John DeWees is a New York City based entrepreneur / technologist. Graduated from the University of California. His career is focused on the full expression of the development of products through design, iteration, sourcing, logistics, and marketing leading to the creation of sustainable growth and value. The tools used are a blend of domestic and international talent and manufacturing expertise and are focused on patented products that his companies own or products he created. He graduated from the University of California/Biology and from the attend NYU Tisch School of the Arts. His career began with biomedical research with Syntex/Varian Associates. He then led several manufacturing, design, marketing companies focused on serving the range of retail from mass merchant to specialty store chains and department stores
with both in house development and licensed products. John is a partner/investor/board member of: Saxon Weber: venture partner, investment banking, Certus-Inc.: patented agnostic mobile id/authentication system, Equityfor: oil/energy funding platform, H+B: a visual display design/manufacturing company, Wishpoints: blockchain based demand aggregation for supply chain efficiency.
Simon Chambers – a British national resident in France. Simon is the Managing Director and creator ofAxsysnav in Toulouse (2007), an innovation consultancy that has advised nearly 100 customers working in innovation. Clients are private businesses (for strategy and analysis) and public sector (for policy and advisory services). He is a certified mentor for the EU Copernicus programme and a registered coach for the H2020 SME Instrument, as well as a member of the IoT Valley in France since 2012, mentoring startups. Furthermore, he is active in newspace, the Copenhagen innovation fund, the Eurostars programme and the largest innovation fund in Moscow. He has experience in the European space and IT industries as an entrepreneur, a business development director, a software engineer for the European Space Agency and as CEO of a telecoms engineering firm in Toulouse.