Astra Global, a global business development company, specializing in startup funding, in association with Gold Ventures, present:

Digital Health, Biotech: what's next?


The event consists of the investors panel and startups pitching.

During the investors panel we discussed with
Yervand Sarkisyan, Co-Founder & Partner, Granatus Ventures,
Konstantinos Maramenos, Origination Manager, Brookstreet Equity Partners ,
Richard Kivel, Managing Director, GrayBella Capital,
Adam Dakin, Managing Director, Dreamit Ventures,
Sean O'Sullivan, Managing Partner, SOSV, Julio Marquez, Partner, New York Bay Capital,
Ingrid Vasiliu-Feltes, Senator, WBAF Angel Investment Fund,
Amy Salzhauer, Managing Partner,Good Growth Capital,
Varvara Russkova, Investment Director, Arici Family Office.

Startups judges to join Chris Fisher, Operating Partner, Click Ventures.

the following topics:

  • rethinking portfolio companies go-to-market strategies (what has changed and what not)
  • rethinking portfolio companies priorities: cash runway vs. product advancement vs. sales
  • corporate VC vs Financial VC: what Covid has surfaced having them in startup's cap table.
  • successful pivoting with current portfolio companies.
during pitching sessions, investors listened to carefully selected startups and gave their feedback to each startup.


Varvara Russkova, Investment Director, Arici Family Office.

Varvara a health tech VC turned family office Investment Director. The family office is represented globally, investing primarily in the US/UK/EU. Investing in AI, health tech and sport tech. An expert in business development, previously a startup founder (medical device). Passionate about shifting healthcare from sick care to actual health care and wellness, with the help of connected devices, precise diagnostics and predictive analytics. Loves merging deep tech with possibilities big data and AI opens up. Often very hands on with the business development of portfolio companies, advisor to several biotech/medtech companies.

Yervand Sarkisyan, Co-Founder & Partner, Granatus Ventures

Yervand is a tech entrepreneur and investor based in London, UK. He is a co-founder and partner at Granatus Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm investing in deep tech startups. He is also one of the organisers of Seaside Startup Summit, a series of global bootcamp acceleration programs for startups.

Yervand has advised and served on boards of many companies, including Verisart, Benivo, Wicastr, GG, Sedition, Saatchi Art, Picsart and Menu Group. He has also founded a digital product agency helping both large enterprises and most promising startups launching new digital products.

He is a speaker and mentor on the topics of building ecosystems, corporate governance, sustainability and investments. Yervand's interests include most advanced technologies that have impact on helping achieve sustainability and impact.

Konstantinos Maramenos, Origination Manager, Brookstreet Equity Partners

leading and overviewing the whole spectrum of its deal sourcing efforts. He also serves as a BoD Member (NED) at Brookstreet's current portfolio companies. He previously worked at Kantor Management Consultants, the leading Greek advisory house (formerly a Booz & Co. affiliate), where he focused on corporate restructurings and business optimization projects as well as on privatizations for the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (TAIPED). Konstantinos started his career in Nestle engaging in business controlling and supply chain activities. He is an alumnus of the University of Piraeus, GR (MBA) and the London Business School, UK (Masters in Finance) and was further trained at the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA).

Richard Kivel, Managing Director, GrayBella Capital

Adam Dakin, Managing Director, Dreamit Ventures

Adam leads the HealthTech vertical. Dreamit focuses on seed and Series A digital health and medtech companies. His career has focused on building early-stage venture-backed healthtech companies. He co-founded five health technology companies which have collectively raised over $60M in early-stage capital. Adam serves on the boards of Safkan Health and ZSX Medical, and is an active angel investor. He is a named inventor on seven U.S. patents. Adam holds a BSE from the Wharton School and an MBA from UCLA.

Ingrid Vasiliu-Feltes, Senator, WBAF Angel Investment Fund

Is a healthcare futurist who has extensive experience in the healthcare industry as a founder, executive, consultant or speaker. She currently is serving as the Chief Quality and Innovation Officer at MEDNAX Healthcare Solutions. In this capacity she provides oversight for all quality and innovation initiatives across the enterprise, such as Blockchain, AI, Genomics, Precision Medicine, Population Health, Telehealth, Medical Simulation, and Value Based Care. Additionally, she provides leadership to the MEDNAX Center for Research, Education, Quality and Safety. Prior to her current role, she held several leadership positions within the academic, corporate and not-for-profit healthcare arena, most notably serving as VP-Education, Quality and Safety, Chief Patient Safety and Quality Officer, Chief of Compliance and Quality Assurance, Medical Director of Clinical Research Trials, and Medical Director-Managed Care.

Sean O'Sullivan, Managing Partner, SOSV

Sean O'Sullivan is founder and Managing Partner of SOSV, the accelerator-based venture capital firm. With over $700M in assets under management, SOSV runs the world's most active accelerators in hardware, life sciences, disruptive food, and Asia cross-border startups. O'Sullivan got his start as co-founder and chairman of MapInfo, bringing street mapping technology to personal computers. MapInfo became a $200 million revenue public company with over 1,000 employees. At NetCentric in 1996, he and George Favaloro from Compaq co-coined the term "cloud computing." On the humanitarian side, Sean has created and/or supports a range of humanitarian and educational endeavors, including CoderDojo, I-ASC, and Khan Academy.

Sean graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1985 with a degree in electrical engineering, and the University of Southern California in 2003 with a Masters of Fine Arts in Film Production.