Innovation and disruption are similar in that they are both makers and builders. But true disruption literally uproots and changes how we think, behave, do business, learn and go about our day-to-day. Disruption displaces the existing and creates something completely new, more efficient, worthwhile and unique. As such, it is at once destructive and creative. Disruptors shake up their fields from top to bottom. Together with our speakers, we explored what is disruptive in our day and time in the fields of technology, society, science, art, entertainment and design.




  • Damien Declercq
    Damien Declercq

    Damien has a background in mechanical and production engineering, and a master in management. He has worked in the battery industry, the automotive after market in Europe, in various sales and marketing positions. Before joining Local Motors, Damien was working on a project to put enthusiastic eco-friendly cars on the European roads through the use of co-creation and partnership with OEMs. Damien joined Local Motors in 2011 to lead the Business Development of the company, developing the outsourced innovation business line as well as strategic partnerships. Today, Damien leads the setup and growth of the network of Microfactories and vehicles portfolio for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

    Twitter: @DamienDeclercq

  • Lars Hinrichs
    Lars Hinrichs

    Lars Hinrichs is Founder and CEO of Cinco Capital, a private equity fund that invests in European and American tech companies. In 2003 he founded XING, a highly successful business networking platform. As Founder and CEO, Lars oversaw its IPO in 2006, making XING the world’s first Web 2.0 company to go public. In 2010 he founded HackFwd, an innovative pre-seed investment company that supported Europe’s most passionate geeks in launching the world’s most exciting tech startups. Lars is an active member of the Young Global Leaders (YGL) of the World Economic Forum and the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). Since 2013 he is a member of the Advisory Board of Deutsche Telekom AG. His latest project is the Apartimentum, a smart home in Hamburg.


  • Nathalie Brandenberg
    Nathalie Brandenberg

    Nathalie Brandenberg is the Co-founder of SUN bioscience, a biotech company based in the heart of the ‘Health Valley’ on the shores of the Swiss Leman Lake, which develops stem cell derived patient-specific organ models on a high throughput screening compatible platform. Nathalie is in the last months of her PhD in the Life Science department of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). She was the fourth batch of student graduating from the Life Science college of EPFL, a new multidisciplinary path that combines strong engineering skills with biology training. At the end of her curriculum, she built a strong background in microengineering by performing 2 years of research at the University of Tokyo in Japan. Throughout her PhD, Nathalie developed, with her co-workers and under the supervision of Prof. Matthias Lutolf, new innovative tools merging physics, biomaterial engineering and microengineering to stem cell biology. Using these technologies, the team is able to reproducibly culture and scale stem cell derived organ models (organoids), which set the foundation for SUN bioscience. Outside of her professional work that she considers as a passion, she uses her unreleased energy to swim in the pools of the world. When weekends aren’t too full (rare exception both in science and entrepreneurship), she succumbs to her love of the mountains by snowboarding down summits in winter or climbing the same in summer.

    Twitter: @sunbioscience

  • Pascal Finette
    Pascal Finette

    Pascal Finette heads up everything Entrepreneurship at Singularity University, including the Startup Program, Global Expansion and the Entrepreneurship Track where he inspires, educates and empowers entrepreneurs tackling the world’s most intractable problems leveraging exponential technologies.

    Pascal has spent his career pushing the boundaries of technology and passionately believes the Internet can deeply impact the betterment of mankind. He got started on the Net before there was a web browser, founded a couple of technology startups, led eBay’s Platform Solutions Group in Europe, launched a consulting firm helping entrepreneurs with their strategy & operations, invested into early-stage tech startups, led Mozilla’s Innovation Lab, created Mozilla’s accelerator program WebFWD, headed up Mozilla’s Office of the Chair and has invested into social impact organizations around the globe at He also founded the non-profit organizations Mentor for Good and The Coaching Fellowship; the “GyShiDo” (Get Your S%#& Done) movement and publishes the opinionated newsletter, “The Heretic”, which is read by ten of thousands of entrepreneurs around the globe.

    He frequently speaks and writes about the magic which happens at the intersection of entrepreneurship, technology & global impact. As a trained Co-Active executive coach Pascal works with clients on achieving their full leadership potential. But most of all – Pascal loves to work with entrepreneurs who are making things better and go from zero to one.

    Twitter: @pfinette | Website:

  • Lorne Lantz
    Lorne Lantz

    Lorne Lantz is a passionate bitcoin entrepreneur and educator who has built multiple financial startups that have won awards with PayPal and Swift. He has been programming for over 20 years, and has deep domain knowledge in banking, payments and bitcoin.

    Lorne is an O'Reilly bitcoin expert, having co-chaired the O'Reilly Bitcoin & Blockchain Summit and produced educational videos on Bitcoin & the Blockchain.

    Lorne has launched several bitcoin projects; His current project leverages blockchain technology to improve the financial infrastructure in developing countries in Asia, which is leading to increased wealth for the worlds unbanked.


  • Vedrana Högqvist Tabor
    Vedrana Högqvist Tabor

    Vedrana Högqvist Tabor is curently Head of Scientific Research at Clue, female digital health company, where she works with an amazingly talented interdisciplinary team inside the company, as well as the top researchers in the field of female health around the globe. Before Clue she spent about 15 years as a researcher trying to find out the mechanism behind emerging and metastasis of cancer, as well as other complex diseases. Some of the places she worked are the Netherlands Cancer Institute, Karolinska Institute as well as Max Delbrueck Center, where she obtained her PhD. In addition, she studied entrepreneurship at Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship. She presented her vision of the future of healthcare to a larger and broader audience: hunting for the subtle symptoms of complex diseases, discovering how connected the symptoms are, visualizing their patterns to all of the people. She also writes a blog: Her passion is quantified self and she is using scientific methods to quantify life in and around her. Her goal is to prevent late diagnosis of complex diseases through improving scientific tools we have, transforming our understanding of healthcare and usage of mobile technology. She believes that the right to information about how to maintain health should be one of our basic human rights. In addition, she mentors young scientists in her free time.

    Twitter: @Dr_Tabor


  • MIU


4pm - 5pm Registration
5pm - 6:30pm Session 1
Lars Hinrichs in conversation with Stephan Balzer
Pascal Finette Disruption & the other side: Solving the world’s biggest challenges
Nathalie Brandenberg Merge this! The new era of personalized medicine
Damien Declercq Why we are entering a mobility revolution
Vedrana Högqvist Tabor How big data transforms female health
Lorne Lantz New Kids on the Blockchain
MIU Performance
6:30pm End




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