CARLOS BARADELLO

FOUNDING PARTNER

Carlos Baradello (PhD) is an investor, advisor and lecturer, as well as a leading professional in the area of innovation and entrepreneurship. His wide experience working with hundreds of entrepreneurs around the world allows him to transmit the key aspects to support all the high-growth phases and their global competitiveness.

He is the founder and managing partner of Sausalito Global Scaling, company dedicated to facilitating the global scaling of startup projects in Latin America. Former corporate Vice President of Motorola for the Latin American and Caribbean region, he developed the Motorola Center in Argentina and Chile. He has been involved in the telecommunications and computers industry for more than 30 years, and has had executive positions in ITT, NYNEX and Digital Equipment Corporation. Mr. Baradello was Vice President of Engineering and CTO of Advanced Fibre Communications, a company that carried out one of the most successful IPOs in 1997. He is interested in creating new global businesses, venture capital investment in dynamic startups, business acceleration and global scaling for those new companies born in developing economies. Carlos is the founder of the prestigious academic program for foreign executives: Silicon Valley Immersions of San Francisco University and former Associate Dean of its Global Programs for Executives. His has academic responsibilities throughout the four continents as he is a faculty member of the Hult Business School, UC Berkeley, Technical University of Denmark, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (Chile),CENTRUM Católica Perú and the University of International Business and Economic (Beijing, China).

Carlos graduated summa cum laude as an Engineer from the Catholic University of Córdoba. He holds a Masters Degree from Eindhoven University of Technology and holds a PhD Degree in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University (EEUU).

MARIO BARRA

FOUNDING PARTNER

Mario is Co-founder and President of Vates S.A., a software development company with more than 25 years of experience in the market, and the first one in the country to achieve the CMMI level 5 certification, the highest standard in the area.

His professional career began at the IT Department of a Public Administration Organization (Dirección de Informática de la Subsecretaría de la función Pública y la Reforma Administrativa). Later, he worked as a Development Manager at the IT Direction of the Judiciary of the Province of Córdoba. He was the Director of KANAV S.A., a company committed to the development of software for Software Factories Administration.

He was also co-founder and former President of Córdoba Technology Cluster. He participated in the founding Committee of the Technological Institute of Córdoba and was a member of its Board of Administration.

Furthermore, he takes part in the board of directors of prestigious organizations, such as: UVITEC Foundation (Technology Liaison Unit between the Industrial Union, the International Chamber of Commerce and the Córdoba Stock Exchange), Endeavor Córdoba Foundation, E+E Foundation and Córdoba Mejora Foundation.

He graduated with the highest GPA in Information Systems Engineering and was awarded the gold medal by the National Technological University – Córdoba Region. He also received the Businessman of the Year Award 2007 from the well-known newspaper La Voz del Interior.

LUIS BERMEJO

MANAGING PARTNER AND CEO

Luis Bermejo was co-founder of PLANOUX, consulting group specialized in strategic execution, business development, finance and corporate development.

He was the Executive Director of Fundación Córdoba TIC, organization constituted by companies from the ICT sector, universities and the government of Córdoba. He was also responsible for the definition and execution of the strategic development plan of the technology sector. Mr. Bermejo was the Managing Director of JG Ventures Argentina, a venture capital firm specialized in BPO in Latin America. He worked as a Project and Business Manager at EDS Argentina and was in charge of the implementation of new off-shore services with IT orientation for the United States and Europe. He was senior consultant at Ernst & Young Paris for 3 years, participating in global companies’ projects such as Euro Disney, GroupeAlcan, EuroFactor and Sonepar France.

Luis Bermejo is a Board member of Fundación Endeavour Córdoba and DoingLabs (incubator of Blas Pascal University), professor and mentor in different educational institutions and NGOs of the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

He graduated as a Chartered Accountant from the National University of Córdoba and has a dual MBA degree from the Catholic University of Córdoba and Montpellier Business School (France).

At Alaya, Luis is in charge of leading the Accelerator’s operations. He deals with corporate connections and relationships with other institutions from Argentina and abroad. He contacts potential investors and manages the links with them. He also selects the startups to invest in accordance with the specifications of the Board, monitors their management and follows them up for their exit. Additionally, he is in charge of the linkage between entrepreneurs and Corporations. His experience in the management of Alaya I and Alaya II Funds and of JGVA as well as his corporate career, validate his expertise and experience in the venture capital industry in the region.

OSCAR GUARDIANELLI

FOUNDING PARTNER

Oscar Guardianelli has a vast and prestigious career in the top management of Grupo Arcor (global company of the food sector), where he worked as the Industrial Operations Manager. He has wide connections with businesspeople from Córdoba and the rest of the world, which contributes to linking startups and big corporations, and brings Alaya closer to new investors.

Mr. Guardianelli is Former President of Agencia Pro-Córdoba (promotion agency of the government of Córdoba for the internationalization of local companies). He is also former President of the Industrial Union of Córdoba (Unión Industrial de Córdoba, UIC), local business organization that brings together the main Business Chambers and local companies.

Oscar is a Mechanical Electrical Engineer (National University of Córdoba) and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management.

OMAR VEGA

FOUNDING PARTNER

Omar Vega has more than 25 years of experience in the software industry. He is co-founder of VATES S.A., a software development company with a high volume of operations locally as well as globally. He is currently the Director of the company and gives strategic support to the commercial and production areas, towards the internal and external market.

His working career started at UNISYS and later he started his own business with the creation of VATES. He has worked in the Telecommunications Industry for 15 years, participating in different projects as provider of Claro (America Móvil). He has experience in business related to Big Data, Machine Learning and IOT.

Mr. Vega is Vice-president of CESSI (Chamber of Computer Services Companies of Argentina) and Secretary of the Science, Technology and Innovation Department of the Argentine Industrial Union (UIA). He graduated as a Systems Engineer from the National Technological University – Córdoba. He is a self-taught professional, constantly taking updates at Technology Programs, mainly from the United States.

Alaya relies on a full-time specialized operations team, which supports Alaya’s founding team and its General Manager, Luis Bermejo.

MAIRA CALZADA

OPERATIONS MANAGER

She has a solid background due to her experience at intermediate institutions and IT companies. Her experience combines a comprehensive management at operating and professional development areas with the planning and coordination of business development projects, organization of congresses and training sessions as well as public and private projects funding.

Maria was the Operations Manager at Córdoba Technology Cluster, a firm that clustered 170 technology companies, where Maira organized Exports activities, Training sessions and Business Development.

She coordinated international public and private projects by creating, executing and coordinating team groups. She has experience with multilateral organisms’ projects such as the BID’s, especially regarding the technology vertical. She holds a Diploma in Education Science from the Catholic University of Córdoba and teaches graduate level at Universidad Siglo 21.

At Alaya, Maira is responsible for the formalization and execution of a project’s general processes that have been approved and revised by the Executive Director. She is in charge of coordinating invested companies’ support and acceleration processes. In other words, she trains entrepreneurs (in all the areas), advises mentors and assists beneficiaries constantly. She will also soon collaborate in investors’ related activities.

LUCIANO CRISAFULLI

OPERATIONS MANAGER CORPO ACCELERATOR

Luaciano Crisafulli has a wide experience working as support to startups and Small and Medium size Enterprises. He is a leader in the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem of Córdoba and he is constantly offering conferences, mentoring activities, consulting and senior training in relation to technological startups and open innovation models.

Mr. Crisafulli was a Research Economist for the IERAL (Research Institute on Argentina and Latin America’s Reality) at the Mediterranean Foundation. Also, he conducted research on success and failure factors in businesses and their innovation processes. He held different positions in public administration; he was the Secretary of SMEs and Entrepreneurship Development of the Province of Cordoba as well as Entrepreneurship Manager of Córdoba Innovate and Undertake Agency (Agencia Córdoba Innovar y Emprender). He designed several training, consulting and financing programs for high-impact startups in cooperation with universities, Technology Liaison Units (TLUs), incubators and business accelerators.

He worked as a consultant in multilateral agencies (Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and International Labor Organization (ILO), and in big corporations (Arcor and Naranja).

Luciano is the founder and current General Coordinator of the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem of Córdoba (www.eecordoba.org), organization in which more than 50 institutions such as foundations, universities, incubators, accelerators and the government work jointly to generate a suitable environment for the development of startups.

At present, he is a Professor in Microeconomics at the National University of Córdoba and a Post Graduate Professor of MBA Business Planning Program at Universidad Blas Pascal. He was also a professor of Entrepreneurship Development and Economics at Universidad Siglo 21.

He graduated in Economics from The National University of Córdoba. He holds a Masters Degree in Economic Development from the International University of Andalucía (Spain) and a Masters Degree in Political Management from the Catholic University of Córdoba. He holds a Diploma in “Startups Management” from Universidad Siglo 21 and is currently undertaking a course for an “Entrepreneurial Development Management Diploma” at the General San Martin University through a scholarship by the Ministry of Production of Argentina.

At Alaya, Luciano is in charge of the implementation of the accelerator’s strategic plan, setting and monitoring the specific objectives and related activities. He relies on the Operations team to carry out the startups acceleration process, cooperating with the implementation of corporate governance documentation for the selected startups. He also collaborates with the General Manager in the search for investments and in the analysis of future investment projects.

XIMENA HENRIQUEZ

OPERATIONS MANAGER CHILE FUNDS

Vast experience in managing early stage startups. She was Head of Projects at the business incubator Imagine Lab (Chile), where she managed a portfolio of more than 130 projects. She specifically supported initial validations relating business model, trading strategies, growth strategies, internationalization plans as well as public and private funding. Furthermore, she was in charge of the incubator’s financial and administrative structuring. She obtained public funding to carry out supplementary programs aimed at developing the Chilean ecosystem. She graduated from the Universidad de Viña del Mar as a Civil Industrial Engineer. She had a successful experience relating innovation areas and the corporate field. She developed numerous activities in operations and systems areas at multinational companies.

At Alaya, Ximena is in charge of scouting and preselecting companies at the Latin America level. Her know-how enables her to foresee high-potential projects and she has connections in the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem the region throughout. This fact makes it possible the potential recruitment of regional startups to be localized in Argentina. She is in charge of companies’ due diligence process and supports the Director to lead negotiations with entrepreneurs. She also manages all of the projects during the acceleration process.

NATALIA OLGUIN

ADMINISTRATION

Natalia worked as an administrative for the business incubator Imagine Lab (Chile), where she was responsible for daily tasks of coordination and management control of public funds. She has 15 years of experience in the administrative area of companies. Natalia is in charge of the general administration at Alaya. She deals with: Funds management (payments) and capital outlay to invested companies.