Meet top investors, entrepreneurs, developers, and journalists from both Europe and Silicon Valley. Startup Grind London will showcase one day of nonstop content, valuable networking, mentor sessions, and investor Q+A's. Don't miss out.
Nigel Eccles Cofounded FanDuel in 2009 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Eccles served as Business Development Manager and a Member of Group Management Board of Johnston Press plc. He has over 10 years experience in the technology and media industries, and was a consultant with McKinsey & Co.
Matt heads up Google’s business and operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa - helping consumers and businesses make the most of the digital opportunity. Joining Google in 2007 to help build its business in the UK, he became MD of Google UK two years later. In 2011, he was promoted to VP of Northern and Central Europe, before taking over as President of Business and Operations in EMEA in 2014. Matt is a non-executive director of Sainsbury’s, and a Trustee of charity The Media Trust. Matt has had a long career in media and marketing, joining Google from the newspaper industry, where he led commercial and digital operations at the biggest UK publisher. He previously worked at management consultancy McKinsey. He has an MBA from London Business School, an MA from Cambridge and won silver medals for Cambridge in several Boat Races. He was also a member of the British rowing team and has won medals in eights and fours at the World Rowing Championships and represented Great Britain at the Olympics. In 2014, he was appointed a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta and he still rows regularly, though more slowly. Matt lives in London, near the Thames, with his wife, teenage sons and small dog.
Dame Stephanie Shirley BSc, CEng, FREng was born in Germany and arrived in Britain in 1939 as a five year old unaccompanied refugee on the Kindertransport. She started her software company on the dining table with what would now be $100. It was a social business – a company of women, a company for women – that went public in 1996. When it de-listed in 2007, it employed 8,500 people – men and women, which is as it should be – and was valued at nearly three billion dollars. Since her nominal retirement, she has founded four charities and taken each into sustainability; she is enjoying investing her hard earned wealth in IT (her professional discipline) and autism (her late son’s disorder).
Taavet Hinrikus is co-founder and CEO of TransferWise. Prior to starting TransferWise, Taavet was Skype’s director of strategy until 2008, starting as its first-ever employee. One of the World Economic Forum's Tech Pioneers, Taavet is an adviser to the Prime Minister of Estonia on the digital agenda. He’s also a mentor and angel investor; his investments include Tweetdeck, Mendeley, OMGPOP, Property Partner, Sunrise, Improbable and Mapillary.
Saul is a Partner at LocalGlobe, a new seed fund focussed on helping London's most ambitious founders build game changing businesses. Saul was a Partner at Index Ventures from 2007 until 2015. In 2012 David Cameron appointed Saul to be the UK's first tech envoy to Israel and a Technology Business Ambassador. Saul is serial entrepreneur with two decades of experience building and exiting companies in the US, Israel and Europe.
As the CEO of Brilliant Minds Natalia Brzezinski curates a two-day leadership summit in the creative setting of Stockholm. She connects innovative international luminaries, global decision-makers, and young emerging talents from the worlds of technology, fashion, art, music and sustainable business, to challenge conventional thinking in business and society, as well as identify new drivers, incentives and components of innovation. Natalia, is an experienced moderator, journalist, and communications strategist focused on building dynamic dialogue across numerous sectors and cultures. She has held senior roles in the U.S. Senate Press Office for Senator John Kerry, to The Huffington Post, to the U.S. Embassy in Sweden. Natalia is also the host of the new weekly podcast series, Stand Out, in which she holds open and honest conversations with leading U.S. and international female entrepreneurs, politicians, and change-makers, and male disruptors that share a passion for equality.
Jan is a partner at Index Ventures based in London. He focuses on financial and information/data services across all stages, from seed to venture to growth. His investments include Adyen, Collibra, Credit Benchmark, Robinhood and TransferWise. Jan also works with The Prince's Trust as a business mentor to young startup entrepreneurs. He holds an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD, and is a graduate of Oxford University.
Steve O’Hear is best known as a technology journalist, currently at TechCrunch where he focuses on European startups, companies and products. In June 2011, Steve took a break from journalism to co-found the London and Prague-based startup Beepl. In his role as CEO, he helped the company raise its first VC round, along with seeing the Question & Answer site through development, and a high profile public launch. In November 2012, Beepl was acquired by Brand Embassy. Along with TechCrunch, Steve has written for numerous publications, including ZDNet (where he wrote the well-respected blog ‘The Social Web’), The Guardian, Macworld, TES, Last100 and ReadWriteWeb. He also wrote and directed the critically acclaimed Silicon Valley documentary ‘In Search of the Valley’, which was released in September 2006. In recognition of his contribution to e-learning, Steve was made a fellow of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts in 2002. From 2004 to 2005 he served on the Board of Governors for the University of East London.
Scott spent almost 10 years as a nightclub promoter in New York City before leaving to volunteer on a hospital ship off the coast of Liberia, West Africa as a volunteer photojournalist. Returning home to New York City two years later, he founded the non-profit organisation charity: water in 2006.
Turning his full attention to the global water crisis and the world’s 663 million people without clean water to drink, he created public installations and innovative online fundraising platforms to spread international awareness of the issue.
In ten years, with the help of more than one million donors worldwide, charity: water has raised over $225 million and funded over 21,000 water projects in 24 countries. When completed, those projects will provide over 6.4 million people with clean, safe drinking water.
Scott was recently recognized in Fortune Magazine’s 40 under 40 list, the Forbes Magazine Impact 30 list and was recently #10 in Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business issue. He is currently a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.
Derek Andersen is the Founder & CEO of Startup Grind, a 400,000 person entrepreneurial community with 200 chapters in 85 countries run by more than 1,000 volunteers. Startup Grind's mission is to help every entrepreneur in the world. It's core values are giving before you take, helping others first, and making friends. Derek Andersen spent four years in product management at Electronic Arts working on games like The Godfather, Burnout, The Sims 3, and Mirror’s Edge. He left EA in 2009 to start Vaporware Labs, a product incubator which mostly failed but built products including Commonred which was acquired by Income.com in 2012, and Startup Grind. After running Startup Grind as a side project for 2 years, Derek turned his full attention to scaling it from 3 chapters to 200 chapters today. In 2015 Startup Grind will host 1,200 events for 75,000 entrepreneurs. He currently lives in Palo Alto, California but has lived eight years outside the U.S. in France, Germany, Switzerland, New Zealand, and the Cook Islands.
We are a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs.
Founded in Silicon Valley, Startup Grind now spans over 200 cities across the world.
“Startup Grind is some of the best community stuff out there.”
“The payoff for me and my partner has been the discussions we’ve had as a result of what we’ve learned and experienced here. In a few short days we have made strategic decisions about what our company will and will not do going forward, and it’s because of information we’ve gathered here.”
“One of my favorite events.”
Apply to be one of only 20 startups selected to exhibit in our Startup Program
All companies are invited to participate as sponsors by submitting your information at https://www.startupgrind.com/sponsor/. We work with Fortune 50 as well as newly launched companies to reach entrepreneurs around the world. You’ll reach thousands during our event, and tens of thousands online with a mix of digital & on-site reach.
If your business has raised less than $3MM and has fewer than 20 employees, we’d love to invite you to apply to the 2016 Startup Program for a chance to display your company during the conference, be exposed to our network of 200 investors, and enjoy perks like media opportunities and startup service discounts.
The Startup Program is simple and transparent: if chosen, your startup receives 3 VIP full day tickets, including access to a display booth for one of these two days. The price of the package is €950 — or the same price as 3 regular attendee tickets.
All the following hotel suggestions are less than a 10 minute drive from the Central Hall Westminster, the Startup Grind London Conference Venue. Many guests also choose to stay with local hosts through AirBnB. If you are looking for a great deal, check out the exclusive Startup Grind group rates from Marriott!
London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square
Grosvenor Square, London W1K 6JP, United Kingdom
London Marriott Hotel Park Lane
140 Park Lane, London W1K 7AA, United Kingdom
London Marriott Hotel Marble Arch
134 George Street, London W1H 5DN, United Kingdom
The Sanctuary House Hotel
33 Tothill Street, Westminster Borough, London, SW1H 9LA, United Kingdom
Conrad London St James
22 - 28 Broadway, Westminster Borough, London, SW1H 0BH, United Kingdom
London Property Apartment
56 Great Peter Street, Westminster Borough, London, SW1P 2HD, United Kingdom
St. James' Court, A Taj Hotel
41-54 Buckingham Gate, Westminster Borough, London, SW1E 6AF, United Kingdom
Absolutely! You can enter and exit the event at your leisure so long as you are wearing your Startup Grind wristband, which acts as your ticket.
But do us a favor: do not remove, tamper, or attempt to transfer your ticket to another visitor, or we may have to refuse your entry.
You can shower and sleep with your wristband on, and if you wear it for the whole year, we guarantee you a free ticket to our next conference. Yes, really.
The entrepreneur’s journey can be a winding one, so we’re collaborating with partners like Pivotal and Fiverr to offer scholarships to a limited number of applicants. Apply for your subsidized ticket here.
If you’re a journalist reporting for a major media outlet or a private blogger with a considerable audience, we’d be happy to have you join as our guest. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, the name of the outlet for which you’ll report, a link to the site where the article would be published, and the monthly recurring visitors to the media property (if known).
Please note that speaker access is reserved to select media personnel and is not open to most press pass holders.
Ah, bosses — we know the drill. We have an expert team at the ready for these kind of situation: they’ve spent their lifetimes training in the fine art of tasteful wit, persuasive copywriting, and even the dark arts of corporate speak. Send an email to email@example.com and we’ll make the case on your behalf. But beware! With such great power comes great responsibility — contact wisely.
Though speakers like Vinod Khosla spent over an hour with the audience, most speakers are busy founders who do us the great favor of sharing their time pro-bono exactly because they know we won’t demand much of it. All speakers are encouraged to meet attendees, walk the floor, and enjoy the conference — but we make no guarantees.
There will, however, be hundreds of investors among the audience — many who’d love to meet you. There was over $1 million offered to founders by investors they met during the two days of the event, some who randomly bumped into one another.
Our secret to spotting & connecting with VIPs: say hello to those people who seem relaxed and sit back during networking breaks, as many of them will be those whose networks are already incredible. If they don’t invest, it’s likely they know those who do — so make friends instead of pitching hard.
Want to be matched with investors like these? Apply to our Startup Program.
Aww, we were really looking forward to meeting you. We’re sorry to say we do not issue refunds, but you can definitely exchange your ticket with a friend or business colleague up to a month before the event. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and the name to which you’d like to transfer your ticket, and we’ll get you sorted.
Hope to see you next year!
Yes: comfortable. Expect some people to feel most comfortable dressed in formal business attire – it can be a nice confidence booster. Also expect to mingle with a Silicon Valley crowd that’s most comfortable in casual streetwear, maybe accented with a company hoodie. Keep in mind the amazing people you’ll be meeting at this conference, and dress to impress and connect with them. However you style yourself, make sure it’s respectful of the beautiful venue and other guests attending the event.
We appreciate your enthusiasm, but we ask our guests to stick to business cards at most. Flyers tend to take time and focus away from the conference experience, so nail your pitch instead.
The only exception are paid sponsors, who also receive a booth and other perks at the event. Please visit https://www.startupgrind.com/sponsor/ if you’d like to reach the Startup Grind audience. We’d love to work together.
Unfortunately, we will not be sponsoring visas for attendees to the Startup Grind Europe Conference.