the cantillon Founders


WE LEARNED THE HARD WAY SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO

Our executive team has a lot of experience building companies and teaching others how to do it.  We all have multiple degrees from fancy schools, but what really sets us apart from others is that we have created a lot of companies.  Our team has personally founded eleven companies, had big and small exits. We know how to create sustainable business and we want to help you succeed.

 

University of Colorado, Bachelors of Arts  INSEAD Executive MBA

University of Colorado, Bachelors of Arts 
INSEAD Executive MBA

Mike Van Cleave

 • Twenty-five Years of Startup Experience
 • Visiting Lecturer on Entrepreneurship  at INSEAD
 • Five Startups

Mike is American and has over twenty years experience in startups on both sides of the ocean. He founded his first company when he was eighteen.  He has owned or founded many companies covering a wide range industries; from software tools to big data to vintage car restoration to restaurants, Mike has seen it all. Recently, France granted Mike one of six-hundred Competences et Talents visas recognizing him as a leader in entrepreneurship. Mike frequently helps teach negotiation and entrepreneurship at INSEAD. He has mentored young founders in Boulder, New York and Paris.


Université Leonard de Vinci,  Masters Industrial Marketing
INSEAD Executive MBA

Gilles Mautin

• Eighteen Years Business Development
• Two Startups

Gilles is Luxembourgish and French. He has been bringing innovative services to B2B markets for eighteen years. No stranger to startups, he has founded two and helped many others as consultant, BU director and one of the earliest digital expert. He is an expert in consultative selling and what makes industrial customers buy. Gilles has deep experience in technical consulting, telecommunication and digital, and he has built many high performance operational teams. Gilles gets new offers to market fast.


University of Bologna, B.sc in Economics Bocconi University, M.Sc in Marketing Management Copenhagen Business School, M.Sc Strategic Market Creation

University of Bologna, B.sc in Economics
Bocconi University, M.Sc in Marketing Management
Copenhagen Business School, M.Sc Strategic Market Creation

FRANCESCO TRAVAGLI

• Founder of Copri Specchietto
• Two Startups

Francesco is Italian and despite his young age he is at his third entrepreneurial adventure. He proved his strong entrepreneurial mindset founding his first company at the age of twenty two and selling over half million pieces in four months from product launch. Thanks to the experience developed as entrepreneur and consultant in wide variety of international projects, Francesco is able to bring a global and systemic approach to the Marketing and Business Development strategy of any company.


Université Paris X Nanterre—LEA Languages

 

Isabelle O'Carrol

• Senior Program Manager EMBA department at INSEAD
• 20 years of customer service design
• Two Startups

Isabelle takes care of our participants and designs the operational aspects of the program. She co-founded 2 start ups and brings 8 years of INSEAD VIP program management experience on top of a 15 years international customer service expertise.


Advisory Team

Many people have helped us along the way.  A few do it regularly. 

Co-founder INSEAD 
Harvard & Oxford

 

Olivier Giscard d'Estaing

Olivier has been instrumental in helping us get started.  He has introduced us to many important people in the larger french business community and his experience founding one of the top business schools in the world has been invaluable.  We are proud to have him as one of our advisors.