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Mathieu Daix

Co-founder at daphni
co-founder @daphnipolis. content creator. branding poet. Former cmo @FRdigitale. #author #popmarketer #seeinthefuture
Mathieu Daix is a co-founder of daphni. He began his career at Bloom Consulting, a Madrid based strategy consulting firm specialized in nation branding, He then joined the French-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Auckland, to develop its activity. In 2013, he became CMO of France Digitale, a lobby of startups and investors where he defined and put in place the branding & PR strategy. He was also responsible of events and content. In addition, he teaches methodology, marketing of innovation and branding in the Lyon II University and in _WebSchoolFactory. He is a co-author of two books, one dedicated to economy and methodology “Réussir ses études d’économie-gestion” (Presse Universitaire) and one about social media “Les Fiches Outils des Réseaux Sociaux” (Eyrolles edition). He writes regularly in his blog since 5 years about branding, innovation and humanities. Mathieu is a graduate of EMLYON Business School.

Vanina Lanfranchi

Secretary General at daphni
Secretary General @ daphni
Vanina began her career in 2005 at the French Financial Markets Authority (AMF), within the “Asset Management“ division. Then she made audit assignments with PriceWaterhouseCoopers from 2006 to 2007, especially focused on investment funds and portfolio management companies. Vanina worked from 2007 to 2013 at A Plus Finance, as a Compliance Officer and Responsible of Regulatory Affairs ; and as Head of Compliance at LBO France Gestion from 2014 to 2016. Vanina graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and Paris IX Dauphine University.

Weinde Dieng

Secretary General Assistant at daphni

Sophie de Champs

Philippine Lescure

Investor at daphni

Willy Braun

Co-founder at daphni
co-founder @daphnipolis. Former GM @FRDigitale. author internet marketing 2013. books, data & ties lover. #literature #socialsciences
Willy Braun is a co-founder daphni. He began his career in 2009 in the communication agency of group La Poste then joined in 2011 the business club dedicated to the digital economy EBG as head of business development. In the meantime, he co-founded the association Startup Weekend France where he was in charge of opening new cities, including Toulouse, Lille, Nantes, Nancy, Grenoble & Lyon. In 2012, he became General Manager of France Digitale, a lobby of startups and investor that he managed until early 2015. From 2013 to 2015, he served as director of eBusiness studies in WebSchoolFactory, a business school dedicated to train the next managers of digital companies or departments. He was in charge of designing the curriculum and recruiting teachers. In addition, Mr. Braun teaches content strategy, marketing of innovation and business model design in Toulouse Business School, IAE Toulouse, ESCP and _Webschoolfactory. He has published in 2013 the book Internet Marketing (Eyrolles edition), which has been labeled triple favourite in FNAC (biggest french retailer) and best selling book in Amazon France in its category. He writes a data-driven weekly newsletter called “The World As it Is”, dedicated to correcting our beliefs about people's behaviour. Willy Braun is a graduate of Toulouse Business School.

Pierre-Yves Meerschman

Co-founder at daphni
Co-founder @daphnipolis. Ex founder & partner (@orkoscapital + @robolutioncapital). #karatevc #blackbelt #balanced
Pierre-Yves Meerschman is a co-founder of daphni. After developing a microcredit project in Cambodia, Mr Meerschman joined Ernst & Young’s Paris audit team. In that position, he carried out numerous assignments in the oil and telecoms sectors. Then he worked on mergers and acquisitions at Société Générale as part of the Financial Institutions Group. After those experiences he joined BNP Paribas Private Equity in 2001. He started working on the second ETMF fund generation at that time. After that he co-founded and served as a managing partner of Orkos Capital in 2007 and Robolution Capital in 2012. Mr. Meerschman realized and managed various startup investments, including Meninvest/Menlook,, Luceor, Liligo, Limonetik, Artemia, B3G Telecom, Sensee, Navya... He studied at Universität St-Gallen in Switzerland and is a graduate of HEC Shool of Management in Paris.

Marie Ekeland

Co-founder at daphni
co-founder @daphnipolis. co-founder @FRDigitale. #energy #codesinC #European #believer
Marie Ekeland is co-founder of daphni, a European venture capital fund. She is also co-founder and vice-president of France Digitale, an association joining forces between founders and investors to develop the French digital ecosystem. Marie serves as a board member for Parrot (PAR:PARRO), Showroomprive (PA:SRP), and Institut Louis Bachelier, and is a member of the French Digital Council (CNNum). She began her career in 1997 at J.P. Morgan in New York as a computer scientist. In 2000, Ms. Ekeland joined CPR Private Equity as a venture capitalist. She moved to Elaia Partners in 2005 leading investments in Criteo (NSDQ:CRTO), Edoki Academy, mobirider, Pandacraft,, Teads, Wyplay, and Ykone. Ms. Ekeland holds a math & computer science degree from the University of Paris IX Dauphine and an economics degree from the Paris School of Economics.

Stanislas  Lot

Investor at daphni
Investor @daphni
Stan is part of the investment team at Daphni. He studied engineering at CentraleSupelec and acquired an entrepreneurial focus at UCL in London. He was intern at Idinvest Partners before joining Daphni.

Cecilia Lundborg

Investor at daphni
Investor @daphni
Cecilia, originally being from Stockholm, is an investor at daphni covering international markets. She has experience from fintech companies in both Sweden and the US and ran the company PitchYard, helping start-ups with investor communication, before joining daphni. Cecilia holds a MSc from ESADE Business School in Barcelona.

Pierre-Eric Leibovici

Co-founder at daphni
co-founder @daphnipolis. Former founder & partner (@orkoscapital + @robolutioncapital). #mountainlover #entrepreneurship #visionidolizer
Pierre-Eric Leibovici is a co-founder of daphni. He is currently a member of the board of directors of Agricool, Foxintel, AnotherBrain and a member of the advisory board of The Hardware Club. After a first experience with Merrill Lynch’s emerging market risk management entity in New York, Pierre-Eric joined the BANEXI Telecommunications and Media Department in 1997, where he worked on private equity investment operations and corporate advisory assignments in telecom and media sectors. From 1999 to 2007, he was Partner of the ETMF II LP fund, an independent private equity fund in the IT sector. Then he co-founded and served as a managing partner of Orkos Capital in 2007 and Robolution Capital in 2012. Mr. Leibovici realized and managed as board of Directors various startup investments including Allociné, Aplio, Musiwave, Urbi TV,, Limonetik, SMG,, B3G Telecom, Neurala, Balyo and EnerBee. In addition, he is a professor of financial engineering at ESCP EAP and has co-authored a book on legal, fiscal and financial engineering (Ingénierie Financière, Fiscale et Juridique, 2009-2010, Dalloz). He holds a MBA in entrepreneurship from Babson College (Massachusetts, USA) and a Master of Science in financial engineering from the Université Panthéon Sorbonne (Paris).

Sophie Percheron

Chief Product Officer at daphni
15+ years in Telecommunications & Technologies, and 2 years in Finance Advices. I’m experienced in both Marketing and Project Management. I create and bring products & services on the market. I coordinate project teams and together we ensure to deliver the project with quality and we reach timelines. I also created my own company on financial advices. I experienced on how to drive and develop a business. My goals and motivations are to innovate, to reach customers’ needs and satisfaction, to participate in developing a company products offer, its notoriety on the market, and in increasing its revenues. With a high adaptability, I quickly learn new markets and environments, I like challenges.

Paul Bazin

Investor at daphni
Investor @daphni
Paul is an investor at daphni. He worked on several research projects on robotics, artificial intelligence and embedded systems. He studied engineering at ESIEE Paris and had an entrepreneurial focus at EMLyon.

Aurelie van Peteghem

Head of Community at daphni
Expert in Public Relations, Communication & Sales with international experiences.
Aurelie is the Head of Community at Daphni. She developed strong skills in public relations and communication while working in a prestigious private bank in Paris for 5 years. Her love for travels pushed her to move to Hong Kong later on to discover a new culture and way of working. She spent 3 years there working for a luxury leathergood brand before returning to the homeland and settling down in Paris, where she helped CEOs, startups and investors make the right connections, enabling their business to thrive. Aurélie is also a keen yogi and completed a teacher training course in Bali over the last two years. When not at work, she enjoys time and teaches in the south of France, where she is originally from.

Stephanie Grunberg

Office Manager at daphni
Stéphanie is Office Manager at Daphni. Her goal is helping her colleagues to feel good at work and facilitate their job. After studying Marketing and Human Ressources, she spent most of her career in pharmaceutical sector before joining the Daphni team.