2017 Edition

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April 25, 2017
Novotel Monaco.

The Mark brings together 6 qualifying teams to present pioneering luxury or premium service ideas along with insight and inspiration from eminent speakers during the event. The finalists will have the chance to present a 7 minute pitch of their business plan in front of the jury in hopes of winning the competition.

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30 Universities

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250 Students

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120 Projects

Finalists Keynote Speakers Winner

Winner Team

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Loox Team
London Business School – London, UK

Brands are contributing to social causes via constantly growing CSR budgets. But are customers really recognizing this effort? Today’s consumers, with their drastically changing mind-sets, have the availability of multiple brands to choose from compared to former generations. They want to hold brands to higher standards; expect more than just simple products. They seek out brand values, observe how brands interact with others in the market and most importantly, how they treat society and environment.

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Finalists

Keynote Speakers

Manuel Bianchi
Senior Director of Business Development at Wealth-X

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Manuel Bianchi is the Senior Director of Business Development at Wealth-X and has built the client base in Continental Europe since the foundation of Wealth-X in 2010. Manuel leads the EMEA Commercial Team for all Sales & Account Management activities with all 4 sectors with whom Wealth-X engages and has brought over 100 companies on board over the past 6 years.
Prior to joining Wealth-X, Manuel completed a Masters degree in Hospitality Management in Central Switzerland. He also speaks 4 languages fluently and has served in the Swiss Army as a Sergeant.

The Jury

President of the Jury

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Nelson Piquet Jr.

With motor racing in his blood, it’s no surprise that FIA Formula E World Champion Nelson Piquet has continued the family tradition. Having started his career in South American karting, he soon switched to car racing with immediate success in South American F3. A move to Europe followed where he took top honours in the British F3 Championship in 2004. The Brazilian graduated to GP2 in 2005, finishing as runner-up in the series in 2006 after a season-long battle with Lewis Hamilton. He graduated to a race seat in F1 for 2008 alongside Fernando Alonso where his performances, including a second place podium in the German GP, helped the team secure fourth position in the constructors’ championship. He continued with the team into 2009. From 2010 Nelson began to pursue a career in the USA in NASCAR. He became the first Brazilian to win a top tier NASCAR race by visiting Victory Lane at Road America in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2012 and further took victories in the NASCAR Truck Series. In 2014 he took a full-time ride in the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, impressing with four podiums in his first season, and was announced for the inaugural 2014/15 season of the FIA Formula E Championship; this saw his return to single-seater competition in which he had not competed since 2009 and, in the inaugural season of the all electric racing series, Nelson took the overall championship title, scoring race victories at Long Beach and Moscow along the way. He currently races full time in the FIA Formula E Championship with the NextEV NIO Formula E Team and also in the World Endurance Championship with Rebellion Racing.

Final Round Jury

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Mihai Ivascu
CEO & Founder of Moneymailme


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Michel Bouquier
Monaco Private Label,
Senior Advisor at
Finance and Economy
Department Monaco
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Gabriele Cavargna Bontosi,
Innovation Enthusiast
at Brioni (Kering Group)


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Veronica Sartori,
Director of Merchandising @Burberry


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Francesco Poggioli
CEO & MFP Sarl

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Alberto Vergani
President,
Helmet Invest Spa
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First Round Jury

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Prof. Dario Peirone
Morning Boost


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Charles Colling
DTF Group


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Alessio Castello,
MBA Program Director
Professor of innovation
and project management
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Simon Ardiss,
Non Executive Director
of different companies
Business Angel
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Eric Althaus
Althaus Yachting
Founder and President
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