Start-up Forum 2019

Date: Tuesday 1 October 2019
Time: 11:00 – 18:30
Room: Seminar Room 6


This initiative is meant to actively promote the engagement of start-ups and new businesses in pioneering innovation in 5G. The 5G challenges are fairly well known by now such as latency and reliability, something of a holy grail. Shaving latency down to 1ms for a host of applications from virtual reality games to tele-medicine will be another one of the toughest challenges of 5G. Start-ups are invited to showcase their innovation in this track.

Speaker  Affiliation Talk Title 
Mats Andersson
Kumardev Chatterjee Unmanned Life
Panagiotis Demestichas WINGS ICT Solutions Vertical sector transformations through advanced wireless technologies and artificial intelligence: status, first experiences from 5G, prospects for beyond 5G
Peter Misek Framework Venture Partners
Ben Posthuma Advanced Connectivity
Dimitra Simeonidou University of Bristol The UK 5G Test-Beds and Trials program as an Innovation enabler, lessons learned
Dr Kostas Tsagkaris / Mr Nikos Stasinopoulos Incelligent Big data and AI / machine Learning for proactively optimizing operations and reducing risks of telecommunication network providers in 5G


Mats Andersson

An industry thought-leader with over 30 years international wireless and telecom experience, within various engineering and management positions at Ericsson (in Canada, England and Sweden), Mats Andersson brings extensive expertise from the industry. Additionally, he holds three university degrees (Lic. Eng., M. Sc. and B.A.).

In 2006, Mats joined tech start-up, Bluetest AB in Gothenburg as CEO. Under his leadership, Bluetest grew to become the world leading MIMO Over-The-Air (OTA) test company. Mr. Andersson joined Huawei Technologies Sweden AB in 2011 as Site and System Manager for Radio Base Systems, in Gothenburg. During his tenure, Huawei Gothenburg became a renowned global competence center for Higher Order MIMO and Massive MIMO base stations.

In 2014, Mats established MUMIMO AB – a company with a focus on innovation and business development for small and large wireless companies and brings thought-leading expertise within 5G and new technologies. In 2014, Mats also joined Forsway Scandinavia AB as Chairman of the Board. Forsway is a company made of a visionary team who see in the integration of satellite and terrestrial networks, the most efficient way to expand broadband services in regions with limited broadband infrastructure (or capacity), a key 5G goal. Investor and board memberships: Besides being Chairman of the Board of Forsway Scandinavia AB, Mats is also Chairman of the Board of SweGaN AB, Satcube AB and MUMIMO AB and is a Board member of Bluetest AB and Gefle Testteknik AB.

Kumardev Chatterjee, Unmanned Life

Kumardev is a highly regarded, EU and INTEL awarded Young Innovation Luminary,Serial Tech Entrepreneur, currently Founder and CEO of 3 companies in the EU and US, New York Times published Thought Leader, Expert on Entrepreneurship at the World Economic Forum and European Commission appointed Tech Expert. Kumardev started as an entrepreneur at 14 with a social business and built his first tech company at 19.

Kumardev has been invited to speak and present at leading institutions across the world including the UN (New York), US State Department (Washington), European Parliament (Brussels and Strasbourg), European Commission (Brussels and multiple cities), Office of Angela Merkel (German Federal Chancellery, Berlin), State of Europe high-level roundtable (Brussels), London School of Business (London), Standford University (Palo Alto) and major conferences and forums including Websummit (Dublin), WEF (Davos), Mobile World Conference (Barcelona and Shanghai), Slush (Helsinki), South Summit (Madrid), Startup Grind (London and San Francisco), Techcrunch (London and San Francisco) and CeBIT (Hannover).

Kumardev’s vision, opinions and views have been published by the New York Times, World Economic Forum, European Commission, European Business Summit, Boao Forum Review and leading tech media across Europe. He is one of the 50 global thought leaders and experts invited to write a chapter for the European Commission’s “Digital Minds for a New Europe” alongside experts and leaders like Eric and Vint Cerf:

In recognition of his Innovation leadership and the high-impact achievements, the European Commission and INTEL awarded Kumardev as an Innovation Luminary – Young Innovation Champion. He is the youngest Innovation Luminary, a group that includes Sir Richard Branson. Similarly, the World Economic Forum has appointed him as an Expert on Entrepreneurship.

Kumardev is currently Founder and CEO of Unmanned Life, the world’s foremost Autonomy-as-a-Service company, a multi-industry multi-award winnning 2 year old startup which has just been awarded the UK’s Best Disruptive Innovation 2017, is valued over 20 M GBP and in scaling-up across the world. Unmanned Life’s Autonomy-as-a-Service concept is now an Industry standard:

Kumardev is also Founder and Chairman of the European Young Innovators Forum, the leading foundation for youth innovation in Europe, reaching in excess of 500,000 young peoplea cross memebr states, that was launched with EU support and works closely with EU and US governments and other leading institutions to encorage youth innovation and entreprneurship in Europe.  Kumardev holds a MSc. in Computer Science from University College London, as a British Chevening Science Scholar.

Prof. Panagiotis Demestichas holds a Diploma and a Ph.D. degree on Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). He is a Professor at the University of Piraeus, School of ICT, Department of Digital Systems, Greece. He conducts research on 5G, cloud and IoT, nanosystems, big data and artificial intelligence, SDN/NFV. Currently, he also focuses on the development technology for his expertise lead him to work on system development for WINGS ICT Solutions ( and its spin-off Incelligent ( He has published numerous articles and research papers and is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and a Senior Member at IEEE.

Vertical sector transformations through advanced wireless technologies and artificial intelligence: status, first experiences from 5G, prospects for beyond 5G 

Vertical sectors need to undergo a digital transformation based on advanced wireless (4G/5G and beyond), IoT, big data, artificial intelligence. This is an opportunity for operators/vendors/SMEs. Therefore, the talk will discuss on: (a) current transformation cases regarding utilities (water, energy, gas), food security, smart cities; (b) first experiences seen through the initial trials on 5G testbeds; (c) first thoughts on requirements for beyond 5G (B5G) / 6G.

Key messages: Digital transformation of vertical sectors through advanced wireless (4G, 5G, B5G), IoT/AI, big data.

Peter Misek, Framework Venture Partners

Peter Misek is a Co-Founder and Partner of Framework Venture Partners. Based in Toronto, he comes with over 17 years of venture capital experience as an Advisor/ Venture Partner for DN Capital including direct involvement in multiple unicorns. At Framework, Peter’s investments include GoViral Inc., TouchBistro, Wattpad and Wave Financial.

Prior to Framework, Peter was a Partner at BDC IT Venture Fund. With an entrepreneurial background, Peter is a Chairman and Founder of SoundPays Inc. and an original programmer of the technology. Peter has almost 20 years of investment banking experience as Managing Director and Co‑Head of Global Technology Research for Jefferies in NYC and as Director of Research and Global Technology Analyst for Canaccord.

Peter holds a CA, CPA, CPA from Illinois as well as a CFA. He is a hobby programmer who has founded technology companies.

Ben Posthuma, Advanced Connectivity

Ben is an accomplished strategist, architect, and thought leader in next-generation communications systems intended to connect the disconnected across the world. For nearly the last two decades, Ben has been building, imagining, integrating, deploying, and leading the establishment of complex communications networks in any environment imaginable across the world so those who rely on communications can stay connected. Ben began his career as a Communications Electronics Engineer in the United States Marine Corps. There, he gained an appreciation for the demand that communications systems, particularly those relied upon in critical situations, must be robust, dependable, and leverage the best that industry can offer.

From there, Ben joined a major defense contractor and worked as the flight test director and chief engineer of a research and development group which specialized in rapidly deployable airborne-based networks; networks that were intended to provide mission critical communications in denied or austere environments. Notably, Ben was the flight test director and overall integration director for an award-winning urgent operational need program which connected disparate networks across the battlefield from high altitude, long endurance aircraft. Travelling to active military theatres, Ben also led the initial deployment of this technology which had an immediate life-saving impact. Additionally, Ben was the chief engineer of a program which brought a persistent and robust communications gateway into the stratosphere.

Feeling an urgency to support growing domestic communications challenges, Ben joined the National Institute of Standards and Technology to continue researching methods of bringing critical communications to first responders. Working to support the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate, Ben led efforts to research the optimal way of rapidly delivering LTE-based public safety networks in any environment. This research leveraged forward looking concepts within industry to include edge-based computing, software defined networking, deep learning, and self-optimizing networks and is designed to keep first responders connected regardless of location or condition.

Finally, Ben joined Kymeta at the end of 2017 to continue looking for ways to bring continued and reliable communications to the global public safety and first responder communities. Currently, Ben manages the advanced connectivity product portfolio for Kymeta and is responsible for the development of hybrid satellite and cellular networking technology and approaches, 5G strategies, as well as the integration of mobile satellite technology into a next generation, global communications ecosystem. Ben holds a degree in Business Management from Colorado State University.

Kymeta is an industry-disruptive company building electronically scanning satellite antennas using meta-material technologies. The result is a holographic beam-forming antenna which makes satellite connectivity as easy as a view of the sky.

Dimitra Simeonidou, University of Bristol

Dimitra Simeonidou is a Full Professor at the University of Bristol, the Co-Director of the Bristol Digital Futures Institute and the Director of Smart Internet Lab. Her research is focusing in the fields of high performance networks, programmable networks, wireless-optical convergence, 5G and smart city infrastructures. She is increasingly working with Social Sciences on topics of digital transformation for the society and businesses. Dimitra has been the Technical Architect and the CTO of the smart city project Bristol Is Open. She is currently leading the Bristol City/Region 5G urban pilots.

She is the author and co-author of over 500 publications, numerous patents and several major contributions to standards. She has been co-founder of two spin-out companies, the latest being the University of Bristol VC funded spin-out Zeetta Networks,, delivering SDN solutions for enterprise and emergency networks. Dimitra is a Royal Society Wolfson scholar.

The UK 5G Test-Beds and Trials program as an Innovation enabler, lessons learned

The UK hi-tech start-up ecosystem has engaged actively with the DCMS Test-beds and trials programme in order to accelerate product development and demonstrate new technologies and applications over non-commercial 5G infrastructures. This talk will report on the experience from a start-up perspective focusing on successes and barriers.

Mr. Nikos Stasinopoulos is a Big Data Engineer at Incelligent. He received his diploma (2010) from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and he’s a PhD Candidate with the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the National Technical University of Athens on the topic of Big Data Management and Mining in distributed systems. During his candidacy, he has led a EU-funded Big Data Management project. He has worked with the Biostatistics Dpt of the Medical School of Athens as a Data Engineer and Developer. He has worked in this capacity in three EU-funded projects on Biostatistics/Epidemiology (EMENO, SAPE, RESPOZE). His industry and research interests both lie in the areas of big data management and mining, distributed algorithms, data exchange and fusion, streaming data analysis.

Dr. Kostas Tsagkaris (male) is the Managing Director and Head of Technology of Incelligent. He received his diploma (2000) and his Ph.D. degree (in 2004, awarded with “Ericsson’s awards of excellence in Telecommunications”) from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). Since 2005 he is working as a senior research engineer and adjunct Lecturer in the undergraduate and postgraduate programs at the Department of Digital Systems of the University of Piraeus in the area of network design, management and optimization. In 2012, he co-founded WINGS ICT Solutions, an SME conducting research and development and offering solutions in the areas of 5G, IoT, Cloud & Big Data. . In 2014, he also co-founded Incelligent, a spin-out of WINGS ICT Solutions, producing software for the AI/ML based, predictive management and optimization of wireless networks. His current interests are in the design, management and optimization of 5G wireless access/core networks, self-organizing and autonomic networks, software defined networking and application of big-data, analytics and machine learning in telecommunication networks/management. He is a Senior member of IEEE and has published more than 170 papers in international journals and refereed conferences and he also holds 3 patents in the areas above.

Big data and AI / machine Learning for proactively optimizing operations and reducing risks of telecommunication network providers in 5G”.

The talk will present how Big Data and AI/Machine Learning technologies can improve operations in Telecommunication Network providers and Verticals in 5G. Network-oriented use cases for automating and introducing intelligence in the management of 5G mobile networks & services and customer-oriented ones, such as proactive customer experience management and risk prediction will be presented and demonstrated.

Key messages: Big Data & AI/ML for predictions and higher levels of intelligence in 5G network/service/CX management.



Sudhir Dixit
Basic Internet Foundation &
Wireless World Research Forum

Titus Lo