuring complex transactions.

Javier Alonso

Venture Partner, Madrid
Industrial Engineer from Universidad Politecnica Madrid

Chemical Engineer from Universidad Valladolid

Javier works as a senior consultant, advisor, and business developer, with more than 30 years of experience, mainly in the fields of energy, environment, and innovation. He has collaborated with different entities and companies at both national and European levels such as Naturgy, Iberia, Innoenergy Europe’s Project Evaluation Committee, Spanish Technological Platform of CO2, Eurelestric’s Innovation, and ALINE among others.

Ricardo Schleifer

Venture Partner, Israel
MSc in Bio-Medical Engineering from the Tel Aviv University

BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Technion (both cum-laude)

As a Senior Marketing Manager, Ricardo brings 30+ years of experience in introducing innovative medical & electronic products into new and existing markets. Ricardo has experience in a long list of medical and pharma products and leading technologies as well as Cleantech and Agrotech.

Benito Vera

Venture Partner, Madrid
MSc in Economics from Universidad Compultense Madrid

Senior Executive Program at IESE

Benito has extensive experience in business strategy, investment banking and financial analysis pertaining to the energy and financial sectors. He has held several key positions, such as Director of Analysis and Studies at Gamesa and Iberdrola, Head of Equity Research at Santander, and VP of Equity Research, Energy Team at Citi (London).

Raül Zurita

Venture Partner, Barcelona
PhD in Chemical Eng. from the Universidad Politecnica Catalonia

MBA from ESADE.

Raül has extensive experience of 20+ years in the life science industry, with
leading roles in R&D, Global Marketing & Sales and Corporate Innovation. He
has expertise in technology evaluation, business strategy/development and
negotiation of licensing agreements. Besides this, Raül has founded a startup
and temporary cooperates with entrepreneurs setting up new ventures.

Jesús Purroy

Director, Barcelona
PhD in Biology with a PDD from IESE Business School

Jesús is a molecular biologist and entrepreneur focused on addressing social needs through the development of life science-based technology. He worked as Research & Innovation Director and later Scientific Director at the Barcelona Science Park. Jesus has founded two companies and is an advisor to several others.

Víctor Suñol

Manager, Barcelona
BSc in ADE from Universitat Oberta Catalunya

MSc in Internet Management from ICT

Víctor is passionate about new technologies and has over 17 years of international experience in multicultural project management and business development in the IT and broadcast sectors. 
Prior to specializing in public procurement and fundraising, he also worked in the financial sector.

Nick Chapman

Manager, Barcelona
MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems from the University of Edinburgh

MPhil in Smart Grids from the University of Manchester

Nick is an expert in energy engineering and economics, with experience in research, technology development, project management, fundraising and business planning. Prior to joining Inveniam, Nick supported and lead several energy innovation projects in the UK and Spain. He is the author of three IEEE publishes and has presented his research on-demand flexibility at a number of major European conferences. 

Cristina Vilarmau

Associate, Barcelona
MSc in Health Biotechnology from CESIF

BS in Biotechnology from Universidad de Barcelona

Cristina assists the Inveniam team with business plans and Go To Market strategies in the area of Life Science. Cristina has experience in biotechnology and business and has worked in several research groups related to plant biotechnology and molecular and cellular biology.

Naia Jiménez

Associate, Barcelona
MSc enrolled in Health Economics and Pharmacoeconomics from the UPF Barcelona School of Management

BSc in Biomedical Engineering from Universidad Barcelona

Naia is a biomedical engineer, specialized in the acceleration of innovative MedTech and digital health projects. She is currently studying for a master’s degree in Health Economics and is an active member of Young IT Girls, a non-profit organization that promotes technological vocations among young girls. Naia supports the Inveniam Group team in strategic consulting, impact evaluation, and private and public fundraising. She also manages the communication content of the company. 

Emma Pipó Ollé

Associate, Barcelona
MSc in Environmental Engineering from the University of Southern Denmark

BS in Biotechnology from Universidad de Barcelona

Emma has previously worked at the R&D department of a Danish Biotech company and at a research group at university, altogether specializing in cancer diagnosis, drug discovery and drug delivery. As a graduate in Environmental Engineering, she can evaluate sustainable technologies and design environmentally efficient solutions. Furthermore, she can quantify climate and environmental impacts independently or in parallel to financial and socio-economic aspects, with a global perspective focusing on circular economy.

Paolo de Carli

Associate, Barcelona
MSc in SELECT from TU/e & Universidad Politecnica Catalonia

BSc in Energy Engineering from Politecnico di Milano 

Paolo combines an energy engineering background with his management and entrepreneurial skills obtained during ESADE courses. He is interested in the development and application of sustainable technologies, from the technological, business and social points of view. Before joining Inveniam Group, he studied in the SELECT double degree master program sponsored by EIT InnoEnergy where he worked on interdisciplinary projects,  such as the development of a solar-powered water pump suitable for the Sahel region.

Laia Mencia

Associate, Barcelona
PhD in Astronomy from Stockholm University, Sweden

For her PhD in the field of Astronomy, Laia worked on broad-band multi-colour imaging and image analysis to determine supernovae rates. After her PhD and before joining Inveniam’s team, she worked as an English teacher and translator.

Max Kaczor

Analyst, Barcelona

MSc Social Sciences Applied to the Environment from Universidad Pablo de Olavide

BSc Environmental Studies from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Max is a dynamic and enthusiastic environmentalist who combines his scientific and writing backgrounds. He worked as a freelance writer and developed skills that allow him to create pieces about a variety of topics and has been studying the environmental field since 2013. He has worked with various NGOs in the United States with the communications and marketing departments and completed his master’s degree in Sevilla. Max supports the Inveniam Group team in public funding, community management, and life sciences projects.

Silvia Pérez

Analyst, Barcelona
BSc in Biomedical Engineering from Universidad Pompeu Fabra

Silvia is a versatile and enthusiastic biomedical engineer with healthcare knowledge and motivation to be involved in challenging and impactful projects. She assists the Inveniam team with strategic consulting activities in the Life Sciences area, mainly focused on medical devices and digital health solutions. Before joining the team, she has worked in the Laboratory of Neuropharmacology from the PRBB gaining experience for her final thesis.

Estefanía González

Graphic Designer, Barcelona

Master’s in Creative Documentary at Universidad Pompeu Fabra

BA in Communication and Digital Media from Tecnológico de Monterrey

Estefania is an experienced photographer and filmmaker. Currently working also as a film producer and director assistance. She combines creativity, curiosity, and design skills to help develop the project proposals, the company’s identity, and news. Before joining the team, she had worked in the communication and coordination area for different film festivals and companies.

German Hernández

Financial Controller, Barcelona

A double degree in Administration and Finance

BA of International Marketing.

German has extensive experience in Project management and customer service. Designs and controls the accounting and tax management of Inveniam. He supports management in coordinating the rest of the functional areas.

Advisors


Einav Zilber

Intellectual Property Transactions Advisor, Tel Aviv
Adv., Patent Attorney, LL.B – Law School of the Tel Aviv University, BSc. Physics & Math from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Einav has profound experience in business-oriented intellectual property counseling and management. Einav operates in multi-disciplinary fields, including Digital Health, Automotive, Semiconductors, and others. Einav assists established companies and startups with strategic collaborations and transactions and with the building of multi-disciplinary value-adding IP portfolios. Einav is recognized as one of IAM Strategy 300 Global Leaders 2021. She was named one of IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists 2020, and was recognized as a Corporate IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars ranking for 2015–2018.

Rafael Rubio

Agri-biotech Advisor, Granada
PhD in Plant Biotechnology and Genetic Resources and a BS Agronomy

Rafael is an expert in ecological research pertaining to agriculture, genetics and plant biology. Rafael has worked with some of the best academic and scientific institutions in the US and Spain. He developed his research at Harvard and Duke University and in the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent).

Alan Belicha

Biotech Advisor, New York
PhD in Molecular Immunology and a BS in Biotechnology and Clinical Laboratory Sciences from Buffalo University

Alan is the Business Development Manager at Mount Sinai (NY, US) and is involved with the health division of the NYC Regional Innovation cluster. He was a consultant for Ascent Biomedical Ventures and an analyst at Grey Healthcare Group.

Xavier Bofill

Biotech Advisor, New York
PhD in Molecular Immunology and a BS in Biotechnology and Clinical Laboratory Sciences from Buffalo University

Alberto is an experienced finance professional with a successful track record in Investment Banking and Structured Finance roles at leading banks and multinationals, including Morgan Stanley, HSBC, Telefonica and Gamesa. He has also held senior positions in biotech and software start-ups, involved in their capital raising efforts as part of the management team and also as private investor.

Alberto Peón

Financial Advisor, Madrid
MBA from The Wharton School and a BA from ICADE

Alberto is an experienced financial professional with a successful track record in investment banking and structured finance. He has held various roles at leading banks and multinationals, including Morgan Stanley, HSBC, Telefonica, and Gamesa. He has also held senior positions in biotech and software start-ups and was closely involved in capital raising.

Philippe Guisset

Biotech Advisor, Barcelona
MBA from the University of Leuven, Belgium and MA in Internet Business, from ISDI, Barcelona

Philippe has over 15 years experience in Pharmaceutical Companies and Life Science Projects, with increasingly responsible directive positions in sales, marketing, and people management. Strong negotiation skills, result-oriented analytical skills and proven customer-centric thinking leading to innovate & maintain consistent business results.

Tally Hershko

Senior Advisor, Valencia
BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Technion

Tally is a multifaceted medical and biotech product marketing professional with broad-based skills in global product management, project management, marketing, business and product development. With 18 years of experience in the industry, Tally provides a knowledge of business, marketing, data analysis and technology, with successful launches of medical devices into the market.

Mauro Jankelovicius

Commercial Advisor, Brazil
BA in Music from the Rubin National Academy of Music in Jerusalem

Experienced in the medical-equipment area. Good knowledge of Latin American markets (Brazil in particular). Expertise in working with Israeli companies in Brazil, 12 years with Elscint as Latin America Manager and 14 years with Given Imaging, first as the exclusive distributor and secondly as the Brazilian subsidiary director.

Oriol Salvatella

Advisor, Barcelona
BS in Industrial Engineering at UPC Barcelona

Oriol is an experienced engineer and finance manager in the energy, water and waste sectors. He leads Energiplan, a specialized consulting firm serving clients in the EU and the Americas. Prior to that, he was the technology director at a Spanish leading private equity firm investing in energy infrastructure in Spain and Latin America, and lead the regional R&D and product design in an automotive industry.


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