Jason Williamson is vice president and global head of Oracle for Startups, Oracle’s startup program for entrepreneurs and innovators worldwide. Prior to Oracle, Jason was at Amazon Web Services (AWS), where he created and led several key initiatives within the investment and startup community. He has a background in both Fortune 500 firms and the startup world. Jason also served as an assistant professor for five years at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce and has authored three books. He served his country as a United States Marine and lives in Raleigh with his wife and four children, where he coaches high school girls’ basketball, drinks sweet tea and eats bbq as much as possible.
Bence Katona is the CEO of Hiventures. Hiventures’ mission is to support the cutting-edge ideas of freshly established startups and innovative businesses to strengthen the entrepreneurial culture in Hungary. Katona finished his PhD studies at The Small Business Development Centre of the Corvinus University of Budapest. He was one of the first teachers of the International Entrepreneurship course focusing on the development of early-stage startups. In 2015 he founded a university based incubation programme called Startup Campus. He was the leader of the programme aiming to support Hungarian innovators of the Imperial College of London. He was among the first organizer of the global startup competition called Get in the Ring! As a mentor and founder he actively takes part in the development of numerous succesfull Hungarian startups.