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VCs attending Capital On Stage London on April 24, 2012
Qualcomm Ventures makes strategic investments in start-up companies that have disruptive products & services that could positively impact the global wireless ecosystem. • Focus: Wireless
• Geography: Global
• Range: USD50k – USD 20m
• In particular looking for: Companies that influence the growth of the wireless market
• Website: http://www.qualcommventures.com
Jason Ball – Early Stage Investor
Jason Ball is a Senior Investment Manager at Qualcomm Ventures Europe and is based in London. Jason has 8 years experience working with internet and mobile software start-ups. Prior to joining Qualcomm, he was the Investment Director at London Seed Capital, a seed and early stage venture capital fund, where he focused on material science and internet technology investments. Jason holds an MBA from ESADE in Barcelona, where he was given the “Innovation and Strategy Award” from the Boston Consulting Group, and a BS in Chemistry from Mississippi College. —————————————————————————————————————————————————–
Swisscom Ventures is part of the Swiss Telco Swisscom. Swisscom Ventures seeks to acquire minority stakes in companies that operate in promising markets for information, communication and entertainment technologies.
• Focus: innovation that is strategic for Swisscom to invest in
• Geography: Global
• In particular looking for: new broadband services, network optimization tools
• Website: http://www.swisscom.ch/ventures
Dominique Mégret – Head of Swisscom Ventures
Dominique joined Swisscom in 2002 as head of the Group Strategy unit before starting Swisscom Ventures three years later. He has a background as a entrepreneur in the UK, Germany and France (co-founder of Kick-Start Ventures). In addition, Dominique has worked as strategy consultant and manager in the IT industry. Dominique graduated from Insead.
hardGAMMA Ventures is a seed and early stage Venture Capital firm.
• Focus: IT, internet, mobile technologies, biotechnology, physicochemical technologies
• Geography: Poland and international
• Range: €50.000 – € 1m
• In particular looking for: world class solutions and technologies
• Website: http://hardgamma.com/en
Chris Kowalczyk – Partner
Graduated from Warsaw School of Economics (Management of Information Systems, 2001). He holds CEMS Master’s Degree in International Management from Community of European Management Schools (2001) and additional degree in German Studies in Economics (Deutsch- Polisches Akademiker Forum, in cooperation with University of Duisburg and University of Mainz). —————————————————————————————————————————————————–
Northzone is a technology investment partnership.
• Focus: Europe’s most exceptional entrepreneurs
• Geography: Europe
• Range: seed
• In particular looking for: A great team. Edge. Vision. Appetite. A huge market opportunity.
• Website: http://northzone.com/
Jeppe Zink made the move from Amadeus to head up the Northzone London Office in early 2012. ”I might be a new kid to NZ, he smiles, “but it’s the same block for me, as I’ve been working here almost all along”.
Jeppe Zink was born in Northern Jutland, Denmark, but left his native country as early as 1991 for Germany and the baccalaureat. ”Actually”, he explains, ”what I really wanted to do with my life early on was to work for the United Nations.” Having heard that what the would-be employer needed the most was people with business skills, the young Zink moved to England, Durham University for a combined bachelors in economics and politics, followed by a Masters in economy. ”Then I thought that I’ll get my arms around the financial side of things and joined an Investment Bank’s corporate finance unit.
Prime Ventures is a leading venture capital and growth equity firm.
• Focus: European companies in the technology and related industries
• Geography: Benelux, United Kingdom, France, Finland, Sweden
• Range: € 500.000 – 15 m
• In particular looking for: entrepreneurs who build the winning global companies of tomorrow
• Website: http://www.primeventures.com/
Prime Ventures – Alexander Ribbink (partner)
Alexander brings over 20 years in international marketing, sales and general management to Prime. He has worked extensively in fast moving consumer goods and technology industries. Key areas of functional expertise include branding, international growth and market entry, innovation and strategy. Before Prime, Alexander was board member and COO of TomTom. Prior to that, he held a number of senior directors’ positions at MARS Inc. and Unilever NV, living and working in Paris, London and the Hamburg area. Alexander holds an MA degree in Law from the University of Amsterdam and an MBA degree from the Rotterdam School of Management. He serves on the board of directors of: Greetz , Layar and Cint. —————————————————————————————————————————————————–
Hanse Ventures offers a successful environment for entrepreneurial talents to realize their dream of their own internet business.
• Focus: Young companies
• Geography: Germany
• Range: seed
• In particular looking for: Young entrepreneurs
• Website: http://www.hanse-ventures.de/en
Sarik Weber – MD
Sarik is a Founder and Managing Director at Hanse Ventures BSJ GmbH. Prior to founding the firm, he founded the cellity corporation in 2006, where he serves as a Co-Founder and Director of Marketing. For years, Sarik has helped start-ups with his keen passion for networking and entrepreneurship. As a business angel, he has given them advice as well as capital. Sarik was a Branch Manager and Sales Manager for the Tap Group for four years as well as managing shareholder for the SEM-agency eprofessional. As a pioneer in the position of Vice President of Sales, he was responsible for the worldwide distribution of openBC/Xing AG, and was involved in the successful IPO of the company. Sarik served as the Chief Sales Officer of Xing AG. He established a new Spanish specialized trade sales company for the Hettich group and turned them into the market leader. Sarik is also a Member of the Artaxo Supervisory Board. He holds an M.A. in Business Administration and studied from European Business in Osnabrück at Universidad de Deusto San Sebastián, Spain and at Buckinghamshire College of Higher Education in London.
Index is a European VC with a global portfolio of over 150 companies.
• Focus: looking for teams that are committed to solving a real problem with a novel approach
• Geography: Europe
• Range: from seed (< €1m investment) to growth capital (> €20m)
• In particular looking for: information technology, life sciences
• Website: http://www.indexventures.com
Nina Faulhaber – Associate
Nina joined Index in 2012 as an Associate in the early stage technology team in the London office.
Previously, Nina worked at Goldman Sachs in Mergers & Acquisitions in London. She was involved in a number of buy side, sell side, IPO/equity and debt transactions advising various large and medium cap companies as well as private equity and growth funds. She was involved in transactions in the UK, Germany, Spain, Turkey, Russia and South Africa.
Nina holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration with majors in Finance and Entrepreneurship from EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht in Germany. Prior to and during her studies she spent time abroad in Montréal and Singapore.
DFJ Esprit is a European venture capital fund that invests in technology, media, telecoms, medtech and cleantech.
• Focus: Software, Telecoms, Electroncs, Internet, Medtech, Cleantech
• Geography: Europe and international
• Range: from pre-revenue stage upwards
• In particular looking for: Great team, Great product, Large market Scalability, Defensibility
• Website: http://www.dfjesprit.com/
Richard Marsh – Partner
Richard is an experienced entrepreneur as well as a venture capitalist. He founded and built Datanomic, a Cambridge-based software company which was a pioneer of Data Quality software and was acquired by Oracle. As an investor, Richard has worked across software, hardware, mobile and cleantech sectors. He is responsible for DFJ Esprit’s investments in Connectivity (acquired by KCOM, LSE:KCOM), Garlik (acquired by Experian, LSE: EXPN), GreenPeak Technologies, Polatis, Psytechnics (acquired by NetScout, NASDAQ: NTCT) and ZBD Solutions. Richard is an Engineering graduate of Cambridge University where he also received his PhD. Richard also holds an MBA from IMD.
Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures
Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures is an early-stage European venture capital fund that invests in internet, mobile and clean technology companies.
• Focus: Consumer Internet and Mobile, SAAS, Clean Technology
• Geography: Pan-European
• Range: €250k – €1.5m
• In particular looking for: exceptional entrepreneurs and management teams
• Website: http://doughtyhanson.com/technology-ventures.aspx
Sitar Teli – Investment Principal
Sitar’s investment areas include consumer and B2B internet, with a particular focus on product and design oriented companies. Sitar currently serves on the board of directors of MegaZebra and is a board observer on SoundCloud, Handmade Mobile and SecretSales. Sitar was previously with Jefferies Broadview, the technology investment banking division of Jefferies & Co. Sitar graduated Magna Cum Laude from Duke University, US, with a BSE in mechanical engineering and materials science and a BS in economics.
Amadeus Capital Partners Limited is a venture capital firm specializing in high technology companies.
• Focus: early and later stage high-technology companies
• Geography: Europe
• Range: GBP50.000 – GBP1m
• In particular looking for: internet, mobile, wireless
• Website: http://www.amadeuscapital.com/
Alex van Someren – General Partner
Alex left school to join Acorn Computers in the 1980s, where he was extensively involved in the BBC Microcomputer project. He subsequently co-founded ANT Ltd in 1990 to produce networking products, including Web Browser software licensed to the Oracle Corporation. ANT plc was listed on the London AIM market (AIM:NCH) in 2005 and is now positioned in the embedded software market for IPTV. In 1996 he co-founded nCipher with venture capital backing to develop internet security products using advanced cryptography. The company became a world leader in IT security, counting major banks, finance companies and governments among its customers. He subsequently raised a total of £14 million in venture capital funding before he led the company to a listing on the London Stock Exchange in 2000 (LSE:NCH) at a £350 million valuation. nCipher plc was sold to Thales SA in 2008. —————————————————————————————————————————————————–
Passion Capital is a partnership of entrepreneurs and operators who are applying our experiences to helping founders and early-stage teams build great digital media/technology companies.
• Focus: Early stage digital media and technology startups
• Geography: Europe
• Range: GBP300k – GBP1.5m
• In particular looking for: Ambitious entrepreneurs with strong passion
• Website: http://passioncapital.com
Stefan Glaenzer – Founding Partner
Stefan Glaenzer was recently named the best angel investor in Europe by readers and editors of TechCrunch Europe, and was the first investor and executive chairman of Last.fm, seeing that company through to its sale to CBS (2007 USD $270 million). Prior to that Stefan was co-founder of Ricardo.de, one of the first European online auction and classified sites, which he took public in 1999 and sold to QXL ricardo in 2000. —————————————————————————————————————————————————–
EC1 Capital is an early stage tech investment fund that invests in web technology businesses primarily located in the UK and specifically in London.
• Focus: Digital and Web
• Geography: UK
• Range: GBP25k- GBP200k
• In particular looking for: High growth digital companies
• Website: http://www.ec1capital.com/
Julian Carter – Co-Founder
Julian Carter is a co-founder of EC1 Capital. Julian is a hands-on entrepreneur and experienced executive with over 15 years of working in web-related companies in verticals such as Casual Social Games, Interactive TV, Mobile, Publishing, SEO and Legacy Software Modernisation in the UK and Ireland. Julian is an advocate of the Tech City initiative and works a few days a week in various co-working spaces in East London. Julian goes to many of the Tech Entrepreneur events that are promoted in the London area and is also an occasional speaker and lecturer at universities and conferences. British Venture Capital Association, British Business Angels Association and London Business Angels member. —————————————————————————————————————————————————–
Eden Ventures invests in technology companies in the UK and Ireland.
• Focus: Telecommunications software, enterprise software, digital media, e-commerce, internet and mobile sectors
• Geography: UK and Ireland
• Range: GBP200k – GBP6m
• In particular looking for: education, finance, game-playing, healthcare, location based services, IPTV, video advertising, virtual world services
• Website: http://www.edenventures.co.uk
Charles Grimsdale – Partner Charles is a co-founder of Eden Ventures and one of Eden’s Investment Managers. He spends his time looking at opportunities within the digital media sector due to his prior experience in the space. Most notably Charles was founder of On Demand Distribution (OD2), a digital music distribution provider which today powers the digital music services of many major online brands. The company was acquired by Loudeye in 2004, and subsequently acquired by Nokia in 2006. Charles is responsible for Eden’s investments in Basekit, Brightpearl, DocCom, TheFilter and We7. —————————————————————————————————————————————————–
Delta Partners is a venture capital firm investing primarily in Ireland and the United Kingdom.
• Focus: Technology-based Businesses and MedTech & Other Healthcare
• Geography: UK and Ireland
• Range: early stage, in existence for less than 6-12 months
• In particular looking for: early-stage, high-growth opportunities
• Website: http://www.deltapartners.com/
Dermot Berkery – Partner
Dermot Berkery joined Delta Partners in 1999 as a General Partner. He serves on the board of Seewhy Software, Sensl, Luzern and Clavis Technolgy. He was also previously on the board of Farran Technology (sold in 2005 to Smiths Industries) and Similarity Systems (sold in 2006 to Informatica Inc). Before joining Delta, he was a Senior Manager with McKinsey & Co. Having worked in McKinsey, Atlanta for 4 years, he returned to Dublin in 1995 to grow McKinsey’s presence in Ireland. From 1995 to 1998, he helped Irish companies in a range of sectors to develop and pursue accelerated growth strategies. Prior to McKinsey, he was a Senior in the Corporate Financial Services Division of Arthur Andersen in Dublin and London, where he specialised in financial restructurings. A graduate of University College Dublin in Commerce, he holds an MBA with distinction from the Harvard Business School and is qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Dermot has written a book for entrepreneurs seeking venture capital entitled Raising Venture Capital for the Serious Entrepreneur, published by McGraw-Hill. —————————————————————————————————————————————————–
360 Capital Partners
360° Capital Partners is a Venture Capital firm, investing in Innovation at full scale, in Europe and more particularly in France and Italy.
• Focus: Innovative early stage companies
• Geography: EU, in particular France and Italy
• Range: €1m – €5m
• In particular looking for: Highly innovative companies with strong Management Team, scalable business model, defensible competitive advantage
• Website: http://www.360capitalpartners.com
Laurent Laffy – Venture Partner
Laurent is a part time Venture Partner of 360° Capital Partners with the task of scouting investment opportunities in the UK. Laurent started his professional career as a strategy consultant at Bain & Company in Paris and Sydney and then moved to JP Morgan and UBS Warburg in London where he quickly became a highly ranked equity research professional covering the retail and consumer goods industries. He started is Venture Capital career in 1997 when he joined Arts Alliance, a London-based VC firm, which he co-led for more than 11 years and where he became managing partner. He was one of the lead investors and an active board member of Lastminute.com, Prepay Technologies, Smartjog, PropertyFinder and Kiala. Laurent holds a BA degree from HEC and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. He is married with two children, enjoys history, science and sports (tennis, ski, rugby)
Balderton Capital is one of the largest venture capital funds in Europe.
• Focus: enterprise software and services, communications and security, semiconductors, mobile computing, consumer services, plus media and financial services.
• Geography: mainly Europe, but also US & Asia
• Range: US$100,000 – US$50m
• In particular looking for: great entrepreneurs offering a compelling value proposition in a large market with a clear plan to build a profitable organization.
• Website: www.balderton.com
Charlotte-Anne Nelson – Principal Prior to joining Balderton Capital Charlotte-Anne headed Operations for Massive Incorporated, the world’s first provider of dynamic advertising in video games. Charlotte-Anne joined Massive Incorporated as an early, pre-revenue start-up in New York, helping to build the business through several funding rounds and ultimately the sale of the business to Microsoft in 2006. Before Massive Charlotte-Anne spent a year as part of a task force established by Prime Minister Tony Blair to drive delivery of the government’s key objectives. Charlotte-Anne started her career at McKinsey & Co, advising businesses on a range of strategic and operational projects. Charlotte-Anne has a first class MA in History from Cambridge. —————————————————————————————————————————————————–
MMC Ventures is a UK venture capital fund investing in TMT companies with a particular focus on consumer internet, B2B software and financial services
• Focus: early-stage, high-growth opportunities
• Geography: UK
• Range: £500k – £5m
• In particular looking for: Teams who are the best at what they do and want to build a market leading business
• Website: http://www.mmcventures.com/
Jon Coker – Investment Director
Jon is an Investment Director and head of the investment team at MMC Ventures. Jon led MMC’s investments in KnowledgeMill, Interactive Investor and Creativity Software and also represents MMC on the board of Consilium Technologies and iiPay. He started his career at JPMorgan and has an MEng in Engineering Science form Oxford University.
Fidelity Growth Partners Europe
Fidelity Growth Partners Europe is a venture and growth capital investor which backs entrepreneurial companies in the IT and clean technology sectors across Europe.
• Focus: fast growing European technology businesses
• Geography: Europe
• Range: € 1m – € 10m
• In particular looking for: Firms within a revenue band of 1-5m EUR(= expected to grow 100%+ /year on year growth). Above 5m EUR, we are looking for 30%+ year on year growth.
• Website: http://www.fidelitygrowthpartners.eu
Chris Barchak – Principal
Chris joined Fidelity Growth Partners Europe in 2010 as a Principal. His investment interests include software, online and mobile services, as well as broad interests in energy and resource efficiency. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Neo Technology, the enterprise NOSQL company based in Sweden and the Silicon Valley. He began his venture investing career at Index Ventures in Geneva, where he jointly pioneered their cleantech investing activity but also made numerous investments in online services. He has previously held a variety of operational roles in high-growth technology companies. Most recently, he was Director of European Business Development at BetweenMarkets, and Director of Product Marketing at Nexagent. Previously he was a Presales Consultant for i2 Technologies and a Consultant and Developer for Trilogy Software. He holds an MBA from INSEAD, and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Engineering from MIT. —————————————————————————————————————————————————-
Piton Capital invests in online businesses with network effects.
• Focus: Online businesses with network effects
• Geography: Europe
• Range: seed to late stage
• In particular looking for: Businesses that we believe have the potential to benefit from network effects.
• Website: http://pitoncap.com
Andrin Bachmann – Partner
Andrin brings both entrepreneurial and investment experience to Piton. He was a co-founder of Glocalnet, which became Sweden’s 3rd largest consumer telecom service provider and was listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange before being acquired by Telenor. He was a partner at M/C Venture Partners, one of the leading private equity investors in the US telecom services space. He was also one of two principals establishing an investment company that became QXL Ricardo PLC’s largest shareholder in 2005, and was instrumental in the transformation of QXL leading to its sale to Naspers for around $1.9 billion. He holds an MSc degree in Computer Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH).
Sponsors and Partners
Like last year in Amsterdam, it’s again possible to also book 15-minute meetings with some of our sponsors and partners.
Norton Rose Group is a leading international legal practice, and the host of Capital On Stage 2012.
With more than 2900 lawyers, they offer a full business law service to many of the world’s pre-eminent financial institutions and corporations from offices in Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Central Asia. Book a slot with them to get a better insight in legal matters and the market.
Marcus Evans is an Of Counsel in the communications, media and technology team at Norton Rose LLP. He focuses on data privacy and IT services.
He has advised on data privacy since the coming into force of the 1998 Data Protection Act and his practice includes cross border privacy solutions, general corporate compliance and privacy issues arising out of online products or complex data sharing transactions. Recent examples of his data protection work range from providing advice on privacy restrictions relating to the setting up of customer user portal across 17 jurisdictions to advising a US entity subpoenaed by a federal authority as to the privacy restrictions imposed on its EU subsidiary.
Marcus specialises in all aspects of IT and business process outsourcing transactions. He has successfully negotiated a number of large offshore and multi-jurisdictional deals and also advises on disputes and re-negotiations in the sector for both multinational customers, public sector bodies and industry suppliers. He also advises on software licensing, e-commerce and trade mark licensing and IT issues in M&A transactions.
Victoria Birch is a Senior Associate in the communications, media and technology team at Norton Rose LLP. Victoria joined Norton Rose LLP in 2010 having previously worked at a London magic circle firm and a US law firm.
Victoria regularly advises on a variety of international and domestic corporate finance transactions, including private and public M&A, joint ventures, private equity investments, restructurings and general corporate and commercial matters.
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