Business Rally

Jury members

Meet the Jury

Investor Day Jury consists of European Business Angel Board Members from Finland, Estonia, Switzerland, UK and France. 

Peter Braun

Equity Pitcher Fund, Switzerland


Peter E. Braun has 20 years of experience as a serial entrepreneur and in various senior and top management positions in the aerospace and automotive industries. He has successfully launched two industrial companies and two finance-related enterprises, and completed two IPOs, one in the United States and one in Germany. During his career, Peter acquired profound knowledge of the capital markets and the finance sector though his activities in Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Canada, USA and Asia. He is a much asked for coach for start-ups, a compelling speaker and a sought after senior advisor and board member.

In his most recent activity as a Co-founder and CEO of the Mountain Club AG, he created a peerless e-banking solution for business angel and private equity investments in collaboration with strategic partner UBS AG.

Alan Cowley

Martlet Capital, UK


Alan is an entrepreneur and investor for the UK based investment company Martlet Capital. Martlet invest in UK based IP rich deep technology start-ups, with a focus on Life Science enabling technologies and digital health; sensors, software and devices; and sustainable technologies.

Alongside his venture role, Alan is co-founder of the Invested Investor, an educational publishing start-up helping start-ups. He co-authored the entrepreneurial challenge book ‘Founder to Founder’ and wrote a chapter for the UK Entrepreneur’s Guide ‘Yes Business Can’. For the Invested Investor, Alan has interviewed hundreds of leading global early-stage business professionals, building up a huge understanding of how the start-up ecosystem operates, as well as numerous roles mentoring and training entrepreneurs and investors. Additionally, he is a director of Camdata Limited and on the Board of Advisors for an independent Sixth-Form school in Cambridge.

Lev Dolgatsjov

Estonian Business Angel Network, Estonia

Lev-Dolgatsov-1Lev has been an entrepreneur for more than 25 years, in IT retail, Visual Media Production and Investing areas. He has more than 20 startups in his portfolio an is one of the go-to mentors for the investor readiness topics. Lev is also working as the President of the Estonian Business Angels Network. 

Marcel Dridje

Sophia Business Angels, France

marcel-dridjeA seasoned European Sales senior Executive, Marcel has substantial field experience helping IT and Telecom startups in the US and EMEA. Marcel has a broad range of experience in all aspects of sales, marketing, communication and management with direct experience with Fortune 500 enterprises and startups. 

Marcel most recently left CISCO after 35 years in IT and Telecom Sales to start his new venture as a Business Angel with SBA to help startups with seed money, VC connections and Business development.

Janne Jormalainen

President of the European Business Angels Network Board
Finnish Business Angels Network, Finland

Janne-JormalainenJanne Jormalainen is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. He is active in the angel investment scene in Northern Europe, his has invested to over thirty high tech and education companies. He is currently chairman of the board in four highly successful start-up companies. He is chairman emeritus of the Finnish Business Angel Network (FiBAN). He is a frequently heard speaker in conferences and seminars.

Janne made his early career in large corporate environment, then moving to entrepreneurship. At Nokia, he was in charge of multiple functions and businesses; managing for example the mobile accessory, IoT and wearables business unit with 860 M€ in annual revenues. He has lived and worked in the USA, Europe and Southeast Asia. Since 2005 he has been working as an entrepreneur in multiple industries and founded several companies. In 2015 he sold SPU Oy, a company producing energy efficient building materials, to Kingspan Plc.