techpitch 4.5 is an evening pitch event created by 2Pears, in order to showcase some of the latest tech startups, including some of the startups that have taken part in the UKTI pitch-training workshops in the past 6 months.

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Video from past techpitch 4.5 events

Courtesy of the Newspepper team Chloe, Victoria & Stefan - thank you!

Techpitch 4.5 Event Report (Final Cut) from Newspepper on Vimeo.

Previous techpitch 4.5 events

20 May 2013

Congratulations to wegetquotes.com winner of the pitch competition earning the judges vote. They were followed by Nutrino in secondplace and Get Lunched in third place.

Nutrino was the winner of the audience vote, followed by Woowave in second place.

Pitching companies:

Altonova - serious games for agile and top performance development.

Get Lunched - location based social networking platform bringing people together over lunch.
@getlunched

Ingenia - a software-as-a-service automated text classifier, powered by innovative, proprietary machine learning algorithms, and fully tailored to each client
@retechnica

InputDynamics - software that makes smartphones and tablets SMARTER by transforming the casework into an input surface
@inputdynamics

Nutrino - food recommendation platform that learns your eating habits and preferences and provide you with a personalized healthy meal plan for you and your family.
@NutrinoCo

TSQER - a real-time code writing and execution platform for developers and those who need to work with code interactively
@tsqer

wegetquotes.com - online platform that allows a business to request multiple quotations on any product they need for their business.
@wegetquotes

Woowave - changes the way video is views and shared online.
@woowave1

Judging panel:

Danvers Baillieu, COO, Privax

Danvers is COO of Privax Ltd, the owner of fast-growing online privacy, security and anonymity service HideMyAss!. He is also the co-founder of Bootlaw and was previously a senior associate with international law firm Pinsent Masons. He recently joined Privax to assist founder and CEO Jack Cator in growing the business by further developing new business areas and consolidating the achievements to date. In addition to running the day-to-day business, as an experienced lawyer Danvers is leading all the legal, tax and compliance issues. @danversbaillieu @privax

Ran Carmon, Founder, Chelsea Corporate

Ran Carmon is founder and managing director of Chelsea Corporate Limited, the UK's leading buy-side specialist. Before moving into the field of mergers and acquisitions Ran worked in real estate, completing deals in both residential and commercial estate in London. He gradually moved away from this sector in order to focus on setting up Chelsea Corporate and concentrate on finding his clients the best companies to buy. Today, Ran and his international team run Chelsea Corporate, one of the few companies in the UK helping those wanting to buy businesses. Ran believes that success only comes from operating in start-up mode and always giving 100 per cent. @CarmonRan

Itxaso del Palacio, Investment Analyst, EC1 Capital

Itxaso del Palacio is an Investment Analyst at EC1 Capital. She is responsible for finding the smartest entrepreneurs and building the deal flow. She is also helping some of the companies in the portfolio. Itxaso is a Teaching Fellow in Entrepreneurship at UCL and she teaches at the MSc Technology Entrepreneurship. As an entrepreneur, she is the co-founder of Founders Fit helping entrepreneurs find co-founders. She has a background in Engineering and she holds a PhD in Entrepreneurship. @ec1capital

Diane Henry Lepart, Managing Director & COO, The Rare Fund

Diane is an FCA, and a Chartered Fellow of the Securities Institute. She has over 20 years City-based Audit and Consultancy experience, and is a global asset management specialist; prior to June 2011, she was the Head of European Asset Management Audit, and a Vice President of Lazard, where her role encompassed assessing risks and developing business solutions for investment capital. Diane is a Managing Director and the Chief Operating Officer of The Rare Fund, a start-up Hedge Fund with a Market Neutral Strategy. In addition, Diane is the Chief Financial Officer of The Green Grey Group, a Corporate Advisory boutique, where her focus is the MENA region, Private Equity and Distressed Assets. Diane is a Board Member of the Donmar Theatre and The Hospital Club, a Private Member's Club in Covent Garden, and a Fellow of the British-American Project. @lyricallivingUK

Thilo Schneider, Corporate Lawyer, Pinsent Masons

Thilo is a corporate technology lawyer with Pinsent Masons and his work focuses on corporate and transactional work. Thilo heads up the firm's Bootlaw initiative (www.bootlaw.com),which provides essential advice for emerging technology businesses. Many of Thilo's clients are early-stage and developed start-ups with a requirement for practical, goal-orientated legal advice. As such, Thilo regularly advises start-up companies on corporate and investment structures (including seed, angel and VC funding) as well as issues such as business acquisitions and disposals, employee incentives schemes and protection of technology rights. @Thilo_Schneider

Alex Shebar, Community Manager, Yelp

Alex Shebar is an award winning reporter, writer, filmmaker, blogger, community manager and rock star, but without the money, fame or musical talent. He was the first ever Communities Manager for Yelp in Cincinnati in Ohio (it's in the middle of the country, don't worry if you don't know where). Currently, he's the Senior CM for Yelp in London and works with businesses to show everything useful, grand and cool in the city. This job often includes eating and drinking around London, which is tough, but someone has got to do it and he's the man for the job. @YelpLondon @AlexShebar

Padideh Tosti, Founder, Mirus World

Padideh founded Mirus World as a response to the changing landscape and the fundamental shift in the economy that has allowed for a time of high innovation and entrepreneurship. Mirus World’s aim is to support the process of funding and investor readiness for Start-ups and SMEs but with an approach that is informed by an unusual background. Padideh’s background is in intelligence/ policy work where she examined extensively how illicit sectors (drug trafficking, money laundering) interacted with the political and economic landscape of all countries. This included on the ground research on trafficking routes in Central Asia, which also provided the basis for her PhD at the London School of Economics. As her first entrepreneurial endeavour, she founded Security Policy Group International, Washington DC, one of if not the first privatized intelligence company in the 1990s. Drawing on abilities from this field she later transitioned into commercial due diligence consulting for M&A, incorporating special abilities in analyzing information, drawing out (in)consistent threads, and a trained eye to spotting flaws and frauds.



6 February 2013

Congratulations to Emotivu winner of the pitch competition earning the judges vote. They were followed by CarbonDiem in secondplace, StickyWorld in third place, and CrumbTrail in fourth place...It was the tightest vote to date with only 5 points separating the top 4. Eewei Chen from Emotivu has written about pitching at the event on his blog.

CrumbTrail was the winner of the audience vote, followed by CrisisVu.

Pitching companies:

  CarbonDiem     @CarbonDiem
  CrisisVu       @CrisisVu
  CrumbTrail     @crumbtrailapp
  Edible Experiences   @edible_exp
  Emotivu       @emotivu
  HipSnip       @woodyPNR
  Qlockwork     @qlockwork
  StickyWorld     @stickyworld

Judging panel:

Danvers Baillieu

Danvers is COO of Privax, the company behind the company behind HideMyAss!, the online privacy, security and anonymity service, previously Danvers co-founded www.bootlaw.com and was a senior associate at law firm Pinsent Masons LLP.
@danversbaillieu

Stefan Bardega

Stefan Bardega is Managing Partner Head of Digital at MediaCom, the UKs largest media agency with over £1bn of UK billings. His principle task is to grow MediaCom's digital operation. He is responsible for defining its positioning and thought leadership across all areas of digital including mobile, social, search, digital advertising.
@stefbard

Julian Carter

Julian is the co-founder and MD of newly formed EC1 Capital £10m seed fund for early stage digital startups. As an entrepreneur with 15 years experience of running digital businesses in various verticals in Ireland and the UK and raising capital, Julian can assist portfolio companies in building and scaling their ventures. Julian is currently recruiting experts in specific verticals such as Social, Cloud, SaaS, Big Data, E-Commerce etc to act as advisors to portfolio companies. Julian has never felt stronger that this is the right time to bring a vehicle like EC1 Capital to help startups raise money between friends and family rounds and Series A in an efficient manner.
@julianlcarter

William Chappel

Will Chappel has been a Director at Barclays Corporate for 4 years. Will focuses solely on assisting Clients in the Technology and Media Sectors and has a vast amount of experience in providing financial solutions and guidance for companies in this area. Will is passionate about Technology and has a vast network of Individuals in the sector. The Barclays Media and Technology team has been in existence for over 25 years.

Xaver Matt

Xaver is Managing Director at Netleadz, the London based digital marketing agency specialising in search, social and online reputation. He is on a mission to bring order to the online chaos. In addition to his 15 years digital experience, he has seven years in senior supply chain management roles, which led to his first successful digital start-up in 1999 - Supply Chain Connect. Since 2005 Xaver has been actively involved in a range of technology-led start-ups as co-founder, advisor and investor in sectors as diverse as wine, travel, property and transportation. He looks at team dynamics first and hates inflated revenue forecasts as well as puffed up business valuations. Running out of cash is unacceptable!
@xavermatt @netleadz

Tom Turcan

Tom is the founder of Runcat Consulting. He is a business consultant and adviser to clients across the entertainment, media and third sectors. He was a founder member of the team behind J.K.Rowling’s Pottermore online story-world and eBook shop, launched to a global audience in 2012. In 2006-8 he lead the re-development of the multi award winning guardian.co.uk, and as CEO of Virtual Internet plc in the early 2000s he established market leadership of its online IP protection business, NetSearchers, serving 40 of the world's top 100 brands. Tom’s background is in strategy and technology consulting.
@tomturcan

27 November 2012

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The Auditorium, Pinsent Masons, 30 Crown Place, London, EC2A  

Congratulations to PleaseCycle for winning the pitch competition getting the judges vote. They were followed by Zondle in second place, and Mr Mash in third place.

In the audience vote, Zondle won and were followed by 3 of the startups in shared second place. These were OpenBrand, PleaseCycle and rainBeau.

Pitching companies:

BagServant   @BagServant
Branchbot   @branchbot
MrMash Ltd  
OpenBrand   @OpenBrandHQ
PleaseCycle   @pleasecycle
rainBeau   @rainBeauLondon
Utelly   @UtellyTV
Zondle   @zondle

Judging panel:

Danvers Baillieu
Danvers is COO of Privax Ltd, the owner of fast-growing online privacy, security and anonymity service HideMyAss!. He is also the co-founder of Bootlaw and was previously a senior associate with international law firm Pinsent Masons. He recently joined Privax to assist founder and CEO Jack Cator in growing the business by further developing new business areas and consolidating the achievements to date. In addition to running the day-to-day business, as an experienced lawyer Danvers is leading all the legal, tax and compliance issues.

Jim Brown
Jim is the founder and MD of media recruitment specialist, round8, and owner of recruitment strategy consultancy, Union Thinking.
Jim has over 17 years' specialist recruitment and media experience, having lead external hiring initiatives for major companies including MSN and BBC Worldwide. With experience in both contingency recruitment and executive search, he has helped many of the UK's most successful media businesses to bolster their existing operations and build launch teams. Clients include Bauer Media, Global Radio and Lastminute.com.
round8 has operated as a multi-platform recruiter in London since 1999 and Sydney in 2009.
Jim is also co-director of Union Thinking, a consultancy set up to supply intel and advise hirers on the best strategies and techniques to Identify, Access, Test, and Secure the best talent for their businesses. Clients include BBC Worldwide and MEC.
Jim is passionate about recruitment and training. He has conducted over 15,000 interviews from executive to director-level for businesses of all sizes - from start-ups to corporates.
Having served as a panel member for Investors in People, Jim is heavily involved in helping clients to assess their approaches to talent acquisition, people development and employee engagement. He has represented media career opportunities on behalf of Guardian Media, and sat on the judging panel for this year's British Media Awards.

Ivan Farneti
Ivan joined Doughty Hanson in 2000 and focuses on the internet and software sectors. He currently serves on the board of directors of Handmade Mobile Entertainment (UK), CloudFloor (US) and is an observer director on the board of garlik.com (UK).
Ivan has been an active venture capital investor in start-up businesses both in Europe and in the US since 1997. He previously was a member of the Board of Gomez Inc. the internet performance monitoring company acquired by Compuware (Nasdaq: CPWR) in 2009 for $295 million. He also served on the boards of Tridion, an enterprise content management software company acquired by UK-based SDL Plc in 2007 for $94 million, Plazes, a location software company acquired by Nokia in 2008 and Mobango, a mobile content company acquired by People Infocom in 2010. In 2011 he completed the sale of micro-display manufacturer Forth Dimension Display to Kopin Corp (Nasdaq: KOPN).
He joined Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures from Deutsche Bank Venture Capital in London, where he completed several investments in enterprise and infrastructure software, communication equipment and internet products and services companies.
Ivan holds a degree in finance and business management from the Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi in Milan, Italy, a degree from the Ecole Superieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales in Paris, France and a MBA from INSEAD, in France.
He is fluent in English, French, Italian and Spanish.

Shona Ghosh
Shona Ghosh is a senior reporter for StrategyEye Digital Media, a B2B online publication, covering technology, business and startups. She blogs for NME.com about music technology, and has previously written for the Guardian, the Press Association and the Times. Prior to her journalism career, she also worked as an analyst for marketing agency RMM. Shona holds an MA in Newspaper Journalism from City University and a first class BA in English Literature from the University of Warwick. She can be found on Twitter @shonaghosh.

James Sweeting
A former barman and lifeguard, James is now an IP lawyer at Pinsent Masons. He advises all sorts of businesses about protection and enforcement of intellectual property and he helps businesses make the most of their IP while staying out of trouble. He has a real interest in the tech sector, particularly online retail, and works with a range of clients from small start ups to global corporations. James has experience helping clients understand and protect their brand, web content and software and helps businesses understand the importance of getting this right - it adds value to business and entices investment. He also lectures widely about issues ranging from Google AdWords to other online IP infringement. It took James a while to convince himself of the value of Twitter, and he's still useless at it, but you can follow him @james_sweeting and through his LinkedIn page.

Matthew Woolf
Matthew has been driving the creation and delivery of hardware and software projects in web and mobile, including Badoo, Flirtomatic, Pogo and more for the last 15 years. Prior to that, Matthew worked for various technology companies, digital media agencies and wrote trading systems for a Merchant bank when banking was less evil and more class-ridden. Holder of an MSc in Media & Communications Policy & Regulation and annual prize from City University and a Computer Science degree from UCW, Matthew loves start-ups and thinks they have just the right level of craziness to change the world.

3 October 2012

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The Auditorium, Pinsent Masons, 30 Crown Place, London, EC2A  

Congratulations to GoCarShare for winning the pitch competition getting the judges vote. They were followed by BusyFlow in second place, and Movellas in third place just ahead of Bardowl in fourth place.

In the audience vote, Tellyo won and were followed by GoCarShare in second place.

Pitching companies:

  AirPOS Ltd     @airpos
  Bardowl     @bardowl
  BusyFlow     @natkinis
  GoCarShare     @gocarshare
  Integrity Capital    
  Movellas     @movellas
  Portal Entertainment     @julianmccrea
  Tellyo     @TellyoTV

Judging panel

Charles Delingpole
Charles previously worked in investment banking at J.P. Morgan Cazenove advising technology, media and telecommunications companies on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions. He is a non-executive director of The Student Room Group, an internet company he founded in 2001. Charles has a Masters degree in Management from the London School of Economics and a double first honours degree in Social & Political Sciences from Trinity College, Cambridge University. @delingpole

Alex Harvey
Alex Harvey joined Silicon Valley Bank as an Associate in 2010 and is responsible for the financial analysis, structuring and management of debt relationships with technology companies. Alex began his career in management consultancy for Accenture’s Technology Solutions division, before going on to spend over 18 months working overseas in Latin America and Asia Pacific, most notably in ICT outsourcing for tier 1 network operator, Telecom New Zealand. Upon returning to the UK Alex joined Samsung Electronics Research Institute where he was responsible for building the European mobile app-store team in addition to working closely with senior technologists, conducting market and competitor analysis with a focus on next generation smartphones, tablet devices and digital TV software. Alex holds a bachelors degree with honors in Management Studies from the University of Nottingham. @alexharvey

Paul Murphy
Paul Murphy is the founder editor of FT Alphaville, the multi-award-winning financial blog owned by the Financial Times. He was appointed in early 2006 to develop the FT's online capability. Murphy was previously financial editor of the Guardian newspaper and prior to that worked at Sunday Business, the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph and The Banker. In the summer of 2009 he relocated from London to New York to expand Alphaville's influence there. Paul recently returned to London. @ftalpha

James Paton-Philip
James is a solicitor in Pinsent Masons' corporate team and is based in London where you will find him around and about in the start-up scene. He has led a large number of start up investments, acting for both companies and investors, as well as acted for numerous private and public listed companies advising on various types of corporate transactions involving corporate finance, private equity and mergers and acquisitions. He lives and dreams equity term sheets and has taken over running the popular Minibar term sheet workshop. James is a member of Team Bootlaw, Pinsent Masons' free boot camp for emerging technology, internet and digital professionals who want to learn more about the legal issues they face. Bootlaw provides a monthly evening event at Pinsent Masons' offices (near Liverpool Street Station) at which a legal topic relevant to digital businesses is addressed by one of the Bootlaw team, a Pinsent Masons' colleague or a guest speaker, from a pragmatic standpoint. @bootlaw

Jessica Sandin
Jessica is Global head of content planning and development at Nokia. With a background as an analyst with Informa, head of mobile at a number of agencies including What If? and Fathom Partners, as well as Associate Partner with Thinktank, Jessica combines analysis and strategic advice based on research into 'hard facts' and more creative insight and innovation work, including work with consumers. This means she takes a hard-nosed business angle with the view of the user in everything she does, having worked with companies across a range of sectors, including food, drink and retail, in addition to her extensive editorial and publishing experience. @JessicaSandin

 Chaired by: Danvers Baillieu, Chief Operating Officer, Privax. Danvers is COO of Privax Ltd, the owner of fast-growing online privacy, security and anonymity service HideMyAss!. He is also the co-founder of Bootlaw and was previously a senior associate with international law firm Pinsent Masons. He recently joined Privax to assist founder and CEO Jack Cator in growing the business by further developing new business areas and consolidating the achievements to date. In addition to running the day-to-day business, as an experienced lawyer Danvers is leading all the legal, tax and compliance issues. You can follow Danvers on twitter via @danversbaillieu and @privax


23 May 2012

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The Auditorium, Pinsent Masons, 30 Crown Place, London, EC2A  

Congratulations to Night Zookeeper for winning the pitch competition getting both the judges and the audience vote. In the judges vote, they were followed by Songdrop in second place, and Ginicam in third place just beating Shopitize to it!

In the audience vote, Ginicam secured the second place with Songdrop coming third.

Pitching companies:

Ginicam     @GinicamLtd
Kwanji     @lonyesoh
MyMusic     @mymusicdotcom
Night Zookeeper     @nightzookeeper
Shhmooze Ltd     @shhmooze
Shopitize     @Shopitize
Songdrop     @songdropapp
Tank Top TV     @tanktoptv

Judging panel:

 Julian Carter, EC1 Capital. Julian is the co-founder and MD of newly formed EC1 Capital GBP 10m seed fund for early stage digital startups. As an entrepreneur with 15 years experience of running digital businesses in various verticals in Ireland and the UK and raising capital, Julian can assist portfolio companies in building and scaling their ventures. Julian is currently recruiting experts in specific verticals such as Social, Cloud, SaaS, Big Data, E-Commerce etc to act as advisors to portfolio companies.Julian has never felt stronger that this is the right time to bring a vehicle like EC1 Capital to help startups raise money between friends and family rounds and Series A in an efficient manner. You can follow Julian on twitter via @julianlcarter and @ec1capital

 Russell Hart, EMR Digital. Russell is CEO of EMR Digital, the holding company for Visibility IQ which specialises in providing innovative technical solutions in the digital marketing space eg Video SEO, SEO and Video Visibility; Entertainment Media Research, the music research consultancy; and Marshall Honor, the online reputation management business Prior to forming EMR Digital, Russell spent ten years in mergers & acquisitions specialising in originating and financing transactions in the leisure and entertainment industries before co-leading the GBP 70m management buy-in of Leisure Link, Europe's largest operator of electronic amusement machines. As Director of Strategy, Russell was responsible for the digital transformation of the group into a server-based gaming and entertainment company, which was sold for GBP 220m.

 David Mansfield, The Drive Partnership, the media industry veteran, previously CEO of Capital Radio and of GCap Media, currently a non-executive director of Ingenious Media and chairman of Music Festivals PLC, as well as an investor in and board director of a number of companies such as LoveLiveTV.

 Inmaculada Martinez, Opus Corporate Finance. Inma Martinez is a serial entrepreneur, investor, and corporate advisor. She is considered one of the world's leading digital media strategists and is currently a partner at Opus Corporate Finance LLP, a leading corporate finance advisory firm providing independent, strategic and creative advice primarily to UK and European mid-market businesses. She is also a recognised commentator in the media on the digitalisation of work and life. You can follow Inma on twitter via @inma_martinez

 Yemi Sawyerr, LiteSwitch and ITV. Yemi is a freelance TV presenter and owner of online music channel LiteSwitch TV. His career has seen him hosting shows for MTV, Sky Sports, ITV and Sky Travel. Previous to gaining a wealth of experience in live and pre recorded television production, Yemi spent 4 years as a marketing exec at FremantleMedia. LiteSwitch TV is one of the UK's fastest growing online music shows and has featured artists ranging from Boy George to Ed Sheeran. With the ethos of telling the human story behind the best new British music, LiteSwitch is already being featured by NME. You can follow Yemi on twitter via @YemiTV

 Ian Wallis, Crimson Business. Ian Wallis is the Editorial Director at Crimson Business. As editorial director at Crimson Business Ian is responsible for the brands Startups.co.uk, GrowingBusiness.co.uk, and MyBusiness.co.uk. He edited the magazines Growing Business and eGaming Review and created Entrepreneur TV, exclusive video interviews with more than 60 household name entrepreneurs, while at web start-up cmypitch.com. Entrepreneur TV has since been acquired by Crimson Business. He has been recognised as a member of Courvoisier’s The Future 500, written and edited on a freelance basis for The Guardian and Business Link, commissioned a series of business books for Crimson, and was part of the team that established e.BUSINESS magazine in 1999. You will find updates from Startups.co.uk and Grwoing Business on twitter via @startupsfeed and @growingbusiness

 Chaired by: Danvers Baillieu, Chief Operating Officer, Privax. Danvers is COO of Privax Ltd, the owner of fast-growing online privacy, security and anonymity service HideMyAss!. He is also the co-founder of Bootlaw and was previously a senior associate with international law firm Pinsent Masons. He recently joined Privax to assist founder and CEO Jack Cator in growing the business by further developing new business areas and consolidating the achievements to date. In addition to running the day-to-day business, as an experienced lawyer Danvers is leading all the legal, tax and compliance issues. You can follow Danvers on twitter via @danversbaillieu and @privax



8th February 2012

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The Auditorium, Pinsent Masons, 30 Crown Place, London, EC2A

Congratulations to Bantr for winning the pitch competition on both the judges and audience vote followed by Bluefieds.com in second place and Seek & Adore in third place! The winner of techpitch 4.5, Bantr, will be invited to participate in an investment meeting arranged by Par Equity to explore investment opportunities.

Pitching companies:

  Bantr
  Bluefields.com
  CompareMySolar Limited
  Ditto
  Livemusicstage.com
  Novativ Media
  Pepper
  Seek & Adore

Judging panel


Danvers Baillieu, Pinsent Masons / Bootlaw
Co-founder of Bootlaw and senior associate at law firm Pinsent Masons LLP, representing many web startups and technology companies.

Sophie Cox, Founder, Worldeka
Sophie is the founder of worldeka.com a collaborative platform for social change aimed at helping charities, policy makers and global activists harness social media for social good.

Juliana Koranteng, Founder & Editor, MediaTainment Finance
Juliana is the founder and editor of Mediatainment Finance, the business journal that tracks financial investments in the creative industries, the associated technologies and copyright issues

James Smith, Commercial Operations Director, Black Sheep Fund
Partner of Black Sheep Fund and commercial operations director at BBH, responsible for all aspects of the operational running of the agency. The Black Sheep Fund is a venture between Zag (BBH's brand invention business) and Spark Ventures.

Serge Taborin, Group Digital Director, Archant Media UK
Serge is the Group Business Development Director at Archant, UK's largest independently-owned regional media business active in fields of publishing, contract printing, events, internet and mobile.

Greg Young, associate, Passion Capital
Greg is a businsess Associate at Passion Capital and working directly with the partners and investee companies regarding business models, traction, growth and creating value.


7th December 2011

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The Auditorium, Pinsent Masons, 30 Crown Place, London, EC2A

Congratulations to Flooved for winning the pitch competition on the judges vote followed by Civicboom in second place and Hirematch.me in third place! The winner of the judges vote, Flooved, will be invited to participate in an investment meeting arranged by Par Equity to explore investment opportunities.

For the first time the audience vote provided a very different result to the judges vote. The audience vote was won by Digital Shadows followed by Hirematch.me in second place. 2012 will prove if the judges or the audience was right!

Pitching companies:

  Civicboom
  Digital Shadows
  Flooved
  Fortresse Digitalle
  Future Copyright
  Hirematch.me
  Miicard
  Simplified Recruitment

Judging panel:

  Chaired by: Danvers Baillieu, Pinsent Masons / Bootlaw
  Clare Crean, AudioFuel
  Wayne Gibbins, Viadeo
  Duane Jackson, kashflow
  Steve Kennedy, angel investor and serial entrepreneur
  Ben Tompkins, Eden Ventures

Ben Tompkins, Partner, Eden Ventures

Ben joined Eden as a General Partner in 2006 and is one of Eden's Investment Managers.He joined the Eden team after 18 years of corporate finance experience in Europe and the US, most recently as Managing Director at Broadview International (now Jefferies) where he was responsible for building the global digital media practice. Ben focuses on opportunities in the internet, e-commerce, SaaS and games markets. He currently sits on the boards of Borro, Green Man Gaming, huddle, LOOKK and Reevoo. What he loves about working for Eden is the daily interaction with entrepreneurs looking to build world-class companies. In his spare time, Ben enjoys racing cars, hang gliding and snowboarding.

Clare Crean, founder and managing director, AudioFuel

Before teaming up with colleagues Sean Blair and Howie Saunders to launch AudioFuel in 2009, I worked for the Virgin Group helping to set up new Virgin branded businesses. Working as one of a small management team, I was involved in developing the proposition, branding and communication strategies for Virgin LifeCare, Virgin Health Bank and Virgin Healthcare. While working for Virgin Management, I set up a new fund raising initiative on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support. The auction and ticket sales from the Off The Wall photographic exhibition, first held in September 2007, raised over ?200,000. Before that I worked for the consultancy SRU, founded by Dennis Stevenson and Peter York. Clients included a wide range of high profile retailers (e.g Mothercare), The Labour Party, broadcasters (Channel Four), the Department of Culture Media & Sport and Virgin Management.

Duane Jackson, founder and CEO, kashflow

Duane's interest in IT started at 14. He was living in a childrens home in Newham, East London. He was suspended from school. The staff at the children home were left to teach him. As they weren't teachers they didn't know what to do so they left him with a ZX Spectrum and a book on how to program it. After spending his late teens contracting for organisations such as the CBI, the BBC, Proctor & Gamble, Eidos and Reuters he found himself at aged 19 between contracts and out of cash. He made some very bad decisions that would change his life forever. His peers from his upbringing in care were involved in criminal activities and he got involved in a bid to earn some fast money. This ultimately resulted in him being arrested and spending time in prison in the US and the UK. In the 2.5 years he served in prison in the UK he spent his time teaching basic IT skills to other inmates and received a Millennium Volunteers Award from the then home secretary, David Blunkett. On his release he received support from the Prince's Trust to start a web development business. He quickly stumbled on the market opportunity for an easy to use accounting application as explained in more detail on our About Us page. Duane was so impressed by the support he received from the Prince's Trust whilst establishing his first business that, with the approval of the Trust, he set up trustNetworkers. trustNetworkers was a non-profit organisation that arranged networking events for Prince's Trust startups with the help of the London Youth Support Trust and sponsorship from DLA Piper and Workspace Group. In February 2006 KashFlow Software Limited was formed when The Rt Hon. Lord Young of Graffham invested in the KashFlow product. Duane has since gone on to meet leading figures from the business and IT world, including receiving praise from Bill Gates in 2008. As well as the numerous awards the company has won, Duane has also won numerous awards himself including Young Entrepreneur of the Year and was named as one of The Most Impressive Businessmen aged 30 or Under by Esquire Magazine in 2008. Duane is also a trustee of the London Youth Support Trust and a moderator at the UK Business Forums.

Steve Kennedy, angel investor and serial entrepreneur

Steve has been in the industry for over 20 years. Initially designing hardware and programming in the medical electronics industry, then a stint at Cellnet (allegedly as a programmer, but rapidly moving into systems admin and network admin, designing and rolling out their wide area tcp/ip network - this was in the early '90s). After 5 years of trying to persuade Cellnet that the Internet was going to be big and being told that no-one would ever want the Internet at home let alone on their mobile phone Steve joined a small start-up called Demon Internet in 1994 and helped it grow to the largest consumer ISP. Demon was consumed by Scottish Telecom to become THUS. After leaving THUS Steve consulted for various companies and then joined Textic Ltd as Chief Strategy Officer again in a business development - product/technology role. Steve is also a director of UKEC Ltd which is the governing body for ENUM in the UK and CSO of DBVu Ltd a centralised database monitoring and performance analytics company (like Google Analytics tm but with contextual help based on the actual database characteristics). More recent Steve has founded Storyworks Interactive which is developing an interactive eBook platform aimed at children's publishing. Steve writes for various sites and has extensive knowledge of mobile/ISP/telco and wireless. Steve is also an early stage investor, usually in technology companies.

Wayne Gibbins, Communications Director, Viadeo

I guess once a geek, always a geek. I started using computers at the tender age of 6 when the BBC micro and BASIC programming was about all you had to get you by and entertain the boring hours of lunch at primary school. That first contact led to many an hour programming bat and ball games into various models of early computers. I went on to complete a software engineering degree in Manchester when software was beginning to be delivered online and built an online document management tool. After graduating I took on a job as a software architect and spent just under 4 years developing and marketing online project management software. The business skills I developed combined with the ability to understand and speak the technical language enabled me to move into product management and bridge the gap between commercial and technical that so often exists in companies. During this time I had great exposure to business in the UK, Europe and USA working in various capacities to deliver sales, marketing and product development for online software services. Now as communications and partnerships director, my team and I represent Viadeo, online, through social media and other channels, speaking at events, interviews with the press, forming strategic partnerships and generally explaining the business to the outside world. I personally enjoy the challenges of partnerships and communication: two of the hardest things to get right but also two things that make a world of difference if done well.

techpitch 4.5

5th October 2011

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The Auditorium, Pinsent Masons, 30 Crown Place, London, EC2A

Congratulations to StylePilot for winning the pitch competition on both the judges vote and the audience vote! They were closely followed by Ticket tailor in the runner up position - again on both the judges vote and the audience vote.

Pitching companies:

Blottr
Contentment
Invizua
LetEngine
Planvine
Stylepilot
TicketTailor
WhatTalent

Judging panel:

Danvers Baillieu,co-founder of www.bootlaw.com and senior associate at law firm Pinsent Masons LLP, representing many web startups and technology companies. You can follow him on Twitter @DanversBaillieu

Steve O'Hear is CEO and co-founder of expertise platform Beepl, a London, UK-based startup. He's probably best known for his work as a technology journalist and blogger, most recently Contributing Editor at TechCrunch Europe. He still blogs at last100, which he originally co-founded with Richard MacManus in May 2007 as part of the ReadWriteWeb Blog Network. Along with TechCrunch Europe and last100, Steve has written for numerous publications, including The Guardian, Macworld UK, Mobile Industry Review, TES, ZDNet and ReadWriteWeb, on topics ranging from the social web, educational technology to consumer electronics. From 2006 to 2008 Steve pioneered social web coverage, writing the ZDNet blog 'The Social Web'. He also wrote and directed the Silicon Valley documentary 'In Search of the Valley', which was released in September 2006.
Steve has advised startups and not-for-profit organisations on how to exploit the collaborative and publishing opportunities offered by the Internet. Most recently he was a consultant for Curverider Ltd., the company behind the open source social application engine Elgg, where he advised on product development, UX and market strategy. Curverider was acquired by Thematic Networks in December 2010. You can follow him on Twitter @sohear

Femi T. Adesina revels in being a hybrid. She enjoys working in environments where she gets to use all her skills as a creative facilitator, front-end designer and developer. She discovered the beauty of the web in the 90's when she realised that she could make words come alive through code and has been hooked ever since. A stint at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) learning about the 'Discipline of innovation' encouraged her to find ways to not only express her creativity but to also encourage it others via creative facilitation. She enjoys talking to people about the web, encouraging people to embrace their creativity, finding innovative ways to provide a solution and listening to music. You can follow her on Twitter @designjuju

Principal at Balderton Capital, Harry Briggs co-founded Firefly Tonics, a health drinks company, in 2002. From the initial idea - a healthy alternative to an energy drink - he grew the business into a widely-recognised luxury brand, with customers in 35 countries. He remains a shareholder and board member. Prior to Firefly, Harry was at McKinsey & Co. in London and New York, advising businesses on branding, marketing, and portfolio improvement. He also spent a year at Hutchison 3G, developing their marketing strategy prior to the launch of "3", the UK's first mobile 3G network.
Harry has a first class MA in Experimental Psychology from Oxford University. You can follow him on Twitter @h4ryB

Partner at Par Equity LLP, Robert Higginson is a veteran of the TMT sector, having held a number of senior strategy positions within blue-chip organisations, based in European countries and the US. Latterly he has operated as an investor on his own account.
Robert's first technology role in 1980 was as a programmer based in the US, and laterally Applications Development Manager at the start-up which is known today as Artemis International. Robert entered the Financial Services industry in 1986 as manager for equity realtime systems at Reuters. He subsequently joined Telekurs AG (now part of Swiss Financial Market Services AG, owned by the Swiss banking and asset management industry) in Switzerland to head up advanced systems programme, before moving into a strategy role within the Investment Bank at ABN Amro in Amsterdam and finally at Royal Bank of Scotland. You can follow him on Twitter @parequity

Managing Director of Albion, Liz Wilson studied modern languages (French, German and bad) at Kings College London and, as well as a good grasp of the nineteenth century novel, is adept at ordering coffee, lunch and dinner in a number of European markets.
Liz learned her craft at Euro RSCG working on big advertising accounts like Heinz and Cadbury, and some international behemoths like Philips globally. Next at TBWA she worked variously with Hasbro, developing advertising for mums and kids across Europe; with Sony PlayStation helping keep the brand at the cutting edge of gaming across Europe and Australasia; and with News International on their first foray into the digital world with News Network. After a stint at Lowe as the global account director on Lowe's Unilever personal care business - the Sure-Rexona brand - Liz broadened her skills at Brandhouse working on a mix of strategic and creative projects with brands including Mitchells & Butler's, Johnson and Johnson, De Beers and Moet Hennessy.
At Albion, an integrated advertising agency, Liz is responsible for marketing and commercial best practice with new and existing clients. You can follow her on Twitter @lizwilson101

techpitch 4.5

5th July 2011

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The Auditorium, Pinsent Masons, 30 Crown Place, London, EC2A

Congratulations to Eventasaurus for winning the pitch competition on both the judges vote and the audience vote! They were followed by MyChoicePad in the runner up position - again on both the judges vote and the audience vote!

Judging panel:

Danvers Baillieu,co-founder of www.bootlaw.com and senior associate at law firm Pinsent Masons LLP, representing many web startups and technology companies. You can follow him on Twitter @DanversBaillieu

Fraser Davidson, CEO and founder of Preparation Capital Limited ('PCL') a growth media and software focussed advisory firm and angel investor hub. Fraser is a marketeer turned investor. Fraser has over 9 years private equity investing experience, at PCL and August Equity LLP, with a particular focus on the media and technology sectors. Prior to his financial career Fraser worked at Renault UK in planning, strategy and marketing and had product management responsibility for the Clio. You can follow him on Twitter @PrepCap

Alex Harvey, Associate at Silicon Valley Bank in London and is responsible for the financial analysis, structuring and management of debt relationships with European technology companies. Alex is part of a team that manages over $160MM in commitments and works closely with SVB portfolio clients including Aepona, The Foundry Visionmongers, PicoChip and Zoopla. Previously Alex was with Samsung Electronics Research Institute where he was responsible for building the European mobile app-store team in addition to conducting market and competitor analysis with a focus on next generation smartphones, tablet devices and digital TV software. Prior to this and after graduating with a BA (Hons) from Nottingham University Alex worked in management consultancy for Accenture’s Technology Solutions division. You can follow him on Twitter @AlexHarvey.

Bindi Karia, Bindi is the VC/Emerging Business lead for Microsoft UK and is the UK member of the Silicon Valley Emerging Business Team. She leads BizSpark and BizSpark One in the UK, where she focuses on how Microsoft can drive success for leading edge and early-stage technology companies. She is also responsible for managing the relationships with the UK Investor Community, including Venture Capitalist, Angels and other Investor Organisations. In addition, Bindi sits on many Advisory Boards, including Seedcamp, Astia UK, The Cambridge Phenomenon and TechMediaInvest. You can follow her on Twitter @bindik

Rodolfo Rosini, CEO of Namaste Entertainment and currently busy disrupting the MMO market. Previously, he founded Cellcrypt, a defense startup and sold it to private investors. He has a background in information security, encryption and playing Warcraft until fingers bleed. LSE dropout. You can follow him on Twitter @rodolfor

Sitar Teli, Sitar joined Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures in 2005. Her investment interests include consumer and B2B Internet companies. Sitar is a board observer on SoundCloud. You can follow her on Twitter @sitar

Pitching companies:

Appsplash
Emotion AI
Eventasaurus
Focus Mobile
GoingGoingBike
MoodShare
MyChoicePad
Poikos/Measurecam
The Martingale


25th May 2011

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The Auditorium, Pinsent Masons, 30 Crown Place, London, EC2A

Congratulations to MarketInvoice for winning the pitch competition! They were closely followed by MinuteBox in second place, and Plancentric in third place.

Judging panel:

Danvers Baillieu,co-founder of www.bootlaw.comand senior associate at law firm Pinsent Masons LLP, representing many web startups and technology companies
Megumi Ikeda, executive director at Comcast Interactive Capital (CIC) a $500 million venture capital fund focused on broadband, consumer web, advanced advertising, and enterprise businesses
Eric van der Kleij, CEO of Tech City Investment Organisation
Amine Laouedj, associate at goetzpartners CORPORATE FINANCE, an independent advisory firm covering the Technology, Media and Digital Media spaces across both the US and Europe, and assisting companies and shareholders in fund raisings, exit strategies, disposals and acquisitions
Glenn Shoosmith, founder of Bookingbug
Zuzanna Pasierbinska-Wilson, founder of Silicon Stilettos, VP Marketing at Huddle. Huddle is the leader in cloud collaboration and content management for the enterprise
Grace Yusuf, founder and CEO of KyuBid.coman online dating site that lets you bid for dates. Prior to founding KyuBid, Grace worked as a banker to large financial institutions advising on fixed income financing structures

Pitching companies:

Clickslide
Dancetothis
Findababysitter.com
Gigaboxx
Intern Avenue
MarketInvoice
MinuteBox
Plancentric
Toolsofdirecting


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