With 2,500 founders and investors attending, and over 100 European startups exhibiting, this year's Europe [London] Conference will be the biggest yet. With more than 75 speakers across three stages, we'll feature a range of sessions including thought-provoking keynotes, educational workshops, and intimate VC Q+As highlighting this year's topics, including Blockchain, AI, fintech, to name a few.
As Chief Robotics Officer, Boris is responsible for the UiPath product vision and management. He has over 27 years of IT experience in Software Engineering, Application Management, SAP Basis Operation, Data Centre Operations, System and Storage operations. With equally extensive experience in Service Desk Operations and Field Service, Agile Software development, Banking Software, Offshore delivery service transition and delivery implementation, his career record includes Infosys, Accenture and Atos Service Delivery.
Margit Wennmachers is a partner at Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), a preeminent Silicon Valley venture capital firm. Best known for her ability to create market-leading brands, Margit is a16z's chief marketer advising the firm and entrepreneurs on their communications and marketing strategies. An entrepreneur herself, in 1997, Margit cofounded the leading marketing and communications firm, The OutCast Agency, who today partners with leaders and disruptors like American Express, Box, Instagram, Jawbone, Sephora, Starwood, Facebook, and more. She has been in technology marketing for 20+ years, is a mentor to countless individuals in the technology and marketing industries and serves on the board of the World Affairs Council.
Nikolay is the founder and CEO of Revolut, one of the fastest growing fintech startups in the world. It is a platform to use and manage money around the world. Prior to founding Revolut alongside with Vlad Yatsenko, Nikolay worked for Lehman Brothers’ emerging markets trading desk, and another five years as an equity derivatives trader at Credit Suisse.
Luciana Lixandru focuses on consumer internet, software and marketplace businesses. She helped lead Accel’s investments and ongoing work in Avito, Catawiki, Wallapop, Deliveroo, Algolia, Doctolib and Vinted, and was previously an investor at Summit Partners. Luciana is from Romania and graduated from Georgetown University.
Tony and Maureen Wheeler’s six-month trip along the ‘Hippie Trail’ in 1972 led to Across Asia on the Cheap, the very first Lonely Planet guidebook. The company grew to become the world’s largest independent guidebook publisher and today has close to 150 million books in print in English as well as digital versions and a busy website. Despite the completion of the sale of the company in 2011 Tony still contributes to their publications, most recently Epic Drives and the new edition of The Cities Book. The Planet Wheeler Foundation, with more than 50 health and education projects in the developing world, the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing & Ideas in Melbourne, Australia, the recent launch of the Wheeler Institute of Business & Development at the London Business School and his position on the board of the California-based archaeological organization Global Heritage Fund also keep him busy. Recent travels have included visits to the rising-sea-level-threatened Pacific nation of Kiribati, Reactor 4 at Chernobyl 30 years after its meltdown and a reprise of his Hippie Trail adventures along the Silk Road, now part of China’s major One Belt One Road development.
Robin is a founding Partner of LocalGlobe, a seed-focused venture capital fund based in London. Previously, Robin was a Venture Partner at Index Ventures from 2010 until 2015. He has made over 100 early stage technology investments in the UK, US, Europe and Israel. His investments include Adzuna, Citymapper, Graze, MOO, Secret Escapes, Transferwise, Zoopla. He has also sat on on public company boards including MoneySupermarket and Zoopla. Robin is on the Tech City Advisory board and an advisor to Silicon Valley Bank. Prior to becoming an active and full time investor he built and sold 3 businesses, the last of which was the Innovations Group in 1995. Innovations conducted the first eCommerce transaction in the UK in May 1995.
Entrepreneur, Mentor, NED and Angel. Co-Founder of Blippar, one of Britain’s best-funded technology scale-ups and one of the world’s leading computer vision and augmented reality technology platforms. Blippar is funded to the tune of over $100M and in May’17 ranked within CNBC’s global ‘Disruptor 50’ list alongside the likes of Uber, Airbnb, Snapchat and Spotify. Jess is the recipient of numerous female entrepreneur and tech awards including BBC’s Top 100 Women and Fortune’s Most Powerful female entrepreneurs and is a passionate start-up mentor, public speaker and writer on subjects as diverse as women in technology, female entrepreneurialism, digital innovation, digital detox and work-life balance.
Ilya previously co-founded Dialogflow (formerly known as API.AI), a developer platform for building conversational experiences, and served as its CEO before Google acquired the company in September 2016. Prior to launching API.AI, the company built Assistant.ai, the highest rated independent voice assistant in the world with 40M+ users. Ilya earned his MBA from the University of Brighton, and a BSc in Mathematics from Novosibirsk State University. Ilya’s areas of interest are in natural language processing, artificial intelligence and conversational interfaces. He is an author of a number of patents in those fields.
Hemant Taneja is a managing director at General Catalyst and is the author of UNSCALED, a 2018 book that explores topics of technology and society. Hemant joined General Catalyst in 2001 and launched its Silicon Valley office in 2011. His investment portfolio spans industries and includes companies such as ClassDojo, Color Genomics, Grammarly, Gusto, Fundbox, Livongo Health, Samsara, Snap, Stripe, and TuneIn. In addition to his investments, Hemant serves on the Stanford School of Medicine Board of Fellows, is the co-founder of Advanced Energy Economy, an organization focused on transforming energy policy in America and is a board member of Khan Lab Schools, a non-profit educational organization. Hemant holds five degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT class of 1997). He has lectured at MIT and currently teaches a course on A.I., Entrepreneurship and Society at Stanford University.
Avid has been involved in the tech ecosystem as a developer, product manager, founder, investor, and adviser since 1998. Prior to Kobalt, Avid was a General Partner at GV. She started investing at Accel Partners in 2006. She co-founded Boticca, a global marketplace for independent brands acquired by Wolf & Badger in 2015. She also held product management roles at Tellme Networks, eBay, and Skype. Avid is a non executive director on the board of Barclays Bank UK PLC and a member of the Harvard Business School European Advisory Board. She has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She holds a B.S. and M.S. in engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
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.
Tom founded Monzo in 2015 along with four co-founders. After graduating from Oxford with a Masters degree in Law, Tom joined the consulting world at OC&C before opting for startup life in Silicon Valley. At San Francisco’s Y Combinator Tom dipped his toe in the world of fintech and founded GoCardless – a direct debit processing company. A further stint Stateside at New York based dating app, Grouper saw Tom complete his time in the US and return to the UK where he has been CEO of Monzo since February 2015.
In 2013 Tom was named as one of the Top 5 Entrepreneurs Under 30 by the European Commission.
Three decades ago, Anne Boden pioneered the UK’s first same-day payment service – and in the process transformed the future of electronic money. Today, that revolutionary zeal continues to inform her work at Starling Bank, the mobile-only current account app she launched earlier this year. Recently recognised as one of the Global Power Women in FinTech, Anne’s worked at a senior leadership level across some of the world’s best-known financial heavyweights, among them Lloyds and Royal Bank of Scotland. It was during her tenure as CEO of Allied Irish Banks, however, that she begun to explore the exciting potential of financial technology for transforming customer’s everyday lives. At heart a tech start up with a banking licence, Starling is a challenger bank built on a foundation of disruptive emerging technology, working to take on traditional legacy banks and help people to develop a healthier relationship with their money.
I’m the guy our founders call when they need advice. I work closely with our companies on everything from settling founder disputes to setting fundraising milestones - I wrote a book called The Fundraising Fieldguide to help answer many of a startups' questions around the fundraising process.
Having worked as an Associate at Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures, as an Engineer for the Advanced Communications Technologies group of The New York Stock Exchange (SIAC), and as a consultant, at PKI Developer, Cybertrust/Baltimore Technologies before joining Seedcamp back in 2010, I love tech and jumping into the deep end with new ideas and products.
I’m originally from Honduras but went to college in the US before moving to London. I travel frequently both in a work and a personal capacity and am fascinated by the evolution of the tech ecosystem across the globe and spreading the Seedcamp message so we can support and unite our founders.
Much like our founders, I’m on a constant quest for knowledge and democratising information. I spearheaded SeedSummit with partners across the world to make key information accessible to anyone looking to startup a business. You’ll also find me podcasting for Seedcamp at ‘This Much I Know’ where I speak to innovators, leading tech voices, investors and operators who share their journey with our listeners.
My analytical and scientific approach to a lot of what I do it countered with my love of creative outlets. I’m an avid blogger, photographer, coffee lover, and a bouldering aficionado.
Megumi Ikeda is a Managing Director of Hearst Ventures and the General Manager of Hearst Ventures Europe, where she oversees investments and non-organic acquisitions across Europe. Hearst Ventures’ investments include Broadcast.com (Yahoo), Buzzfeed, HootSuite, Netscape, otonomo, Pandora (NASDAQ: P), and Roku (NASDAQ: ROKU). Based in London, Ikeda previously ran the European arm of the Peacock Equity Fund, GE Capital and NBCUniversal’s $250m venture fund.
Simon is the CEO of Draper Esprit PLC, which IPO’d on the London and Irish stock exchanges in 2016. Simon has been involved with the European VC industry since 1995 and co-founded Draper Esprit in 2005. He has been involved with a number of Europe’s most successful startups including Lovefilm (Amazon), Cambridge Silicon Radio (IPO), Virata (IPO), nCipher (IPO) and KVS (Symantec).
He currently works with Trustpilot, Graze, Crowdcube, Perkbox and Podpoint. Previously Simon was a partner with Cazenove Private Equity, which Draper Esprit acquired in 2006; a partner at Elderstreet Investments, which Draper Esprit acquired in 2016; and an Investment Director of 3i Technology Europe, which Draper Esprit acquired in 2009. He was a computer games developer early in his career and is a Computer Science graduate of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST).
I'm Julia Qiu, and I am an Associate Partner at Series A focused venture capital fund Mosaic Ventures.
I spent my childhood growing up in Saint Louis, Missouri, but was fortunate to always have an international identity as my parents raised me to be bilingual (Mandarin & English) and immersed in multiple cultures. In high school, I extended this global worldview further by studying and living in France for a period, as well as interning in China for the New York Times & Shanghai Daily. My love for people, ideas, and companies that transcend borders probably are a result of all these experiences, and has been something that has continued unto today.
I graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, with majors in finance and comparative literature. My first role out of university was with Morgan Stanley’s investment banking division, where I was an analyst with the global technology group in New York, working on wide array of IPOs, M&A, and debt transactions. My two years there helped me hone my analytical capabilities, but I had an itch to get closer to the tech, product, and the founders that were responsible for making them. So, in 2014, I moved out to Silicon Valley to join NEA’s west coast venture team. There, I was fortunate enough to meet and work with incredible entrepreneurs and companies of all shapes and sizes—in verticals ranging from retail to social to logistics to HR, just to name a few. This is perhaps what I love the most about technology—that it truly is now transforming every sector and dimension of our daily lives. So, in 2017, I decided to join Mosaic to help see and bring this globally, and specifically to Europe. I’m excited and inspired by the opportunity, talent, and drive I see across the European countries and ecosystems, and I cannot wait to work with early stage founders in realizing their visions.
Kamran Elahian is the Founder and Chairman of Global Innovation Catalyst, LLC. Kamran also serves as Global Innovation Advisor, 500 Startups; Founding Mentor, Unreasonable Group and Unchartered; Advisory Member, UNICEF Innovation Fund; Advisory Member, Seedstars World; Founding Board Advisor, Harbour.Space University; Chairman, Advisory Board, Global Venture Alliance.
Keith Teare is a Founder and Executive Chairman at Accelerated Digital Ventures Ltd - A UK based global investment company focused on startups at all stages.
A digital-style influencer herself, Amber Venz Box conceptualized and launched rewardStyle at the age of 23 as a solution to monetize her fashion blog, venzedits.com. Amber has worked on all sides of the fashion industry — as a shop girl, an editorial stylist, a fit model, a retail buyer, and a jewelry designer. Her intimate understanding of the fashion industry, along with first-hand experience as an influencer, has helped to fuel rewardStyle’s global success. Amber has been named Forbe’s 30 Under 30, Fast Co.’s Most Innovative, Glamour’s Woman of the Year for Technology, Fashion Group International's Innovator of the Year, a Business of Fashion 500, Entrepreneur magazine's 15 Female Entrepreneurs to Watch and she spoke at SXSW in 2017 as a featured session speaker for the second time.
Derek Andersen is the founder and CEO of Startup Grind, a community of over 300 Chapters in 120 countries designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. Startup Grind's values of giving, helping others, and making friends have spread across the world. Since 2012 Startup Grind has hosted 5,000 events for more than 200,000 entrepreneurs.
In 2009 Derek founded Vaporware Labs, incubating many products including Startup Grind and professional social network Commonred, which was acquired by Income.com in 2012. Before that, he worked at Electronic Arts in product marketing helping launch games like The Godfather, Burnout, Mirror's Edge, and The Sims 3.
In 2017 he co-founded Bevy, a community management software platform used by Atlassian, Docker, Duolingo and others to grow their communities. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and children.
Lillian is a investor at Eight Roads Ventures where she focuses on enterprise SaaS across Europe and Israel. Prior to this she helped launch Salesforce Ventures in Europe. Lillian is also a co-Founder of non-profit partnership Diversity VC. Earlier in her career Lillian worked at Beringea and L.E.K. Consulting. She has a BA in Economics from the University of Cambridge and an MA in International Development from LSE.
Frank is the Co-Founder & Partner at SparkLabs Global Ventures and a Partner at SparkLabs, Asia’s premier accelerator based in Seoul.
Frank is also the Co-Founder and CEO at SmartUp.io, a fast-growing Micro-Learning platform used by startups, business schools and corporates. SmartUp has been featured in “Best New Apps” by Apple UK and US in July and October 2015. Frank was selected as part of the 2012 Wired UK Top 100 in tech, and Vanity Fair’s The Next Establishment list 2010.
Previously Frank was with Horizons Ventures (HK), representing them on the boards of Spotify, Siri, Summly, Affectiva, Bitcasa, Fixmo, DoubleTwist, Ginger, Desti and Magisto.
Frank started with Ericsson in 1994 as a coder and troubleshooter, lived in Singapore and HK, and then joined Hutchison Whampoa in 2001 and was responsible for the technical integration of the first 3G(WCDMA) networks around the world, launched under the Three(3) brand in multiple countries in 2003. He then ran the Three Groups’ global handset business, and developed and launched a range of products (Skypephone and INQ1), which pioneered mobile and internet communications.
Daniel is Managing Director, Strategic Growth at Ripple. He drives the company's partnerships with payments companies, digital financial services providers and beyond. As one of Ripple's earliest employees, Daniel has helped shape the company's vision, strategy and growth. Prior to Ripple, Daniel worked in investment banking focusing on the technology industry and studied at the University of Pennsylvania.
Damian Bradfield is President, CMO and Founding Shareholder of WeTransfer, the largest file sharing service in the world. Bradfield first joined WeTransfer as Chief Strategic Officer in 2010 and with over 40 million active users transferring more than a billion files every month, he played a pivotal part in making it the leading, much-loved creative brand it is today. Currently, Bradfield spearheads the company’s US operations from the newly formed US headquarters in Los Angeles, California.
Jane is on the founding team of ZenCash, a privacy coin that powers an encrypted platform for messaging and transactions, and is now Head of Academic Partnerships. She is also co-founder of Eden, a blockchain consulting and advisory firm that focuses on tokeneconomics, human systems design, and governance. Jane is advisor to Blockhous, Ezra Fund, Moveco, Cord, Ejad Labs, and TOSCoin, and is Co-Director of MADE Innovation Blockchain Incubator in Bangkok. She supports projects that leverage blockchain technology to provide the network infrastructure necessary for people to securely express themselves and collaboratively build value. She believes that all people have a right to personal privacy, and that decentralized (peer to peer) networks and governance models (done right) will lead to global reallocation of wealth and power. Her experience ranges from financial analysis in asset and wealth management at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and China Silver Asset Management to programmes, strategy, innovation, and partnerships in the venture capital, startup accelerators, and FinTech space at Nest VC, SOSV, Monexo, and Next Money.
Gerard Grech (@gerardgrech) is chief executive of Tech Nation, a privately and publicly funded organisation focused on accelerating the growth of digital businesses in London and across cities in the UK. He is also a governing board member of Europe’s largest arts centre, the Barbican, and Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency. A veteran of digital media, web and mobile, Gerard’s international experience in London, Paris and New York, building digital products and rolling them out across 5 continents, has given him global vision and local expertise, spanning product development, business strategy and venture capital. He will discuss the entrepreneurial risk culture and the importance of talent, patient capital and the ‘beehive effect’ in light of Brexit, as well as how the UK is faring in the big emerging areas including AI, machine learning and digital social innovation.
Entrepreneur, financial crime and compliance advisor and leader in the area of regulatory risk. Pawel is an expert in compliance and anti-money-laundering with extensive experience conducting global projects for international financial institutions and cooperating with supervisory authorities. He is also the chairman of the Compliance Association of Poland and a member of the advisory board of the International Compliance Association.
Karlie is CMO at Startup Grind, based out of its headquarters in the Bay Area. As the company's second-ever hire, she has seen and been part of it's growth from 30 to 350 chapters to date. She now oversees all marketing and partnership initiatives and leads the production of Startup Grind's two flagship events - Global Conference every Feb in Silicon Valley + Europe Conference every June in London.
Jonathan Hammond joined Unilever in 2008 and he was appointed Global Marketing Director and Head of Unilever Foundry in 2016. Hammond leads the Unilever Foundry team and his role involves managing current pilots and partnerships, liaising with startups and identifying new opportunities for brands and startups to partner. As these partnerships are spread across Unilever’s global portfolio, Jonathan works across all of Unilever’s brands and markets – overseeing various emerging and scaling technologies. As of 2017, Jonathan is also a member of the World Economic Forum council on Global Future of Consumption alongside other corporate global directors and executives. This council addresses topics including the changing face of the consumer, new patterns of consumption and advancement of technology.
Nik is currently the Senior Director for Global Open Innovation at Oracle. He is responsible for the expansion and growth of the Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator in UK, US Brazil, Israel and and was responsible for the set up of 6 markets in 2017. Prior, to this Nik was Vice President for Global Open Innovation at Barclays responsible for the expansion of the Barclays Accelerator and open innovation programmes in co-creating with startups and entrepreneurs across the global ecosystem. Nik co-founded Tryum in 2014 - a leading enterprise loyalty and mobile payments start-up showcased by the Mayor of London on his UKTI trade mission to Singapore and Malaysia in November 2014. Tryum was selected out of 350 teams across 50 countries for the inaugural Barclays Techstars Accelerator. Nik brings a wealth of experience of both sales and operations from his role as Sales Director at Shoutlet Inc where he was responsible for building the initial team in Europe and became the region's top Sales Director, winning the largest brand deal (34 brands) in the company's history. This was built upon his experience at Brightcove Inc, where he was the regional top seller across consecutive quarters, responsible for 150+ notable wins with clients like Tesco, Roche, Unicredit Bank, Mobil1 etc... and for the company's largest value global deal for Zencoder. Outside of his professional life, Nik regularly mentors budding student entrepreneurs and volunteers at a local food bank. He is a clean tech enthusiast, specifically with clean water desalination technology with his personal mission to create a solution to solve the world’s water crisis.
Jason Williamson is the VP of the Startup Ecosystem at Oracle. He leads Oracle’s collaboration with the VC and PE comminuties and their portfolio companies around the globe. Prior to Oracle, jason was atAmazon Web Services (AWS), where he created and led several key initiatives within the investment community including Amazon’s Private Equity Program and Management Consulting efforts. He has a background in both Fortune 500 firms (Amazon, Capital One, GE) and the startup world. Among his startup efforts, he co-founded the construction industry’s first CRM SaaS offering, a faith-based NGO for entrepreneurial development based in Latin America, and is currently launching a company in the pediatric healthcare space. In addition to his work in the commercial sector, Jason served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce and now works part time in academia in home state of North Carolina. He has authored three books on Data Integration and Migration and Big Data. Jason also served his country as a United States Marine and lives in North Carolina with his wife and four children where he coaches High School Girls Basketball, drinks sweat tea and eats bbq as much as possible.
Peter Mühlmann founded Trustpilot in 2007 and has been the main driver behind the company’s continued global expansion, building the biggest online review company for e-commerce. Over the last ten years, 35-year-old Mühlmann has led Trustpilot from a small Danish startup to an international, multi million-dollar company with more than 600 employees spanning seven offices and six different countries. Mühlmann heads the company focusing on business strategy and product development. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Aarhus University School of Business, and after founding Trustpilot, he decided to focus on the company. In 2013, Peter Mühlmann was named Danish Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young. He lives in Copenhagen but spends a large portion of the year at Trustpilot’s offices outside of Denmark.
Shawn Bose, GM of Indeed Prime, is responsible for leading the platform’s product team in developing solutions that match qualified, change-ready candidates with employers looking to fill in-demand tech roles. He works closely with the Senior Leadership Team to ensure his team is creating products that meet the ever changing needs of job seekers and employers and align with Indeed’s global product strategy and vision. Before joining Indeed, Shawn has been a serial entrepreneur and investor in early stage ventures. He most recently founded OnFaith, an online community for faith and spirituality. Prior to that, he was on the founding team of uShip, whereas the Head of Product, he oversaw the strategy and development of the company’s marketplace platform and lead its global expansion into 19 countries and regions across six continents. Shawn received an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin, and has an A.B. in Religion & Archaeology from Bowdoin College.
Sarah is a Senior Research Analyst for BI Intelligence. She is based in London and covers Fintech. Prior to joining BI Intelligence she worked at a global technology company, specialising in working with Financial Services. She holds 1st class B.A. in History from the University of Leeds.
Phil Cox has spent most of his career in UK Commercial Banking before joining Silicon Valley Bank in London in August 2009 to lead its UK and Israeli business units. Since joining, Phil has led the establishment of SVB's UK Branch banking business and its expansion into UK Technology lending. He is responsible for developing the Bank's business across the EMEA region. Phil brings a wealth of experience and leadership to SVB Financial Group. Prior to joining SVB, he was the Head of Commercial Banking at Bank of Scotland in London, a division of Lloyds Banking Group. In this role, Phil was responsible for the Relationship Management, Origination and Operational aspects of the business. Prior to that, Phil was with the NatWest/RBS Group for 23 years and held a variety of positions, including Managing Director of Transport and Infrastructure Finance, Regional Managing Director of the North of England Region and the same position for the South West and Wales business. Phil is both ACIB (Chartered Institute of Bankers) and AMCT (Corporate Treasurers) qualified. He enjoys travel, photography, fishing and ski-ing and is a qualified coach in both Rugby and Cricket.
An award-winning serial tech entrepreneur and angel investor, Ash Ali sold his first internet business at the age of just 19 from his parent’s loft in Birmingham.
As the first marketing director of Just Eat UK, the online takeaway-ordering giant, he used his commercial acumen and creative growth hacking skills to grow it at breakneck speed - including launching its first TV campaign. Just Eat went public in 2014 at £1.5 Billion - making it one of the UK’s largest tech IPOs in the last decade.
Next, Ash co-founded Fare Exchange - a bootstrapped lead-generation company in the private transportation space that generated more than £25 million in revenue.
He currently mentors and advises several tech startup investments globally, and has spoken at TEDx, top business schools and technology expos globally, where he shares his unique and unconventional lean startup and growth marketing insights.
His new book “The Unfair Advantage: Boost your Chances of Startup Success” is out soon.
Jo White is the Comms lead at Cookpad, the cooking platform on a mission to make everyday cooking fun for the sake of our health, our communities and our environment. Cookpad is used by 100 million people around the world in almost 70 countries and is available in 23 languages. Prior to joining Cookpad, Jo was at TransferWise, one of Europe's leading tech companies, where she led global PR during the company's most prolific growth phase, building the company's profile across Europe, APAC and the Americas. With 15 years experience in PR, Jo started out working at the UN and since then has worked with start-ups, charities, Governments and corporates to help shape their reputations.
Stu Woo covers tech, media and telecom in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Based in London, he also writes about politics and occasionally about sports. Mr. Woo previously covered sports from New York and politics and technology from the San Francisco bureau. A San Francisco native and Brown University alum, Mr. Woo joined The Wall Street Journal in 2008.
Director at Startup Grind London. Founding Partner at IPM Growth, a VC company investing in extremely ambitious technology companies from the Central & Eastern Europe. Advisory board member at T-Mobile Czech Republic & Telekom Slovakia. Founder of BrainTrust, a think-tank helping top tech CEOs scale globally. Ex-Orange, ex-Reebok. Marian was featured in New Europe 100 (organised by Financial Times, Google, Respublica and Visegrad Fund), the list of outstanding challengers who are leading world class innovation from Central and Eastern Europe.
Reece is the founder of RLC Ventures which invests in seed-stage businesses within technology, proptech, fintech and technology for social advancement. Reece has invested in 14 start-ups, become a board member of five companies such as Landlordinvest. Reece became the youngest ever investor to be profiled in The Sunday Times and is a mentor to the Mayor of London’s Business Start-up Entrepreneur’s Programme London and Partners.
Miguel McKelvey is the Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of WeWork, where he directs all architecture, design, and construction activities. Miguel is a multi-disciplinary designer and entrepreneur with diverse experience in architectural design, construction management, and web development. Prior to WeWork, Miguel created the design framework and led the national retail roll-out for American Apparel (170 stores), and was involved in the early-stage development of several companies, including Green Desk, Barre3, Versation, and English, Baby! Miguel earned his BA (Architecture) from the University of Oregon.
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.
John Collison is president and co-founder of Stripe, the innovative platform powering the world's most exciting startups, from on-demand services like Deliveroo through to high-growth fintech startups like Monzo and global crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter.
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.
Martha is founder and executive chair of Doteveryone.org.uk, a charity fighting for a fairer internet. In April 2016 she was appointed as a non executive director of Twitter. Martha became a crossbench peer in the UK House of Lords in March 2013. In March 2014 she was appointed Chancellor of the Open University. Martha co- founded and chairs LuckyVoice, revolutionising the karaoke industry. She is a non executive director of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Creative industries federation, the Scale Up Institute and the Open Data Institute. Martha is a Patron of AbilityNet, Reprieve, Camfed and Just for Kids Law. In 2013 Martha was awarded a CBE. In 1998 Martha co-founded Europe’s largest travel and leisure website, lastminute.com with Brent Hoberman. They took it public in 2000 and sold it in 2005.
Bibop Gabriele Gresta, global expert in finance, transportation and media, specializes in mass market community building and project design. He is a world-renowned speaker, featured at the World Economic Forum, United Nations, Ted Talks, among others, focused on transportation and human mobility. He is also a respected activist in Transhumanism and Ethical Entrepreneurship.
In 2014 Gresta partnered with Dirk Ahlborn, CEO and co-founder of Jump Starter, Inc. as COO and Chairman for Hyperloop Transportation Technologies. Now, as Chairman, he coordinates a team of 800+ professionals in 40+ countries- the first on the globe to begin development of the Hyperloop.
Tom is a General Partner of GV (Google Ventures), based in London. GV has $2.4bn under asset management; Tom's investments include Lemonade.com, Cambridge Epigenetix, Oxford Sciences Innovation, Weaveworks and Currency Cloud. Previously, while leading IDEO's startup efforts globally, he founded OpenIDEO, IDEO’s open innovation platform that has over 150,000 users from more than 170 countries. The platform allows a global community of users to tackle challenges for social good. Tom has also been an Angel Investor in 21 startups; his seed investments include MileIQ (exited to Microsoft), Divimove (exited to Freemantle), GoCardless, Cliqz (exited to Burda), Smarkets, Llustre (exited to Fab), Massive Health (exited to Jawbone), LostMyName, Nested, Tray.io and MoveGuides. Tom's TED talk on design has been viewed over 1 million times, he has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and is featured in WIRED UK’s Top 100 Digital Power Brokers and the Evening Standard list of London’s 1000 Most Influential People. Tom earned a first class bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Bristol, an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he received the Baker Scholar Award of high distinction and an Honorary Doctorate in design from University of the Arts London.
Lars is the creator of LEGO’s global success on Social Media and Video platforms. Based in London with teams in the US, Denmark, Shanghai and Singapore. Lars is driving the well known and innovative toy company's social media & video strategy and execution. He has been developing the company's social media engagement from scratch and created a global organization. When he began in the company there wasn’t even an official LEGO page. In 2015 Adweek scored LEGO as the number one brand on Social Media and YouTube in the toy industry. Lars has been named as one of the 25 most Innovative and influential marketers in Europe by the Holmes Report. He holds and BA and MA in Digital Media Science and a HD in Innovation and Organizational Strategy.
Get a taste of the Startup Grind Europe Conference experience with a few selected talks.
Startup Grind Europe brings today’s top founders, investors, and innovators to London for a full day of invaluable content, networking, and resources. Over 100 sessions, 75 exhibiting startups, 20 partners, and 2,500 attendees will join us.
Partners come to help and work with startups. Founders come to demo their products, get exposure to potential customers, and network within their community. Investors come for face-time with startups, to learn about new innovations and recruit for their next investment.
If you’re building your own company, working in a startup, investing, involved in tech or corporate innovation - you’ve come to the right place. Startup Grind Europe is the place to meet + learn from the best.
Key themes addressed this year will include Future of Tech (AI/AR/Robotics), Funding (VC landscape in and around Europe), and Fintech (+ Blockchain).
Startup Grind Values: Make friends, not contacts. Give before you take. Help others, before yourself.
Wednesday, 13 June @ 8am (BST) - Full Conference Day
Tuesday, 12 June @ 6pm (BST) - Opening Night Party + Pre-registration
Available to currently enrolled students in accredited colleges/universities or graduate school programs. Students must apply for our Student Pass via the application below. Valid student ID and/or transcript may be required upon request.
Please complete this Application if you are interested in receiving a Student Pass.
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 press should you be interested in covering the event. Apply for a Media Pass by filling out this application. We’ll get back to you within 24-hours.
All tickets are non-refundable but are transferable (see below).
Tickets can be transferred without additional charge before May 21st. Any ticket transfer post May 21st will incur a service charge of £95. Last day to submit any transfer request is June 8th.
We work with both Fortune 500 companies and startups alike to help partners reach startups within the community. We’d love to learn more about your organization to figure out how we can best partner. Here is our 2018 sponsor deck. Please email our team for more information.
If your business has raised less than $3M and has fewer than 20 employees, you’re eligible to apply for our Startup Exhibition.
Don’t wait! Startup Exhibition space will fill up. If selected, you’ll have the chance to demo during the conference, connect to our network of investors, get access to additional networking events, and receive a number of limited resources offered by our partners.
Visit our Startup page for more info. Free to apply and takes less than a minute to submit.
There will be hundreds of investors in the audience — many who’d love to meet you. You’ve just got to find them, so turn on your networking game! Approach it with the intention of making friends first (before pitching hard), we find it works better.
Heathrow Airport - London’s most popular airport, complete with Tube access, and also most conveniently located versus the Central Hall Westminster venue. If coming from the airport, the fastest is to take the Heathrow Express train to London Paddington Station, then take the Circle to St. James Park or Westminster. You’ll have a 4 minute walk once you get off.
Stansted Airport - take either the Stansted Express train Liverpool Street station and then take the underground: Circle line from there to Westminster and it's a 4 minute walk from there. Or take the coach to London Victoria and it's only one stop by the underground to St. James's Park and a short walk from there.
Gatwick Airport - take the Gatwick Express train to London Victoria, then take the underground to St. James’s Park. It’s only 4 mins walk from there.
Luton Airport - take the national express train to London Baker Street Station. Walk a couple mins to catch the underground to Westminster station. It’s will be 9 mins walk from there.
All the following hotel suggestions are less than a 10 minute drive from the Central Hall Westminster.
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
The venue is located in central London - only a few blocks from Big Ben. Take the tube to at St. James Park or Westminster underground station (4 minute walk from each) via Circle / District lines. There is no parking offered at our venue.
You can enter and exit the event at your leisure so long as you are wearing your Startup Grind wristband + badge, which acts as your ticket. No trading passes or you’ll be rejected upon re-entry.
You can save your wristband for Wednesday (badge-only for welcome party) however, if you’re eager to represent, your wristband will survive the shower :) If you wear it for the whole year, we guarantee you a free ticket to our next conference. Yes, really.
Whatever makes you comfortable! Typically attendees are casual to business-casual. Consider the types of people you’ll be meeting - it’s always positive to make a good first impression.
We appreciate your enthusiasm, but we ask our guests to stick to business cards at most. Other solicitation will not be permitted on-site.
If you want to do more - promote your product/service, you can join us as a sponsor. Please email us 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.
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