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Francois chopard
founder & ceo, starburst accelerator

Francois has over 20 years of experience in strategy consulting, entrepreneurship and business development. He has founded Starburst Accelerator, the 1st incubator/accelerator dedicated to aerospace start-ups. Mr. Chopard specializes in the Aviation Aerospace and Defense industries featuring high stakes technology and has developed a wide experience of innovation-related issues. This has led him to speak about innovation at the World Economic Forum in Davos. He works now on topics like future trends, product strategy, open innovation for companies mainly from the aerospace industry as well as investment funds. Previously to joining Starburst, Mr. Chopard was a Paris-based partner at Oliver Wyman. He was also founder and CEO of Arendi Consulting. Mr. Chopard received his MS in Electrical Engineering from the Ecole Supérieur d’Electricité (Supélec) in Paris, France. He has started his career as an Airbus Engineer and spent two years in a US Airforce research lab.