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Manuel Noya

CoFounder & CEO
Title proposal: Linknovate: Innovation Search Engine

 Manuel likes to define himself as a researcher turned entrepreneur. BSc Chemical Engineering (USC, Spain) and MSc Materials Science (UPM, Spain).
His key areas of know-how are technology scouting, competitive intelligence, NPD (new product development), early-stage startups and innovation strategy.
His professional experience involves working for over 4 years as a researcher for NEOKER: an awarded spin-off from USC, producer of an advanced material (sapphire microfibers), which years down the road is invested by Tsinghua University (China). He was one of the early employees, and reported to the founders.
After NEOKER he participated in several R&D projects in the materials science arena, at USC (Spain) and SRI International (Menlo Park, CA), including commercial projects with private companies, and federal agencies such as DARPA (DOD), and DOE. Some projects included materials synthesis and lab-to-pilot scale up.
Cofounded Linknovate.com in May 2012 in Palo Alto and went through Stanford University accelerator program (StartX) in 2013. Linknovate is a 'discovery engine' that helps identify emerging technologies and the key-players behind them. The company provides clients such as BMW AG and REPSOL with competitive intelligence software tools. Manuel is Linknovate.com CEO since 2014, led the company to win the 1st prize of Finodex (EU Open Data Accelerator) in early 2016, two European H2020 grants in 2015 and 2016. Linknovate is now a 7 people company growing internationally.