Manager, CIID Nest
Jan is the Manager of CIID Nest and Head of Mentoring at Innofounder.dk, a nation wide incubator CIID operates together with Danish Design Center. Jan built his first company in 1997 and has substantial experience advising startups as a mentor for more than 30 startups over the years, and has been pitched more than 400 business ideas, working with more than 50 of them, and launching 8. He gives concrete actionable feedback in every session, helping startups to break through in their market. Jan holds a Master’s in Project Leadership from the Technical University of Denmark.
Professional Programmes Manager, CIID
Simon is a maker, designer, teacher, and consultant focused on bridging the gap between divergent fields and cultures. He has advised dozens of entrepreneurs on their business plans, strategy, communications, and investor pitches. Simon developed the Nest from an early prototype to a focused incubator built around creating a real impact. He is founder and manager of CIID’s Professional Programmes, a design instructor, and a business developer for CIID as a whole. Simon holds a BA in sociology from Columbia University and is a graduate of CIID’s 2014 Interaction Design Programme.
Co-Founder and CEO, CIID
Simona Maschi is a co-founder and CEO of the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design. Simona is an expert in design-driven innovation processes and is passionate about using creative problem solving to create positive impact in people’s lives. She supports this vision through creating an innovation culture that bridges industry, academia and entrepreneurship. She has a keen eye for talent and being an entrepreneur herself, enjoys spending time with start-up teams and communities - and encourages the not-so linear journeys of ambitious ventures. Simona studied at the Polytechnic University of Milan where she completed both her PhD in Industrial Design and Multimedia Communication (2002), and her MA in Architecture (1996).