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Mentor Network

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The ADSA Mentor Network complements the acceleration programme and lasts until the project end, giving companies the chance to receive feedback and help from experts in the topics of scaling up, internationalization and specific competences from the business world.

The ADSA mentors provide assistance to ADSA companies interested in developing their activity in the mentors’ regions.

The ADSA Mentors


Ana Suárez Lena

Assistant Director and EU Projects, CEEI Bahía de Cádiz

Ana has been working in CEEI Bahía Cádiz February 1998, being involved in the different departments (Consultancy, Training, Projects, …). In 2011, takes over the responsibility of leading the Training and Education Department, responsibility that combines with the previous responsibilities and the coordination of the Cádiz Business Angels Network.


Strategic and Business Planning; Partner’s search and Networking opportunities; Good knowledge of the local Entrepreneurship ecosystem; Local and regional public sources of finance; Private financing: Business Angels.

Telephone: +34 956 860654 (office) / Email: asuarez@ceeicadiz.com / Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anasuarezlena/



Bretagne Commerce International

BCI (BRETAGNE COMMERCE INTERNATIONAL) is the correspondent for Business France in Bretagne. They provide free confidential assistance to foreign companies through the different stages of their project to expand their business. As part of ADSA project, they will provide support mainly in two different areas (see below).


Data collection : Information on key economic sectors in Brittany (IT, Health, Agriculture, Food Industry, Biotech…) and basic information on law and fiscal regulation in France.
Business meetings : Set up B2B meetings with key business leaders in the region.
If ADSA startups need further assistance, they can put them through a consulting company.


First Contact Point: Pauline PRESSE pauline.presse@tech-brest-iroise.fr


Carrie McCafferty

Business Development Executive, Enterprise North West

Carrie McCafferty has 9 years experience in Enterprise North West on successive business start up programmes and international trade links programmes. She is a mentor on a number of different growth and innovation programmes, and is a director of a few of companies in her own right.


Innovation Management & Business Development; Entrepreneurship.


First Contact Point: Claire Costello claire@enterprisenw.com


Ignacio Paton

Foreign  trade advisor & Enterprise Europe Network, Andalusian Council of Chambers of Commerce

Bachelor on Business Administration, working in Innovation and Business Development Department at the Andalusia Council of Chambers of Commerce, providing support to entrepreneurs and SMEs, senior staff of Enterprise Europe Network, KAM of SME Instrument. Dealing with innovation, business centers and regional administration stakeholders; and mainly focusing on providing SMEs with a competitive advantage through out innovation and internationalization.


Strategic and Business Planning; Partner’s search and Networking opportunities; Good knowledge of the local Entrepreneurship ecosystem; Local and regional public sources of finance; Business oportunities. Fluent in Englsih and Spanish.


Telephone: +34 954 501  303  Email: misiones@camarasandalucia.org


Jean Noel Nunez

CEO of Promoparcs

Graduated with a double Master in Business Administration and Local Economic Development. Jean Noel has created a company in the field of entertainment, PromoParcs, and has currently 5 employees and has experienced double digit growth since its creation.




First Contact Point: Alexis Nault alexis.nault@spn.asso.fr


João Pereira

Director, Digital @ Portugal Ventures

João is Investment Director with a focus on Digital at Portugal Ventures, considered by CB Insights the most active venture capital team in Portugal. He has 20 years of accumulated venture capital investment experience, having managed and led the Finicia, Actec and Call for Entrepreneurship initiatives, intervening in more than 100 early stage investments. Of its current investment portfolio are startups such as Aptoide, Bitsight, B-Parts, DefinedCrowd, Displax, Fever, GetSocial, JScrambler, Mapidea, Science4You and Zaask. Examples of recent exits: Shiftforward (acquired by Velocidi), Outsystems (acquired by North Bridge), Anubis Networks (acquired by Bitsight) and Gleam (acquired by Farfetch). He is regularly invited as a trainer and lecturer in the areas of investment, strategy and marketing, collaborating with Porto Business School (Digital Business), IPAM (Global Marketing) and the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (Technology Commercialisation). He obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Economics from the Faculty of Economics of University of Porto.


Digital startups, venture capital investing, marketing, strategy


First contact:  cjsantos@reit.up.pt  t: +351 220 408 272



John Magee

Head of Enterprise, Mayo Local Enterprise Office

John’s primary focus is to further develop Mayo’s indigenous enterprise sector. John brings a breadth of experience and knowledge of the sector and an excellent working relationship with many of the small businesses in County Mayo. Mayo Local Enterprise Office offers a range of supports to new and existing businesses in Mayo including: Training, Mentoring, Advice & Financial Assistance. John’s work includes providing a strategic overview of the challenges and opportunities that face the County’s businesses and then working with his team to develop and roll out accessible and pragmatic responses to these challenges and opportunities. John’s academic background includes a BA in Sociology & Geography, a Masters in European Social Policy Analysis (both from NUI Maynooth) and Certificates in Managing Change and Local Government Studies.


Management and Business Development; Strategic and Business Planning


Tel: +353 94 9047555 Email: jmagee@mayococo.ie


Jorge Pimenta

 Project Manager, growing disruptive startups@IPN

Entrepreneur, speaker, mentor and startup enthusiast. Forecasting innovation and entrepreneurship at IPN. Previously, also a strong track record regarding business development in B2B channels/markets and in defining sustainable go-to-market strategies, combining national and international experience in various geographies (mainly Europe and Brazil) and segments (Retail, Media&Publishing and IT).


Generation of innovative business models; Management and Business Development; Funding and Venture Capital


First Contact Point: Ana Seguro aseguro@ipn.pt


Marina Espinosa Traverso

Senior consultant at CEEI Bahía de Cadiz

Graduated in Chemistry Science. Technician in prevention of risk at workplace with specialization in work, industrial hygiene and ergonomy and applied psicosociology. Internal audit of quality, environmental, food security and security and health in the workplace management systems. Masters Degree in industrial technology and management. Senior consultant at CEEI Bahía de Cadiz since 2007, providing support to entrepreneurs and SMEs.


Strategic and Business Planning; Good knowledge of the local Entrepreneurship ecosystem; Audits of Quality, Environmental, Security and Food Security Management Systems; Socioeconomic studies; Information on local and regional public sources of finance.

Telephone: +34 956 860654 (office) / Email: mespinosa@ceeicadiz.com /

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marinaespinosatraverso/



Paul McGuirk

Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office Cork City

Paul has worked in the local economic development sector for  over 20 years and has a good knowledge of the local entrepreneurship ecosystem as well as local and national sources of finance. Paul oversees the implementation of a wide range of initiatives that help to strengthen and grow businesses based in Cork City. Supports range from grant aid for manufacturing and internationally traded service companies to a suite of soft supports such as mentoring and management development training for all small businesses.


Management and Business Development; Strategic and Business Planning.

First contact Ivan McCutcheon, LEO Cork City Tel: +353 86 8546717 Email: ivan_mccutcheon@leo.corkcity.ie


Paulo Santos

Executive Director of IPN Accelerator

Paulo has got an Undergraduate Degree in Economics by the Coimbra University (1998) and a specialization in Financing & Investment Projects by the same institution (2004). He started his career in 1998 -1999 as junior consultant in investment projects and some Portuguese programs for SME’s competitiveness, working for local and national development entities in the Coimbra Region. Since 2001 he assumed the Executive Direction of Instituto Pedro Nunes Business Incubator where the main responsibilities and tasks assumed are: general coordination of the Business Incubator activities and staff; consultancy, to provide support and assessment services to entrepreneurs in the fields of general management and business planning; to provide brokerage services in order to promote the cooperation between incubatees and the different research groups and departments in the Coimbra University; general promotion of the Business Incubator activities; coordination of training courses in the fields of entrepreneurship, business planning, etc.; to provide management support to national and UE R&D projects. In July 2008 Paulo assumed also the Direction of Business Development & Internationalisation activities at Crioestaminal – Saúde e Tecnologia, S.A., a very successful start-up created in IPN-Business Incubator.


Management and Business Development; Strategic and Business Planning ; Entrepreneurship


First Contact Point: Ana Seguro aseguro@ipn.pt


Rui Miranda


Rui has graduated in Business Administration by FEUC (2005) and has a Master’s in Business Administration with a major in Finance, Accounting and Control by Universidade Católica Portuguesa (2009). He was an Assistant Professor at FCTUC, between 2013 and 2017, lecturing Entrepreneurship and Business Administration at the Masters in Informatics Engineering. Rui has more than 10 years of experience in business consulting, especially focused on supporting technological based startups and scaleups. Today, he manages the IPN Business Accelerator, an initiative of IPN, that fosters innovative tech-based firms with high growth potential by offering a set of diversified services focused on improving their internationalisation capabilities and increasing their technological intensity through cooperation with the national and international scientific and technological system.


Entrepreneurship and Business Administration; Internationalization


First Contact Point: Ana Seguro aseguro@ipn.pt


Sean O’Coisdealbha

Regional Development Executive, Údarás na Gaeltachta

Sean’s main role is in supporting the development of new and existing business in the Gaeltacht Region of the West of Ireland, and helping them to develop new markets, technologies, products and strategic alliances. He has worked in a number of sectors including regional development, micro enterprise development and SME development which has helped him develop a broad understanding of business from early stage development, start-up, systems management (specifically quality management) development to innovation and market discovery. He has also been involved in a number of European Projects (Digi2Market (Augmented & Virtual Reality) GREAT (Smart Grid), ANCOIRM (Coastal Zone Management) and others. In his spare time Sean is a director of a number of local social enterprises including a bi-lingual Arts Facility (Aras Inis Gluaire) and a world-class golf complex (Carne Golf Links)


Management and Business Development; Strategic and Business Planning.

Tel: +353 97 81418 Email: socoisdealbha@udaras.ie