Alice Bentinck is co-founder of Entrepreneur First, the early stage investor that builds deep tech companies from scratch. EF invests in individuals with computer science and engineering backgrounds and has built more than 100 companies. Their portfolio includes exits such as Magic Pony Technology to Twitter for a reported $150m and Represent to Custom Inc for close to $100m.
Alice set up Code First: Girls, a not-for-profit that helps young women explore careers in technology, including teaching them to code for free. She is also on the Imperial College Computer Science Industrial Liaison Board and was made an MBE in 2016.
Eileen Burbidge is a Partner at Passion Capital, the pre-eminent early-stage VC fund based in London. She brings extensive operational experience to her investment activities gleaned from business and product roles at Yahoo!, Skype, Apple and elsewhere.
In addition to Passion Capital, Eileen is also the Chair of TechCity UK, which is the British government-backed organisation supporting digital business across the UK. She is also HM Treasury’s Special Envoy for FinTech appointed by then Chancellor George Osborne; Tech Ambassador for the Mayor of London’s office and served on former Prime Minister David Cameron’s Business Advisory Group.
Eileen was made an MBE for services to Business in June 2015 and holds a BSc Engineering degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Amy Chang is founder/CEO of Accompany, an intelligent, adaptive virtual chief of staff product. She sits on the boards of Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) and Splunk (NASDAQ: SPLK), and served on the board of Informatica from 2012-2015, when it was taken private for $5.1B, and on Target's (NYSE: TGT) Digital Advisory Council from 2013-2016. Prior to Accompany, Amy led Google Analytics for seven years, growing coverage from 1% to over 70% of the web. Early in her career, she ran product for paid search and affiliates at eBay and worked as a consultant at McKinsey. She is an advisor to Hubspot, Optimizely, ClearSlide, BloomReach, Skyhigh Networks, Origami Logic, Kanjoya and Datorama. Amy was born and raised in Austin, Texas, and carries a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford.
Yoni is based in Lightspeed’s Israel office and leads the firm’s investment activity in Israel with areas of interest that include Internet, digital media, mobile, communications, software, semiconductors, and cleantech. He has nine years of venture capital experience and sixteen years of operating experience.
Previously, Yoni was a partner with Star Ventures, a leading Israeli venture capital fund. At Star Ventures, Yoni led investments into AeroScout (acquired by Stanley Black & Decker), Kabira (acquired by Tibco), Mercado (acquired by Omniture), Sandlinks, Sheer Networks (acquired by Cisco), and Teneros (acquired by Onging Operations). Before joining Star Ventures, Yoni was a serial entrepreneur for sixteen years, serving as a co-founder, CEO, chairman, or investor in several software companies, including: Demantra (acquired by Oracle), Agentics (acquired by Mercado), Earnix and Traiana (acquired by ICAP). Prior to his career as an entrepreneur, Yoni ran product management and business development for Click Software (CKSW).
Yoni holds a BSc in Applied Mathematics from Tel-Aviv University and an MSc in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from the Weizmann Institute of Science.
Frederic Court is the Founder and Managing Partner of Felix Capital since April 2014.
Frederic has worked in the technology industry for the past 18 years, most recently as General Partner with Advent Ventures in London. At Advent, Frederic led investments in Farfetch, Zong (sold to eBay), Vitrue (Oracle), Dailymotion (Orange), Qype (Yelp), Fizzback (Nice Systems) and Ubiquisys (Cisco). In parallel, he has been an active angel, mainly in digital lifestyle start-ups.
Frederic was named "Investor of the Year" in Europe by its peers at the 2012 Investor All Stars event.
Previously Frederic was an Entrepreneur in France, building a VC-backed online marketplace for the textile industry and before that a technology banker in London and New York with Lazard.
A graduate of ESSEC in Paris and Bocconi University in Milan, Frederic is fluent in English, French, Italian and Spanish. Frederic lives in London with his wife and two daughters.
Sonali De Rycker joined Accel in 2008 and helps lead the London office. Sonali focuses on consumer, software and financial services businesses. She led Accel’s investments in Avito (Naspers), Lyst, Spotify, Wallapop, KupiVIP, Calastone, Wonga and SilverRail. She is also an independent director of Match Group, Inc (public). Prior to Accel, Sonali was with Atlas Ventures. She grew up in Mumbai and graduated from Bryn Mawr College and Harvard Business School.
Founding partner at Kindred, a London based seed-stage venture firm that practices equitable venture. Maths grad who previously co-founded content-led ecommerce site Llustre (acquired by Fab.com). Was VC with MMC Ventures and an IB at NM Rothschild.
Bill has 10+ years working in venture capital and startups, having worked as an investment manager at Amadeus Capital and in a variety of operational roles at several California based startups. Bill has expertise in product management and marketing. Bill has a degree in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College and an MBA from London Business School.
Carlos joined first round fund Seedcamp as Partner in 2010. Seedcamp invests smart capital into pre-seed and seed stage startups, providing up to €200k and a lifelong platform of Learning, Network and Capital to support the most ambitious Founders. To date it has invested in almost 200 companies.
Prior to Seedcamp, Carlos was a venture capitalist at Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures, an early stage investment firm based in London. There he honed his understanding of what investors look for when considering an investment.
Before Doughty Hanson, Carlos was an engineer for the Advanced Communications Technologies group of The New York Stock Exchange (SIAC) where he focused on the next generation of wireless and mobile trading platforms for the exchange and developed a strong love for cutting edge technologies. Prior to SIAC, he was a network security consultant for the professional services division of Baltimore Technologies where he worked with global clients in the telecommunication and data services sectors. Carlos holds an MBA from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College and a B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University.
In 2015 Carlos published the “Fundraising Field Guide”, which aims to decipher the secrets to raising capital from investors for early-stage, high-growth startups and therefore provide those ambitious founders with the right information to take their company to the next level. Get it now at the fundraisingfieldguide.com.
Boris Golden is Principal at Partech, a transatlantic venture capital firm investing in Internet and information technology companies at seed, venture and growth stages.
Boris was Founder & CEO of Pealk (acquired by LinkedIn rival Viadeo in 2013), and then Director of Product at Viadeo. He was also a lead mentor at Le Camping Startup Accelerator & Microsoft Ventures, and an advisor to numerous startups.
Boris holds a PhD in Computer Science and a M.Sc in Management from Ecole Polytechnique, and is an alumni from Ecole Normale Supérieure.
Manu Gupta is a General Partner at Lakestar and invests in technology companies worldwide.
In the last 15 years, Manu has worked as a Java coder, Software Product Designer, Enterprise Marketer, Tech Banker and Venture Capitalist. Prior to Lakestar, Manu was an Executive Director and Head of the European Internet Coverage at Goldman Sachs, heading the European Internet coverage effort, as well as advising on tech M&A and IPOs in San Francisco and London.
Manu started as a Software Engineer and Product Manager at Oracle Corporation, helping design some of Oracle’s very early mobile applications, and programming in the first incarnations of Java at Sun Microsystems.
Manu's recent investments or board directorships include Taulia, Algomi, GoEuro, Tictail, SOFI as well as historic investment or board advisory in Maker Studios (Disney), BrandsExclusive (APN), Markafoni (Naspers), Casacanda (Fab), GLG (Holtzbrink), Clickon Brazil (Globo).
Manu has an MBA in Finance and Strategy from the University of Chicago and B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley.
Christian is the co-founder and Managing Partner of White Star Capital, an investor in early-stage companies. Christian has over 16 years of operating experience in technology companies, developing and scaling products and businesses internationally.
Prior to co-founding White Star Capital, Christian worked at Facebook and led the international expansion of the company’s Business Development, Platform and Gaming Partnerships groups.
He previously held leadership roles in the US and Europe at Google and Microsoft and started his career in technology at MicroStrategy, a start-up he joined prior to its 1999 IPO. Christian has worked closely with entrepreneurs and leading VCs and has been an active Angel investor and advisor. He serves on the Board of Advisors of Seedcamp and the Digital Task force for the EVCA.
Christian holds a degree in Economics from Duke University and an MBA from The Wharton School. Born in El Salvador and having grown up across Latin America, the US and Europe, he now resides in London with his wife and three children.
Global Technology Trend Scout for Ernst & Young. Focused on finding the latest companies and trends across the globe. Emphasis on CyberSecurity, AI, Analytics, Governance, Communication & Coordination tools.
Favorite futurist topics include the workplace, collaboration, international, education, and environment.
And always ask her about surfing.
Kieran joined Ascension in 2013 and is part of the investment team analysing new business opportunities, managing the companies communications and marketing, and working with the portfolio businesses.
Before joining Ascension Ventures, Kieran worked for a proprietary trading house in the city as a derivatives trader, an Account Director at an online video start-up and a freelance journalist for the Guardian newspaper. He graduated from Westminster University in 2010 with a first class honours degree in Journalism.
Klaus Hommels is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Lakestar.
Klaus is one of the leading European business angels and is or has been involved in numerous successful internet investments including QXL/Tradus, Skype, Facebook, king.com, StarDoll, Xing and spotify. Klaus invests in promising start-ups that have the potential to become major players in the internet space.
Klaus started his career at Bertelsmann.
Klaus joined AOL Germany in 1995 where was as Board Member responsible for business development, content and advertising sales.
Klaus was also involved in the establishment of Freenet, worked for Apax Partners and was a partner of Benchmark Capital before founding his own venture capital fund Hommels Holding.
Klaus graduated with a Master's degree in Business Administration from University of Fribourg in Switzerland and holds a Ph.D. degree in Finance from the same university. Klaus was named "most successful European entrepreneurial private investor of the year" in 2006 by a group comprised of IESE, INSEAD and the University of St. Gallen.
In 2011 Klaus was named the NOAH Internet Investor of the year. In 2013, Forbes ranked him first among European investors on the 2013 MIDAS list.
Charles Kemper is an experienced entrepreneur and seasoned investment professional. As a Venture Partner for Beta Bridge Capital, based in London, Charlie is a life-long entrepreneur and seasoned investor known for his expertise in advising and investing in enterprise software, digital media, marketing services, advertising technology, commerce, and infrastructure companies.
Most recently, Charlie co-founded and helped run Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, a seed stage fund and currently the largest accelerator program in New York. He was a General Partner in funds that seeded dozens of successful startups over five years with early-stage equity funding, provided them with co-working space, and delivered a network of nearly 250 who’s who mentors. During that time, Charlie was also a Managing Director at Revel Partners, an adtech focused early-expansion stage family-office venture capital group focused on financing companies in digital media and advertising technology, where he led investments in Tracx, Vidible (realized), and MediaBrix, among others.
Before launch Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator and Revel Partners, Charlie was a Principal with Steelpoint Capital Partners, a media and technology growth equity firm. During his six years at Steelpoint, he led or participated in numerous successful investments in digital media, software, communications and consumer products including AdSpace Networks, Atempo (realized), Boingo Wireless (realized), Jitterbug, PacStar Communications, prAna (realized), PrivaSys, SeaMobile (realized), Women’s Marketing (realized) and WorkShare (realized). During his tenure at Steelpoint, Charlie served as an active board member or board observer with each of the firm’s investments.
Charlie has also worked with Darby Overseas Investments, the global private equity firm with over $1 billion in capital under management led by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Nicholas Brady. At Darby, he helped launch an early-stage venture fund focused on Latin America, where he was involved in the firm’s investments in Certisign, Inova and Spring Wireless. Charlie began his career as a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Chicago-based KMF, a digital media agency addressing intranet design and e-commerce system integration.
He is also the Chair of the New York City Venture Connection, a not-for-profit networking organization comprised of the leading venture capital firms in the Greater New York area, which he started in 2007.
Charlie was born in Brazil to French parents, mostly raised in Mexico City, and studied engineering at Northwestern University in Illinois. And after over a decade in New York City, he now lives in Shoreditch, London. UK. Pretending to be a local, he attempts to keep fit by regularly playing touch rugby around England. Charlie got hooked on kiteboarding in 2008 and can now most often be found planning trips to warm and windy beaches around the world.
Saul Klein is a Partner at Localglobe, a new seed fund focussed on helping London’s most ambitious founders build game-changing businesses. Previously, Saul was a Partner at Index Ventures from 2007 until May 2015. In 2012, David Cameron appointed Saul to be the UK’s first tech envoy to Israel and a Technology Business Ambassador. He will serve as a judge in the Startup Battlefield competition.
Saul brings over 15 years of experience successfully building and exiting companies in both the US and Europe as an Etrepreneur, Operator and Seed Investor.Most recently he was the Co - Founder and original CEO at what is now Lovefilm International (Amazon) and part of the original executive team at Skype (eBay).
Saul loves working with seed and early stage companies and is a passionate believer that Europe is only scratching the surface in terms of its potential for entrepreneurs to create great startups. To support this vision, since 1999 he has been a Founding Partner of The Accelerator Group (TAG) and in 2007 he also started Seedcamp and OpenCoffee Club, which is now active in over 90 cities around the world. He currently serves on the boards of, Alertme, Chartbeat, Erply, GlassesDirect, MyHeritage, Seedcamp, Songkick,Soluto .
Tanja Kufner is the Managing Director of Startupbootcamp Smart Transportation & Energy in Berlin since 2014. Prior to joining Startupbootcamp, she was Director of the Wayra Academy in Munich.
Tanja has over 20 years experience in the areas of Venture Capital, Management Consulting, and Telecommunications. She has worked in Corporate Venturing, VC and Family Offices since 1998 and earned her MBA from the University of San Francisco.
To date, she has invested in 46 Startups, ranging from Seed to Series A. Her previous investments included well-known companies like GetMobile, Cynobia, Gate5 and CargoGuard.
Videesha is a non-resident digital policy fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the USA. She was a Principal and initial team member in newly formed venture capital management company at Redstone Digital based in Berlin investing in enterprise software. Prior to this she was the first Associate for PROfounders Capital a London based Venture Capital Fund. She transitioned into venture capital after working as an Entrepreneur in Residence at TalkTalk Plc reporting directly to the CEO and board. She gained substantial financial and operational experience at the start of her career working in South East Asia and London for Barclays Wealth.
Farhan is Partner and Managing Director of Rokk3r Labs EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Asia). He leads the strategic growth and operations of Rokk3r Labs in the EMEA region. Farhan works to develop the influence of Rokk3r Labs’ brand and builds relationships with targeted categories of entrepreneurs, investors and advisors. He has built a world-class team in Europe, and works with them to evangelize the cobuild approach through strategic pitches, campaigns and projects.
Previously, Farhan was the COO at Dynistics where he managed a team of sales experts and grew efficiencies in the organization’s marketing process. He was also COO at PeerIndex (sold to Brandwatch in 2014), where he helped develop the their audience insights tool as best-in-the-industry. There, Farhan also ran sales and marketing, and helped to raise capital. He was ultimately a key figure in PeerIndex’s acquisition. Farhan also held a senior operations role with Tizaro.com where he was responsible for marketing execution and paid media reach.
Farhan started his career as a developer, product manager, and management consultant, and transitioned to Yahoo! as head of customer acquisition where he managed the operations for their European display advertising campaigns. Farhan completed his executive MBA at London Business School.
The founder of Invoke Capital, a $1billion fund which invests in fundamental European technologies, Mike Lynch has long been regarded as a visionary figure in technology, described by the Financial Times as “the doyen of European software” and by the Sunday Times as “Britain’s Bill Gates”. He holds a PhD from Cambridge in Machine Intelligence, he sits on the Prime Minister’s Scientific Advisory Panel and is a UK Business Ambassador. Mike has founded a number of companies, including Autonomy, the UK’s largest software company, with a market capitalisation of $11bn. He has invested in a number of start-ups, including Darktrace, Luminance, Neurence, Sophia Genetics and Featurespace, and has also advised venture capital and private equity groups such as Apax Partners and the Carlyle Group.
He is a fellow of the Royal Society and of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and he is an Honorary Fellow of Christ’s College, Cambridge. He is on the advisory board of the Newton Institute, Tech City’s Investment Committee and is a member of the “Create the Change” board at the Francis Crick Institute. He was a non-executive director of Cambridge Enterprise and previous directorships include the BBC, the British Library and Nesta. He is a council member of the of the Foundation for Science and Technology.
Walid has more than 15 years of experience in Venture Capital, strategy and engineering within the digital, telecom and new media industries. Prior to joining MEVP in 2010, Walid was a lead associate at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and before that he worked as a strategy manager at the UAE’s Prime Ministry Executive Office focusing on public policy initiatives. During his stay in Dubai, he worked on setting-up entrepreneurship related programs and developing incubation in the Arab World through several Dubai based initiatives such as the Mohammed Bin Rashid Foundation (a $10 Billion endowment fund) .
Prior to that, Walid worked at Booz & Company as a strategy consultant covering telecom & media. Prior to Booz & Company, Walid worked as an industrial engineer in France. In 2009, he completed Morgan Stanley's summer associate program within their investment banking M&A division in London. Walid holds an industrial and urban planning engineering degree from Institut National des Science Appliquées de Lyon, INSA de Lyon (France) and an MBA in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (USA).
Christian is Co-Founder and Partner of Earlybird and has more than 20 years of entrepreneurial and investment experience. He was Chairman of the Board of Tipp24 AG and Interhyp AG which he both lead to an IPO returned in large scales. Currently Christian serves on the boards of Auctionata, Cashboard, CrossEngage, N26 and Tradico.
Prior to founding Earlybird in 1997, Christian, together with a group of investors, acquired various companies from the Treuhandanstalt and gained operational experience.
Previously, Christian worked as an Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Co. Inc. focusing on restructuring, strategy and M & A projects within various industries.
He holds a Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieur degree (Technical University of Hamburg) and a PhD degree (University of St. Gallen).
Barbod joined the Holtzbrinck Ventures team in 2013 and brings a wealth of international investment experience along with a very strong network of entrepreneurs and investors. He has been responsible for the fund’s investments in Spotcap, ZenMate and LoopMe among others.
Prior to joining Holtzbrinck Ventures, Barbod was instrumental in expanding Rocket Internet’s portfolio of companies. In his role as an Investment Manager at Rocket Internet he both took an active role in the asset raising process as well as in the deep dive analysis of the eCommerce portfolio with the goal of optimizing the international asset allocation strategy of the company.
Prior to his role at Rocket Internet Barbod worked in London as an investor both in the public and private markets and was involved in the financing and foundation of a number of telecom startups bringing affordable solutions to underdeveloped regions of Africa.
Barbod holds a Master Degree in Software Engineering from Imperial College London as well as an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Fredrik Nylander was previously the chief technology officer at [Oscar](https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/oscar), a health insurance company that employs technology, design, and data to humanize health care. He is a Partner at [Lakestar](https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/lakestar), an Advisory Board Member at [Nasty Gal](https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/nasty-gal), and an advisor at [Tictail](https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/tictail).
CTO and co-founder Dial2Do (www.dial2do.com).
As the CTO and co-founder of Dial2Do, Sean drives the company's technical strategy and vision. Before Dial2Do, he co-founded Rococo Software (www.rococosoft.com), a world leader in Java/Bluetooth technology, whose software now ships on over 200M mobile phones. From a technical perspective, his interests are distributed systems, mobile and wireless technology, and the space where the web meets the plain old telephony system.
Partner at Kima Ventures. Former Partner at TheFamily
Yervand is an entrepreneur, advisor and investor. He is a co-founder and partner at Granatus Ventures where he focused on investing in and helping promising tech startups in the US, Europe and Armenia to leverage Armenia's potential as an emerging technology hub.
He also co-founded Agnian, a software development and acceleration firm in UK and Armenia and Artbeep, an online art platform focusing on Southern and Eastern European art.
Sean Seton-Rogers is a General Partner with PROfounders Capital (www.profounderscapital.com).
He has previously worked for Balderton Capital and Commonwealth Capital Ventures. He has worked closely with companies such as Bebo, Wonga.com, MoveMe, BetNow, and TouchLocal.
Sean graduated with an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Palmer Scholar. He also has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Rice University.
Nicholas has over 7 years of startup and corporate experience as an entrepreneur, operator, advisor and investor. Previously, he founded his own boutique firm providing corporate finance services to entrepreneurs, VCs and angel investors. He has also worked for Access Industries-owned AINMT in Brazil, PT in Lisbon, and was an investment banker at UBS in London. Nicholas holds an MBA from London Business School.
Founder at Brickowner.
Sitar is a managing partner of Connect Ventures, a seed-stage fund focusing on European internet and mobile companies. Connect Ventures' investments include: Boiler Room, Citymapper, Typeform, Marvel, and Pact Coffee.
Prior to Connect Ventures, Sitar was with Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures for seven years and led that firm's investment in SoundCloud, where she was a board member for several years.
Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, she spent three years with technology M&A bank Broadview (now part of Jefferies).
Daniel joined Balderton as a General Partner in 2013 and he currently sits on the boards of Revolut, ROLI, Lovecrafts, TrademarkNow, Tictail, Thread, and Workable and also works with Instabridge and Curious.AI.
Prior to Balderton, Daniel spent 5 years as a partner at Wellington Partners and invested in a number of fast-growing companies including EyeEm, Hailo, YPlan, Bookatable (also a Balderton portfolio company, sold to Michelin), SumAll, Readmill (sold to Dropbox) and Qype (sold to Yelp).
Before Wellington, Daniel was a sector partner at 3i where he worked on all of their venture and private equity investments in the internet sector in North America and Europe.
And before that, he was at Yahoo! for six years from 1999, covering strategic development and M&A across the European region. He has a PhD and MA in applied mathematics from Oxford University and a Chartered Diploma in Accounting and Finance.
Customer Experience Lead, Stagecoach Group
Managing Director, Startupbootcamp IoT | Connected Device
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