An experienced and pragmatic entrepreneur in the high-technology mechanical engineering sector. Awarded EY Entrepreneur of the year 2015. Experience in setting-up divisions in engineering design, tooling production, prototype and series-production in high-growth, high value-add industries. A results orientated, strategic driver with operational infrastructure and planning skills.
Patrick Hessel is a technology investor in AeroMobil and founder and CEO of c2i - an advanced composites engineering, tooling and production company. He developed a wide range of production technologies to produce light-weight advanced engineered products to high volume, lost cost and high-end quality standards. Built an international customer base for industries: automotive, aerospace, motorsport, satellite communication. c2i customer references include companies like BMW, Audi, Porsche, Bentley, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Mercedes Motorsport HWA, B/E Aerospace, Diehl, Alfa Romeo, Cobham. Before starting c2i, Patrick Hessel worked as a management consultant at McKinsey&Co. in Germany.
Juraj Vaculik is a co-founder and CEO of AeroMobil, an advanced engineering company that is commercialising a sophisticated flying car, combining real car and an aircraft in a single vehicle.
In 2010, Juraj co-founded AeroMobil and manages the company as its CEO. In 2013, together with the inventor and co-founder Stefan Klein, he unveiled the pre-prototype of AeroMobil 2.5 at the SAE Conference in Montreal. A year later, an experimental prototype of AeroMobil 3.0 was developed under his lead with the team of 12 people and presented at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna. Popular Science magazine presented AeroMobil with Invention of the Year 2015 award and UK edition od Wired magazine ranked the project among the top 10 rule breakers last year.
Juraj has over twenty years’ experience of working as a leader with very broad experiences from political revolution to international media and advertising industry. During Velvet Revolution in 1989 which ends a communist era in former Czechoslovakia, he was one of the key persons in Student Movement who have started the process of democratization and established the new post-revolution government in Slovakia.
In 1992, he started his career as a creative director for major global advertising agencies which started their operations in Czech and Slovak republics. In 1996 he founded MADE BY VACULIK - one of the leading independent advertising agencies in the CEE region, extending its reach to over 30 countries.
Juraj acts as an angel investor in numerous projects in Europe and the US.
David Richards, CBE founded Prodrive in 1984 and acted as a chairman of Aston Martin. He is one of the most respected figures in world motorsport. Mr. Richards has been instrumental in establishing Prodrive as a world-leading motorsport and technology business. He has also led two F1 teams – Benetton and BAR - as team principal and in the latter led the team to second place in the F1 Constructors’ World Championship in 2004. Today, he is actively involved in all aspects of the Prodrive group and works closely with the board to develop the business strategy, supporting the executive team in its new business activity.
Meir Arnon is an Israeli Entrepreneur, Investor and Turnaround Leader.
Arnon founded Focus Capital Group (FCG) www.focuscap.com in 1988 and currently serves as its Chairman and CEO. FCG has led many investments and transactions, some in partnership with Fortune 100 companies such as EDS, Frito Lay, P&G, Kimberly Clark and others, and some by acquiring troubled publically traded industrial corporations in various industries such as Food, Communication Equipment, Heavy Machinery, Textiles, Automotive, Mobility and Energy Storage, turning them around and selling them to industrial and strategic buyers. Currently Meir Arnon serves as Chairman of Vulcan- Volta www.volta.ci.il , and a board member of several Automotive and Mobility startups boards.
Prior to founding FCG, Arnon Co- Founded and Chaired the New Dimension Software Co. that was later went public on NASDAQ and sold to BMC Software.
Meir has worked with many leading Automotive OEs and Tier 1s companies such as GM, FORD, Renault, Delphi, Lear and others.
Arnon is an active civic leader, member of the YPO where he Co- Founded of the Israeli, Monaco and the Russian Chapters and championed many events worldwide. He is a board member of Israel Innovation Institute and the Co-Founder and Chairman of EcoMotion www.ecomotion.org.il, a non for profit global interdisciplinary community of many thousands of innovators and entrepreneurs engaged in Smart mobility and Alternative Fuels.
Arnon holds a B.Sc. from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, an MBA from INSEAD, and is an HBS alumnus.