2022 Fellowship

The Fellows

Yevhen Popov

YEVHEN POPOV

Yevhen is the CEO of Politscanner, a mobile application that helps you to quickly and easily get information about the politicians' activities, biography, electoral program, and tax statement. With the help of face recognition technology, we are able to provide citizens all details about politicians and what they stand for. Yevhen holds a Ph.D. in Political Science with research on Ukrainian think tanks and brings professional experience from his work on election campaigns and democracy at both the national and the EU level.

POLITSCANNER - UKRAINE

Tamara Tachynska

TAMARA TACHYNSKA

Tamara is the Chief Marketing Officer for Qela App. Qela App is an adaptive tool for designing and conducting political or social campaigns, movements, and advocacy to increase their efficacy. We created Qela App for change-makers who want to know and communicate with their supporters better, to engage them daily, and to spread ideas through the actions of more and more followers. Our mission is to help democratic organizations engage people and empower them to go for sustainable changes.

QELA APP -UKRAINE

Volodymyr

VOLODYMYR TARNAY

Market Research Tool is an instrument that compares the price per item for goods and helps governmental entities and municipalities to perform better procurement by identifying suppliers with the lowest prices on the procurement market in Ukraine & Moldova. The tool increases the transparency of public spending & accountability of procuring entities, provides new opportunities for businesses, empowers state auditors, activists, and journalists with a tool to detect corruption and inefficiency, and helps to save taxpayers' money.

MARKET RESEARCH TOOL - UKRAINE

Gio

GIORGI KAKHIANI

Giorgi is the co-founder of Nowrepost, an app allowing organizations, that fight for democracy, arm their followers with right data & information. Spreading micro-truths within trusted followers to be then circulated within their network of people. Giorgi has witnessed first-hand how anti-democratic forces exploit social media, fake news & massive propaganda to influence people's attitudes, beliefs and behaviors. To counter that Giorgi has created a human-centric digital communication mechanism. Giorgi holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a major in marketing. He has previous experience with entrepreneurship from founding two start-up companies and has a background in digital product and project management.

NOW REPOST - GIORGIA

Ketevan Bosikashvili

KETEVAN BOSIKASHVILI

Ketevan is the CEO of Supernova. At Supernova they help media researchers and analysts to detect disinformation in real time using the biggest database hub. We detect suspicious relationships between specific people, political parties or companies in order to protect us agains fake news or against pro Russian activities. Ketevan graduated from Georgian Technical University's computer science faculty and she has worked for among others National Bank of Georgia. Ketevan has worked on lots of innovatied products like mobile transfer, and TI Bot.

SUPERNOVA - GEORGIA

Irakli Kavtaradze

IRAKLI KAVTARADZE

Irakli heads a team of social scientists working on data visualisation and data analysis primarily on social issues. At Z-Axis we strive to bring positive social change in the society by analysing and visualising data from social media websites. We are trying to communicate important information that might be effective in everyday problem solving. we bring our academic knowledge into our work to guide our research and findings. Irakli is born and raised in Georgia, Tbilisi. He studied psychology at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. And attained a master’s degree in social psychology at Ilia State University.

Z-AXIS - GEORGIA

David

DAVID ARAGORT

David Aragort is a digital rights advocate from Caracas, Venezuela. He works as a researcher on issues related to freedom of expression and access to information on the Internet and as a digital security trainer for journalists, activists, human rights defenders and other at-risk communities in Latin American countries such as Venezuela, Cuba, Colombia and Brazil. David wants to create a decentralized database in which citizens can send potential fake news, disinformation or misinformation to be verified, published or disproved by different fact-checking organizations during events of public interest such as elections or demonstrations.

FACT-ING DATABASE - VENEZUELA

Luis

LUIS FORNEZ

Candydato is the easy way to fundraise and crowdfund a political campaign in Latin America. Access your neighborhood, county, or country’s voting rolls and reach them all via SMS, email, social media and IVR. Candydato aims to disrupt democracy the democratic way, from the ground up, by leveling the playing field, allowing non-traditional as well as established candidates to get their message out, and voters to support those that truly speak to them.

CANDYDATO - VENEZUELA

The Speakers

Daniel Dudas-Schwarz

Daniel is a driven innovator with 15+ years of experience as an entrepreneur working with communication, media and technology. His main expertise is human behavior, customer needs and market trends. Liv is on a mission to democratize health, by taking medical technologies only available for a very limited number of people in the world and making it available for the masses.

FOUNDER & CEO - LIV

Leopoldo Lopez

After serving three years in prison, Leopoldo Lopez was released to house arrest in 2017 where he continued to lead the opposition movement in concert with Juan Guaido, whom he has closely mentored and fiercely supported. Freed by the resistance in April of 2019, Lopez appeared in a video with Guaido during an address in Caracas, triggering the Venezuelan Supreme Court to issue an arrest warrant based on the violation of his house arrest. Lopez sought diplomatic asylum in the Spanish Embassy in Caracas, where he lived until he fled the country in October of 2020. Leopoldo Lopez is currently living in exile with his wife, activist Lilian Tintori, and their children in Spain and remains more deeply committed than ever to the struggle for freedom in Venezuela.

Venezuelan Opposition Activist

Wu Min Hsuan

Min Hsuan Wu, also known as “Ttcat,” is the co-founder and CEO of Doublethink Lab, a Taiwan based organization that operates at the intersection of the Internet, public discourse, civil society, and democratic governance. Doublethink Lab is researching modern threats to democracy and devising strategies to counter them. He is focused on mapping China’s online information operation mechanisms and facilitating the global CSO network to combat digital authoritarianism.

CO-FOUNDER & CEO - DOUBLETHINK LAB

Ann-Christine Roope

Ann-Christine is Founder of Ethan Partners, a global executive search company focusing on high growth Internet companies. Ethan Partners has supported over 150 successful Internet companies and placed more than 3000 high profile candidates. Clients include among others Uber, Houzz, Naspers, Zomato, Ringier, Deliveroo, and Goldman Sachs. Before this Ann-Christine was Director of International Recruiting at Groupon as they entered +50 countries globally. Ann-Christine has also supported some of the largest VC’s and PE’s globally with talent acquisition. She holds a Master in Marketing and Business Communication from Copenhagen Business School.

FOUNDER - ETHAN PARTNERS

Joo Runge

Joo Runge has a background as an M&A and finance lawyer from well-known law firms but has since 2013 worked as board member and CEO for different high level companies in the Nordic. In 2016 Joo Runge founded Black Panther Consulting, a company working with growth, funding and debt finance to startups and funds benefiting from Joo Runge’s huge network of startups, experts and investors in Europe. Joo Runge also holds various positions as board member and is the founder of Women in Tech Switzerland Joo holds a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School and Master of Laws from the University of Copenhagen.

CO-FOUNDER & PARTNER - INTECH FOUNDERS

Jørn Larsen

Jørn Larsen is founder and CEO of Trifork, a Danish publicly traded company providing software solutions to government and financial services providers. Trifork is creator of the long-running GOTO Conferences and co-creator of QCon. Jørn believes that we can change the world with software by thinking smarter solutions that make life better and easier for everyone. He graduated from the University of Aalborg, DK in 1994. Since 1997, Jørn is involved in program committees for software development conferences all over the world including QCon London, GOTO Conferences and many more.

FOUNDER & CEO - TRIFORK

Stine Mølgaard Sørensen

Stine is a successful entrepreneur and international speaker. Stine has worked within the field of technology for more than ten years and has closely followed the digital development – both as an external consultant for major corporate companies and previously as a CMO for another tech-startup called Spektral. Today she is a Co-Founder and COO of Radiobotics, co-owner of Nordic Fintech Angels, board member of MATTER Pension and author of the bestseller “F*ck It, Ship It”. In 2020, Stine was awarded winner of "Entrepreneur of the Year" category in the Nordic Women in Tech Awards.

CO-FOUNDER & COO - RADIOBOTICS

ERDEM OVACIK

Erdem Ovacik is the Co-founder and CEO of Donkey Republic. In the past decade Erdem has been working on bike-sharing, on direct democracy initiatives, on social impact bonds, on crowd sourcing and crowd funding platforms. He has a background in engineering and public policy. A graduate of UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy. Erdem grew up in Turkey, has lived in USA, UK and for the last 10+ yrs in Denmark. I am passionate about changing the way society makes collective decisions. Erdem believes the way most governments work today does not match our collective capacity for problem solving and preference aggregation. He believes that we need to use disruptive technology to bridge the decision-making divide between the powerful few and the majority.

CO-FOUNDER & CEO - DONKEY REPUBLIC

Barbara Taudorf Andersen

Barbara Taudorf Andersen has a background as senior executive from Financial, Payments and has worked in Government sector. She has been responsible for national id and payment schemes in Denmark and Norway, that have been the backbone for making the two countries some of the world’s most digital societies. Barbara has worked in both the Ministry of Finance, Prime Minister’s Office, been part of the executive management team in the Nordic payments and fintech company, Nets, as well as the management group in a Danish retail bank, Nykredit. Barbara believes in the power of collaboration and complementary competencies to execute across the various dimensions of any given business case.

FOUNDER - SCALABILITY CPH

The Mentors

Mik Strøyberg

Mik Strøyberg is the Founder and CEO of Good Monday. Mik has scaled and built the commercial business in Europe and the US. His 18+ years of proven success in strategic sales, marketing, and structuring businesses have lead him to a successful career in the startup world. He draws inspiration from working on innovative customer strategies and creating thriving strategic partnerships and monetization with different companies.

FOUNDER & CEO - GOOD MONDAY

Jonas Wilstrup

Jonas holds an MSc in Economics from University of Copenhagen and has 11+ years’ experience in Strategy, Finance, and Public Affairs. Previously he served as the CFO for Wonderful Copenhagen and chairman of BestCities Global Alliance. At Abzu, he manages finances, investor relations, and solutions strategies. Jonas is a major Trekkie and loves most things sci-fi.

COO & CFO - ABZU

Keith Fransson

Keith manages a family office investment company together with being in partner at Stella Capital. He has an aggregate of 25 years of professional experience at a senior level - as manager, owner or management consultant. The common denominators are driving change in organisations ranging from start-ups to large cos. His experience has been acquired from work in several industries with various kinds of ownership. Lastly, he has a profound interest in societal and political processes, stemming from a deep-rooted interest in creating a viable society.

PARTNER - STELLA CAPITAL

Torsten Kolind

A bioinformatics engineer by training, Torsten co-founded YouNoodle in San Francisco, a technology platform to source, select and engage the most promising startups in the world. He has judged startup programs at Stanford University, MIT, and Imperial College, and has written opinion pieces for both the Wall Street Journal and Entrepreneur Magazine. Torsten is an advisor/investor in a number of startups, and an investor in two venture funds.

CO-FOUNDER & CEO – YOUNOODLE

Alexander Aghassipour

Alexander is the Chief Product Officer at Zendesk. Zendesk builds software for better customer relationships and was founded in Copenhagen in 2007. The company went public on NYSE in 2014. Prior to founding Zendesk, he consulted with global corporations about design, global strategy, and recruiting. Alexander also co-founded Araneum, the largest Danish-owned digital media agency.

CO-FOUNDER & CPO - ZENDESK

Sahra-Josephine Hjorth

Sahra-Josephine is an expert on converging technologies and how these are applied in learning contexts to design personalized and adaptive learning experiences that empower end-users to improve their lives. She is the co-founder and CEO of CanopyLAB. CanopyLAB was recently nominated in Future Unicorn Awards and they just completed a ($3M) capital funding round.

CO-FOUNDER & CEO – CANOPYLAB

Democracy Tech Entrepreneur Fellows at CDS

We invited the eight Democracy Tech Entrepreneur Fellows from Ukraine, Georgia and Venezuela to Copenhagen to present their solutions to problems facing democracies at the 2022 Copenhagen Democracy Summit.

 

The Fellows

Watch the inspiring Democracy Tech Entrepreneur Fellowship presentations here.

Selected Fellow Elevator Pitch

During the application process Fellows are required to submit a 1 min video elevator pitch talking about their Democracy Tech innovation. For every cohort we highlight one Fellow who created an outstanding elevator pitch. Below is David Aragort presenting his project idea.

Eco-system Partners

Our Partners play an indispensable part in enabling the Fellowship to fulfill its mission. We would like to thank each of them for their contribution to our important work.