Robin Ardeshir – VP Europe

KEYNOTE TALK
How the fashion industry is being disrupted by technology at all stages of the value chain: An analysis of how fashion brands are leveraging new technology around AI, Blockchain and logistics to stay on “trend”. Corporate case studies with insight from Plug and Play’s global fashion tech program in Silicon Valley, Paris and Amsterdam

FACTS
Launched Plug and Play’s first international joint venture, Axel Springer Plug and Play

Plug and Play is an innovation platform that has worked with Dropbox, Paypal or N26

In 2017 alone, Plug and Play has accelerated 426 startups and has invested in 262 companies

Ardeshir oversees European corporate partnerships in fashion and retail with Kering Group, Zalando or Adidas

SHORT BIO
Robin Ardeshir is Plug and Play’s Vice President for Europe. In 2013, he launched Plug and Play’s first international joint venture, Axel Springer Plug and Play in Berlin. He oversees European corporate partnerships in fashion and retail with the Kering Group, Zalando or Adidas. He also managed corporate accelerator programs for Volkswagen. He is a board member at Influential.io (a leading influencer marketing AI platform), Riveting Entertainment (content studio) and Game Commerce. Ardeshir holds a Bachelor of Science and a BSc (Hons) Economics from the University College London.

COMPANY PROFILE
Plug and Play is an innovation platform that brings together startups and large corporations. Their mission is to make innovation open to anyone and anywhere. The platform is based on accelerator programs, investment and corporate innovation, the latter with the goal to empower specific business units by pin-pointing their business challenges and matching them to the startups with the right solutions. In 2017 alone, Plug and Play has accelerated 426 startups and has invested in 262 companies. The company is present in more than 20 locations, one of them in Berlin. Startups, Plug and Play have worked with are Dropbox, Paypal or N26.

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