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Thomas Bigagli, Director and EMEA IC member at Plug and Play, will speak at our EU-Startups Summit on May 12-13 in Barcelona!

The 8th edition of the annual EU-Startups Summit is fast approaching! On May 12-13 we will be welcoming you to Barcelona for our exclusive in-person event that will give you the chance to rub shoulders and do active networking with about 1,600 attendees from across Europe, and get inspired during talks from some of Europe’s most successful startup founders and investors. 

Joining us on the workshop stage on May 13 will be Thomas Bigagli, Director and EMEA IC member at Plug and Play! Thomas will give an educational talk about into the inner workings of VC firms, uncovering how VC funds are started and operated.

Plug and Play is one of the largest open innovation platforms globally and one of the most active VC funds with an impressive 30 unicorns in its portfolio. Operating since 2006, Plug and Play brings together a community of 35k+ startups, 500+ world-leading corporations and hundreds of venture capital firms, universities, and government agencies across 20+ industries. The mission is to create a unique ecosystem designed to facilitate meaningful connections, startup investments and bring together key stakeholders – all as part of the goal to nurture innovation and develop industry-leading businesses. The firm is active 40+ locations globally, including the U.S., China, France, Germany, South Africa, Singapore, Indonesia, and Brazil.

As Director at Plug and Play EMEA, Thomas’ role is to empower the ventures team in 25 different offices, expand their operations in new geographical zones, increase the number of investments, and, support their portfolio startups to reach new milestones. He certainly will have a lot of valuable thoughts to share! With 5 years of global management and self-employed experiences in the innovation & entrepreneurship space as a tech entrepreneur, investor, advisor, and consultant, he has had the chance to work in 15 cities on 4 continents and has invested in over 70 fast-growing startups, from pre-seed to series A.

On May 12-13, the EU-Startups Summit is giving you the unique chance to learn from industry thought leaders like Thomas and connect with Europe’s biggest names in innovation. Make sure you pick up your ticket now so you don’t out!

In the meantime, keep an eye on our dedicated event page to stay up to date on all the latest details about the Summit, and check out this quick video which will give you some insights into what’s to come. 

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Patricia Allen
Patricia Allen
is the Head of Content at EU-Startups. With a background in politics, Patricia has a real passion for how shared ideas across communities and cultures can bring new initiatives and innovations for the future. She spends her time bringing you the latest news and updates of startups across Europe, and curating our social media.

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