Charlotte Street Capital
Robert Whitby-Smith, Partner, Albion Ventures LLP
Alliott Cole, Principal - Early Stage Investment Team, Octopus Ventures
Alex McCracken, Relationship Director, Silicon Valley Bank
Sussex Place Ventures
Founder & Director, ETCapital
Head of origination, Silicon Valley Bank UK
Catalyst Venture Partners
Who we've been meeting at Alpha Version conferences:
Alpha Tech Summer Conference 2013 London, 23 May 2013
Go for Growth!
Business cycle? What business cycle? What do successful ventures do differently that lets them win in good times & bad? At the Alpha Tech Summer Conference 2013, we’ve invited banks that are leading the way in venture investing, successful entrepreneurs who’ve raised funding rounds in tough times, distribution channel experts who’ve built and sold digital ventures and sector experts who know what it takes to make innovation a part of your growth story.
If you are a venture with growth ambitions, a venture investor looking for successful businesses or an entrepreneur looking for inspiration – this is one conference you don’t want to miss!
Speakers at this conference are:
Ramon Juraboev, Investment Director, Santander Growth Capital
Growth Capital is a £200m mezzanine fund set up by Santander in the UK as a part of Breakthrough Programme; which is aimed at bridging the gap between venture capital and angel funding. The programme looks for demonstrated growth in turnover, profit or employment and provides both capital & support. Ramon has more than 15 years of experience in financial services, specialising in origination and structuring of project and leveraged finance deals, commercial diligence and corporate strategy formulation. Prior to joining Santander in London, he was the Managing Director at Business Solutions management consulting firm in Asia and worked as a strategy consultant at PwC in London with governments, commercial and development banks and SMEs across Asia, USA, Russia and the UK. He has an MBA from London Business School and a BBA from Lubin School of Business, New York.
At the conference, Ramon will be talking about successful venture stories that he has seen at the breakthrough programme – what sets them apart? What factors allow them to grow consistently? He will also highlight the steps a venture needs to take to be considered for the programme.
Glen Richardson, CEO, JustBought.it
Glen is the CEO of JustBought.it, an online service that rewards shoppers for sharing what they've just bought with their friends on social media. He has launched a number of ventures and most recently sold My Rewards Company – a venture that manages staff incentive programs for AXA, YouGov, Renault and Sainsbury's.
Glen is a sought-after speaker and this year he has been invited to be Keynote speaker for Internet Retailing Expo, eDeal Summit, TFM&A Manchester, SoLoMo Summit Madrid, eTail Brazil and The Big eCommerce Conference. He was dubbed by eseller as one of the top eCommerce professionals you should follow on twitter alongside the Founders of KISSmetrics, Shopify and Shutl. His media appearances include ITV, Telegraph and BBC.
At the conference, Glen will share with us why strategic partnerships are potentially the strongest channel to market a venture can have.
Alexandra Willard, Serial Entrepreneur & Partner, Taurus Consulting
Alexandra founded the successful Telematics Software company, Lysanda in June 2006 with £66,500 in angel investments and a grant for £75,000. By March 2008, the company had completed an ‘A’ round with specialist VC investor, Logispring. Alexandra grew the business to more than 30 employees and raised over £16m of investment in 7 funding rounds. Lysanda is now one of the most successful software companies of its kind in the world. In September of 2011, Alexandra joined AlertMe.com as the Senior Vice President of Data Analytics and Web Services. She turned-around the data product offering and led the company’s largest customer data ‘bid’. After restructuring the team, she then left to build Taurus Consulting. Alexandra now provides strategy and product consulting services to clients from Silicon Valley to Tokyo.
At the conference, Alexandra will be talking about her fund-raising journey – how did she take Lysanda from a small investment to £16m in funding rounds? What should your venture be prepared for as you go down the fund-raising route?
Aristos Peters, Founder, D RISK IT
In Aristos Peters' early career he has built several digital entrepreneurial businesses including a boutique digital service agency, a SaaS analytics provider and an e-commerce business. He gets involved with early stage businesses to help them on the road towards growth and an eventual exit via investment capital. Aristos has secured seed funding investments, angel capital raises and corporate finance/VC investments of up to £2m.
Previously he was sourcing UK based investment opportunities for a US Venture Capital firm, Quorumm Digital Venture Partners with $500m under management, and was the London Director for the international angel investment group Keiretsu Forum. Aristos is briefly taking time out from the investment world by again walking down the entrepreneurial route with his new project, D RISK IT - an app for entrepreneurs & company founders that gives their deal an MOT before they seek financial investment from investors. At the conference, Aristos shares his perspective on the steps that ventures can take to both validate and benchmark their investment opportunity to help secure investment interest.
Gwilym Roberts: Partner, Kilburn & Strode
Gwilym is a leading expert in intellectual property issues for tech companies. His clients range from private individuals and start-ups to large overseas and multinational companies, and he regularly deals with most aspects of patent work in the physics, computing and communications fields including drafting and prosecuting patent applications before the European and UK Patent Offices, mounting and defending oppositions at the EPO, advising on infringement/validity and preparing for and conducting litigation.
Gwilym lectures regularly before a range of audiences in the UK and overseas on aspects of patent law including the Queen Mary College, University of London MSc and PhD courses. At the conference, Gwilym will be discussing how ventures can make sure their innovation stays protected as they grow.
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