What is the European Tech Hub ?
Recent record-breaking years have demonstrated that Europe is becoming a worldly hotbed of real pioneering innovations. Indeed, thousands of Tech SMEs are demonstrating remarkable performances not only in go-to locations such as Berlin, Paris or Stockholm, but also in Munich, Madrid, Frankfurt, Zurich, Milan, etc.
As their full business potential is still on the horizon and their need for financial support exponentially growing, how can the persisting late-stage funding gap be sustainably bridged? In order to help Tech SMEs take the next step, Euronext decided to go beyond its domestic markets and deploy, hand-in-hand with players of the local ecosystems, a tailor-made offer in Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland.
Biographies of the Euronext Tech-Hub representatives
Susana de Antonio Director – Spain Representative (Madrid)
Susana de Antonio joined Euronext as a Director and Spain Representative for Euronext, supporting Spanish Tech companies and their stakeholders through their IPO process. She has over 16 years’ experience in Venture Capital & Private Equity with 8 transactions completed and an aggregate value and equity invested of over €2.1bn and €330m respectively. She started her career at Netjuice Capital, an internet companies‘ incubator. After that she moved to the middle market Private Equity industry, spending 7 years at Vista Capital (owned by Banco Santander) and 8 years at L Capital (sponsorised by LVMH Group). She has been part of Pepe Jeans & Hackett and El Ganso Board of Directors. Susana holds a Bachelor Degree in Management and Finance Administration with majors in Finance and Accounting from CUNEF.
Dr. Søren Bjønness Director – Switzerland Representative (Zurich)
Søren Bjønness is a Director and Switzerland Representative for Euronext, supporting Swiss Tech companies and tech ecosystem. He started his career in 1988 in the Royal Norwegian Navy, where he became a Second Lieutenant. Posts in his career include environmental management, corporate banking, securitization and management buyouts at UBS, Private Equity at 3i, corporate incubation at Sulzer, venture capital at New Value, Corporate Finance and Capital Markets at PwC. Søren holds a Degree in Leadership, Organisation, Finance and Economic Policy from the University of Fribourg and completed a doctorate in Leadership and Change in SMEs at the University of Basel.
Sebastian Grabert Director – Germany Representative (Munich)
Sebastian Grabert is a Director and Representative for Euronext in Germany based in Munich, supporting German Tech companies and their stakeholders in their IPO process on Euronext. He is a former equity research analyst at London-based Berenberg Capital Markets where he covered the Pan-European Software & IT Services sector. After leaving Berenberg he took on a role in ‘quantamental’ research at HSBC Global Research where he focused on systematic alpha generation in equity capital markets. He then took over the responsibility for the coverage of European Hardware Technology companies as an Associate Director at HSBC. Sebastian is a trained bank clerk and holds a pre-diploma in Business Administration from University of Mannheim and a Master of Science in Business Administration from ESCP Europe with majors in Capital Markets and Corporate Finance. 2
Giovanni Vecchio Director – Italy Representative (Milan)
Giovanni Vecchio is a Director and Italy Representative for Euronext, supporting Italian Tech companies and tech ecosystem. Giovanni gained a strong track record in SMEs financing including more than 6 IPOs completed with Integrae SIM, as well as several M&A deals and structured debt securities issuing. He was also investment manager at TTVenture, a venture capital fund managed by Quadrivio, one of the largest and diversified AMC in Italy. Previous experience includes trading on Nasdaq at UBS and business consulting at EY as well as an experience with an healthcare M&A boutique in Milano. His sector expertise includes financial and venture, ICT, cleantech and energy. Giovanni holds a MsC in Business at Bocconi University in Milano and a Master in Finance from University of California, San Diego.