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Our 12 recently announced Imagine Cup EMEA Regional Finalists are advancing to the in-person Regional Final in just a few days to compete for USD15,000 and spot in the 2019 World Championship.

 

Student teams will travel to Amsterdam, the Netherlands and present a live demo of their projects in front of a panel of five expert judges. Coming from varied backgrounds in technology, industry, startups, entrepreneurship and more, judges’ professional experience will allow them to evaluate if a team’s solution is comprehensive, marketable, uses innovative technology, and presents an original idea built on Azure.

 

Judges will have the opportunity to ask questions and review each project hands-on before ultimately deciding who will compete against the Asia and Americas Regional Final winners at the World Championship this May for a chance at USD100,000 plus a mentoring session with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Follow the action live on Twitter and Instagram as our EMEA regional finalists and judges head to Amsterdam!

 

Meet our EMEA Regional Final Judges

 

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Andy Davis

Director at Backstage Capital London

Andy Davis was most recently an EIR at a health tech startup where he focused on people, product, and strategy. Having been in tech before the London ecosystem truly developed, he's founded companies which gained VC funding, corporate support, and industry adoption. He's also worked closely with other startups on investment, product, hiring, and business development.

 

 

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Floor Drees

Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft

Floor Drees is Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft (Azure). She is an Amsterdam Ruby meetup & EuRuKo 2019 organizer, experience with start-ups, and a background in graphic design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Founder and CEO of Bindi Ventures

Bindi is incredibly passionate about all things startup in Europe and connecting the dots between investors, founders, corporates, and government, and as a result, has worked in and around technology startups for most of her career. She is deeply inspired by entrepreneurship, and is the founder of a Boutique Advisory Firm, Bindi Ventures.

 

 

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Job Nijs

Commercial Lead at StartupDelta

Job is Commercial and Breakthrough Technologies Lead at Startup Delta which aims to merge the Dutch startup ecosystem into one single connected hub. They strive to break down barriers and improve access to talent, capital, networks, knowledge, and markets.

 

 

 

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Lee Stott

Senior Program Manager within the Academic Ecosystems at Microsoft

Lee is a Senior Program Manager within the Academic Ecosystem team which sits in the Microsoft Cloud + AI organization. Our global team helps enable developers to do what they love; write, code, and learn. Specifically, our team is focused on inspiring tomorrow’s influential computer science faculty and students with Azure and open source tools and services.

 

 

Don’t miss out on the chance to see which student developer team will take home the trophy at the World Championship this May! Sign up for updates to follow this year’s competition and be the first to receive news on the next Imagine Cup.